Top 10 Things to do in Boston with Kids
Boston family vacations are filled with fun at every turn. Known as “America’s Walking City,” Boston offers world class museums, champion sports teams, famous historic sites, top-notch universities and exhilarating outdoor activities. There is so much to do and see with children and teens!
Play Time in the City
Play, climb and learn at the world famous Boston Children’s Museum. The fun begins with the three-story New Balance Climb. Kids can then discover the variety of hands-on exhibits: stepping into the authentic Japanese House, digging at the Construction Zone, and creating orbs of all shapes and sizes in Bubbles.
Make a Splash
All aboard a Boston Duck Tour, for a tour of Boston by land and sea! Guided by a ConDUCKtor, this one-of-a-kind journey through Boston visits the city’s major landmarks before splashing down into the Charles River, where the fun has just begun.
Explore the World of Science and Technology
There’s so much to explore at the Museum of Science, with exhibits that appeal to guests young and old. Walk the Butterfly Garden, travel to the Milky Way Galaxy in Cosmic Light, become a meteorologist in WeatherWise and check out fossils and life-size models in Dinosaurs. Also visit the Simons IMAX Theatre to watch films unfold in a larger-than-life setting.
Don’t miss the fearsome lionfish, the giant Pacific octopus, the California sea lions and the Blacknose Sharks at the newly renovated New England Aquarium. Venture out back to see the Northern fur seals, then visit the Atlantic Harbor Seals out front.
Step inside a Children’s Book
Boston’s favorite landmark, the Make Way for Duckling statues, pays homage to the popular children’s book about a family of ducks who make their home there. Snap a photo next to (or atop!) the ducklings, and in warm weather months, cruise the Public Garden Lagoon aboard a world famous Swan Boat.
Take a tour of America’s most beloved ballpark, Fenway Park, located in the heart of Boston. See the home of Red Sox legends from past and present – from Yaz and Williams to Pedroia and Ortiz. Sit atop the world famous Green Monster which stands 37 feet 2 inches high overlooking leftfield. During the season, catch a Red Sox game live at Fenway.
Dig into a bowl of clam chowder at Quincy Market. Afterward, explore the cobblestone promenade of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, where jugglers, magicians and musicians entertain the passers-by. Stroll, shop, eat and explore this Boston landmark.
Get up close and personal with the ocean’s most fascinating creatures aboard a New England Aquarium Whale Watch. On this 3-hour cruise, see humpback whales, finback whales, minke whales, pilot whales and the endangered right whales. Keep watch too for white-sided dolphins, who occasionally make an appearance.
Take a Walk Through History
Discover the rich history of the American Revolution, where every step along the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail tells a story. With an 18th century costumed guide as the leader, pass 16 famous sites including the Bunker Hill Monument and USS Constitution.
Visiting during the warm weather months? A boat ride to the Boston Harbor Islands is the perfect family outing. Hike, kayak, picnic, fish, swim, camp and more. In the winter months, visit Frog Pond at the Boston Common for an ice skating experience in the heart of the city.