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Let's Go Ice Skating on the Frog Pond & Hot Chocolate $5 or $9 with Rentals

  • Boston Common Frog Pond

    84 Beacon St, Boston, MA (map)

    42.355781 -71.071254

  • At the frogs statues near Tadpole park near the park street T station.
  • We have a groupon for this so we each pay $9 cash for skate rentals and admission, saving $5. Have your own skates? Admission is $5. Student ID? $2 admission Tuesdays.

    Many of us will be beginners and some will be skating for their first time. We are being joined by Boston Skating Club who has offered to give us free skating tips! 

    Here's a video on how to skate:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cC54A9c2dEE

    - Groupon discount only helps if you are renting skates. At the entrance gate, tell them you are part of Boston Walking Meetup Group to get the discount.

    - 6:00p - 6:10p Meet at Frog Pond Café.

    Frog Pond Cafe website:

    http://www.bostonfrogpond.com/frog-pond-cafe/

    - 6:10p to 6:20p Head to the rental booth or if you're ready to skate, meet others at the frog statues near the Tadpole Playground. 

    - 6:20p Start Ice skating! 

    Lockers are $2.

    - 7:30p-Whenever: Get dinner or go to a coffee shop for hot cocoa/coffee. (if you are finished skating, sit on the bench with your boots on. Dee looks to see when most people are on the bench and then gathers the rest to go for dinner.)

    "We'll take a break at the round tables near the concession stand when they clear the ice and I do introductions for latecomers. We'll go to dinner when most people have taken off their skates and are on the benches."

    We'll join Boston Skating and Social Fun for this event for about 15 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.

    - See more at:

    http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-common-garage.html#sthash.eQTexFLL.dpuf

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    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.

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    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 descendants 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 countryside - and the next day, the American Revolution officially began.

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  • Paul

    Hi,
    Sorry, I have plans that night. I would love to attend another skating meetup, perhaps locally, either at The Babson Recreation Center, or at The Jim Laroche arena in West Roxbury.

    Both have free skating on Sundays from 2:00 - 3:50 p.m.

    Thanks!

    January 5, 2014

    • Suzanne S

      Thanks for the note Paul.

      January 6, 2014

  • David H.

    Hi im new to this app

    January 6, 2014

  • David H.

    Hi im new to this app

    January 6, 2014

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