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Fun Things to Do in Boston in the Winter with Kids

Winters are long in Boston, but there is no shortage of fun things to do here in the winter. Outdoor activities include bundling up for some ice skating, skiing, sledding, snow tubing, viewing holiday lights, bonfires, sipping hot chocolate and more.


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Boston Area Ice Skating Rinks (& Beyond)Boston
Ice skating is a great winter activity for people of all ages and abilities. Many ice skating rinks have skate rentals and snack concessions. See complete lists of ice skating rinks for Boston & beyond.
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Frog Pond Ice SkatingBoston, $
A hopping spot for ice-skating is the Frog Pond on the Boston Common. Although dependent on the weather, Frog Pond offers skate rentals and hot cocoa at the Pond Cottage.
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Larz Anderson (Kirrane) Ice Skating RinkBrookline, $
Enjoy ice skating at the Larz Anderson Skating Rink, featuring a heated pavilion, snack bar, skate rentals and skate sharpening shop.
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Charles Hotel Ice Skating Rink (CLOSED 2018)Cambridge, $
Lace up and enjoy the 2,900 square-foot outdoor rink right in Harvard Square. The rink, run by the Charles Hotel, is open to the public as well as hotel guests.
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Kendall Square Community Ice SkatingCambridge, $
Kendall Square Community Ice Skating is a seasonal outdoor ice skating rink located in the heart of East Cambridge just minutes from downtown Boston. The rink offers skate rentals, lessons, private rink rentals, and a...
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Warrior Ice ArenaBrighton, $$
Experience Warrior Ice Arena, the Boston Bruins new training and practice facility thatís also available to the public. Enjoy freestyle skating, public skate, ice time for hockey, Bruins practices and more!


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There are a variety of great outdoor skating rinks in Boston during the winter months that are a lot of fun for all ages. Enjoy the ambiance of the city, day or night for a memorable winter experience. In addition, there are over 40 places to ski near Boston that feature terrain for all skill levels.

Speaking of winter months, Boston hosts a slew of fun events throughout the winter. Check out our handy December Events Guide, January Events Guide, and February Events Guide. Winters are long in New England, but finding fun things to do in Boston with kids is pretty easy any time of year.