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3 Things To Do in Downtown Boston to Get Out of the Cold

This winter will go down as one of the worst in New England history, and as the snow mounts so do frustrations from cabin fever and the frigid temperatures. But there are plenty of options to get out of the cold, away from the snow, and enjoy Downtown Boston.

The "SKY" Exhibit at the Lafayette City Center Passageway

Get away from the drab winter to check out SKY - a new exhibit from the Griffin Museum of Photography that debuted on Feb. 18th at the Lafayette City Center Passageway. This exhibit is FREE for anyone to view. The Lafayette City Center Passageway (2 Avenue De Lafayette) links the Downtown Boston Macy's with the Hyatt Regency Boston, and is open to the public 10 am to 6 pm. 

Here is an excerpt from the curator's statement, which can be viewed in its entirety here: "Since ancient times Man has been mesmerized by the sky. It has inspired us. We’ve written poems and sung about it, and danced by it. Before understanding, we prayed to it and feared it. Life and tragedy spring from it. We measure our goals against it (sky high) and solve problems because of it (blue skying). The possibilities in life are endless because of it (the sky’s the limit)." 

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Visit the Brattle Book Shop on West Street listed the Brattle Book Shop as one of "17 Bookstores That Will Change Your Life" -- for the entire world! Now how about that for an endorsement to visit the book store that was founded in "Cornhill section of Boston in 1825." The Gloss family has run the store since 1949. You'll often find proprietor Ken Gloss at the store (and appearing on TV as an expert appraiser on PBS' 'The Antiques Roadshow'). The Brattle Book Shop (9 West St.) "...carries an impressive stock of over 250,000 books, maps, prints, postcards and ephemeral items in all subjects." The store also sells used, out-of-print, and first edition books, as well as collectibles and fine leather bindings in its rare book room. And don't forget the outdoor sale lot, which the store's amazing team has often kept open this snowy winter! The shop is open 9 am - 5:30 pm, Monday-Saturday and can be reached at 617-542-0210.

Work Off Those Winter Doldrums! 

The next time cabin fever sets in try heading to a downtown workout spot to boost energy, burn off calories, and get those endorphins flowing! There are several places in the Downtown Boston area you can join and get a great workout at - click here for a list of gyms, spas, and other health and beauty spots in the area.

Here are some options for you: 

Women's Fitness of Boston (27 School St.) is a great place for women to work out with classes, specialized services, workout equipment - and no men! Call 617 227-1221 for more information.

Barry's Bootcamp (30 Chauncy St.) combines intense cardio with strength training in every class. It's also a hip place for celebrities to show up and teach classes (who knows, you may even spot a Kardashian sister, who are known to patronize Barry's Bootcamp). Call 617-542-8500 for more info.

B/SPOKE Studios (101 Federal St.) is the spot for you if you like cycling. B/SPOKE's workouts are "invigorating, low impact, full-body workout" that is physically challenging. Call 617-951-9900 for more info.

Boston Sports Club (10 Franklin St.) is a full-service health and fitness club that includes strength training equipment and cardiovascular machines, group exercise classes, personal training services including fitness assessment and more. Call 617-695-9944 for more info.

Equinox Sports Club Boston (4 Avery St.) is one of the poshest gyms with state-of-the-art equipment, a comprehensive balance of programs in 114,000 airy square feet including The Spa, group exercise rooms, and specially-designed Mind Body Studios. Call 617-375-8200 for more info.