Winter Activities in Boston

There are still a few weeks before winter ends, but have hope – spring is right around the corner!

In the meantime, bundle up, get out of the house, and take advantage of these free activities around town. It’s a great way to get rid of the winter blues and stay active:


There’s always ice-skating Boston Commons Frog Pond, but did you know there are plenty of places to go ice-skating for $5 or less. Check out the Kelly Outdoor Rink in Jamaica Plain ($2) or the Murphy Memorial Rink in South Boston ($5). Click here for a full list.

Winter Walking Tours

Boston is a great city to walk around; take a self-guided walking tour with the kids! This suggested tour takes you on a 2.5 mile walk starting and ending at the Public Gardens. Pass through the charming Victorian Back Bay, scenic Storrow Drive, and (frozen!) Esplanade. Full route details are here.

Public Libraries

Many Boston-area public libraries have free play spaces for young kids. Have a play-date with friends or attend a kid-specific event. The main branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square has fun tunnels and sensory toys. More information is available here.

Indoor Play Areas

There are multiple (free!) indoor playgrounds and spaces for kids in Boston. Kids can climb on fire engines at the Boston Fire Museum or pretend to shop and prep food at the Boston Public Market. Click here for more free indoor play areas.

What’s your favorite wintertime Boston family activity? Let us know in the comments!

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