Lightly falling snow, the soft glow of gas lamps at dusk and certain winter repose. We do live in the 21st century, but catch Boston at the right moment and you’ll get the impression of having stepped into a Currier & Ives print. This season, take time to capture this Victorian-era vibe at Boston's enchanting open-air and outdoor ice skating rinks, and then toast the experience with a warm tipple, sipped nearby.
Frog Pond Skating Rink
Vibe: At the heart of the city’s nearly 50-acre central park Boston Common, sits the picturesque Frog Pond Skating Rink under shelter of white-light laden trees. Leave honking horns and cranky commuters behind to spend an afternoon skating here. Bobby the Skating Seal aids the unsteady crowd, by which we mean kids and learners—so save the hot toddies for later!
Boston Common, 617.635.2120
The tipple: The Vermonter
Where to sip it: The Bristol Lounge, 200 Boylston St., 617.338.4400
The Rink at the Charles Hotel
Vibe: With its token Ivy League university and a plethora of shops and restaurants, Harvard Square is a bustling location any time of year. Watch this world go by from the terrace of the Charles Hotel, where its rink serves as a playful past time in a scholarly, fun-loving ‘hood.
1 Bennett St., Cambridge, 617.864.1200
The tipple: White hot chocolate
Where to sip it: L.A. Burdick, 52 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617.491.4340
Rotunda Ice Skating Rink
Vibe: Take in spectacular views of Boston Harbor and the waterfront stretching from the Seaport all the way to Charlestown while spinning triple Salchows—or trying to—on this rink beneath Boston Harbor Hotel’s central archway.
70 Rowes Wharf, 617.439.7000
The tipple: Cocoa Loco
Where to sip it: Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, 70 Rowes Wharf, 617.439.3995
Ice Skating at Kendall Square
Vibe: Cantabrigians and students from MIT are regular customers at this rink located in the heart of Kendall Square. The vibe is decidedly less Victorian than Boston's other rinks thanks to the shiny surrounding buildings of biotech companies, but the experience is no less charming.
300 Athenaeum St., Cambridge, 617.492.0941
The tipple: Spiced rum punch
Where to sip it: Catalyst, 300 Technology Square, Cambridge, 617.576.3000