Boston Common Frog Pond. Thanks to a refrigerated surface, the Boston Common Frog Pond transforms into a skating park from November to mid-March, complete with a warming hut and concession stand. Admission is $5 for adults; kids 13 and younger skate for free. Skate rentals cost $9 for adults and $5 for kids; lockers are $2. Frog Pond hours are Monday 10 to 4, Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday 10 to 9, and Friday and Saturday 10 to 10. With the gold dome of the State House in the background, it's a spectacular setting. Boston Common, enter near Beacon and Walnut Sts., Beacon Hill, Boston, MA, 02108. 617/635–2120. www.bostonfrogpond.com. Park St., Boylston.
Boston Public Garden. Skaters like to head to the frozen waters of the lagoon at Boston Public Garden, but in 2012 the city posted signs asking people not to skate since it's not regulated; many, however, have ignored the warnings. 69 Beacon St., Back Bay, Boston, MA. www.cityofboston.gov/parks/emerald/public_garden.asp. Arlington, Boylston.
Larz Anderson Park. Outside the city, try the skating rink in Larz Anderson Park, at the top of a wooded hill. Admission for Brookline residents is $5; nonresidents pay $8. Skate rentals are $6. The rink is open from December through early March. 23 Newton St., Brookline, MA, 02446. From the Forest Hills T station, take the 51 bus toward Cleveland Circle and get off at Clyde and Whitney streets. The park is a five-minute walk away. 617/739–7518. www.brooklinema.gov. Forest Hills.
Public Ice-skating Rinks. The Department of Conservation & Recreation operates more than 20 public ice-skating rinks; hours and season vary by location. Call for a complete list of rinks and their hours of operation. 617/626–1250. www.mass.gov/dcr.
Beacon Hill Skate Shop. In business for more than 30 years, Beacon Hill Skate Shop rents skates for use in the Frog Pond and Public Garden. A credit card is required; call in advance and they'll have the skates sharpened and ready for you. 135 Charles St. South, off Tremont St., near Citi Performing Arts Center, South End, Boston, MA, 02116. 617/482–7400. www.beaconhillskateshop.com. Tufts Medical Center.