10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues
We all know that Boston is infamous for its, for lack of a better word, “intense” winters. I mean hey, we just had the biggest winter storm this century (#Juno) and it was casual. But instead of hibernating the whole season through (except for class of course!), you and your new friends at GEOS Boston should check out the following locations and activities that will remind you why you chose to study in this exciting city in the first place.
- Give ice skating a go at Frog Pond in the Boston Common and try not to fall! For more information on, please visit their webpage.
- After you go ice skating, use the rest of your energy to make snow angels & play on the snowy hills of the Boston Common. Or, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, play in the snow among the variety of trees of the Harvard Arboretum, which is located at Forest Hills T-stop at the end of the Orange Line.
- Stay inside the warm cafes of the North End and enjoy a cappuccino or caffè latte. (And if you haven’t already at Frog Pond, go ice skating at the Steriti Memorial Ice Rink located near TD Garden!).
- Speaking of TD Garden, attend a Bruins hockey event, Celtics basketball game, or any other event being hosted at the arena to show your Boston Pride.
- Spend all day in the museum! Two great options to visit are the Institute of Contemporary Arts (on the Red Line in Southie) or the Museum of Fine Arts (accessible by the T’s Green Line) with always interesting exhibits. Free entrance at the ICA is on Thursdays from 5pm to 9pm; entrance for youths 17 yrs. and under are free every day of the week. Free entrance at the MFA is for youths 17 yrs. and under on weekdays after 3 pm and for all ages on Wednesdays after 4pm and certain holidays. Please consult the ICA’s website & the MFA’s website for the most up-to-date information about visiting.
- If you’re interested in spending your day being warm and cozy while tasting a variety of cuisines, you have to check out Quincy Market. This two story, 5 acre building hosts over 36 international food vendors, so you will definitely be able to find something you like to eat. And if can’t find anything, well, you can venture out into the cold. But fear not! Quincy Market is surrounded by Faneuil Hall Marketplace, so there are over 100 shops just a few feet away to lose yourself in.
- Missing summer too much, but can’t go anywhere warm? Head over to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Not only does this museum have a beautiful art collection, but its gardens are something you can’t miss! All year long the museum gives tours of its gardens which will remind you of being outside on a spring day. Another plus- this museum is right around the corner from the Museum of Fine Arts, so check out both to make a day of it!
- Running along the Charles River on the Esplanade might be the best way to face your fears in this snowflake weather! Boston is notorious for its running culture, especially since every Patriots’ Day the city holds the Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest annual marathon. Not only will you feel refreshed and ready for classes if you go in the early morning, but the scenic views of the recreational runway and river will definitely compensate for the slightly “brisk” weather.
- To introduce yourself of Boston’s eclectic and funky side, spend a Sunday at the indoor SoWa Market in the South End. Even though there’s a nice outdoor market on the weekends in the summer, in the wintertime they still have great vendors hidden inside at the same location.
- Take in some sights at the Skywalk Observatory or enjoy a fancy lunch at the Top of the Hub restaurant in the Prudential Tower. Here you’ll see the beautiful 360 panoramic view from above; elevated 50 stories in the sky will remind you why you chose to come to Boston over any other city. When you’re done, you can go down to the main floor in the Prudential Center to shop ‘til you drop with 75 shops at your fingertips!