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Family Fun: Go Ice Skating at the Boston Common Frog Pond

Boston Frog Pond

Boston Frog Pond at the Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts. Photo credit: Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism Flickr page at

In the winter, a section of the Boston Common in Boston, Mass., transforms into a beautiful frog — the Frog Pond for ice skating, that is. This is truly a “ribbeting” family-friendly Boston attraction. Sorry for the bad pun, but remember I “toad” you so about this great family attraction that is now open for the 2019 season.

The Boston Common Frog Pond is a man-made ice skating rink that benefits greatly from the Boston Common’s scenic, natural oasis in the city, surrounded by distant tall buildings. It’s really a beautiful New England scene, like something out Currier and Ives. The Frog Pond features well-maintained, cozy, family-oriented public skating, as well as skating lessons, skate rentals, restrooms, and a warming area.

The skating admission fee is quite reasonable, with a $6 charge for those 58-inches or higher, and free for those under 58 inches, according to  If you’ve built up an appetite from all that skating, The Frog Pond Cafe comes to the rescue sandwiches, snacks and hot and cold drinks. For more information on hours, special events and programs, skating rentals and more, call the Frog Pond at (617) 635-2120 or visit its Web Site by clicking on the link above.

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