Boston is one of America’s most populous cities. It comes with loads to do for the whole family – both adults and children of all ages. Whether your kids are old enough to enjoy historical sites such as the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, or are just looking for plenty of space to run around, you won’t run out of things to do in Boston. Here’s a collection of some of the things to do in Boston with kids.
1. Take a Ride on the Swan Boats
No child will resist the prospect of sitting in a swan. Created in the year 1877 by designer Robert Paget, the swan boats glide over the Lagoon in the Public Garden starting mid-April to mid-September. It is a popular summer activity in Boston for both locals and tourists. The ride last about 15 minutes and you’ll get to cruise around the tiny lagoon and see plenty of mallard ducks and swans. Your kids will have a great time making impressions of swashbuckling pirates. Taking a ride in the Swan Boats is one of the family-friendly activities you don’t want to miss. Note that the Swan Boats do not operate during strong winds, heavy rains, intense heat, or thunder and lighting.
2. Check Out Boston Children’s Museum
The Boston Children’s Museum is a firm favorite for children between the ages of two to ten. You’re bound to fall in love with the safe PlaySpace area meant for building early developmental skills in kids. Your children will enjoy the hands-on interactive exhibits available in the museum. They’ll get to explore and learn more about the world around them. Make a point of visiting the museum store where you can get reasonably priced crafts and games.
3. Visit the New England Aquarium
This 200,000-gallon salt-water aquarium is a breathtaking masterpiece that is a replica of the Caribbean coral reef. With a diameter of 40ft, the aquarium is three stories tall and has an array of aquatic wildlife featuring moray eels, giant sea turtles, stingrays, and sharks. Your kids will get an opportunity to stick their hands into the cold water and get up close and personal with the sea urchins, starfish, and hermit crabs through a touch tank. Other attractions include the huge indoor penguin exhibit, the IMAX theater, and a whale watch boat trip that runs from April to October.
4. Take a Walk at the Arnold Arboretum
This is one of the best plant study centers in the world. It also makes for a great place to take a stroll with the whole family. The Arnold Arboretum was founded in 1872 and is managed by Harvard University. The 281-acre park features thousands of trees, woody vines, and shrubs, and offers educational programs suitable for people of all ages. It’s a great place to hang out during summer, spring, and fall. The trails are well paved to make it easier to take leisurely strolls. You can get guided tours on designated days all year-round.
5. Enjoy some Culture and History at the Museum of Fine Arts
The crown jewel of American art museums was founded in 1870. It has a collection of over half-a-million objects from all over the world. It provides the perfect opportunity for the whole family to discuss the role in culture and history. Explore the amazing collections that include the American art collection, the Egyptian collection, and the Japanese collection. The museum has 300,000 square feet of exhibition space so you can expect to do quite a bit of walking. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes. Children of all ages are allowed into the facility and you can use a stroller if you have a toddler.
6. Learn Something New at the Museum of Science
This is one of the best things to do in Boston with kids. It’s an exceptionally child-friendly museum where your kids can get an entertaining introduction to science and technology. On offer are intriguing experiences and engaging exhibits such as watching lightning bolts produced by the Van de Graaf generator, learning scientific concepts through the Investigation Station, checking out engineering design in the Design Challenge. Other highlights include IMAX movies at the Mugar Omni Theater, multimedia shows at the Charles Hayden Planetarium, and an enormous gift shop. You can also get a verity of snacks for your kids at the museum so you don’t have to carry food with you. If you have preschool children, make a point of catching up with the live animal story time at 10: 30 a.m daily. They’ll absolutely love it.
7. Take a Train to the Beach
Love the beach? You’re in luck. Boston has a number of amazing beaches that are just a train ride away from the city. You’ll find the best beaches are in Essex County which is located north of the city. One of the standout beaches is Crane Beach. You can get there by shuttle bus from the commuter rail station. It features salt marshes with some of the best wildlife attractions. Good Harbor Beach and Singing Beach are also great alternatives.
8. Grab Some Ice-Cream
Boston has a remarkable array of ice cream shops. After all, New Englanders eat more ice-creams than anyone else. J.P Licks have branches scattered all over the city serving some of the best flavors around. If you’re looking for a more painstakingly crafted flavor such as ginger molasses, burnt sugar, and fresh rose, you might want to check out Inman Square’s Christina’s. The kids will also enjoy the green tea and salty caramel available at Toscanini’s.
9. Have Fun at the Franklin Park Zoo
While the local zoo is unlikely to win any travel destination awards, it’s a great hangout spot for the kids. You’ll get to see lions and tigers in the flesh and other exotic animals such as giraffes, gorillas, and zebras. The children’s zoo will be particularly enjoyable for the little ones.
10. Catch a Game at Fenway Park
Your stay at Boston cannot be complete until you’ve watched a game at Fenway Park. The ballpark was opened in 1912 and has a capacity of only 38,000. Due to its size, it can be hard getting tickets for the big games. If you’re not able to catch a game, you can always opt for the public tours offered all year-round. Ballpark is family friendly with a Kid’s Concourse that features a pitching booth and tons of photo ops. You’ll also find Wally’s Clubhouse inside the concourse where your kids can play and interact with balloon artists.