Boston is rich in history, and happens to also be one of the most beautiful cities in the United States.
While it is definitely a fun place to visit with your friends, it is also wonderfully family friendly - with so many things to do and see.
From aquariums to museums, there is something for the whole family in the beautiful New England city of Boston.
1. The New England Aquarium
Head to the wonderful New England Aquarium for some serious fin-themed fun. Here you and your little ones can explore the wonders of the ocean, from sharks to real-life Nemos. The 2013 renovation of the Giant Ocean Tank has made room for even more amazing ocean life to wow you.
The addition of a new exhibits, including the interactive learning nook of the Blue Planet Action Centre make learning about the challenges facing the ocean interesting and fun. The shark and ray touch tank will bring you and your bubs up close and personal with the creatures you're admiring.There are also shows on every day, where you can witness the antics of sea lions and seals.
2. Boston Children's Museum
The Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest, and one of the most influential children’s museums in the world. It was founded in 1913 as a centre for the exchange of materials and ideas to advance the teaching of science. For over 100 years it has been engaging children in joyful discovery experiences that instil an appreciation of the world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.
The Museum’s exhibits emphasise hands-on engagement and learning through experience, employing play as a tool to spark the inherent creativity, curiosity, and imagination of children. The Museum’s collections of Americana, Natural History, Global Culture, Native American, Dolls and Dollhouses, and Japanese artefacts include more than 50,000 items.
3. The Swan Boats
Any child (or adult) that has read Robert McCloskey’s book, Make Way for Ducklings will want to see the Public Garden where it took place and to pay respects to the statues honouring Mrs. Mallard. The Swan Boats are a fleet of dual-pontooned boats which operate in a large pond in the Public Garden in the centre of Boston.
The Swan Boats have been in operation since 1877, and have since become somewhat of a cultural icon for the city. The 20-minute swan boat ride on the lagoon is a Boston tradition that is just delightful, and remains a beautiful oasis for a stroll in the heart of the city.
4. Franklin Park Zoo
A glorious range of wild animals live on this 72-acre, state-of-the-art zoo, that has so many amazing things to do and see. See lions and tigers roaming the Kalahari Kingdom and giraffes and zebras in their wide open Savanna. Stop into the enclosed Aussie Aviary where bright-coloured birds may come to rest on your feed stick, and watch the butterflies flutter around you in the tented Butterfly Landing.
Kiddos can get close to friendly sheep and goats on the Franklin Farm, and have their own small world at the Children’s Zoo. An absolute must-see is the Zookeeper Gorilla Encounter at the Tropical Forest exhibit every day at 2 p.m.
5. Boston Tea Party
At the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum you and your little ones can be a part of the famous event that forever changed the course of American history. Historical interpreters, interactive exhibits, full-scale restored 18th Century sailing vessels, historic artefacts, and the award-winning multi-sensory documentary “Let It Begin Here” are just a taste of what you will experience during your visit.
An adventure that is both educational and fun, each tour lasts approximately one hour, and is a fully-guided experience throughout the ships and museum. Your 18th Century Host will lead you through an interactive colonial town meeting, onto one of the famous ships to “dump the tea”, and through the museum experience as you discover what happened during the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution.
6. The Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile, red-lined route that leads you to 16 historically significant sites - each one an authentic treasure. You will explore museums and meetinghouses, churches, and burying grounds, all while learning about the people who shaped America.
You and your little ones will discover the rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston, where every step tells a story. The Freedom Trail Foundation offers a daily schedule of public walking tours featuring several sites along the Freedom Trail.