Five Boston Winter Activities Under $50

(Photos courtesy of Michael Malyszko and Top of the Hub)

Sometimes winter activities can really break the bank, but not in Boston! New England weather is cold, but staying indoors to shop can get expensive quickly. Grab your hat and mittenswe've come up with five fun alternatives for under $50!

Skating on the Frog Pond is a Boston classic, but it must not be overlooked. This frozen gem in the middle of Boston Common provides endless fun and is a must-do while in the city. Circling around the ice, learning to skate for the first time, or racing your skilled competitors is always enjoyable. Enjoy an après-skate hot chocolate from the Frog Pond Cafè or try our personal favorite, the Belgian waffles with maple syrup. Adults skate for $5 and children under 13 years old are free! If you need them, rental skates for adults cost $9 and for kids cost $5. Lockers are also available to keep your valuables safe while you show off your skills.

While you're in the area, grab your toboggan and head to Flagstaff Hill. Found near the baseball diamond on Boston Common, this hill is a local favorite. The best part about it? It's free!

If the cold is not for you, stop by the Museum of Science for one of its enthralling Planetarium shows. Journey through the solar system and get face to face with the Big Dipper. The Planetarium even has a musical program that features rock 'n roll songs—what a great combo! Adults cost $10 and children cost $8.

Venture to Boston after a snowstorm and check out the winter wonderland from the Top of the Hub. The Skywalk Observatory, situated on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Tower, holds the key to the best view of the city. Entry for adults costs $12 and for children costs $8. The Top of the Hub also has food and drinks available once you've looked around.

Of course, Boston must show off its undeniable love of sports, and the best place to see it all is at the Sports Museum of New England. Located at the TD Garden, where Boston's beloved Bruins and Celtics play, the museum holds exhibits for the city's professional teams, as well as the local college teams. It costs just $10 for adults and $5 for kids to see a museum full of Boston's pride and joy.

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