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February Events in Boston

What to do in Boston in FebruaryBoston February Events 2020

Things to Do in Boston in February 2020

February's month might be short, but there is no shortage of winter fun to be had both indoors and out in Boston.   Boston's frigid winter temperatures provide unbeatable seasonal playground filled with unique, adventurous, and  fun activities throughout the winter months.  

When the Boston winters seem long, tap into some Winter Fun destinations to reignite the excitement.   Outdoor activities in the month of February can include bundling up for some ice skating, skiing, sledding, snow tubing, bonfires, taking guided tours, sipping hot chocolate and more.

No matter who you are and what you love to do, you can find some great ways to enjoy the cold winter season . Here are some of our favorite ideas to get you inspired.

Hit the Slopes 

Bundle up and hit the Ski Slopes.  Several downhill and cross country ski areas are located near Boston, less than an hour outside of the city - perfect for a day or even a weekend.  Snowboarding and snow tubing are also available at some of these fantastic destinations. 

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Consider making a weekend of it and head north to steeper more challenging slopes at ski areas and bigger resorts in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont.   View our Guide to skiing near Boston to get some great ideas on where to ski this winter. 

March on over to the larger than life Chinese New Year Parade!  Gaze at the colorful dragon and lion Dances that marchup up and down the bustling streets of Boston's China Town in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

February means February Vacation Week in the Boston area!  If you are planning a staycation right here in Boston,  there are tons of fun things to do while the kids are on break from school.   From free movie nights at Fanueil Hall each weeknight to free museum admissions, and outdoor winter adventures, February Vacation Week is packed with fun.

Sharpen your ice skates and go Ice Skating!  Nothing welcomes winter and the holiday season like an excursion at an outdoor ice skating rink! Boston has a few to offer throughout the winter with the Frog Pond on Boston Common Is a skating fan favorite.

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Take In a Show at Boston Theater

Experience the magic of a live stage performance at a Boston Area Theater and shake off that winter chill.  From bigger broadway shows at the Boston Opera House and the Citi Wang Theater to smaller stages like the North Shore Music Theatre, The Wheelock Family Theatre, and the Lyric Stage, you are sure to find a show you'll enjoy in Boston.

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Let music warm your soul  with a visit the Boston Symphony Hall.  Lucky for Bostonians and its visitors, the  Boston Symphony Orchestra has January performances and even open rehearsals that are sure to tantalyze your senses.

Celebrate Love on Valentine's Day

It doesn't get any sweeter than Valentine's Day in Boston.  Love is in the air this Valentine's Day where you can take a romantic Valentine's Cruise with  spectacular views of the harbor, enjoy a candlelight dinner,  and share decadent desserts with the ones you love.

Dance to the music as you stroll through the tunnel of love at Christopher Columbus Park. Friends of Christopher Columbus Park decorate the waterfront trellis with a Valentine's Day theme and light it up beautifully every night.  Take a selfie and use (#foccp) on instagram to post your love.

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Or, you can climb aboard The Odyssey for a special romantic Valentine's Day dinner in a unique setting while on a Harbor Cruise.  

Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month, designated as a way to celebrate the triumphs of black Americans throughout history. There are plenty of events, parades and celebrations to attend. 
 
Join the African American Patriots Tour, on the Freedom Trail, where a guide dressed in 1800s attire will teach you of the bravery of black Bostonians. You’ll learn about plenty of figures who defied the odds stacked against them as guides share stories of revolutionaries like Crispus Attucks, Phillis Wheatley, Prince Hall and Peter Salem. 
 
African American History Tour Boaton Freedom Trail
Photo Credit: Kyle Klein
 
Head over to The Museum of African American History  and view the exhibit on Frederick Douglass, which includes historic newspapers, photos and handwritten letters.

Be sure to check out Boston Black, a permanent exhibit at the Boston Children’s Museum that celebrates African American culture in Boston . Designed to help children understand Boston’s diverse neighborhoods, the exhibit uses music, dance, and beauty to inspire healthy discussions about identity and race.

Visit a Museum

There is no shortage of fine Museums to visit in the great city of Boston.  Spend the day Museum - hopping and experience the wide array of Art, Science and Culture that awaits you inside the museum halls.  

Take in the masterpieces that adorn the walls of the The Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  You can actually see them both in one day, as they are only a hop skip and a jump away from each other,  The MFA, open seven days a week, offers free admission on Wednesdays after 4 p.m. 

Don't miss the breathtaking stroll through the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.   Lush foliage and stone benches line the  interior courtyard, which combine with the Venetian architectural delight provides the perfect backdrop for exploring the extensive collection of European masterpieces. 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Courtyard Boston

Dive into the underwater world at the New England Aquarium!  It is home to hundreds of fascinating marine species in immense tanks and exhibits, including penguins, seals, electric eels, jellyfish, stingrays, sea lions, and turtles.

Explore the wonders of Science at Boston's  Museum of Science, which offers over 700 interactive exhibits, live presentations, a planetarium, a domed IMAX theater, and a popular butterfly garden.   

Travel back in time at the  Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge.  Peruse the  vast collection of exhibits dedicated to dinosaurs, prehistoric mammals, birds of the world, animal skeletons, and meteorites.

Birds of the World Exhibit Harvard Museum Natural History

When the ground is frozen and the temps are frigid, pop on over to one of the Indoor Playspaces available in the Boston area.  Unique playspaces abound in the Boston Metro area and are great spots for kids to explore, climb, play and make new friends while burning off lots of energy.

Attend A Sporting Event

Winter is a busy sports season in Boston.   Don't miss the electrifying opportunity to attend one of the professional sports teams that call Boston Home.  

Boston Bruins Game TD Garden

Wear your green and head to the TD Garden to watch the Boston Celtics play on their home court!  Enjoy the roar of the crowd and the thrill of the game courtside as you cheer on the Celts!

Switch things up when the Celtics are out of town, see how the TD Garden arena transforms into a professional hockey rink!  Attend a Boston Bruins Hockey Game and enjoy the energy generated at a Boston Bruins hockey game!

There a lots more things to do in Boston in February, despite the cold, so be sure to visit our Boston Events Calendar for February  To find lots more fun things to do in winter in Boston.