The Frog Pond Opens for Winter Fun

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Posted November 27, 2013 by Stephanie Rineman in Downtown Boston
Ice Skating on the Frog Pond

In need of a pick-me-up to combat the decreasing hours of daylight and early season flurries this month? You are certainly not alone.

Fortunately for us Bostonians, November brings more than that first chilly snap of winter—it marks the start of skating season at one of our local treasures, the Boston Common Frog Pond. At the end of the month, the pond will open to usher in another season of gliding and twirling, and if I’m there, probably a fair share of stumbling-induced laughter as well. Patrons of all ages will take to the ice in one of New England’s most cherished pastimes.

The Frog Pond has come a long way since its early days. In 1634 when Boston Common was founded, the pond served as a mere watering hole for cattle. In 1898, the pond became a swimming hole, offering shade and relief during the dog days of summer. After nearly 400 years, the Frog Pond remains a focal point of city life throughout each season, but perhaps there is none more anticipated than winter, when its music and lights bring us out of our hibernation to enjoy some of the benefits of our seasonally-frigid climate.

Opening daily at 10 a.m., the Boston Common Frog Pond welcomes city dwellers and visitors alike for public skating sessions and private and group lessons offered by The Skating Club of Boston. For a family outing or romantic date, this might just be the ideal way to spend a day or an evening. Adults skate for $5 ($9 for rental skates), while kids 13 and under pay nothing except $5 to rent. Looking to perfect your triple axel? An individual season pass runs for $150, and a family pass costs $250. When you can no longer feel your toes, cozy up for some hot cocoa and Belgian waffles at the Frog Pond Café.

Boston Common Frog Pond

The Frog Pond is located in the beautiful Boston Common. Photo Credit: Magnus Manske

Although closed for skating on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, it more than makes up for it with the Frog Pond Spectacular, a free figure skating show slotted for two dates this year: the 72nd Annual Boston Common Tree Lighting on December 5 and First Night Boston on New Year’s Eve. Skaters from around the world will convene on our beloved Frog Pond to dazzle and amaze and pay tribute to the city’s skating heritage.

So lace up those skates, and, if you’re like me, double up on the padding, and get out there to revel in Mother Nature’s blustery glory. This truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

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