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Boston Winter Travel Tips

By Viator, February 2014

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Every year, New England winters roll in quick, leaving many to scramble in search of warmer things to do. But if you’re also willing to brave the cold a bit, Boston offers plenty to do – both indoors and out. Here, we present just a few of our favorites.

New England Aquarium

It might seem an obvious pick as the city’s premier aquarium has drawn huge crowds for decades. But even locals might be surprised to learn that New England Aquarium recently underwent a massive, $17.8 million renovation within the last year. In particular, the iconic Giant Ocean Tank (the stunning centerpiece of the entire aquarium) is newly reopened with more and larger viewing windows making it one of the largest, most sophisticated exhibits of its kind in the world. Trust us: there’s never been a better time to visit!

Stroll Faneuil Hall During the Holidays

Sure, it’s a little bit cheesy, but embrace the cliché! One of Boston’s most famous and tourist-trafficked hotspots looks darn beautiful all decked out in Christmas lights and decorations for the holiday season. It’s a short walk around the entire space to be sure, so relax and take your time. There are plenty of things to see and do and the people-watching is among the best in the city.

Warm Up with a Classic Cocktail at The Hawthorne

If you love your fine, pinky-up cocktails with a healthy dose of class and history, The Hawthorne has it all in spades. This premier cocktail lounge features some of the city’s finest mixologists who are happy to take your general tastes – you needn’t tell them the exact drink you’re craving – and whip up a custom, perfect-for-winter cocktail just for you.

Lace Up for a Night Skate at America’s Oldest Public Park

It’s no surprise that Boston is rich in history, but did you know that it’s also home to the oldest public park in America? What’s more: visitors willing to brave the cold will love the night skating at Boston Common’s Frog Pond. Avid skaters are welcome to bring their own equipment, and rentals are also available for newbies. With its own ice-making system, the pristine rink is slick as glass throughout the winter season.

Museums for Free

Boston’s museums rival some of the best in much larger cities like Manhattan. The best part? They’re free on certain days of the week. You just need to know when! On Wednesdays, The Museum of Fine Arts is free after 4pm; the Institute of Contemporary Art is free Thursdays from 5-9pm; and the Harvard Museum of Natural History is free on Sundays from 9am to noon (this last one’s for Massachusetts residents only though).

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Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 556 Reviews

Discover Boston at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour. Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights of Boston at ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $40.95
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Blue Man Group Boston Show Admission

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 8 Reviews

See the Blue Man Group, one of Boston's longest running shows, at The Charles Playhouse in the heart of Boston's Theater District. The phenomenon that has ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 1-hour and 45-minutes

From USD $77.50

New England Aquarium

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Discover thousands of marine animals at the New England Aquarium! Meet green sea turtles and blue penguins, touch sharks and stingrays, observe eels and ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Flexible

From USD $9.95

Historic Boston Tavern Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 16 Reviews

On this Boston tour, you’ll learn what was at the center of the American Revolution: not politics, but taverns! Frequented by figures such as Paul Revere, ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 2-2.5 hours

From USD $56.99

Boston Chocolate Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Love chocolate? For a sweet introduction to Boston, you won’t want to miss this Boston chocolate walking tour. Discover Boston's hidden chocolate boutiques as ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 2.5 or 3-hours

From USD $47.99

Newport Mansions at Christmas: The Breakers and Marble House

This holiday season, gilded mansions, million-dollar yachts, evergreen trees and beautiful coastal views await you on this day trip from Boston to Newport, ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.99

Admission to Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Step back in time and see how the Boston Tea Party changed American history! This Boston museum details the series of events leading to December 16, 1773, ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Flexible

From USD $25.00

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