Boston Common Frog Pond. The Boston Common Frog Pond is a hot spot, no matter the season. In winter (November to March), city dwellers and visitors alike can skate around the man-made pool (skate rentals available), which vibes an atmosphere reminiscent of a Currier & Ives painting. In warm weather, the Frog Pond transforms into a shallow spray pool, free to all. Nearby, a carousel opens in April and a large playground is open year-round. Boston Common, Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts, 02108. 617/635–2120;

Larz Anderson Park. This is Brookline's largest park and was once the home of wealthy socialites Larz and Isabel Anderson, who left the estate to the town in 1951. It's now home to a large lawn at the top of the hill, playing fields, a pond, a seasonal outdoor ice rink, and the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. The top of the hill offers great views of Boston. 23 Newton St., Brookline, Massachusetts, 02447. 617/879–5650;

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. Boston, Massachusetts. 617/626–1250;

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