Unless you are a skier, winter is prime time to visit and tour New England’s interesting and hospitable cities: Boston, Portland, Providence, New Haven, Burlington, Portsmouth and many others. We recently juiced up our Great Things to Do page for Boston, and – wow – even we were taken aback by the variety of attractions and things to do: art and nature and history and kids museums; comedy clubs; foodie tours … the list goes on and on. Browse the list below and check out mid-winter getaway deals at the city’s marvelous hotels.
USS Constitution Museum and Old Ironsides in Charlestown — A tour through the USS Constitution Museum and “Old Ironsides” next door – itself an active vessel in the U.S. Navy – is memorable for both kids and adults. Exhibits at the museum run the gamut from war scenarios in “Old Ironsides in War and Peace” to the lives of real sailors today in “Today’s Crew.” The museum is open year-round and museum guides are eager to answer questions about the country’s iconic ship. The U.S. Navy hosts tours of the USS Constitution, taking curious visitors on explorations of spar deck, gun deck and berth deck. Map.
The Freedom Trail in Boston — The Freedom Trail is a literal trail through Boston – marked by a line of red bricks along the sidewalk, that take people among some of the major locations where planning and execution of the American Revolution happened. The tour can be self-guided but it is better with professional guides, who are easy to spot: they look like they just stepped out of the 1700s. fun and educational tours in. For example, encompass the Massachusetts State House, where visitors learn about the architecture of the building; . King’s Chapel, taking people down into the crypts below the Chapel, and the 1816 Paul Revere bell. A tour is always better when you learn more about the history around you.
Franklin Park Zoo in Boston — The 72-acre Franklin Park Zoo is Boston’s largest park and home exotic and North American animals in exhibit areas like the Tropical Forest, the Kalahari Kingdom and the Giraffe Savannah. The Aussie Aviary allows you to see the birds of Down Under in a free-flight environment (open seasonally). Plenty of good food to keep your family fueled for the exploration is at Giddy-Up Grill and Kalahari Kitchen. Zoo is open year-round. Map.
Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge — Harvard Museum of Natural History is keen to build knowledge and fascination on many different subjects in exhibits that include the Great Mammal Hall, The Glass Flowers, The Zoological Galleries, the Mineralogical and Geological Gallery. One the museum’s most notable and popular collections is the Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, also called the “glass flowers,” which encompass 4,000 models of 830 plant species, were built by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. Map.
Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Boston Museum of Science in Boston — Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Boston Museum of Science is heaven for star gazers. The show, “Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun,” explores planets outside our solar system. Activities for the public include stargazing in the museum’s Gilliland Observatory on clear nights. Map.
Ice Skating at the Frog Pond in Boston — Winter is not as brrr-r-r-y when you drag out (or rent) ice skates and take a whirl around the ice rink on the Frog Pond at Boston Common. This beautiful urban park and the clusters of red-cheeked adults and kids zooming on the ice will put you in mind of halcyon images of the French Impressionists. The Frog Pond Café is open throughout the year. Skating is open until mid-to-late March. Map.
Cross-Country Skiing in Weston — The Weston Ski Track, on Route 27 in Weston, is am easy drive from Boston. The two-kilometer loop is lighted at night and sprinkled as needed by snow guns, so the skiing surface is always fine. Llessons, rentals, and a warm cafe make this an ideal day trip from Boston. Map.
Jump at Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Boston — Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Boston is your place to work out frustration, energy, or just the pure and simple need to bounce. This place has 10,000 square feet of bounce space and other ways to add variety to your play, like dodge ball courts, fitness classes, daily open Jump playtime and a Saturday-night SkyJam. Adults are welcome! Map.
The KITCHEN at Boston Public Market in Boston — The KITCHEN at The Boston Public Market is a gathering place for food making and enjoying. It managers are eager to share love of food and cooking with anyone, at any point on his or her cookery journey. Come for events, hands-on classes, workshops, demos and tastings. Classes have included topics like Caribbean flavors, French crepes, gnocchi, truffles, and handmade pasta. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Map.
Food Walking Tours in Boston — Off The Beaten Path Food Tours lead you on a walking tour of unique historic and ethnic neighborhoods of Boston, probing into the places where Bostonians shop, cook, and eat, One favorite, the Harvard Square Chocolate Tour, with stops at many shops and restaurants eateries for chocolate tastings along the way. It’s about a mile of urban walking with five to six stops in about 90 minutes. Fine of all ages. Meet at Harvard Square. Map.