Wintertime in Boston, Massachusetts might sound like nothing but snow, but this vibrant city has plenty to offer its visitors no matter the time of year. During winter make sure to get up and out early as it starts getting dark early.
Since the weather in Boston can be unpredictable and daylight limited in winter, most of the best activities are based indoors. No need to walk your way through the snow every day, just enough to enjoy the magical winter wonderland.
If you are planning on visiting several paid attractions while exploring Boston in the winter, you might want to check out the CityPass, to save up to 45% on admission prices.
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The best activities in Boston this winter:
#1. Museum of Science
Spend the day indoors at the fun and interactive Museum of Science. Learn all about the human body, history of animals and the impact and advancements in science. No matter what make sure not the miss the electricity show for some lightning indoors!
It is the perfect indoor destination for all those young at heart and in age. The museum is open daily from 9AM to 5PM.
#2. New England Aquarium
Take a trip through the underwater world at the New England Aquarium. Catch a glimpse of the huge green sea turtle in the Giant Ocean Tank. Our favorite is watching feeding time for the several species of penguins. If you are lucky you can also get the chance to pet a shark!
The best time to visit the Aquarium during the weekday for limited lines and crowds. During school vacation the aquarium can be packed to the gills with onlookers. The aquarium is open weekdays from 9AM to 5PM and weekends from 9AM to 6PM.
#3. City Brew Tours Boston
For those of you over the age of 21, a great way to get to know the city of Boston is through its local beers. Enjoy a small group tour of several breweries around the greater Boston area with plenty of flavors to try along each stop. No need to worry about who is driving with the guided City Brew Tours of Boston.
#4. Ice Skating on Frog Pond
Get your dancing feet ready for ice skating on Frog Pond in the historic Boston Common. It is a great activity for both kids and adults, just make sure to bundle up on chilly days. If you have your own ice skates make sure to bring them along to save on the rental fee.
#5. Skywalk Observatory
Enjoy a 360° view over the city of Boston from the top of the Prudential Center. Besides the skywalk on the fiftieth floor, entry includes the Dreams of Freedom Museum, an informative look at how immigration and mixture of cultures created this unique city. If you want to enjoy a daylight view of Boston, do not forget about the early winter sunset.
The Skywalk Observatory is open daily from 10AM to 8PM during the winter. Make sure to check the website to see closures for private functions.
#6. Harvard Museum of Natural History
Enjoy a look at plants and animals from around the world and throughout history at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. It is like taking a trip through time and space all in one afternoon. There is also a breathtaking Glass Flowers collection, with over 3000 models on display, which is not to be missed.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History is open daily from 9AM to 5PM.
#7. Harvard Square
Walk around the historic Harvard Square and take a stroll through the campus of the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. There are many local shops, cafes and restaurants to explore and warm up in.
#8. Faneuil Hall Tree
Sunset comes early in the winter giving you plenty of time to witness all the holiday lights Boston has to offer. Head over to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market to see the largest tree in the northeast decorated with sparkling lights.
Once Christmas is over the Faneuil Hall area is a great place to learn some history of Boston while enjoying some of its most iconic foods.
#9. The Nutcracker
If it is before New Year’s make plans to see the classic Christmas tale of The Nutcracker. Across Boston there are many different options to enjoy the enchanting story. The performances range from the traditional Boston Ballet version to an adult friendly adaptation.
#10. Ski day
Take full advantage of a New England and head out of Boston for a day on the slopes! Whether you like skiing or snowboarding, spend less time on the road and more time on the mountain. Within 100 miles of Boston there are 10 different ski resorts to choose from for the perfect day trip.