30+ Things to do when it’s cold outside in Boston


Stay warm inside the MFA | Photo via @boston_commoner

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This week is cold hard proof that we never know what Boston weather is going to do.

No matter what the weather looks like, fill your time and stay warm inside with these suggestions of things to see + do indoors.

Bundle up, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and let’s head inside to one of these 34 locations.


New England Aquarium

  • 1 Central Wharf
  • Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. + Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Attractions include the Simons Theatre + the New England Aquarium Whale Watch (operating from April through November).

Bowling Alleys

Lucky Strike

  • 145 Ipswich St. + 325 Revolution Dr., Somerville
  • The two Greater Boston locations offer bowling, bites, arcade games + more fun.


  • 50 Dalton St. + 60 Seaport Blvd.
  • A premier social gaming and entertainment experience in Back Bay + the Seaport.

American Flatbread

  • 45 Day St., Somerville + 76 Guest St, Brighton
  • The famous Sacco’s Bowling family opened the original Somerville location in 1939. Plus, check out the Brighton Boston Landing location.

Southie Bowl

  • 543 E Broadway
  • Enjoy family-run candlepin bowling in Southie.

Escape Rooms


  • 55 Court St.
  • The Storyteller’s Secret is the newest 75-minute escape room puzzle to crack.

Escape the Room

  • 33 West St., 3rd Floor
  • Three escape rooms available, including a South Park themed room.

Trapology Boston

  • 177 Tremont St., 2nd Floor
  • Six rooms to break out of including The Drunk Tank + The Hustler.


TD Garden

  • 100 Legends Way
  • Home of the Bruins + Celtics, and the host of so many concerts. View the calendar here.

Agganis Arena

  • 925 Commonwealth Ave.
  • Located on the Boston University campus, find college sports + concerts in this arena. View the calendar here.

Family fun


The leggo giraffe outside of Leggoland in Somerville | Photo via

Legoland Discovery Center

  • 598 Assembly Row, Somerville
  • 10 a.m -5 p.m. daily
  • Explore tons of interactive attractions sure to amaze the little ones.



Grab a drink while you play pinball at A4cade | Photo via @themargaritaconnoisseur


  • 292 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
  • Feel the 80s and 90s nostalgia with classic arcade games.

Key to Amaze

  • 530 Commonwealth Ave.
  • A virtual reality experience with different simulations to try.


  • 30 Melcher St.
  • Featuring Olympic-caliber professional ping pong tables and a full-service restaurant and bar.

Knight Moves Cafe

  • 1402 Beacon St., Brookline + 1159 Broadway, Somerville
  • Play thousands of classic board games.


Paul Revere House

  • 19 N Square
  • If you’d rather learn about the Midnight Ride without leaving your house, there is a virtual tour available too.

Old State House

  • 206 Washington St.
  • Know before you go: this location is not handicap accessible.

The Old North Church & Historic Site

  • 193 Salem St.
  • Open for school vacation week from Feb. 21-26.



Views of the ICA | Photo via @steve_m_01901

Museum of Fine Arts

Institute of Contemporary Art

  • 25 Harbor Shore Dr.
  • What to see: The Deanna Lawson photography exhibition + the Somerville-based artist Renée Green’s work.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Museum of Science

  • 1 Science Park
  • What to see: The Emotions at Play interactive exhibit with Pixar’s Inside Out until May 15.

Boston Children’s Museum

  • 308 Congress St.
  • What to see: LEGO Engineering, Paper Mosaics, and more.

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

  • 2450 Beacon St.
  • What to see: The Fire and Water exhibit to learn some hot history of the Great Fire of Boston.

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

  • 306 Congress St.
  • Don’t miss Abigail’s Tea Room, where you can sample up to five teas.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

  • 26 Oxford St., Cambridge
  • The gallery is currently under construction and plans to reveal a renovated gallery with new specimens in the spring.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

  • Columbia Point
  • Book your timed tickets in advance.

USS Constitution Museum

  • Charlestown Navy Yard
  • Pro tip: The ship hours vary from the museum hours.



Take a seat inside the Emerson Colonial Theatre | Photo via @sarahandboston

Boch Center — Wang Theatre

  • 270 Tremont St.
  • This month there are performances from Darius Rucker, Dream Theater, and Jim Jefferies.

The Brattle Theatre

  • 40 Brattle St., Cambridge
  • There is something for everyone with classic movies like Casablanca or The Bugs Bunny Film Festival.

Coolidge Corner Theatre

  • 290 Harvard St., Brookline
  • Grab tickets to see classics + new award-winning films at the Brookline landmark.

Emerson Colonial Theatre

The Huntington Theatre

  • 264 Huntington Ave., #4606
  • The 2021-2022 season includes The Bluest Eye, Our Daughters, Like Pillars, and Common Ground Revisited.

American Repertory Theater

  • 64 Brattle St, Cambridge
  • The theatre at Harvard University hosts groundbreaking performances — past productions include Jagged Little Pill + Finding Neverland.
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