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Making a Scene: Ice Skating at the Boston Frog Pond

Boston Frog Pond

Boston Common

Hours: Monday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Friday and Saturday – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission - $5 for Adults (14 and older); children under 13 free

Rentals - $9 for adults and $5 for children.
College night is Tuesday.  Admission is only $2.

While I may not know how to ski (very well, that is), this Ohio-raised Boston transplant definitely knows how to ice skate.  Many Bostonians will tell you that a trip to the Frog Pond on the Boston Common - at least once - is a requirement for living here.  I finally cemented my Boston residence with my first skate this past weekend.

If you're looking for a great way to spend a day, head to the Frog Pond for an afternoon skate and make a scene of your own - the smell of the ice, laughing with family and friends, and a hot chocolate warm up will definitely create an experience all your own.

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The pond welcomes skaters of all skill levels. It was fun to watch the mix of first timers (both children and adults) and experienced skaters.  If you are a beginner or a parent with a small child, the pond's size and surrounding wall (great for holding on) will make you feel comfortable enough to learn and enjoy yourself.

After lacing up my rental skates, I headed out for my first lap.  I'll freely admit that this involved holding onto the sidewall for support.  However, after one turn, I found my balance, and the rest of the afternoon was carefree.  Gliding across the pond reminded me that some things never change.  I felt childlike, full of giggles and wonder.

My Tips

  • Know Before You Go - Check the website or follow the Frog Pond on Twitter to find about current conditions, delayed openings or early closings.  Concessions, lockers, and other conveniences are also available on site.  If needed, purchase a $2 locker token at the entrance booth to lock your valuables away while you skate.
  • Renting Skates? Bring an extra pair of socks to make a snug fit and keep your toes warm.  Wobbly ankles and loose fitting skates are not a good combination.
  • Restrictions - No cell phones or cameras are allowed on the ice.  If you would like to take pictures to chronicle your trip, ask a family member or friend to stay behind and take pics while you're the ice.

Cristy Maldonado is a Boston-based blogger in constant pursuit of fun activities in the city. Read more of her work at Get Out: Planning an Urban Safari In Boston.

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