Boston’s Best Ways to Take Advantage Of The Last Of Winter

March 2, 2013 6:00 AM

(Photo Credit: Out Back Kayak)

Whenever a season ends, many lament at the missed opportunity to get out and take advantage of it. While spring may be around the corner, it’s not here yet. Before you lose your chance to get outdoors and enjoy what is left of the season, try these five easy activities to revel in colder temperatures. Many of these activities are perfect for freshly fallen snow or a light coating.
File (Photo credit JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Light-Wrapped Trees On Commonwealth Avenue
Public Gardens
51 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108

For some, one of the best things about the winter season is all of the festive lights. While many holiday decorations across town have already been taken down, the lights along Commonwealth Avenue in Back Bay are still on display. Make it a point to stroll along towards the Public Garden to see the last of the city’s lights. With Newbury Street nearby, start your walk with a hot chocolate or other warm beverage of your choice. Benches are located all along the way perfect for small breaks and views of Back Bay’s wonderful architecture.

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Sledding On Boston Common
Boston Common (North side near baseball diamond)
Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02108

Nothing brings out your inner child better than sledding. With numerous hills across town, not much snow is necessary to take advantage of this simple yet fun winter activity. Head to a local hardware store to purchase a sled or use an upside trash can lid. The hill near the baseball diamond on the Boston Common is small yet easily accessible for sledders of all ages. No matter what your age, you’ll blend in perfectly as you whoosh your way down the hill.

Related: Boston’s Best Places for Outdoor Winter Activities

Photo Credit: Cristy Maldonado

Photo Credit: Cristy Maldonado

Ice Skating at the Frog Pond
Boston Common
Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 635-2120

Click here for information about hours and pricing.

While there are many skating rinks located across town, the one place you must skate if you haven’t yet this season is the Boston Frog Pond. A quintessential Boston experience for all ages, the Frog Pond sits in the heart of Boston Common with views of Beacon Hill and the State House. The rink is surrounded by a low, protective wall, which can easily be held onto if you need something stable to guide you. Conveniences onsite include concessions, restrooms, and lockers.

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Cross Country Skiing at the Weston Ski Track
190 Park Road
Weston, MA 02493
(781) 891-6575

Click here for pricing.

While skiing isn’t for everybody, cross country skiing can be. If you’re looking to try on a pair of skis for the first time, this is one of the easiest ways to do it and there are no hills involved. The Weston Ski Track offers easy and accessible skiing for all ages and abilities. Not to worry if there’s isn’t much snow on the ground. Weston Ski makes plenty of it’s own snow. If you are a tenacious beginner, consider signing up for an introductory lesson.

Related: Winter Activities for Non-Skiers

(Photo Credit: Out Back Kayak)

(Photo Credit: Out Back Kayak)

Snowmobiling at Out Back Kayak
Route 112
Lincoln, NH 03251
(603) 745-2224

Call for pricing and reservations.

If you’re looking to end season with more than just a local trip for skating or sledding, try an outdoor activity that most haven’t yet tried – snowmobiling. Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Out Back Kayak will take you on a snowmobile tour of what locals call the North Country. Tours are a one or two hours in length and some leave from the Mountain View Grand Hotel located in Whitefield. If you’re so inclined, you could  incorporate a stay at the hotel into your trip. Snowmobile drivers must have a valid driver’s license, and the combined weight of two riders on one snowmobile cannot exceed 250 pounds.

Cristy is a city dwelling enthusiast, an arts, culture, and technology lover, and an all around curious person. As an examiner, she covers all things Boston. Her work can be found on

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