After a bit of a warm patch this season, the weather has finally decided to cool down and behave like those New England winters we know and love. Now that the temperature has dropped, outdoor activities may not be your first choice. Try a few (or all!) of these indoor Boston activities during a wintery day.

WARM UP WITH A CUP OF FAMOUS CLAM CHOWDER AT FANEUIL HALL

We take our clam chowder seriously, so when you’re here, you need to try it. Take a stroll through the bustling, food-lined corridor of Quincy Market, located in historic Faneuil Hall. The center hall is filled with all types of food vendors, from pizza to enchiladas to gelato, and the outside halls are lined with kiosks and souvenir vendors. Grab some soup from Boston Chowda Co, located in the main hall. As a two-time winner of Boston Harborfest’s Chowderfest, you won’t be disappointed by their creamy soups that are loaded with tender clams and potatoes. For the full experience, be sure to pair it with a famous lobster roll!

MAKE NEW FISH FRIENDS AT THE NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM

Have you ever wanted to see waddling penguins or touch stingrays as they swim by? You can at the New England Aquarium. See cool sea creatures like jellyfish, sea dragons, and lobsters as you wind around the imposing multi-level fish tank in the center of the aquarium. Located downtown along the water, the aquarium is accessible via the MBTA Blue Line.

TAKE A TAZA CHOCOLATE TOUR

If the sound of toffee, almond, sea-salt chocolate and spiced eggnog chocolate make your mouth water, then take a quick trip to Somerville to tour the Taza Chocolate Factory. See its unique production processes, like using Mexican stone mills. These $6, hour-long tours are offered seven days a week and are great for when it’s a bit too cold to wander around the city, plus you get to try samples and bring some sweets home.

ESCAPE THE COLD AT THE ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM AND THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Visiting museums is one of the best ways to hide from the chilly air. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is remarkable—the Venetian-esque palace looks like something out of a painting. Learn about the infamous 1990 art theft that is still unsolved and see the empty wall spaces that remain because of it. The Gardner Museum is right around the corner from the Museum of Fine Arts, so if you’re an art fanatic then you can check out both of these on the same day. And if your name is Isabella, you’re in for a treat: your admission to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is free!

EXPLORE CHARLES STREET IN BEACON HILL

If there’s one thing you do outside on a cold day, exploring Charles Street in Beacon Hill should be it. From chocolate shops to clothing boutiques, there are plenty of shops to stop into when the wind bites. Make a pit stop at Tatte Bakery and Cafe, a charmingly rustic coffee shop that serves an array of unique pastries and tarts in addition to brunch and lunch items. Take a break from walking around, drink a warm cup of coffee or a latte and enjoy the warm, cozy indoor seating as locals and tourists pass by and take in the sights of fall in the neighborhood.

CATCH A BRUINS OR CELTICS GAME

Both historic franchises in their respected leagues, the Boston Celtics and Bruins play their seasons in winter. On a given night when visiting Boston during these cold months, you can seek some warmth inside the confines of the nearby TD Garden. There you can see superstars like Kyrie Irving and Brad Marchand bring the passionate local fans to their feet.

GET A NICE ITALIAN DINNER AT THE NORTH END

The North End is a famous Italian neighborhood near the Boxer Boston Hotel and the TD Garden. The collection of redbrick, old-school restaurants serving up exceptional pasta dishes here is truly something special. For some more specific recommendations, check out this list of Our Favorite Restaurants in the North End.

HIT UP A LIVE SHOW

There is an exceptional live performance and production scene in Boston. Downtown in the theatre district you can see Broadway-quality plays and musicals, as well as big-name comedians and musicians at venues like The Wilbur and The Wang. The city is also rife with comedy clubs, open mics, improv shows, and more that you can find on The Boxer Boston Events Calendar.

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