Guest Author - Candyce H. Stapen
Visit Boston in winter? Certainly. Weekend hotel rates drop from spring and summer highs, museums showcase new exhibits and theaters host new entertainment. You can also tack on a ski or tubing outing to a snowy hill within 60-minutes of the city.
Downtown, meet Cliff at the Museum of Science. The 65-million year-old, 23-foot, fierce-looking fossil, is one of only four nearly complete Triceratops displayed in the world. When the museum debuts Design Zone, February 10, you can find out how math, art and physics meet to create the gut-wrenching thrills of roller coaster drops and the right dimensions for the rails and half-pipes skateboarders ride to catch air.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History, a lesser-known gem, also features some finds. Chief among them are the fossilized skeletons of a 15-foot long ground sloth and a 42-foot long Kronosaurus, the world’s only mounted skeleton of this big-jawed, toothy marine reptile. You can also admire a 1,600-pound amethyst geode plus a “garden” of 3,000 glass flowers.
At the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, morph into revolutionary rebels. Learn about the famous tea party and the American Revolution through hands-on exhibits, holograms and a recreated period vessel. Snack on a “fat rascal,” a thick tea cake, at the facility’s Abigail’s Tea Room.
On your Boston visit, allow some time for outdoor fun. You can ice skate on Boston Common’s frozen Frog Pond and on the Kendall Square Community rink, Cambridge. Ski and snowboard down the slopes at Blue Hills, Canton, 17 miles from Boston, or Nashoba Valley, Westford, 25 miles from the city. Two miles from Nashoba’s skiing is the Nashoba Valley Tubing Park, New England’s largest. Use one of the 18 lanes to slide downhill on an inner tube, no skill required. And for those who like exploring the white stuff on relatively level ground, strap on snowshoes and walk in the wintry wonderland at the Weston Ski Track, 13 miles from downtown.
Save nearly 50% on admission to five of Boston’s attractions, including the Museum of Science and the Harvard Museum of Natural History, by purchasing a CityPASS booklet.
For more deals, check out the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau and for insider tips on the city’s attractions, restaurants, hotels and events, get Deb Geigis Berry’s travel app, Boston With Kids.