Take a Glide Around Boston’s Frog Pond

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Nothing says winter like bundling up for some outdoor ice skating. Relatively inexpensive and suited for all ages and levels, it is one of the best ways to enjoy some frozen family fun.

Lucky for us, there are plenty of ice skating locales are right in our backyard, from frozen ponds to pop-up ovals on town commons. But if you’re planning on lacing up your skates this month, why not make a day of it and take a jaunt into the city? Boston’s iconic Frog Pond was recently named the Best Skating Rink in the United States by USA Today.

 Beating out other rinks from New York City to San Francisco, the Frog Pond is a long-standing Boston destination. Visitors are drawn to this picturesque spot in America’s oldest public park.

A wading pool in the warmer months, the Frog Pond, situated on the Boston Common, is converted into a rink every winter where families can enjoy a quintessential city skating experience – an outside glide with unbeatable skyline views. Skate rentals and sharpening,“skating seals” for children who are just learning, lockers and hot cocoa (of course!) are available on site. Just remember this is an outdoor rink with no indoor seating or heated area, so plan and dress accordingly.

The prime location of the Frog Pond, in the heart of downtown Boston, makes it easy for skating be just one part of a day of urban fun. Take the T to the Museum of Science, snack and shop your way through Faneuil Hall Marketplace, walk the famous Freedom Trail or see what’s new the Boston Aquarium or Boston Children’s Museum. Want to add some decadence to your day trip? Try the Saturday Chocolate Bar at the Langham Hotel’s Cafe Fleuri. The all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet features a Donut Wall where guests can decorate and adorn their own donuts with a variety of toppings. Ice skating is a workout – go ahead and treat yourself!

If You Go


Monday 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Admission based on skater’s height. 58 inches & over: $6; Under 58 inches: free

Adult skate rentals: $12; Kids’ skate rentals: $6

Skate sharpening: $10

Lockers: $4

Bobby the Skating Seal: $15/hour


• There’s parking right under the Common in the Boston Common Garage. Reserve a spot online at bostoncommongarage.com for a discounted rate.

• Students with a college ID receive half-off skating admission on Tuesday nights.

• Delays and closures during periods of inclement weather or emergency situations are announced at bostonfrogpond.com and on the organization’s social media accounts.