Boston is one of US most interesting cities and although it’s often associated to a city to visit during summer, there are plenty of things to do in Boston in the winter. Cobblestoned streets covered in snow, great food, cultural activities and more. Boston is the perfect destination for your next winter getaway!
If you need help for planning your itinerary read: What to do in 3 days in Boston
In this post you will find:
The best things to do in Boston in the winter:
1. Go ice skating
Ice skating is a great activity for both adults and kids and guarantees hours of complete fun. There are many ice skating rinks in Boston but the most popular is The Boston Common Frog Pond. It is open daily from November to March and they offer skate rentals for $12 (adults) and $6 (kids). Admission price is $6 for those over 58-inches and free for skaters under that height.
2. SoWa Winter Festival
If you’re lucky to visit Boston during the holidays, don’t miss a stop at SoWa Winter Festival, one of the best Christmas markets in US. It is the biggest winter shopping village and holiday festival in Boston. Here you can find handmade gifts and enjoy delicious foods and drinks.
SoWa Winter Festival opens around Nov. 30 to Dec. 9.
3. Boston Common
Boston Common is one of my favorite places in the city. The historic Boston Common is one of the oldest public parks in the USA. Head to the park the day after a snowstorm to have fun in the snow by sledding, snow ball fights and just enjoying the park covered in white.
Don’t miss a stop at the “Make Way for Ducklings” bronze sculpture to see their outfit of the day!
4. Visit Acorn Street
Acorn Street is located in Beacon Hill, one of the most beautiful Boston neighborhoods. This historic neighborhood has authentic English vibes: brick houses, cobbled streets, lanterns, trees perfectly aligned. Acorn Street, is one of the most famous and photographed streets of the USA. It is a narrow street with cobblestone that takes us back in time to the colonial Boston in the nineteenth century, when it was inhabited by merchants and craftsmen.
5. Enjoy delicious food at Quincy Market
Quincy Market is a historic market is located in downtown Boston. Its interior is beautiful and the atmosphere of the place is unique. There are artists singing or playing instruments while people eat at community tables. At Quincy Market you can find a great variety of food including local specialities like the Boston cream pie, lobster rolls and clam chowder.
6. Boston Public Library
One of the most incredible buildings in Boston that you can’t miss is Boston Public Library. Founded in 1848, it was the first public library in the United States. The main reading room is breathtaking and definitely a good place to avoid the cold weather outside.
7. Visit the Museum of science
If it’s too cold to enjoy the outdoors, you can visit one of Boston’s museums. The Museum of Science is the perfect museum for those with young children so they can learn all about science, technology and human body.
The museum is open daily from 9AM to 5PM.
8. Enjoy the views from the Skywalk Observatory
For the best views of the city, head to the Skywalk Observatory which is 50 floors up in the Prudential Building, offering a 360° view over the city of Boston. I recommend going up at sunset. You can also enjoy dinner at Top of the Hub, located two floors up.
The Skywalk Observatory is open daily from 10 AM to 8 PM during the winter.
Weather in Boston in winter
It can get very cold in Boston in the winter season. The average temperature is about 0°C/32°F. I suggest you carry the warmest clothes you have! Beanies, gloves, scarves and earmuffs are a must. If you pack the right clothes you’ll be totally able to enjoy winter in Boston.
I hope this information will help you plan your trip and enjoy Boston in the winter! If you have any questions please leave your comment below🙂
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