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8 Fun Outdoor Boston Activities for Winter

1.  Skiing near Boston 

Less than an hour outside of Boston, you'll find a number of ski areas for downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and snow tubing. Some even have terrain parks for snowboarders and free stylers.

Go just for the day, or a long weekend. Most offer lessons and equipment rentals.

2.  Ice Skating in Boston

If you're visiting Boston and staying in a hotel in the central part of the city, walk over to Boston Common for ice skating on Frog Pond.

As you'll see when you get to the rink, this is a popular winter sport in Boston for all ages and all skill levels.

No need to bring your own skates - just rent them at the rink.

Don't know how to ice skate? Also not a problem - for about $10, you can rent a device called a "Bobby Seal" (short for "Bobby the Skating Seal") to hold onto while you learn how to navigate on the ice.

You can also head to several other ice rinks in Boston and Cambridge - most also offer skate rentals and lessons.

3.  Complete Guide to New England Ski Areas

Drive just 2 or 3 hours from Boston, and you'll find plenty of places to enjoy this favorite winter activity. Plus, many mountains and resorts also offer snowboarding, tubing, ice skating, and other winter sports.

Go for the day, or stay for a weekend or longer.

4.  Best New England Ski Vacation Resorts

You'll find excellent accommodations, a variety of skiing options, and plenty of other outdoor and indoor activities designed to appeal to a wide range of interests and ages - ice skating, indoor swimming pools, sleigh rides, tubing, entertainment, and lots more.

And if your idea of a resort includes spa treatments, gourmet dinners, and luxurious surroundings - well, you can find that too!

5.  "Frost Bite" Sailing in Boston

Winter" and "sailing" don't usually go together - but for frigid-weather conditions add to the challenge for avid sailers.

If you fall into this category, you may want to try when you visit Boston during the winter.

Many of the Boston sailing centers provide short-term rate options to make this affordable, and lots of camaraderie to make it fun!

6.  Sledding on Boston Common

If your kids (or you) just want to have fun in the snow, nothing beats sledding.

Boston Common's gentle slopes and slightly steeper hills offer the perfect spot whenever freshly-fallen snow blankets the city.

Ask the concierge at your hotel about the closest place to buy a sled, or something sled-like. Simple plastic sliders cost $5-$20, and will work fine.

Boston Common's slopes offer plenty of tree-free spaces, so sledding conditions are reasonably safe even for younger kids.

7.  Winter Walking Tour Itinerary for Snowy Days

Even during Boston's worst winter weather, walking around the city gives you the chance to admire the outlines of trees and buildings against the white snow-covered landscape, plus get some exercise.

If you happen to visit Boston during or after a snow storm, go out and enjoy the scenery.

Our self-guided walking itinerary cover about 2.5 miles, and lets you see a variety of lovely sites - but you can easily do just part of it if you want a shorter walk.

You'll start in the Public Garden, see a bit of the Victorian Back Bay neighborhood, cross Storrow Drive to the Charles River on a scenic overpass, and explore a bit of the frozen Esplanade before ending up back at the Public Garden.

By then, you'll be ready for a warm drink or meal - so our tour ends with suggestions about fun places to go nearby.

8.  Running & Jogging in Boston in the Winter

Dedicated runners don't let a little snow stop them - but ice should, since you don't want your Boston visit to include a trip to a hospital emergency room.

Avoid the sometimes icy slopes of Beacon Hill (if in any doubt as to why, just look at the photo at the top of the page), and head instead to the relatively flat Esplanade, Public Garden, or Back Bay neighborhood for your run.

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Where to Eat at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

Legal Sea Foods (in various guises): You're never very far from a Legal in Logan, and the many permutations of the chain are all reliable choices for raw bar, lobster, fish & chips, and so forth. The most interesting of the lot is the Legal Test Kitchen, where you'll find the occasional exciting flourish. [Legal Test Kitchen, post-security, terminal A, gate A5; Legal C Bar, pre-security, terminal B; Legal Sea Foods, post-security, terminal B, gate B8; Legal Sea Foods, post-security, terminal C, gate 12, and a new location in the new terminal B connector at gate B26]
Stephanie's: Opened in 2014, this 120-seat sibling of Stephanie's on Newbury, Stephi's on Tremont, and Stephi's in Southie features a full bar. [Terminal B connector, gate B24]

Harpoon Tap Room: A satellite of Boston's Harpoon Brewery, the Tap Room serves standard pub fare including chowder, sandwiches, and fish & chips. And of course, there's beer — up to ten locally-brewed draughts, including limited batches. [Post-security, terminal A, gate A20]
Cisco Brew Pub: Like Harpoon, the Cisco Brew Pub is a safe choice for beer and full-service pub food (burgers, lobster rolls, and the like). [Post-security: terminal B, American Airlines departures]

Todd English's Bonfire: Celeb chef Todd English got his start in Boston, and, for better or for worse, Bonfire has remained an outpost of his now sprawling empire (and with Olives done, it's one of his last Boston outposts.) Steaks with South American and European treatment are the main fare, along with tacos, tapas, and, what the heck, a Kobe beef hot dog. [Post-security, terminal B, gate B36]
Dine Boston: Periodically, different guest chefs from prominent local restaurants create a new menu that pays homage to seasonal ingredients. Chefs have included Andy Husbands of Tremont 647, Jose Duarte of Taranta, and Alberto Cabre of Casa B. There's a full-service restaurant and a cafe. [Pre-security, terminal E, level 3]

Potbelly Sandwich Shop: This Chicago-based chain serves cookies, shakes, and salads in addition to the restaurant's best-known item: toasted sandwiches. Though it's a sandwich chain in an airport, it's a sandwich chain in an airport with a cult following. And at some hours, it may be your only option, open from 5 a.m. until the last flight comes in. Potbelly has recently added three Boston-area locations — two downtown and one in Porter Square — and they've been fairly well-received. [Post-security, terminal C, gate C11]
Vino Volo: A restaurant and wine shop with small plates and entrees organized by red and white. For instance: smoked salmon and crabmeat crostini (white). [Post-security, two locations: terminal E, gate E6 and terminal A satellite, gates 13-22]

L Sreet Brownies Take Their Annual Plunge

Are they crazy . . . or just incredibly fit and brave?

Ever since 1904, the L Street Brownies celebrate the New Year by plunging into the icy waters of Dorchester Bay and raising money for local charities. If you're visiting Boston and want to have a true "insider" experience of our real culture - head to Carson Beach/L Street Beach for this famous Boston event on January 1.

Between about 500 and 1,000 swimmers participate in the New Year event. Irish bagpipers usually play until they also jump in the water. A large crowd of friends and onlookers cheer the swimmers on while passing around towels, vitamin C, and flasks.

Many of the L Street Brownies, a polar bear swim club formed in 1902 and named after the L Street Bathhouse in South Boston, swim here daily throughout the year. Although most members appear to be 50-something or younger, a number are in their 80s and 90s and attribute their strong immune systems to the daily exercise and icy water.

When: Friday, January 1, 2016 at 9:30am (Registration for those making the plunge starts at 8am)

Where: L Street Bathhouse at Curley Community Center (617-635-5104), 1663 Columbia Road, Carson Beach, South Boston
Closest T station: Red Line/JFK-UMass Station; walk half a mile to the Curley Community Center. Alternately, take the T Red Line to Broadway Station and transfer to the #9 or #11 City Point bus.

Note: MBTA subway and buses run on a holiday schedule in New Year's Day; expect more of a wait than usual

Parking: Available along Day Blvd

Cost: Free


1. There's a huge stone from... well, no one's quite sure

Faneuil Hall Hiding in plain sight along Marshall St (near The Green Dragon) is the Boston Stone, an object of disputed origin and significance. It’s 2ft in diameter and hollow, and was most likely used as a small millstone circa 1700. Local lore suggests that surveyors used it as the epicenter of Boston, but math and history nerds think otherwise. Spoiler alert for National Treasure Part 8: the inscribed date (1737) is also a mystery!!!

2. You can walk around inside a giant stained glass globe

Travel back in time to 1935 inside this giant stained glass globe at the Mary Baker Eddy Library. Funny thing... one minute you’re just walking around, and then suddenly you’re inside the Christian Science Mapparium -- a 30ft diameter sphere painted with a world map from pre-WWII. So long, Belgian Congo, we hardly knew ye. Bonus: there’s a light show.

3. This museum is full of dead bodies

Longwood Chubby Vern said it best: "You guys wanna go see a dead body?" If you do (sicko), The Warren Anatomical Museum has plenty, but they’re all in really... umm... unconventional shapes. For the squeamish, this collection of bizarre bodily oddities is probably not your preferred museum experience. Check out the preserved skull of Phineas Gage, that 1800s railroad worker who lost his left lobe (when a tamping iron shot through his skull) AND LIVED. They also have the tamping iron.

4. You can raise your hands to the heavens and thank... cod

Beacon Hill A lonely 5ft painted, sacred wooden fish swims in the air above the House Chamber, reminding us in perpetuity that we should thank cod. They kept the Puritans alive, and then fueled our early fishing industry. Plus you can’t have fish 'n chips without them. Just sayin'.

5. You can spy on all the saints in a secret alleyway

There’s a patron saint for just about everything (even hardware stores), and they’re all represented here in All Saints Way, a private North End alley (all except the The Boondock Saints, that is). Peter Baldassari lovingly curates his shrine to the divine, a collection of the canonized that began in his youth. The gate is usually locked, but you can still get a good look at the rotating gallery.

6. You can hang out at the birthplace of anesthesia

Beacon Hill Two men enter, one man leaves! Just kidding, Master Blaster. In 1846, William T.G. Morton knocked out Edward Abbott with ether (in front of a LIVE studio audience) at Mass General’s premier surgical amphitheater. Then the docs removed Abbot’s neck tumor while he slept. Dude didn’t even flinch. And that’s how anesthesia (and the name "The Ether Dome") was born.

7. Your next pair of shoes is behind a Snapple machine

Go through a non-descript convenience store at 6 Clearway St, open the Snapple vending machine, and enter Bodega: Boston's footwear/apparel mecca for cool kidz. It’s like Narnia AND Wonderland, filled with shoes and sweet gear (but no pesky talking animals.)

8. This "Skinny House" was built out of spite

North End This is your typical Hatfield-McCoy scenario, but with only two brothers squabbling over some co-inherited land in the North End (and no hillbillies or guns). While one brother fought in the Civil War, the other jerk put a huge house there. The soldier returned and built this 10ft wide "spite house"... thus setting the trend for geometrically awkward North End apartments.

9. You can visit the tree where George Washington started America (basically)

It seems that George Washington slept pretty much everywhere, but he only took command of the Continental Army in one spot: under a stately elm tree in Cambridge Common. This is one of those "probably-not-true" historical myths, but nobody seems to mind. George and the boys camped here, so there IS a good chance he gave an inspirational speech about how one day there will be freedom and NASCAR.

10. There's a sculpture devoted to a puppet

Harvard Square You've walked past it a bazillion times in Harvard Square (near the EMS), and you’ve probably never even noticed it. But you should, because it’s sorta famous. Noted Russian artist Konstantin Simun sculpted this memorial to fellow countryman and local street puppeteer, Igor Fokin. It’s a bronze statue of a Fokin puppet named DooDoo. True story.

11. There's a secret garden on top of a parking garage

C’mon, you know you loved The Secret Garden. There’s another one waiting for you at the 4 Cambridge Center parking garage. Find the entrance on Broadway that says "Roof Garden" (duh) and head for the top to find a well-manicured urban oasis. If you work anywhere nearby, ditch your cube at lunch for fresh air and sunshine. Trust us, they’re good for you.

10 Hottest New Restaurants in Boston

1- Little Donkey

Chef-duo Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa, Toro) team up at this cool Central Square spot offering inventive, globally-inspired small plates that cull and combine inspiration from myriad cuisines, plus unique raw bar eats and a beverage program highlighting craft beers, small wine producers and creative cocktails. The open, airy room features floor-to-ceiling streetside windows and plenty of exposed brick and slatted wood furnishings.

2- Porto

Star chef Jody Adams helms this Mediterranean seafood restaurant in Back Bay, culling inspiration from regional coastal cuisines to create an array of crudo, seafood stew, whole fried fish and pastas. It's all served from an open kitchen in a blue-hued space adorned with scalloped tile, imported marble, netted crystal lighting and a ample-sized seasonal patio.

3- The Smoke Shop

Chef Andy Husbands, who travels the country on the competitive BBQ circuit, mans the pit at this 'cue joint in Kendall Square where diners gather for trays of classic smoked ribs and brisket, whole hog meals, East Asian–inspired barbecue sandwiches and Southern sides, matched with a substantial whiskey selection. The rustic digs have an Americana feel and a spacious patio that hosts live music performances.

4- Bar Mezzana

Colin Lynch, previously executive chef for star restaurateur Barbara Lynch's empire, branches out on his own with this sparkling coastal Italian gem in the South End's Ink Block development turning out fresh crudo, handmade pasta, and modern large plates. The airy, midcentury-meets-Amalfi dining room features a large bar and seasonal patio.

5- Wink & Nod

With a nod to the Prohibition era, this South End speakeasy pours craft cocktails in festive glassware paired with Eclectic cuisine-hopping eats from the latest inhabitant of a culinary incubator program that offers temporary residency to roving pop-up concepts. Rendered in reds and golds with snakeskin-backed seating, black leather banquettes and zebra rugs, the sensuous setting is equally transporting.

6- Tapestry

Two concepts cohabitate at this eclectic eatery in the Fenway neighborhood: the beach house-inspired front room, dubbed the "expo kitchen," slings wood-fired pizzas, fresh-shucked oysters and creative small bites, while the rear "club room," suggests a Cuban lounge serving more refined fare around a four-sided glass fireplace. Tiki cocktails anchor the beverage menus, and there's a small seasonal patio, too.

7- Kava neo-taverna

Tucked on a quiet corner in the trendy South End, this chic little number, a sophisticated taverna swathed in stone and reclaimed wood, serves up a small plates–focused array of Hellenic cuisine made with imported ingredients, and stocks its bar with unique Greek wines and spirits.

8- Stoked Wood Fired Pizza

A popular food truck has spawned this Brookline brick-and-mortar with a loose music motif (founder Scott Riebling hails from the band Letters to Cleo), where creative pies are crisped quickly in a massive oven and sides like spicy chicken wings push the menu beyond the confines of the mobile original. Also on offer: A curated collection of draft cocktails, craft brews and affordable wines.

9- Juliet

This minimalist European-style neighborhood cafe in Union Square combines a youthful hipness with refined culinary techniques showcased in breakfast, lunch and (early) dinner plates available for grab-and-go or seated service. A redwood counter with six seats facing the open kitchen offers exclusive options like breakfast prix fixe menus that highlight rotating global cuisines and custom matcha tea service.

10- SRV

In the style of a Venetian bacaro, or wine bar, this South End Italian keeps the vino flowing and the small plates (including sophisticated house made pastas) coming to guests gathered in the hobnob-enabling dining room, outfitted with drink rails to encourage mingling, or on the cloistered rear patio.

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