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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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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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Berkshire East - Beastly Snow Tubing ParkWestern Mass, $$
​Beastly Tubing Park is a small tubing area, featuring three tubing lanes, but lines are generally short, and the 450-foot runs are definitely a thrill. Tubing runs are open on weekends during peak ski season, and...
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Berkshire East Ski AreaWestern Mass, $$
Berkshire East, located just off the scenic Mohawk Trail, offers 45 trails from beginner to extreme. This uncrowded network of trails is complemented with a 100% snowmaking capacity and 5 lifts.
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Blandford Ski AreaWestern Mass, $$
Home to the Springfield Ski Club, the oldest club owned ski area in North America. Includes ski report and trail map.
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Blue Hills Ski AreaCanton, $$
Blue Hills is a small area just south of Boston with lots of recent updates! It is an inexpensive convenient venue for families with children, and for those living in Boston on on the South Shore.
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Bonneville's Family Thrill Hill at McinTyre Ski AreaNew Hampshire, $$
Bonneville's Family Thrill Hill is just an hour from Boston and features a conveyor carpet easily ferries tubers up to the top of the hill, where there are 8 tubing lanes and plenty of grooming machines for a smooth...
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Boston Area Ice Skating Rinks (& Beyond)Boston
Ice skating is a great winter activity for people of all ages and abilities. Many ice skating rinks have skate rentals and snack concessions. See complete lists of ice skating rinks for Boston & beyond.
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Bradford Ski AreaHaverhill, $$
Bradford is a small area located north of Boston near the NH/MA border that offers a variety of learning programs for both juniors and adults.
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Burlington Ice PalaceBurlington, $
The Burlington Ice Palace is a full service skating facility offering an extensive variety of skating programs for all ages and abilities.
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Canterbury Farm Cross Country SkiingWestern Mass, $$
Enjoy cross country skiing and snowshoeing at Canterbury Farm! You'll find 22 kilometers of beginner, intermediate and advanced trails are machine groomed every day.
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Charles Hotel Ice Skating Rink (CLOSED 2018)Cambridge, $
Lace up and enjoy the 2,900 square-foot outdoor rink right in Harvard Square. The rink, run by the Charles Hotel, is open to the public as well as hotel guests.
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Chelmsford Forum Ice RinkChelmsford, $
A full service indoor ice skating facility dedicated to providing a wide variety of skating programs for all ages and abilities. The arena features seating for 3,500, and snacks and light fare at the Ice Box Cafť.
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DCR Ice Skating Rinks in MAMassachusetts, $
Ice skating is a great winter activity for people of all ages and abilities. Many ice skating rinks have skate rentals and snack concessions.
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Kendall Square Community Ice SkatingCambridge, $
Kendall Square Community Ice Skating is a seasonal outdoor ice skating rink located in the heart of East Cambridge just minutes from downtown Boston. The rink offers skate rentals, lessons, private rink rentals, and a...
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Killington Mountain Ski ResortVermont, $$$
Variety is the spice of skiing and riding and itís the reason skiers and riders of all abilities make the pilgrimage to The Beast. Six mountains. 140 trails. Over 70 miles of terrain. An extensive lift network featuring...
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Mass. Ski & Snowboard ClubNew England, $$
Every Winter Saturday, Mass. Ski & Snowboard Club takes youngsters between ages 9 and 18 to the slopes. Parents are always welcome.
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Nashoba Valley Olympia Ice Skating RinkBoxborough, $
Founded in 1966, Nashoba Valley Olympia of Boxborough, MA is an indoor rink and open year round. Nashoba Valley Olympia offers many uses of its ice rink, including public skating, skating lessons, ice hockey, and even...
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Ski Ward Ski & Tubing AreaShrewsbury, $$$
Ski Ward features well-groomed trails that can challenge everybody from novices to seasoned veterans. The slopes feature five lifts, including one double-chair and T-bar.
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Warrior Ice ArenaBrighton, $$
Experience Warrior Ice Arena, the Boston Bruins new training and practice facility thatís also available to the public. Enjoy freestyle skating, public skate, ice time for hockey, Bruins practices and more!
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Weston Ski Track - Cross CountryWeston, $$
A ski center designed to give people in the Greater Boston area the chance to alpine ski, cross country ski and snowshoe close to home. Snowmaking begins early December.
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Yawgoo Valley Ski & Sports ParkRhode Island, $$
Yawgoo Valley is family owned and operated, and proud to provide a fun and safe experience for responsible skiers and riders.
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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.