Now is the ideal time to enjoy some seasonal outdoor recreation at these top rinks
Ice Skating at the Boston Common Frog Pond (pictured): The beloved tradition, a winter staple in the Hub since 1996, continues, complete with skate rentals, lessons and the Frog Pond Café, a year-round oasis serving burgers, hot dogs, hot beverages and more.
The Rink at 401 Park: Ensconced between Time Out Market Boston and the Fenway location of Trillium Brewing Company, this fun spot is in its third season of offering al fresco gliding in the heart of one of the city’s busiest entertainment districts. In addition to skating, experience broomball (think hockey with no skates, a ball and a broom instead of a stick), yoga on ice and hot cocoa for a winter warmer. Don't forget to check out special events like free skating shows by Joy Skate Productions (January 18 at 5 p.m.) and Disco on Ice featuring local Olympic hero Nancy Kerrigan (February 11 at 7 p.m.) as well.
Skate @ Canal District Kendall: Take a twirl at this sheet near Cambridge’s Kendall Square, the home of M.I.T. Lessons and skates, as well as group outings and private rink rentals, are all available.
Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink: Located at Brookline’s bucolic Larz Anderson Park, this outdoor rink offers a cool experience for all ages. Host to a skating school, Kirrane Rink also sees the occasional hockey game, some of which are open to adventurous drop-in participants.
The Rink at MarketStreet Lynnfield: This shopping and dining destination a few miles north of Boston is home to an open-air ice sheet that can be enjoyed throughout the winter. While you’re there, fuel up at outposts for such popular Boston eateries as Davio’s, Temazcal, Legal Sea Foods and Kings, which also offers indoor entertainment in the form of bowling for those not into frozen toes.