With so much history, Boston is definitely a city that should be visited at least once. And while the flowers in the Public Garden are beautifully abloom in the summer and warmer temperatures make walking the Freedom Trail more pleasurable, there is still much to see and do in Boston during the winter. Check out these five ideas the next time you’re in Beantown.
- Go skating at Frog Pond: Located on the historic Boston Common, Frog Pond is an outdoor skating rink that usually opens in late November. Admission price is free for those under 58 inches. Skate rentals are available, including Bobby the Skating Seal aids for newbies. When your hands are chilly and your nosy feels frosty, stop by the Frog Pond Café, which offers tasty treats and free WiFi.
- See the world as it once was at the Mapparium. Located inside the Mary Baker Eddy Library, the Mapparium is a three-story stained-glass wonder depicting the globe of 1935. It was designed by Chester Lindsay Churchill, the architect of the Christian Science Publishing Society building, and was intended to be a symbol for The Christian Science Monitor’s global outreach efforts and mission. This world-famous globe has a cool bonus: The shape of the Mapparium produces some really neat sound effects.
- Go bananas at The Curious George Store. Kids in tow? Visit the world’s only store entirely devoted to that mischievous little monkey, Curious George. The husband-and-wife team of H. A. and Margret Rey created George while living in Paris in the 1930s, but it was the Houghton Mifflin company of Boston that published the seven original books beginning in 1941. This delightful shop, a fixture in Harvard Square since 2012, has Curious George books, clothing, home décor, party supplies and more. Be prepared for your kids to go bananas—and your wallet to be a little lighter upon your exit.
- Spend a day at the spa. Sure, you can get pampered at home, but traveling can make you stressed, too. All that packing, hoping you didn’t forget anything, traffic on the roadways, delays … Boston has some of the finest spas, whether you want a massage to ease your tired back after spending time riding in a car or plane, or you just want to experience what some of the city’s top stylists have to offer.
- Visit the Institute of Contemporary Art. Boston is rich in history, but certainly makes room for the new, especially at the Institute of Contemporary Art, where even the building is a lesson in innovativeness. Located at 100 Northern Avenue, it opened in 2006 and features a lively schedule of art exhibits, theater, dance, music, films and discussions.
Don’t let the New England weather sway you from visiting Boston in the winter. Though it may be chilly, trees adorned by nature’s frost and icicles are just as beautiful as summer’s flowers.