General Questions

The weather forecast looks ominous. Are you open?

Without a crystal ball, it’s tough to tell. Our decisions are usually day-to-day. We make every attempt to communicate any decision to close or delay openings due to weather or emergencies by posting a notification bar at the top of our web site, adding an update to our page, and sending a message via

Is The Boston Common Frog Pond a real pond?

No, it is man-made to allow ice skating and a shallow pool. Frog Pond has refrigeration, compressors and cooling systems below ground.  It is actually a rink, not a pond.

Then why is it called 'Frog Pond'?

Because it used to be a real pond and there were lots of frogs living in it.

Do frogs live in the pond now?

Not anymore.

Cash or credit?

We accept both cash and credit cards for Café purchases, Carousel admission, ice skating admission, and skate rental fees. The Spray Pool is free and open to the public.

Parking & Directions

How do I get there?

Our Directions page has detailed instructions on how to get to Frog Pond.

What is the closest MBTA stop?

Park Street on both Red & Green Lines and Downtown Crossing on both Red & Orange Lines.

Is there parking close by?

Boston Common Parking Garage is located at 0 Charles St, Boston, MA. There is also street parking around Boston Common as well as other parking garages in Back Bay and downtown Boston.

Ice Skating Season

When does ice skating start?

Gosh, we really need a crystal ball! Frog Pond is an outdoor rink so the opening date for our ice skating season is determined by the weather. We plan for mid-November and will keep our visitors updated by posting a notification bar at the top of our web site, continually updating our Facebook page, and sending messages via Twitter and Instagram.

What size skates do you rent?

8T all the way up to a men’s 15.  We can accommodate all sizes for kids, ladies, and men within that range. 

Do you rent figure skates or hockey skates?

We rent both styles of skates. The supplies are limited.

Do you rent helmets?

We do not rent helmets, but recommend that you bring your own.

What Time Does College Night Start?

College Night is open to all college students and offers discounted ice skating admission every Tuesday, 6-9pm. We even spotlight local schools with free admission. Check out the schedule! You must show a valid college ID. You can bring your own skates or take advantage of our skate rentals at the regular rate.

Is hockey allowed?

No, we do not have the accommodations necessary to allow hockey at Frog Pond.

How old does a child have to be to start skating?

There is no age limit for skaters. 

We can't skate! What do we do?

The Skating Club of Boston Skating Academy offers private, semi-private and group lessons at Frog Pond. If you’d rather go the old fashioned route, we now offer skating aids for children – Bobby the Skating Seal – for $15 per hour. No other skating aids are allowed on the ice.

What should my child wear while ice skating at Frog Pond?

We defer to your good judgement! Everyone should dress for the weather on the day they will visit. Layer, layer, layer. Helmets, mittens, gloves and warm socks are strongly recommended. 

Where can I store my belongings while I skate?

Locker rentals are available. There is a big demand on weekends and holidays so plan accordingly.

Spring & Summer Season

When does the Carousel start running?

We hope to bring the Carousel back during April of each year. Exact dates are posted on our web site, FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

When does the Spray Pool open?

The spray pool opens in late June with a free celebration for our visitors. Date, time, etc. are posted on our web site,FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

How much does Spray Pool admission cost?

There is no cost to cool off in the Frog Pond Spray Pool. Enjoy!

Are pets allowed in Frog Pond?

Service animals are welcome. Other animals/pets are not allowed in the water or facility at Frog Pond.

Fall Season

What's happening at Frog Pond in the fall?

Movie Nights, Pumpkin Float, and the Carousel! Check out our Calendar page for info.

Discounts & Special Offers

Does Frog Pond offer any discounts?

Yes! During the winter ice skating season, The Skating Club of Boston and Boston Common Frog Pond offer free admission and skate rentals to:

    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay “Littles”
  • U.S. Armed Forces active duty personnel and veterans
  • City of Boston employees

>> Find out more about these discounts

Additionally, there are many special offers throughout the season (College Night, Pats Week, etc.) promoted on social media. Make sure you follow Frog Pond on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!