Winter Wonderland: 5 Extreme Winter Adventures in Boston

Let it snow! Winter has arrived, which means sledding, skiing, snowboarding and other extreme winter activities around Boston.

There are many wonderful, whimsical and extreme winter adventures for Boston thrill-seekers, including:

1. Skate Like a Superstar at the Boston Common Frog Pond
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Feeling froggy? Skate your cares away at the Boston Common Frog Pond. Here, you can lace up your blades and show off your ice-skating skills.

If you're going on a first date, take that special someone to the Frog Pond to skate, smile, laugh and make memories. Or, if you're looking for a fun afternoon activity with your kids, take the entire family to the Frog Pond for an unforgettable ice skating adventure (and remember, kids under 58" tall skate free).

2. Ski to Your Heart's Delight at Blue Hills Ski Area

Looking to conquer a black diamond? Or do you want to spend the day skiing on the bunny slope? Regardless of your skill level, you can shred the slopes at your own pace at Blue Hills Ski Area in Canton, which is conveniently located about 30 minutes south of Boston. With 12 trails, four lifts, a terrain park and 60 acres of skiable terrain, you should have no trouble getting in plenty of ski runs any time you visit.

3. Embrace Your Inner Brewmaster on a Harpoon Brewery Tour
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Beer lovers rejoice! Boston's Harpoon Brewery hosts winter tours so you can try seasonal favorites and learn how they're made.

Harpoon is a must-visit for beer lovers. For only $5, you can tour Harpoon and enjoy free samples. Plus, when your tour ends, you can hang out in the Harpoon beer hall and enjoy a pint of Harpoon straight from the source.

4. Get Your Groove on at Havana Club

Spice up your winter at Havana Club, a salsa dance club unlike any other on the planet. Havana Club in Cambridge offers group dance lessons on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights so you can salsa the night away.

5. Reach New Heights at Rock Spot Climbing

Rock your winter at Rock Spot Climbing in South Boston. This rock climbing gym boasts rock climbing walls as far as the eye can see. Rock climbing also provides a great high-energy and calorie-burning workout so you can build strength — not fat — this winter.

Dan Kobialka is a freelance writer who grew up and currently resides in the Greater Boston Area. He's frequently on the go, exploring museums, breweries, shopping centers and many other destinations in and around Boston.

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