By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
Winter is here! Even though classes are about to end and we’re about to venture into that dark abyss called study period and finals week, there’s still time for one last hurrah of the semester. Take a study break and go ice skating instead!
Here are some places to go ice skating this winter:
1. Walter Brown Arena at FitRec – As BU students, we have this arena right at our fingertips all year long! All you need to do is head up Commonwealth Avenue. Admission and skate rentals are free to BU students.
Pros: Everything is free to BU students! Who doesn’t love free things?
Cons: Hours vary and are limited, and recreational skating hours end on the last day of classes. If you rent skates, you are also not guaranteed to find a pair in your size, depending on how busy the arena is when you go.
Pro Tip: Even if you don’t get a chance to go here this semester, this location is definitely one to keep in mind for those first few months of spring semester.
2. Boston Common Frog Pond – The Frog Pond is Boston’s most popular place to ice skate. While you’re in the area, you can go shopping with friends or grab a bite to eat before heading over to the rink! To get here, take the MBTA Green Line to Park Street and walk to the Boston Common. Admission is $5, and skate rentals are $9.
Pros: Its location! The Frog Pond is set right in the middle of Boston’s oldest and beautiful park and while you’re skating you have a great view of the State House and Beacon Hill. The Frog Pond is an all-around fantastic place to have a skate date with friends or your significant other.
Cons: The price. If you don’t have your own skates, $9 is a bit of a hefty price, especially if you do explore the surrounding area and spend money elsewhere on your trip to the Common.
Pro Tip: College Nights are on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m., where college students can get $2 admission by showing a college ID.
3. Kendall Square Community Rink – This is located in Harvard Square in Cambridge. To get here, take the MBTA Green Line to Park Street, then switch to the Red Line and take it to the Kendall/MIT Station. Admission is $3 for students, and rentals are $8.
Pros: Great music, friendly staff and rental skates that are in good condition and fit like a glove all make this location one of the best to go to in Boston. It also tends to be less crowded than the Frog Pond.