With so much seasonality in Massachusetts there is something new to do every few months. Winter does not leave residents feeling blue; when temperatures drop you’ll find Bostonians strapping on skates to stay active. The cold temperatures make it ideal to take a swirl around on the ice outdoors. Whether at a local pond, or a pay per use outdoor facility, Boston has lots of options for outdoor ice skating. Some of the best places to skate are the area’s outdoor ice rinks; with smooth surfaces and proper grooming these rinks allow usage by skaters of all levels. Luckily, the Boston area is inundated with low cost, outdoor rinks.
The Boston Common’s Frog Pond is one of the most popular places to skate. For $5 (add $9 for skates rentals) the Frog Pond ice rink is a bargain. It’s also a one stop wonder of events: sightseeing, exercise and fun all rolled into one. Music from the 80’s and 90’s pumps through the speakers surrounding the rink while novice and expert skaters share the smooth surface set below the State House. Families fill the rink during the daytime, but when the lights come on, things heat up, and romance rules the rink.
The Charles Hotel in Cambridge offers a Harvard Square alternative for spectacular skating, set outside the Charles Hotel you can easily incorporate this fun winter sport into any day’s plans. Open weekday evenings, and all day on weekends (starting at 10am) ,the Charles Hotel ice rink is an inexpensive activity to do with your friends or your family. After you’re done, pop into the Charles Hotel’s bar Noir, or one of the on-site restaurants, Henrietta’s Table, or Rialto to replenish with fine food or carefully crafted cocktails.
Looking to take in one of Boston’s best views? Head to Brookline’s Larz Anderson Park where skating takes place at the top of the hill. Skaters get the chance to check out Boston’s skyline while circling the regulation size rink. While you’re there, check out The Museum of Transportation, which is open year round within Larz Anderson Park.
Unlike skiing, outdoor ice rinks do not require snow. Making it easy to ensure outdoor rinks will be open even if the lifts aren’t. Requiring little more than cold nights (almost guaranteed during a Boston winter) outdoor skating is one active adventure you can be sure to enjoy.