This year, we'll be sharing local favorites from the 4Squares staff - Abby, Judi and of course Jen - for all seasons, and from all the towns & cities we love in the greater Boston area. So every month, look for our top 4 - this months it's our top four ice skating destinations.
New England winters are notoriously bracing, but if you bundle up and get moving,
you’ll learn to embrace the charm of snow-covered trees and the brisk winter air. One of the 4Squares Team’s favorite winter activities is the time-honored tradition of ice skating, and we’re here to share our favorite spots to re-create a winter wonderland for you and your loved ones.
Downtown Boston: The Boston Common Frog Pond
For natives of the Greater Boston Area, the rink at Frog Pond is synonymous with ice skating. Lace up and glide along the ice while taking in the spectacular view of the State House, Public Garden, and iconic Beacon Hill architecture. Group skating lessons are available through the City of Boston’s partnership with the Skating Academy of Boston for learners of all ages. Once you’ve had your fill, head on to the Frog Pond Café to warm up with hot cocoa! For more information on admission and skate rental fees, schedules, and rental opportunities, visit www.bostonfrogpond.com
North of Boston: Market Street Lynnfield Skating Rink
If you’re looking to pair your skates with some retail therapy, then Market Street Lynnfield is the spot for you! The rink is situated amongst a mix of boutique shops like Polka Dog Bakery and It’Sugar and major retailers like Pottery Barn, Barnes and Noble, and Sephora, offering a little something for everyone. And after you’ve worked up an appetite skating your heart out under the twinkling lights, grab a bite to eat at one of the surrounding restaurants. 4Squares Fave? Temazcal Mexican, which hosts Taco Tuesday each week! For skate rental details and rink schedule, visit the Market Street Rink website.
Clockwise from top left: Medford's Brooks Pond, Boston Common's Frog Pond, Lynnfield Market Place, LoConte rink in Medford.
Home Sweet Home: Brooks Pond and LoConte Rink
Brooks Pond at The Brooks Estate, 275 Grove Street, Medford, MA
One of Medford’s hidden treasures, the Brooks Pond, situated in the middle of the Brook Estate in West Medford, looks like it’s always been there. In fact, it is an engineered, hand-dug pond created in 1880 where Medford teens have been ice skating and playing pick-up hockey games for generations. Bring your own skates and enjoy nature’s rich pageant and the peace and quiet of the woods surrounding you. As with all natural ice, you'll want to check conditions carefully - here's a good guide.
LoConte Rink, 97 Locust Street, Medford, MA
If your little ones need to burn some energy, but the elements are too brutal, look no further than LoConte Rink, home to Medford Youth Hockey’s Learn to Skate Program. Medford Recreation also offers drop-in open skate times throughout the winter, and skate rentals are a cool $5.00! (See what we did there?)
Plus, LoConte just added 50 new pairs of skates to the rental booth - so there should be some to fit your whole crew. For public hours, take a look here.
Showcasing the best of the Boston-area is one of our favorite ways to help our readers (and clients!) love the way they live in Medford and beyond. Drop us a note at Jen@4SquaresRE.com and tell us your hidden gems hangouts! Want more? Subscribe to our newsletter!