Next up in our Summer City Guides series, we’re heading over to Beantown! Boston is a fantastic summer destination filled with history and culture. It can also serve as a jumping off point for other great east coast locations as well. Let’s take a look at 10 exciting thing to do in Boston with kids!
1. Walk the Freedom Trail
One of the most popular things to do in Boston is to walk the Freedom Trail. This 2.5 mile trail starts on Boston Common and follows a red brick line that weaves through the area’s most popular historical sites from the Revolutionary War era. Learn all about the events that led up to America’s fight for independence with a self-guided walking tour, or you can join one of many guided tours to learn more about each Revolutionary War era site on the trail.
2. Visit the U.S.S. Constitution Museum
The U.S.S. Constitution is the oldest commissioned war ship in the world that is still afloat! It’s construction was ordered by George Washington himself and it was launched in 1797. The ship earned the nickname of “Old Ironsides” during the War of 1812 because British cannonballs appeared to bounce right off her hull! Never once defeated in battle, the U.S.S. Constitution underwent significant restorations in 2015 and is now reopened to the public for guided tours.
3. Join the Boston Tea Party
Voted the number one patriotic attraction in Boston, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum are an immersive experience designed to help guests learn about the beginnings of the American Revolution. The hands-on museum allows kids to join the Sons and Daughters of Liberty in tossing tea overboard in a living history recreation of historic events alongside costumed actors on the ship. Watch a multi-sensory documentary in the Minuteman Theater and finish your visit with a cup of tea and snacks in Abigail’s Tea Room.
4. Take a Boston Duck Tour
Ever wanted to ride in an amphibious vehicle? Now’s your chance! The Boston Duck tours drive on land and in water, taking you on a tour of Boston that is equal parts history and stand up comedy! You’ll ride by many of Boston’s major sights and finish by driving right into the Charles River for a cruise! The river portion of the tour offers fantastic views of both the Boston and Cambridge skylines- and your tour guides will have you laughing and learning for the whole ride!
5. Take a Trolley Ride
If an amphibious duck boat isn’t quite you’re style, don’t worry- there’s another way to tour Boston! Boston Trolley Tours offers multiple options for guided, hop-on-hop-off trolley rides around the city. The trolleys visit more than 100 points of interest in Boston and depending on the package you choose, can also include discounted museum tickets and even a 90 minute historic harbor cruise. The trolley is a great way to see the sights all the popular sights around Boston without having to worry about parking!
6. Walk the Esplande
A three mile green way path alongside the Charles River, the Esplande runs from the Museum of Science to the Boston University Bridge. You can walk or bike the trails (bike rentals available), there are three different playgrounds for kids to explore, boat rentals for the whole family and plenty of space for picnicking on the grass! In the summer, there are family movie nights and various concerts here- so check the summer schedule to see if you’ll be in town for a flick!
7. Explore the Mapparium
Looking for truly unique things to do in Boston with kids? Explore the Mapparium! Located inside the Mary Baker Eddy Library, the Mapparium is a travel lover’s dream come true. It is a three story, three-dimensional, stained glass globe. The map is accompanied by a music and light show and is a really neat way to get experience a three-dimensional map of the whole world!
8. Climb the Bunker Hill Monument
This monument dedicated to the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill is a 221 foot tall obelisk that honors the first major battle of the Revolutionary War. You can climb all the way to the top, then head across the street to visit the museum to learn more about the battle.
9. Ride in a Swan Boat
It’s a Boston tradition that dates back to 1877! Take a ride in a swan boat in the Boston Public Garden. Tickets are just $4.25 per adult and $3.00 per child for a 15 minute ride around the Public Garden lagoon!
10. Take a Ferry to the Boston Harbor Islands
After exploring the big city, you can take a break in nature with a ferry ride out to the Boston Harbor Islands. These 12 islands are maintained by the National Park Service and offer an escape from the city crowds plus spectacular views of the Boston skyline. See the oldest continuously used lighthouse in the US on Little Brewster Island or visit Spectacle Island for Free Kite Fridays where you’ll receive a free kite to fly when you board the ferry!
Which of these exciting things to do in Boston with kids is at the top of your list? Don’t forget to check out the other destinations in our Summer City Guides series!
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