With the holidays behind us, it’s hard to believe that winter is just getting underway in New England. For some, probably the skiers and snowboarders among us, this may be cause for joy. For others, two more months of winter seems like a cruel joke. Regardless, winter is here to stay, and all of us should make the most of it! No matter which camp you fall in to, Boston attractions have something to offer you and your family this winter.
Embrace the Season
Get your coats, hats, scarves, and mittens out for a bundled up spin around the rink at the Boston Common Frog Pond, right in the middle of the historic Boston Common. The rink and corresponding café are open daily, offering affordable skating and skate rentals. It’s easily the best place to skate outdoors in Boston, and the romantic atmosphere in the city center is a great spot for a quaint Bostonian night out!
After ice skating in the cold, there’s nothing more relaxing than a cup of rich hot cocoa. Don’t settle for just any variety, though. Make your way over to LA. Burdick (there’s a new location in Back Bay!) for a seasonal beverage unlike anything else in the city. The deliciously thick and creamy hot chocolate tastes like a chocolate bar that’s been melted right in your mouth.
Escape the Cold
Winter is also a great time to take advantage of the many indoor Boston attractions, including the many museums across the city.
Your first stop should be the New England Aquarium, where you can warm up while watching the funny-looking Rockhopper Penguins that usually dwell in the sub-Antarctic. In fact, creatures from just about every climate zone dwell in the aquarium, from the Tropics to the coldest waters of the Arctic, but you’ll stay cozy as you move from exhibit to exhibit. The Aquarium’s renovation project, finished this past summer, means more species and better exhibits than ever.
When it comes to art, Boston’s got it all, from the classics to the cutting-edge. The colder months give you the perfect excuse to explore all three of Boston’s art museums. Start at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s premier art museum recently ranked one of the top 25 museums in the United States by TripAdvisor. The MFA features a truly diverse survey of artistic work: You’ll find every medium, time period, and region represented here.
Of course, you can’t forget the Institute of Contemporary Art with its beautiful waterfront location and innovative architecture. A more interactive museum, devoted to art as a practice as well as a product, the ICA hosts thought-provoking exhibitions and a collection of important modern and contemporary artists. Finally, move on to the most unique museum of the three, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Set in a Venetian palace curated by Ms. Gardner herself, the Gardner Museum features over 2,500 works by the masters, from Michelangelo to Monet.
Laugh Away the Winter Blues
If winter’s got you down, it’s nothing a little dose of laughter can’t fix! For the best improv and sketch comedy in town, head to the Improv Asylum in the North End. The main stage cast of local up-and-comers will have you in stitches all night long. If the kids are at home, check out the “Raunch” show at midnight on Saturdays for late-night winter entertainment.
When the big names in comedy are on tour, you can almost always find them at the Wilbur Theater, Boston’s premier comedy venue that can host over one thousand fans. This winter, some of the performers include Jim Gaffigan, Rosie O’Donnell, Amy Schumer, and Tracy Morgan.
More Things to Do in Boston
There are dozens more Boston attractions available at discounted prices through Smart Destinations. Check out the Go Boston Card to browse through the 50+ top attractions you can choose from. With savings of up to 55% off, there’s nothing to lose this winter in Beantown.