BOSTON — Let’s face it, when it comes to entertainment options, the last two years have stunk. One of the downsides of the pandemic, even with time off, most people didn’t do much.
“Last year we did nothing over February vacation so we are happy to get away,” said Wrentham mom Mary Genereux.
But this February vacation week, as COVID numbers are starting to go down, more places are open for business this year compared to last.
“It’s our 12th year of winter skate and this has been our best year of attendance,” said Sean Briggs of Patriot Place. “We were unable to open last year so it’s really good to be back. You can tell a lot of people like to get out here in the fresh air and have some fun.”
There are so many ideas of what to do for February Vacation Week. You can travel, visit the museum, aquarium, Great Wolf Lodge, Patriot Place. Just about everywhere is having events and many expect to be so crowded you’ll want to book tickets in advance.
Patriot Place will have a full schedule of activities including scavenger hunts, a reptile show, a Mardi Gras block party, and glow-in-the-dark skating.
The New England Aquarium will have movies, penguin feedings, and Ocean Tanks, some of which you can even touch the animals.
“We’re expecting and we have started to see better crowds, especially on the weekends,” said Vikki Spruill, President, and CEO of the New England Aquarium. “So I think we’re going to see a big difference from last year. It just it feels like we’re kind of coming out of the winter here in Boston, but also feeling a little bit more comfortable.”
Comfortable enough to check places around town and in some cases out of town.
“I have 15, 12, nine, and six and we’re all getting away,” said Genereux. “We are heading to Vermont to go skiing for a couple of days.”
Remember if you are visiting somewhere in Boston, the vaccination mandate is in place and all guests ages 12 and up will likely be asked to provide proof of vaccination and have a face mask for anyone over age two. Also, to be safe, make sure you bring a mask with you, just in case it’s required wherever you go.
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