America’s Walking City doesn’t let a little snow or cold weather slow it down. Boston pops in the winter with no shortage of things to do, from ice skating and skiing to seasonal tours and festivals. The New England city’s historic architecture looks even more magical with a sprinkling of fresh snow. And if it gets too chilly, you can always take the sightseeing indoors.
Ice Skating at Frog Pond
This reflecting pool in historic Boston Common park turns into a hot spot for ice skaters November through March. Rent Bobby the Skating Seal to help little ones learn how to stay upright on two blades. Take a break at the nearby café with a cup of hot cocoa and a bowl of mac and cheese.
Where: 38 Beacon St.
Top of the Hub
Request a window seat for dinner and drink in the views from this snow globe in the sky, perched 52 stories above the Back Bay. Musicians play live jazz nightly in the lounge of this popular spot atop Prudential Tower (aka “The Pru”), future home of the Boston outpost of the Italian food emporium Eataly.
Where: 800 Boylston St.
Museum of Fine Arts
Get those creative juices flowing with a one-day winter workshop, or marvel at others’ masterpieces, like a carefully curated selection of paintings and sculptures by Picasso. The Spanish-born artist is the focus of a new exhibit starting Feb. 13.
Where: 465 Huntington Ave.
Samuel Adams Brewery Tour
Sample some seasonal beverages at this test kitchen, where the Samuel Adams brew crew experiments with new recipes and concocts specialty craft beers only available in the local area. Tickets are on a first-come, first-serve basis for the free tours that last about an hour.
Where: 30 Germania St.
Explore the harbor from the climate-controlled comfort of this 600-passenger ship during an elegant dinner cruise or lunch excursion, offered year-round. Duck into the captain’s bridge and enjoy the views of the skyline, Seaport District and nearby Harbor Islands.
Where: Rowes Wharf
Stay warm with a journey to the center of the earth as you step inside this three-story globe whose 600-plus stained-glass panels reflect the way the world looked in 1935. A multimedia presentation of words, music and lights illustrates how groundbreaking ideas spread across boundaries and helped shape the planet.
Where: Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Massachusetts Ave.
Dine Out Boston
Dig into the city’s famed seafood and other culinary treats at bargain prices during the winter installment of this twice-yearly tradition, also known as Restaurant Week. Dozens of eateries offer specially priced prix-fixe menus from March 6-11 and 13-18.
Where: Locations vary
African-American Patriots Tour
Boston is one of the country’s most walkable cities. Bundle up for a pedestrian tour of the Freedom Trail led by 18th-century costumed guides who tell the stories of African-American revolutionaries during these special tours offered Saturday and Sunday afternoons in February during Black History Month.
Where: Boston Common Visitor Information Center, 139 Tremont St.
Ski Wachusett Mountain
An hour’s drive west of Boston, more than 100 acres of powdery terrain await novices and experts of all ages at this ski and snowboard haven, whose name is Algonquin for “Great Hill.” A weekend Ski Train whisks you from the city to the slopes from Boston’s North Station to a shuttle in Fitchburg.
Where: 41 Mile Hill Road, Westminster
Boston Wine Festival
Oenophiles, here’s your chance to mingle with many of the world’s top winemakers at intimate dinners, seminars and lavish receptions held from January through March at this annual event, now in its 27th year.
Where: Locations vary