If you’re heading to Boston with family, great fun is in store for everyone. The Cradle of Liberty is a wondrous place where old and new mesh beautifully and history and culture abound on every corner. There are a ton of things to do with family including attractions, sights, museums, and activities throughout Boston.
At the Boston Children’s Museum you and the family will discover a world of fascinatingly fun facts about science, culture, the arts, literacy, health, the environment and more. Whether creating and trying to catch bubbles of all sizes and shapes, building, digging, climbing and riding a real Bobcat in the Construction Zone or learning about Japanese culture, life, customs, art and architecture, there is so much to do at this 100-year-old Boston institution.
Interactive exhibits, hands-on displays and a collection of more than 50,000 items engage, entertain and delight children of all ages and their parents, too. Year after year, the Children’s Museum is one of the most popular things to do in Boston with family.
As one of the best sightseeing tours in the city, Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston offers a comprehensive look at all the most popular sights. The famous Orange and Green Trolleys are lots of fun and take you to more than 100 points of interest. The best part – no driving or searching for parking. Just bring the kids and grab a seat. Once on board, the funny, yet knowledgeable conductor will tell you interesting facts and history about all the places you’re going. You’ll be taken to Paul Revere’s House, the Old North Church, the Old South Meeting House, Faneuil Hall, the Bunker Hill Monument, the Boston Massacre Site, the Gaslamp Quarter and 90 more really iconic Boston places. Get off and have lunch in the North End or hang out at any of the stops as long as you want. There are trolleys coming by all day so no need to rush.
If you can’t guess, then a visit to the New England Aquarium, home to the Giant Pacific Octopus, is definitely in order. It’s also where you can have a close encounter with a bonnethead shark, a balloonfish, an African Penguin, an Atlantic Harbor Seal, a North Atlantic Right Whale and hundreds of other vibrant, intriguing sea creatures. In the center of it all is a 200,000-gallon tank that simulates a Caribbean coral reef with sea turtles, stingrays, eels, barracuda, sharks and more.
There’s also an IMAX theater on-site, whale watching excursions, guided and behind-the-scenes tours, daily presentations, shows and a bunch of really neat events, classes and programs. If you’ve got kids, you can’t skip this amazing experience.
Then get over to the Boston Public Garden and get your seats on one of the graceful Swan Boats – the only boats of this kind in the world. The pedal-powered vessels are easily driven and make for a peaceful, leisurely ride in the garden’s 4-acre pond. Kids are delighted when they see real swans and a variety of other birds swimming alongside them in the water and the picturesque views are enough to transport any adult to a peaceful state of mind. The Boston Public Garden is also a thing of beauty to enjoy. These botanical gardens were the first of their kind in the United States, featuring manicured paths, several famed statues and lush foliage.
Boston attractions and sights are as unique as the city itself. Whether you come for a weekend or a week, you’ll never run out of interesting and exciting activities to share with your family.
“All kids receive a Junior Conductor hat!”