Why Travel Nurses Love Boston in the Winter
By E’Louise Ondash, RN, contributor
Considering Boston for your next assignment?
You can be sure of one thing: there is never a lack of things to do in Beantown--even in the winter. Bostonians don't let little things like snow and cold slow their pace. When the mercury goes down, they just bundle up and head for fun.
Here are a few of Boston’s offerings that will make your winter stay most memorable:
On the rocks
Located in nearby Somerville, Brooklyn Boulders lets you try rock climbing without risk. This amazing 40,000-square-foot facility dedicates 28,000 square feet to climbing, but also offers yoga, fitness, personal training, a café and lounge, and work spaces with free Wi-Fi.
Art ‘n’ architecture
Boston Public Library is not just a repository for books; it has an impressive collection of artwork in all media and an interesting architectural history that you’ll discover on free guided tours that are held several times a week. Lots of free lectures, too.
Middle of the earth
Bostonians can claim that they are at the center of the world when they walk across the glass bridge inside the three-story-high, 30-foot-wide Mapparium. This giant globe is formed by 608 stained-glass panels and gives visitors a map of the world such as it was in 1935 when the orb was created. Located at the Mary Baker Eddy Library, Mapparium re-opens Dec. 1 after renovation.
Skiing, skating and sledding
Not all of Boston's winter activities are found indoors. Just a half-hour drive from the center of the city is Blue Hills Ski Area in Canton. For $25, you can ski under the stars from 5 – 9 p.m. weekdays.
If it’s shorter blades you prefer, rent a pair at one of many area ice-skating rinks, both indoor and out. And for some old-fashioned fun, grab a sled and head for any one of Boston's many sledding hills.
Reach for the stars
The heavens will open and you’ll wonder at the winter sky when you visit Coit Observatory at Boston University. Free viewings with guidance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the winter, weather permitting.
In the eye of the beholder
You may or may not agree with the selections at the Museum of Bad Art, but your visit will be a conversation-starter. Three Boston-area locations and all with free admission. You decide whether the MOBA is accomplishing its goal of “bringing the worst of art to the widest of audiences.”
Cue the brew
You can’t spend time in Boston without taking a brewery tour. Sam Adams Brewery is the place. An optional $2 donation (goes to local charities) gets you in the door for the hour-tour, which includes tastings. Don’t forget your ID.
When it comes to Christmas, Boston does it big. Beginning Nov. 22, think “Blink!” The free light and sound show features more than 350,000 LED lights that “dance” to holiday music. Additional free extravaganzas are staged several times a day at Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Marketplace Center.
Other locations throughout the city feature grand light displays, theater, ballet performances and street entertainment until the end of December. Then ring in the new year at First Night Boston with music, entertainment, ice skating and dazzling fireworks.