Where to Go When the Weather Gets Cold in Boston
Boston is a year-round destination, and that means that the cold weather season is just as fun and exciting. With plenty of opportunities to explore the city indoors, there's no shortage of ways to enjoy winter in Boston. From indoor museums and historical sites to public ice skating and holiday activities, here's our list of the best things to do in Boston in the winter.
The Orpheum Theatre was built in 1852 and was the original home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Today the venue hosts a mix of performances, with live music concerts being the most common.
1 Hamilton Place, Downtown Crossing, Boston, Massachusetts, 02108
Boston Opera House
The Boston Opera House is now the home of the Boston Ballet. It also hosts a number of Broadway shows.
26 West Street, Downtown Crossing, Boston, Massachusetts, 02111
Harvard Museum of Natural History
This museum offers a glimpse into the botanical, geological, and zoology research being done at Harvard. Some of the museum's collections date back to the 1780s with popular exhibits including the dinosaur hall, the gem gallery, the glass flowers, and the great mammal hall. With your admission fee you also give you access to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology next door.
26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA, 02138
New England Aquarium
Rated one of the best aquariums in the world, the memories of the immersive aquatic experience that you will have here will last a lifetime. Visitors will find huge tanks filled with various marine species and ecosystems such as coral reefs, sharks, the north Atlantic, the northern Pacific, and more. Penguins, harbor seals, a touch tank, sea lions, and other exhibitions are also housed here, providing a day-long adventure through the seas. It's terrific for all ages, especially kids and kids-at-heart, or anyone who wants to learn more about the oceans and seas.
1 Central Wharf, Waterfront, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110
Boston Garden (TD Garden)
The iconic Boston Garden indoor stadium (currently named the TD Garden) is home to both the Boston Celtics NBA team and the Boston Bruins NHL team. While it's been around for awhile, this stadium is loved by fans from near and afar for it's close, intimate seating where spectators can see all of the action of their favorite teams. In addition to sporting events, the venue also hosts hit concerts and other shows on occasion such as Disney on Ice and famous comedians.
100 Legends Way, West End, Boston, Massachusetts
Featuring productions of Blue Man Group
and Shear Madness
for more than 30 years, these are the only two shows hosted at this theatre, and they are extremely popular! The theatre itself was built in the Greek Revival architectural style and offers plenty of charm.
74 Warrenton Street, Theatre District, Boston, Massachusetts
The Paramount Theatre is a performing arts center that hosts several touring Broadway productions each year. Opened in 1896, the Paramount Theatre is one of the oldest theaters in the country. It hosts many Broadway shows as well as concerts and operas.
559 Washington Street, Theatre District, Boston, Massachusetts
Opened in 1910, Boston's Shuburt Theatre has ties to the theatres in New York with the same name. As such, visitors can see a variety of Broadway-style shows here including dramas and musicals and large productions.
265 Tremont Street, Theatre District, Boston, Massachusetts
Emerson Colonial Theatre
This is the oldest continuously operating theatre in the United States. The interior is ornate and gorgeous. Hosting a variety of performances and musicals such as Broadway-style shows as well as locally produced plays, this theatre has seen its share of hits. In fact, it was where several shows debuted before they went on to become Broadway hits such as Oklahoma! and Porgy and Bess.
106 Boylston Street, Theatre District, Boston, Massachusetts
This large theatre seats nearly 3,700 guests and is ornately decorated on the interior emulating the Paris Opera House. And, appropriately, this theatre hosts opera, ballet, concerts, and other premier events.
270 Tremont Street, Theatre District, Boston, Massachusetts
How much does it cost?
Prices for activities, things to do, and tours range from $5 to $74. The average cost for a tour or tickets is $45. A few of the best options are below.
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