There’s no time like the winter time in New England – and the state of Massachusetts is unlike any other in the region. Featuring festive cities, events and activities throughout its borders, Massachusetts is hands down one of the best states to visit in the region during the cold, winter months.
Wondering where to spend your time in the state this winter season? We’ve compiled a handful of the top places to visit in this post. Read on to learn more:
7 Best Places To Visit Massachusetts In The Winter 2023
Nashoba Valley Snow Tubing Park
Can’t ski? Try tubing! Head to Nashoba Valley Snow Tubing Park in Littleton this winter and hit the tube slopes. Reserve tubing time slots for up to 2 hours in one of the park’s 18 tubing lanes.
Just be sure to buy your admission ticket in advance – tubing tends to sell out quickly!
Lowell hosts an annual Winterfest every February, which features a weekend of activities, entertainment and food.
The winter carnival is one of the top highlights of the annual Winterfest. It features an inflatable slide, carnival rides, marshmallow roasting, horse and carriage rides, a chocolate-eating event and more. Make sure to mark your calendars accordingly and get to Lowell this February.
Wachusett Mountain isn’t the only place in Massachusetts to hit the slopes this winter. Jiminy Peak, located in Hancock, is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Known for its status as the largest ski resort in southern New England, you can hit the slopes while taking in a great view.
Another neat thing about Jiminy Peak is its Mountain Adventure Park, which features thrill rides and scenic chairlift rides to take in the views.
Bash Bish Falls
Bash Bish Falls on Mount Washington isn’t just breathtaking in the summer months. The tallest waterfall in the state is also beautiful in the winter. Located within Bash Bish Falls State Park, you can choose to hike trails anywhere from 0.6 to 12.4 miles to get to the waterfall depending on how much time you have and your hiking skill level.
Boston Frog Pond
Looking to lace up the skates and hit the ice this winter? The Boston Frog Pond in downtown Boston is a perfect destination.
Skating on the Frog Pond opens every December and runs through March. Skate rental is also available. If you’re there in late November, you might even be able to catch The Haydenettes ice skating club as it performs annually to coincide with the annual Boston Common Tree Lighting to usher in the holiday season.
Massachusetts State Parks
If hiking is more up your alley, Massachusetts State Parks have a bevy of trails you can hit this winter. From the Mohawk Trail State Forest to the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, there’s beauty to be found in these parks during all four seasons of the year. Winter is no exception.
Skiing and New England go hand-in-hand – and Mount Wachusett in the Princeton area of the state is an ideal place to hit the slopes. Featuring picturesque views, 22 trails and eight lifts, Mount Wachusett has a 2,000-foot elevation and features a 1,000-foot vertical drop.