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. Looking for the most efficient and entertaining way to visit many of the things to do in Boston with kids? Look no further because Old Town Trolley Tours offers parents a relaxing way to tour all the best attractions in Boston for kids. Parents don’t have to worry about searching for directions to the New England Aquarium, driving to the Museum of Science, or finding parking while traveling from all of Boston’s best attractions. Our hop on and hop off trolley tours allow the parents to concentrate on having fun with their kids instead of worrying about logistics.
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Indoor Attractions & Activities for Kids
The New England Aquarium is a great place for families to visit, as it’s both fun and educational. What kid wouldn’t like looking at penguins, sea lions, jellyfish, sharks, and hundreds of other species of marine life?
The central exhibit in the Aquarium is a huge cylindrical tank with a circular walkway that visitors follow all the way up to the top, with views an all levels. Finding the green moray eels is always fun.
Located next door to the New England Aquarium is the Simons IMAX Theater, featuring a giant movie screen taller than a six-story building!
The USS Constitution Museum brings to life the story of our nation’s oldest commissioned ship and has lots of hands-on kid-friendly exhibits. Don’t forget to find the hammocks upstairs, to see and FEEL how sailors got some shut-eye in olden days.
The Museum of Science has been on the cutting-edge of science education since its original opening in 1951. Featuring a Planetarium, laser shows, a 3-D digital cinema, live presentations and demonstrations (such as the popular lightning show), and much more.
The Museum offers families more than an entire day’s worth of fun and learning-filled activities.
The New England Sports Museum, located inside the TD Garden, preserves and showcases the distinctly rich sports history of New England. Kids will enjoy an amazing collection of sports memorabilia from all of the area’s great sports teams and personalities.
The Old State House Museum is an excellent history museum containing authentic artifacts from the American Revolution and other important eras of Boston history. A number of hands-on exhibits are designed especially for children.
The world famous Cheers is open for lunch and dinner and is very kid friendly.
The Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium is one of the most unusual attractions in Boston. The Library features a number of fascinating exhibits, including the Hall of Ideas, the Quest Gallery, and the Press Gallery (with exhibits about the Christian Science Monitor newspaper).
The popular Mapparium is a world famous, three-story, stained glass globe of the earth. Visitors walk inside to experience an unforgettable light show presentation.
The Old Town Trolley Welcome Center has lots of souvenirs, games, puzzles, and clothing that kids will love.
Children of every age appreciate and enjoy this amazing, high-tech, floating museum! They will love walking onboard a real tea ship, participating in interactive exhibits and seeing a real tea chest that survived 230 years.
Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest and one of the most influential children’s museums in the world. For over 100 years it has been engaging children in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning. The Museum’s exhibits and programs emphasize hands-on engagement, learning through experience, and employing play as a tool to spark the inherent creativity, curiosity, and imagination of children. Designed for children and families, Museum exhibits focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), environmental awareness, and health & fitness.
Outdoor Attractions & Activities for Kids
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.
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.
Go ride the swan boats in the Boston Public Garden, a great tradition since 1877.
Also in the Public Garden you’ll find Mrs. Mallard and her eight duckling statues, based on the popular children’s book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.
Two of Boston’s historic burying grounds are located just a short walk from Stop #14. Kids can see where many of our founding fathers and mothers are buried.
The Granary Burying Ground, located directly next to Park Street Congregational Church, contains such well-known figures as Paul Revere, John Hancock, James Otis, and even the real “Mother Goose.”
At the King’s Chapel Burying Ground, just down Tremont Street, you’ll find buried William Dawes, Mary Chilton, and John Winthrop.
Boston’s Historic Ballpark is one of the most popular destinations for kids of ALL ages. Stop for lunch at one the many sports-themed pubs and restaurants located nearby.
A must-visit is the Red Sox Team Store, which features official Red Sox clothing and souvenirs.
A Boston Harbor Cruise is a fun way to see Boston from the water. Boston Harbor Cruises, located on Long Wharf just around the corner from our Stop #1, have a variety of cruise experiences available. Take a 45-minute sightseeing cruise, a sunset cruise, a high-speed ferry to Provincetown on Cape Cod, or a very popular whale watching expedition.