With the coronavirus pandemic still underway, you'll find lots of outdoor events and activities, fun food tasting tours, family events for school vacation week, and nearby skiing and snowboarding among our recommended things to do in Boston in February.
Winter sports keep everyone active and entertained - skating, skiing, snowboarding, and more are available in nearby ski slopes as well as across northern New England.
February in Boston often brings a mixture of bright and sunny almost-warm days, and cold snowy periods - plus everything in between. It's a wonderful time of the year to walk around with a camera and photograph all your favorite spots without tree leaves hiding them.
Have only an hour or two of free time during your visit to Boston? Head over to Boston Common and make a snow person, or stroll through the next-door Public Garden and check out the Make Way for Ducklings statues.
Although Boston's Franklin Park Zoo may not be the obvious spot for a February visit, many animals such as the zebras, lions, tigers, wildebeests, ostriches, and others will be out and about, especially on warmer days (ie, above the 32 degree freezing mark). You'll also see most of the tropical forest animals such as gorillas, lemurs, pigmy hippopotamuses, ocelots, birds, and more, plus farm animals. Sometimes even the kangaroos will be out and frolicking.
What if you get chilly? Not to worry! Head for the tropical forest and soak up the 72 degree warmth. Bird's World will also feel comfy. Dining at the Giddy-Up Grill is available when you get hungry, and don't forget to also check the special and holiday events and education programs that take place throughout the winter.
Whether you're from Boston or visiting, a tour can give you a special experience and let you see the city in a different way. Plus they are entertaining. Here are several fun Boston tours to consider:
Historic After Dark Ghosts & Spirits Tour - Explore Boston's haunted sites on this unique after-dark walking tour as you learn about resident ghosts, haunted rooms, and grisly encounters while you visit some of the city's most hallowed sites. Prepare to be entertained, horrified, and perhaps a little spooked. Find out more
Finally, if you're visiting with future college students, take a private tour of Harvard University led by a current student who will share insights and personal experiences, and can customize the tour to fit your interests.
4. Cruise Boston Harbor in a Spacious Commuter-Style Yacht
Indoor Things to Do this February (Safely Masked & With Reduced Capacities)
5. Escape the Cold Weather - Go to a Movie
Whether you prefer the glitzy new theaters showing the latest blockbuster films like the Icon in Seaport and ArcLight Cinema next to TD Garden, or indie favorites like Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline and Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, or even family favorites like the huge IMAX screens at Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium, Boston has the perfect place for you to escape the cold weather outside.
Dim Sum restaurants - Dim sum is the Chinese equivalent of brunch - lots of fun because you pick small plates of tasty food from carts or order off a special menu
7. Enjoy Big Savings on Hotels
If you're reading this and wondering, "Is Boston the perfect place to spend a long weekend in February, the answer is "Yes!" As you can tell from this list of things to do in Boston in February and the Boston Events Calendar for February, you'll find lots to do here this month. And as a bonus, you'll get cheap hotel rates.
Remember, take the T - or take a designated driver.
Valentine's Day in Boston
10. Declare Your Love . . . Celebrate Valentine's Day with a Show, Dinner, & Hotel
Go for dinner and a show in Boston's lively Theatre District, and spend the night or weekend in one of the Boston hotels offering Valentine's Day packages, and enjoy special amenities such as a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, or perhaps a wood-burning fireplace in your room.
Dream about Spring . . . Visit the New England Boat Show
The New England Boat Show, held during the last week of the month at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center in the South Boston Waterfront, is the biggest boating event in the Northeast. With boats up to 50' long on display and over 40,000 visitors, you'll find plenty of excitement.
From mid-sized venues such as House of Blues, Royale, and Big Night Live to small clubs such as Bijou and Cafe 939 to Boston's biggest stages at Wang Theatre and Boston Symphony Hall, here are some of the top performances you can enjoy in February:
Look for concerts to resume in March
Schedules & Tickets:
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Celebrate Chinese New Year - Parade Canceled for 2021
Chinese New Year falls on the first day of the first month of the Lunar New Year, and most celebrations in Boston take place in February (check our February Events Calendar for the exact date).
The annual Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown brings in the New Year with a bang as local Chinese martial arts groups parade through the streets performing the famous Lion Dance, accompanied by drums, cymbals, gongs - and huge firecracker explosions.