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Staying in Boston this winter? Embrace the season and head outdoors!

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Skating on Frog Pond

Boston is a great place to visit in the winter and you don’t have to go far to enjoy plenty of outdoor activities. Whether traveling with children or on your own, pack your winter gear and experience all the fun of a New England winter.

Skiing
You don’t have to head to Vermont for great skiing … hop on the Ski Train to Wachusett Mountain and you’ll be on the slopes in less than two hours! Named by SKI Magazine as one of the Top 20 resorts on the East Coast, Wachusett offers 22 trails, eight lifts and 110 acres of skiable terrain.

Every Saturday and Sunday throughout the ski season, the Ski Train leaves Boston’s North Station at 8:35 a.m. and arrives at the Fitchburg commuter rail station at 10:06 a.m. The Wachusett Mountain shuttle picks up skiers and riders at the station and brings them directly to the mountain, 20 minutes away. The shuttle leaves the mountain at 4:45 p.m. for a 5:35 p.m. departure back to Boston.

The Ski Train fare is only $7.75 each way. The service runs from December 12th through March 28th. Each train includes a designated “ski” car for easy storage of ski and snowboard equipment. If you don’t have equipment with you, rentals are available at the mountain.

Sledding
Whether you’re a child or child at heart, sledding is fun for everyone! Larz Anderson Park in Brookline offers some of the best sledding around and is easy to get to from anywhere in Boston. Take the Green Line C trolley to Cleveland Circle, change to Bus 51 and get off at Newton Street.

Did you forget to pack your sled? No problem! Sleds and all the winter gear you need can be found at City Sports, 480 Boylston St. and 1035 Commonwealth Ave.; EMS, 1041 Commonwealth Ave.; and Target, 180 Somerville Ave. in Somerville.

If you’re feeling a bit more adventuresome, head out to Nashoba Valley in Littleton for a day of tubing. The Nashoba tubing park is open until 10 p.m. and a two-hour ticket costs $25.

Skating
Glide across Frog Pond in the heart of Boston Common, the oldest city park in the United States. Now through March 15th, Frog Pond is open for skating Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (with a 4:00 p.m. closing time on Mondays), and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Skating is free for children 13 and under and costs only $4 for everyone else.

New this year, visitors can also skate at Faneuil Hall Marketplace! From January 21st through February 27th, an ice skating rink located in the East End Promenade will be open for skating Sunday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Skate rentals will be available onsite and concessions will be offered inside the Quincy Market Colonnade.

So no excuses … get out and enjoy the winter!