Ice Skating – Boston’s Favorite Winter Sport

3 Top Rinks For You to Enjoy

When the first frosty winter air arrives, thoughts of ice skating –  Boston’s favorite winter outdoor sport – inspire everyone to seek out the  closest rink.  Fortunately, great places to ice skate can be found all over the  city.

When you visit Boston or nearby Cambridge during the winter months, you can  have a lot of fun by chasing away the cold with a few spins on the ice.  Here  are my recommendations for three super-convenient public rinks where you can  enjoy this sport from late November through mid-March.

Two of these rinks are in the middle of the city, and the third is only 5  minutes away in Cambridge, just across the Charles River.  Best of all, you  don’t have to have your own skates with you because they all offer inexpensive  rentals.  You don’t know how to skate?  No problem–you can arrange for lessons  at all of these rinks.

Boston Common’s Frog Pond, a 6″ deep pool right in the  middle of the city, is a favorite children’s splashing pool during the summer.   In November, a refrigeration system magically turns it into a glassy surface  kept smooth by the resident Zamboni.

As you twirl around the ice of this outdoor rink, you’ll enjoy the views  surrounding Boston Common, established in 1634 and America’s oldest park.   You’ll see the stately mansions of Beacon Hill to the east, the sleek mirrored  glass sides of the John Hancock Towers designed by I.M. Pei to the west, and the  bare branches of the Common’s many trees in all directions.

Best of all, if you need something hot to drink or tasty to eat, you can head  into the adjacent Frog Pond Pavilion snack bar, overseen by chefs from Cheers,  the nearby Beacon Hill bar of television fame.

The indoor Steriti Ice Rink, located in the nearby North End  area of Boston, is a great alternative when the outdoor weather is, shall we  say, less than ideal–in other words, rain, sleet, strong winds, heavy snow.   The waterfront rink is located on the Charles River, right before it widens into  the Boston Harbor, so you can enjoy the spectacular views from the ice.

The Steriti is run by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and  Recreation, and admission is free.  Public skating hours at this rink are  limited, so be sure to verify ice availability by calling the number at the end  of this article before you go.  Afterwards, stop by one of the terrific  bakery/expresso bars or Italian restaurants on nearby Hanover Street.

Across the Charles River in Cambridge, only 5 minutes away by subway, you’ll  find Kendall Square Community Ice Skating near MIT  (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

This seasonal outdoor rink is in the middle of a busy commercial area  surrounded by hotels, stores, and restaurants.  It has its own snack bar, plus  you’ll find many other dining options nearby, as well as a movie theater.  You  can easily plan a whole day of fun here–ice skating, dinner, and a movie.

Directions and contact information for each ice skating  rink:

Frog Pond – Boston Common, Downtown Boston; closest subway  (called the “T” in Boston) stop:  Green Line/Park Station;

Steriti Ice Rink – 561 Commercial Street, North End, Boston;  closest T stop: Orange and Green Lines/North Station; 617-523-9327

Kendall Square Community Ice Skating – 300 Athenaeum St;  Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA; closest T stop:  Red Line/Kendall-MIT;  617-492-0941

Susan writes about favorite Boston attractions, restaurants, city  neighborhoods, and fun things to do in, where she shares more  suggestions for ice skating – Boston’s best places.

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