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The best ice-skating rinks in Boston

Take a spin around one of these top ice-skating rinks, from Boston Common’s classic Frog Pond to a free indoor rink

Photograph: Shutterstock/Kwanbenz

A seasonal tradition, ice-skating is one of the best things to do in Boston during the winter months. But which of the many ice-skating rinks should you hit? Gliding among Boston Common’s spectacular Christmas lights at iconic skating rink the Frog Pond is a classic holiday experience, Community Ice Skating @Kendall is conveniently placed for a warming dram at one of the best bars in Boston, and the free Steriti Rink is the best choice for cheapskates.

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The best ice-skating rinks in Boston


Boston Common Frog Pond

Few holiday traditions are as entrenched as an icy spin around Boston Common’s Frog Pond. The rink hosts a steady, multigenerational throng of newbies and aspiring Kristi Yamaguchis alike, while those who prefer to stay on non-slippery ground can snuggle up beside the snack bar with a hot chocolate and free Wi-Fi. Half-price college nights lure in clusters of students home for the semester break. Just be sure to bundle up—a wait is inevitable.

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Boston Common

Rotunda Rink at Boston Harbor Hotel

This waterside rink beneath the hotel’s elegant rotunda will almost make you feel as if you’re gliding on the harbor. Thaw out in the onsite warming room between laps, then head indoors to Rowes Wharf Sea Grille for hot chocolate, s’mores and cold-weather cocktails.

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Community Ice Skating @Kendall

Smack in the center of Kendall Square’s dining and drinking action sits an outdoor rink with all the trappings: a snack bar for hot chocolate, skate and helmet rentals, lockers and even group lessons (yup, even for adults). Planning a holiday bash? The rink is also available for private rentals.

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Kendall Sq

Steriti Memorial Rink

Anyone who grew up in Boston proper has skated a few laps on this indoor North End rink—or more likely, learned to skate here. This is a true hockey rink, which means it can accommodate massive crowds, and it’s free to the public on days it’s not occupied by—you guessed it—hockey teams. Did we mention it’s indoors? That means you can perfect your arabesque even on days when it’s snowing or freezing outside.

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North End