Baby, it's cold outside... But that's no reason to stay indoors! Boston has countless activities that are worth bundling up for some fresh air and outdoor fun.  Plus, many cost less than staying inside while running up your heating bill. Check out some good options for winter playing below:

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1.  Skating Outdoors:

  • For the classic Boston skating experience, check out the Frog Pond at the Boston Common. When you get too chilly or just plain tired, grab a cocoa at the cafe and watch the other skaters glide around this historic rink. The Frog Pond opens everyday at 10 am, adult admission is $5, but kids 13 and under skate for free! They also offer skate rentals: $9 for adults, $5 for kids. Click here for more details on classes and events.
  • The Kelly Skating Rink in Jamaica Plain is a lively, kid-friendly, free urban rink... And with just $2 skate rentals it's no mystery why this spot is a local favorite! Typically booming with the funky beats of Motown and soul music, Kelly Rink is perfect for a fun, casual afternoon on the ice. Click here to check current public skate times.

2.  Skating Indoors: 

  • Steriti Memorial Rink in the North End offers free public skating every afternoon through March, with $5 skate rentals. The best part? The rink has huge, beautiful windows so you can double Axel and triple Lutz all while gazing out at the wharf! Check here for public skating times.
  • The Skating Club of Boston in Brighton is the 3rd oldest skating club in the United States! Take advantage of the Club's professional facilities on Saturday afternoons when they offer public skating from 3:30-5:00. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under, and skate rentals are also available for $4. More information here.

3.  Sledding:

  • Arrive early to Flagstaff Hill on Boston Common because this hill is a favorite! Located right next to the baseball diamond, the hill is exhilarating but manageable, perfect for kids and families... but be warned, it will get crowded!
  • The Sugar Bowl at Jamaica Pond is exactly that-- an inverted hill that curves like a bowl. This fun spot allows you to sled or tube down the hill and (with enough momentum) back up the other side, and down again!

4.  Snowman Competition:

  • Whether you head to your favorite Boston park or just out to your own yard, warm up with a little competition! Whether it's a snow man, snow cat, or snow alien you build, challenge your friends to build the biggest and best snow creature they can imagine-- before you finish yours! Don't forget the cocoa when you sit back to admire your handiwork.

5.  Run (or Walk!) the Frosted Emerald Necklace:

  • Just because it isn't green this time of year doesn't mean it isn't beautiful! Throw on your sneakers (or boots) and explore the parkways and paths of the Emerald Necklace park system. You could even bring a thermos of soup, tea, or hot chocolate to keep you feeling cozy! Need more motivation? Grab a buddy or hit up a local running club to help you stay fit this winter! More park system information here.

No matter how you choose to explore Boston this winter, don't miss out on the icicles, twinkle lights, museums, cafes, or cocoas by hibernating!


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