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Let's Go Ice Skating on the Frog Pond & Coffee/Hot Chocolate (sunny 32 degrees)

  • Boston Common Frog Pond

    84 Beacon St, Boston, MA (map)

    42.355781 -71.071254

  • Even if you don’t know how to skate, that shouldn’t stop you from attending. In fact, if you’re a bit shaky on your feet, ice skating gives you the reason to be social. As your new friends help you get your bearings, you’ll need to laugh quite a bit at the awkwardness of it all and you'll feel like a kid again. Nothing makes for new friendships better then teaching someone something new.

    I found a groupon for this event: 2 admission and rentals for $16

    - 6:45 - 7:00 Meet at Frog Pond Café.

    - 7:00-7:10 Head to the ticket booth. 

    - $5 admission, $9 skate rental. 

    - 7:10 Ice skating! 

    - 9:00-Whenever: Head the coffee shop for hot cocoa/coffee.

    We'll join Boston Metro for this event for about 8 people. The frog pond on the Boston Common is picturesque New England outdoor fun with its own freezing system, so there's always ice even when it's a warm day. 

    The Frog Pond is near the Park St. T station (red and green line). Free lessons and tips for anyone who asks. Beginners welcome.

    Boston Common Parking underground. $12 after 4pm. See photo of entrance below. Address is 0 Charles Street, Boston.

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    Skate rentals are $9, admission is $5. We'll skate for an hour or 1.5 hours, because that's as long as most people like to skate.

    Meet Suzanne at the cafe at 6:45p then you can rent your skates. I'll wear a red coat. Wear warm socks.

    There are lockers for rent for $2 or bring your skates with you to dinner.

    Our night starts at 6:45-7:00 pm when we meet up at the 

    Frog Pond Café

     for a small snack. We'll get our skates about 7:00-7:10, and skate until 9:00 or so. Then we'll wrap the night up with a warm hot cocoa or coffee at Thinking Cup or Boston Common Coffee.


    About the Frog Pond:

    The Frog Pond is located near the center of Boston Common. It’s a concrete lake that's used as a wading pool for children in summer and as an ice skating rink in winter. The origin of the pond’s name is based on a myth; that soldiers had hunted frogs at the pond for use as food. In the early 1800s, an attempt was made to rename the water body the more upstanding Crescent Pond, but this endeavor failed.

    For more than 200 years, the pond was fed by run-off water from nearby Flagstaff Hill (where the Soldier’s Monument stands) and Beacon Hill. The pond was originally used for watering cattle, and then later used for recreation. In 1848, the Cochituate Water Celebration took place on the Common, commemorating the newly constructed water-works from Natick to Boston. The Frog Pond was then paved with stones, and a huge fountain was installed to feed the now artificial water body.

    Boston Common's 44 acres of lush green space form the heart of the city.  You can enjoy some of the city's most popular activities and events here.


    Boston's first English settler, William Braxton, who built his log cabin here back in 1625. 

    Braxton, who had received about 800 acres as a grant from King James I, called the area by the name used by the Native Americans - Shawmut.

    The Freedom Trail & Boston Common

    The Puritan settlers who arrived in 1630 and bought the land from Braxton a few years grazed their cows here, and Boston Common has been the heart of the city's activities ever since.

    The Puritans and their descendents used the Common for training their militias, and staging public executions of heretics, witches, Quakers, criminals, pirates, and other undesirables.

    When the first British troops arrived in 1768 to quell the troublesome Colonists - the beginning of the British Occupation of the city - they set up camps across the Commons. 

    During the evening of April 18, 1775, about 700 Redcoats assembled in Boston Common to begin a mission to seize a hidden cache of weapons hidden by the Patriots in Concord.  Their departure from the Common triggered Paul Revere's famous ride across the countrysite - and the next day, the American Revolution officially began.

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