While the weather tends to get quite nippy in Boston during the month of January, there are still plenty of things for you to do and to enjoy throughout the city during the blistery winter months. In fact, here are a few great ideas to explore this month.
Boston offers plenty of opportunity to enjoy some outdoor fun in the winter. If you don’t want to travel too far, you might want to try ice skating on Frog Pond, which is conveniently located in Boston Common. Another option is to skate across the frozen Lagoon located at the Public Garden. If you don’t have your own skates to use at Frog Pond, they are available for just $10 per adult or $5 per child.
If you are looking for a bit more excitement, there are several downhill and cross country ski areas located within an hour from the city. While these slopes are pretty basic, they still offer plenty of opportunity for fun. To have a more luxurious getaway, head to the Berkshires to stay at one of the area’s many ski resorts.
If you like sports, but you prefer to stay indoors, Boston also offers ample opportunity to enjoy spectator sports. Boston Bruins hockey games and Boston Celtics basketball games are taking place nearly every night of the week at TD Garden.
Tour the City
Even in the colder temperatures, Boston is always a fun and exciting city to explore by foot. The ever-popular Freedom Trail offers plenty of sites to see, with some providing opportunities to go inside and get warm. Paul Revere’s house on the North End is the oldest house in central Boston. Constructed between 1677 and 1680, the building now serves a museum sharing information about middle-class American Colonial life.
You can also warm up by taking a free tour of the USS Constitution. Known colloquially as “Old Ironsides,” the ship is located in the Charleston Navy Yard. As part of the tour of this warship, which is the oldest commissioned warship still afloat in the world, you will have the opportunity to see the top deck, the gun deck and the berth area. You will also learn more about life aboard the ship as well as the ship’s legendary battles. Other great places to visit included the Old State House and the Old South Meeting House.
While there are many great places to shop in Boston, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is among the most popular. Located conveniently along the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall Marketplace offers plenty of opportunity to shop, eat and enjoy the nightlife that Boston has to offer.
Take in a Show
The theater season really gets rolling during the winter months, with Boston offering many great shows and productions to enjoy. The Downtown Theatre District alone offers more than a dozen performance venues, while even more can be found Cambridge and other neighborhoods. Whether you are looking for an opera, a dance production, a comedy show or a Broadway musical, you are sure to find a show to love in January.