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 based on height: those 58 inches and over pay $6; those under 58 inches skate for free. Skate rentals cost $12 for adults and $6 for kids; lockers are $3. 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, Massachusetts, 02108. 617/635–2120;

Larz Anderson Park. Outside the city, try the skating rink in Larz Anderson Park, at the top of a wooded hill. Nonresidents pay $7 admission. Skate rentals are $6. The rink is open from December through early March. 23 Newton St., Brookline, Massachusetts, 02447. 617/739–7518;

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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