Boston Winter Travel Tips
By Viator, February 2014
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).