With so much to see and do in Boston, there never seems to be enough time to cram in everything. Monuments, churches, parks, the waterfront, galleries, and attractions galore make choosing your itinerary tricky. However, kids can make this all a little trickier!
Luckily, we have put together some great places ideal for families with little and not so little ones. It includes some expected suggestions but hopefully identifies some new places to explore.
Museum of Science
The Museum of Science is massive when you arrive at the lobby of the museum the size is evident and caused our four-year-old to look around in awe. With typically around 700 exhibits it needs to be pretty big. This is a great place to explore and have a go at the many hands-on exhibits, you can easily spend half a day here and still have things to see. Great for small kids but also bigger kids! They also have rotating changing exhibits that are great and keeps things fresh, and meanings that as your kids get older there is always something new stuff. If you live in Boston we would thoroughly recommend for you to take a look at the memberships on offer, for a family this means if you go more than twice in a year you are saving big time!
This is a great place anytime but comes into its own if it is a little wet or cold outside. If your kids are a toddler to elementary age this is the place for them to explore and be active. Whether this is the giant play structure as you enter (which entertains the kids for a looooong time all by itself – we had to bribe our four years old off to explore elsewhere). or Whether it is bubbles, marbles, tennis balls and/or construction equipment there is plenty to entertain all in a real hands-on way. Consistently new and exciting there are also changing exhibitions and loads of activities scheduled for every single day which means the little ones are learning loads as well. As with the Science Museum if you are a local check out their website for big savings and their different membership offerings!
Now for something a little sweeter and something sure to hold the attention of both young and old.
Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop
This is a great experience as visitors get to be hands-on by being able to touch, smell and most importantly taste the 18th-century chocolate! Captain Jackson’s, is a pretty unique experience not only in Boston but throughout New England. The whole family will be taken on a journey to discover the history of chocolate, especially during American colonial times. Check out their website for daily demonstration times.
What happens if you want some fresh air and exercise and you really don’t want to be stuck indoors?. Don’t worry we have you covered here too!
A new trend is to get some fresh air and exercise (both your brain and body), have fun and be social on an EscapeTrail where you follow a secret walking route around Boston, progressing by solving clues and puzzles as you go, to ultimately complete your mission. You’ll get to see plenty of what the city has to offer while enjoying some light-hearted competitiveness, or a leisurely stroll with family, friends or teammates. This is a great activity for those families with kids 8 and over or even if you need the special slightly different activity for a birthday celebration or family get together to keep both adults and kids happy.
Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the Esplanade
Whether it is monkeying around in the tadpole playground or having a nice relaxing by the reflection pool on Boston Common. Playing hide and seek, play some ball games or clown around on the Stoneman Playground along the Esplanade. In the Public Park obviously go and say hello to the ducklings and Mrs. Mallard, make a wish at all of the fountains or simply listen to and watch the artists.
The Arnold Arboretum
The Arnold Arboretum is 281 rolling acres of four-seasons fun, operated by Harvard University and located in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. The Arboretum is most well-known for its springtime blooms, especially lilacs, but families also flock here for summer hikes, fall foliage, and wintertime sledding.
Charles River and watersports
As a family how about a canoe and kayak trip, learning to sail or maybe even a paddleboard (SUP). There are a few providers that offer rentals but also classes for kids including Charles River Canoe and Kayak, Paddleboston and Courageous Sailing at the Charlestown Navy Yard.
Have a great time exploring some of these great places and activities, your sure to have a fun time!