We’re halfway through winter, and while spring is far ahead on the horizon, there’s so much to enjoy during this snowy month! From wintertime classics like sledding and ice skating to Valentine’s specials like romantic concerts and dinners, we have plenty of activities and ideas for you to enjoy this February in Boston.
1. Enjoy the soothing sounds of classical music by candlelight
Whether as a Valentine’s date or just a fun winter adventure, a candlelight concert is a Boston bucket list must! There are so many comforting classics and to pick from this month:
- Valentine’s Day Special ft. “Romeo and Juliet” and More
- A Tribute to Beyoncé with all of the queen’s greatest hits
- Queen, Mozart and Puccini in one concert at A Tribute to Queen and More
You can also spice things up with a Candlelight gift card and leave the show picking up to your giftee!
2. Lose yourself to the gripping gravitational pull of a Space Adventure
Space geeks, astronaut enthusiasts and history buffs, grab your moon boots and get ready for the ride of your lives! The limited-time Space Adventure landed in Boston on January 18 and is only in town until February 26. Explore over 300 original NASA items like gear from the Apollo mission and snacks from aboard the mission!
Find it at 121 Webster Ave Chelsea, MA 02150
3. Indulge yourself in some local chocolates (all month long)
Sure, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to get some delicious chocolates. But why wait? Every day is chocolate day in our books. Pick truffles like Pistachio Praline Encased in creamy white chocolate or Almond Shortbread from some of our favorite chocolate shops!
4. Take a romantic guided walking tour of Boston
Explore the most romantic corners of Boston and learn about some of the secret love languages of the city. Wondering what a “Boston marriage” is or all the heartbreaking, tragic stories hidden inside the buildings of Boston, you can find all of it out and more on this romantic guided walking tour!
Find the tour at Boston’s Old City Hall 45 School St, Boston, MA, 02108
5. Get ready to watch the Superbowl at a local hangout
The Superbowl is Sunday, February 12! While the Pats won’t be in the lineup, it’s still a good time to cheer on a team and enjoy some delicious Superbowl eats like wings and nachos- and let’s not forget about the commercials.
Rumor has it Brady and Ben Affleck have commercials in the lineup this year and there is nothing like watching them live in a rambunctious crowd!
6. Enjoy the last guaranteed month of supple snow on the slopes
February is the last month of meteorological winter. As we know, Boston has a barometer of its own, which means we could get snow through April, but we could also transition into a normal spring for once.
Play it safe and make sure to squeeze out every last bit of skiing or snowboarding at these awesome skiing towns like Stowe and North Conway!
7. If you can’t ski…there’s always snow tubing!
Not all native New Englanders know how to ski, and many transplants certainly don’t. But that shouldn’t be a reason you can’t enjoy the thrill of gliding down the slopes at full force. Luckily, Massachusetts is home to one of the best snow tubing destinations in the country so you can cash in on the winter fun!
Find Butternut Ski Area and Tubing Center at 380 State Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230
8. See massive, moving dinosaurs up-close at Dino Safari
Dino Safari is an absolute delight for dino enthusiasts, both young or older. In this immersive exhibition located in Faneuil Hall, you’ll be able to meet life-sized, moving dinosaurs up-close and learn everything about how they lived while on earth.
With a huge gift shop filled with dino merch and a VR game close by, it’s a fun family adventure that over 100,000 people have experienced and loved so far in Boston. Get your tickets here before they sell out!
Find Dino Safari at Faneuil Hall 4 S Market St, Boston, MA
9. Treat yourself to a solo winter-themed date
We don’t take ourselves out enough! We mean out out. Spoil yourself and treat yourself to an indulgent day with some of our winter date ideas– this applies to singles and those in relationships!
10. Send your taste buds dancing with fabulous hot chocolate
It’s Valentine’s Day in a cup! From the super decadent Tatte hot chocolate to the over-the-top creations at Trident, there are so many spots to grab a hot chocolate in Boston this winter.
11. Learn how to make tiramisu like the pros at a cooking class
Get out of your kitchen comfort zone and take an Italian cooking class with your friends, family, or loved ones. Not only will you have fun and eat fantastic food, you’ll also be able to recreate the dishes afterwards like a pro!
Find it at 19 Kingston Street
12. Go on a mystery winter picnic date
Food tours are the perfect way to explore the best offerings of Boston’s food scene. Instead of stressing about what to eat for dinner, go on a guided (or self-guided!) tour around the city to have a totally unique culinary experience. Our favorites in Boston right now include:
- Mystery Picnic Date: Self-Guided Foodie Adventure
- Mystery Picnic with Friends: Self Guided Foodie Adventure
13. Twirl around one of these Boston ice skating rinks
It’s a workout and winter fun in one! Frog Pond was once the best ice-skating rink in America, so make sure to take advantage of this iconic rink! If you prefer to ditch the long lines, check out these 7 other skate rinks we love!
14. Dine inside a dazzling heated yurt
You and up to 7 others can dine inside a winter-themed yurt at the Bowery Bar. The New American restaurant offers classic comfort food with a modern twist.
15. Buff up on haunted history with a Boston Ghost Tour
Ghost tours are a signature Boston event for a reason! if you’ve never been on one before, then be sure to check out the Boston Ghost Tour, running every night throughout the winter. While walking the city streets after dark, you’ll learn the stories of haunted locations and ghosts that provide a different viewpoint on some of the real history hidden behind the city’s past.
Tours start in the Boston Common at 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108
16. Visit the LEGO fantasy world at ‘Art of the Brick’
Explore Mona Lisa in LEGO form at this toy euphoria! Thousands of LEGOS are meticulously placed by artist Nathan Sawaya to create old favorites and new icons!
Find “The Art of the Brick” at 343 Newbury Street
17. Check in on that New Year’s resolution to get fit
So you made an oath to hit the gym on the daily. Or to try a new sport. How is it going?
Hopefully good, but if not (or if you’re just looking for a way to shake up your current exercise routine) these 30 gyms and exercises classes are the best in the city, according to Bostonians. And they sound incredibly fun!
18. Celebrate the 2023 Lunar New Year
The Lunar New Year may arrive in January but festivities crossover into February, and Boston will be celebrating throughout the month. Our city has the third largest Chinatown in the country, so the celebrations here are some of the biggest in the Northeast! To get in the festive spirit, check out these local events happening in Boston this February that are all about ringing in the new year.
19. Visit Kennebunkport for ‘Paint the Town Red’ Month
A little over an hour and a half away from Boston lies Kennebunkport, a tiny little port town in Maine, where every February is a celebration of all things red and romantic. From February 1st to the 28th, Kennebunkport will “Paint the Town Red” and host a variety of deals, events, and celebrations that earns this town the tile of “Most Romantic Town” in New England.
20. Marvel at a massive ice castle in New Hampshire
Ever dreamed of stepping into Elsa’s ice castle from Frozen? That dream can now be a reality at the new Ice Castles experience in North Woodstock, New Hampshire— just 2 hours north of Boston. You can walk through your very own icy fairytale!
Find the Ice Castles at 24 Clark Farm Road North Woodstock, NH 03262
21. Go sledding!
We’re bound to get some more snow this February, and what better way to enjoy some inclement weather than to sled down some freshly snowed-upon hills? Boston’s multitude of public parks means that there are plenty of options for picking the best hill for sledding – check out our favorites here.
22. Buy someone you love (self-included) a fat bouquet of flowers for no reason
Did you know flowers can instantly heighten your “happiness hormones,” dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin? Peony, anthurium or rose-whatever makes you giddy, grab a bouquet. Some of our favorite flower shops in the city are Rouvalis on Beacon Hill, Winston’s in Back Bay, and Rococo Floral in Somerville.
23. Take a winter break at a tranquil New England destination
Not many states get a week-long school break in February, luckily in Massachusetts we do! Grab the family for a getaway at one of these tranquil destinations. They’re also perfect for a weekend excursion or Valentine’s Day date!
24. Enjoy some delicious Italian food in the North End
Italian is perhaps the most romantic of all the cuisines. From splashing flour onto your partner’s face to a Lady and the Tramp pasta moment, February and Valentine’s Day set the perfect ambiance for romantic Italian dinners. Some of our favorite ways to get an Italian fix in February are:
- An Italian cooking class with tiramisu finale
- A pizza tour of the North End
- A classic Italian dinner at one of these North End restaurants
25. Celebrate Black History Month this February and beyond
Boston has many culturally rich Black history museums, festivals, and events celebrating Black communities of the past, present and future. From an accessible opera performance celebrating Black artists to a “Black Dolls Matter” exhibit, there is so much to take in this month and enjoy and learn about the Black history of our city.