February vacation starts next week and many of us are looking forward to some long-awaited travel - but if you are stay-cationing in the Boston area we are here to help! Our agents are experts on the towns they live and work in and many of them have raised families here, so who better to ask for suggestions to keep both kids and parents entertained? Here are some of their recommendations for activities you can enjoy this vacation and beyond. Many of these are outdoors and require pre-booking, so check the weather and their website before you set off.
Ski resorts in MA are operating for the season, but non-skiers can still enjoy the snow with tubing! Ski Ward and Nashoba Valley both offer tubing and advance booking is required. Some height/age restrictions apply - best for ages 6+.
Boston’s Seaport has transformed into Snowport for the season! Enjoy a winter stroll, explore the art installations, try curling or enjoy dinner in an igloo - and keep an eye out for Betty the Yeti! Staying in the city, the Boston Common Frog Pond was voted the Best Outdoor Ice Rink in the US by USA Today, and is open for winter skating throughout vacation week.
The Trustee of the Reservations are hosting some fun Feb vacation week activities at select locations, including Fire Pit Picnics, Snowshoeing, and Hike and Seek adventures. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln is a great place to explore - tickets go on sale one week in advance.
If the weather is good, take a walk in one of our many nearby state parks and reservations- The Middlesex Fells in Winchester, Minute Man Park in Concord, Great Meadows also in Concord, and Willard Woods in Lexington are all good places to explore. Or head into the city and take a stroll through Boston Common and the Public Garden, or along the Rose Kennedy Greenway (don’t forget to say hello to the seals outside the Aquarium!)
Both Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo are open to visitors year-round and even in the colder months there are plenty of animals on exhibit. Non-members need to purchase their tickets in advance online.
If you prefer to be indoors, our favorite kid-friendly museums are open and operating with covid safety precautions in place. Try Discovery Museum in Acton, Museum of Science or New England Aquarium for an undercover day out. Also Boston Children’s Museum is hosting its own Winter Games, with events such as sock skating and curling! If you don’t want to travel into the City, the all-new Concord Museum has some family activities planned throughout the week.
If you have other suggestion for fun things to do, please let us know! We love to share new ideas and support local businesses and organizations. Whatever you decide to do, we hope you enjoy some family time together - and remember, spring is just around the corner!