Fitness

Partake in One of These Polar Plunges Near Boston This Winter

Calling all thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies.


Photo credit Dolly G Photography

If you have yet to experience the thrill of a polar plunge, get ready. You have multiple opportunities to hop into an icy abyss at one of these polar plunges near Boston.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the pastime, it involves jumping into a body of water (like the Boston Harbor) during the dead of winter. Typically, they’re held on New Year’s Day to celebrate the start of the new year. So, what are you waiting for? But brace yourself—this is no casual summertime dip in the Mirabella pool. This is a sport.

L Street Brownies New Year’s Day Swim: Hopefully you still have some alcohol coursing through your system for this polar plunge. Touted as America’s oldest plunge of them all, it takes place at the beach in South Boston right off the BCYF Curley Community Center at 12 p.m.

January 1, noon, 1663 Columbia Rd., Boston, boston.gov.

Natick Passion Plunge: This plunge in Natick benefits the Special Olympics. You’ll take turns jumping into Lake Cochituate and then afterwards help yourself to some food (hopefully there’s hot chocolate) and raffle prizes. Rumor has it, the raffle includes signed prizes from major New England sports teams—Brady memorabilia, anyone?

February 8, 10 a.m., Lake Cochituate, 1 Superior Dr., Natick, specialolympicsma.donordrive.com

Nantasket Polar Plunge: If you raise more than $100 or more for this plunge, you will receive a limited edition polar plunge long-sleeved shirt. You’ll meet at the Mary Jeannette Murray Bath House at Nantasket Beach before jumping into the icy Atlantic. Bonus points for the best costume—there are awards for best dressed, so think creatively.

February 29, 10 a.m., Nantasket Beach, 225 Nantasket Ave., Hull, specialolympicsma.donordrive.com.  

LETR New Bedford Plunge: Take to the ocean waters at East Beach in New Bedford for this plunge. Dry off afterwards and enjoy food, music, and additional fundraising.

March 21, 9 a.m., East Beach, 1014 East Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, specialolympicsma.donordrive.com

Revere Polar Plunge: Celebrate inclusion for all of those with and without disabilities during this plunge at Revere Beach. Charge into the water and charge right out where food and a hot beverage await.

March 28, 10 a.m., Revere Beach, 300 Ocean Ave., Revere, specialolympicsma.donordrive.com

Additional Special Olympics Polar Plunges can be found here: specialolympicsma.org.