Larz Anderson Park
23 Newton St.
Brookline, MA 02446
This spacious park is just the place to spend an outdoor winter day with the family. Delight in the views on top of the hill before sledding down to the bottom, or have a snowball fight in the field. Bring your skates to make use of the outdoor skating rink, or rent some from the friendly staff. Find the skating rink by bearing right at the fork and looking for the entrance on the left. The ice is maintained every 30 minutes, and public restrooms are available.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Arnold Arboretum is 265 acres of land filled with plants, trees and wildlife. This open expanse is the perfect backdrop for a day of snowshoeing in the crisp winter air. Stop in the Visitor Center to pick up a tour brochure or map to guide yourself across the land. Arboretum staff is also available to answer any questions. For more information on the plants and animals found here, visit one of the many exhibits or pick up an educational book in the gift shop.
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Blue Hills Reservation
695 Hillside St.
Milton, MA 02186
The Blue Hills contain more than 125 miles of trails, scenic views and terrain. Bundle up to experience a winter hike through this diverse landscape. View fauna, flora and animals, and perhaps catch a glimpse of a rare species. After your hike, warm up at the Trailside Museum, which features natural history and cultural exhibits, as well as live animals. Blue Hills also offers ice skating, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing.
Steriti Memorial Rink
561 Commercial St.
Boston, MA 02109
This indoor skating rink is a fun place for beginners and experienced skaters alike. Come prepared with your skates, or pick up some rentals for only $5. The smooth ice makes for great practice space, the floor to ceiling windows provide beautiful views of the waterfront, and the attentive staff assures safety for all. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks to refuel after some time on the ice.
Weston Ski Track
190 Park Road
Weston, MA 02493
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Weston Ski Track features more than nine miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. All levels of skiers are welcome, as beginner lessons are available for both children and adults. With a mix of natural snow and on-site snow making, the trails are consistently covered. Night skiing is also available for the later crowd. Warm up at the snack bar after a day on the trails. Here you will find hot and cold beverages, snacks and soup.
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Kim Vareika is the owner of Vareika Personal Training and Yoga in Plainville. She has been in the fitness industry for over ten years, and believes that wellness is about more than just physical health. When she is not teaching, practicing, or writing, she resides in Bridgewater where she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her nephew Caesar. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.