When the Weather Outside is Frightful - Bundle Up! 3 Outdoor Activities to Do in Boston This Fall

November 26, 2018 | Boston Events


By late November, the cold air coming off the Atlantic Ocean can cut through even the most well-intentioned parka. When the mercury struggles to rise above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, our natural reaction is to hunker down and hibernate until spring.

With so many exciting events taking place across the lively city of Boston at the end of the fall season, we implore you to resist the urge to head indoors. Instead, put on your warmest coat, a winter hat, and some gloves and go enjoy three of our favorite outdoor activities in Boston this fall:

1. Ice Skating on the Frog Pond

Tucked away on the north side of the 50-acre Boston Common is a little swimming hole known as the Frog Pond. In late November, when the temperatures plummet, the pond freezes over to become the city's most popular ice skating spot. Skating on the Frog Pond is wonderful for romantic dates and family outings alike.

Looking to up the ambiance? Go after the sun sets and skate under Boston's beautiful night sky.

Keep your hands warm with a cup of hot cocoa from the Pond Cottage, serving up refreshments during operating hours.

Ice Skating on the Frog Pond is now open for the 2018-2019 season. While somewhat weather dependent, the Frog Pond's ice-making system keeps the pond frozen during warmer days. Admission to skate is $6.00 for skaters 58-inches or taller and free for those who are under. Forgot to pack your skates? No worries - rentals are available on site.

2. Taking a Stroll on Commonwealth Avenue

During a visit to Boston, Winston Churchill declared that Commonwealth Avenue was “the grandest boulevard in North America.” Inspired by the boulevards of Paris, Commonwealth Avenue is a two-way street divided by a stunning mall, lined with large trees and dotted with beautiful sculptures. The Commonwealth Avenue Mall makes up the narrowest part of the city's famed "Emerald Necklace," a planned 1,100-acre chain of greenways and public parks.

On Thursday, November 29th, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting its annual Commonwealth Avenue Mall Lighting ceremony, where they flip the switch to illuminate thousands of elegant white lights decorating the mall's trees.

Take a stroll down this gorgeous boulevard and enjoy the majesty of the greenway's trees all lit up.

3. Shopping Local on the Rose Kennedy Greenway

While the Big Dig, a massive transportation megaproject that went 190% over budget, became a national punchline in the 90's, something wonderful came out of it. That is the Rose Kennedy Greenway, an award-winning 17-acre park, stretched over 1.5 miles through Boston where the John F. Fitzgerald Expressway used to be.

The beautifully landscaped gardens make up the narrowest part of the Emerald Necklace and consist of promenades, fountains, and public art. The public space is often used for events, like a two-day holiday pop-up hosted by Local Maker, featuring handmade gifts from local artisans.

Join dozens of vendors selling handmade jewelry, knitted items, scented candles, and more on Tuesday, November 27 and Thursday, November 29 from 10am to 6pm in Dewey Square.

When you've had enough of the cold, escape to one of our 42 wood-burning fireplace suites, each featuring a parlor with a wood-burning fireplace, with a dedicated Fireplace Butler and a seasonal firewood menu.