The Swan Boats at the Public Garden
We live in the Boston suburbs, and on low traffic times, we can easily make it to the city in about 20 minutes. I like to bring my kids to the city frequently, because there’s so much to do. Here are a few of my favorite attractions and activities for a Boston vacation.
New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium is located right on the Boston waterfront, in a prime location. It’s expensive (expect to spend $75 for a family of four) but you can get a deal from admission if you purchase the Boston City Pass (good if you are visiting several different attractions). My kids love the penguins and the huge fish tank (with a small shark) the best, but older kids will also enjoy the whale watches and Imax theater (additional fee).
The Boston Children’s Museum
My kids can’t get enough of the Boston Children’s Museum. It’s located right on the waterfront (across the water from the Children’s Museum), and offers so many wonderful things for kids. The three floors are full of activities, and I have to actually push them from room to room to get them to see the whole place. Prices are fairly reasonable – about $45 for a family of four, and you can bring your own food to eat there, if you’d like.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Faneuil Hall Marketplace is one of my favorite things about Boston. The kids love the outdoor entertainment in the summer months, and there are a variety of stores and restaurants to visit. I especially like the pushcarts in the market, because they offer unique and special items.
Boston Public Garden
Between the swan boats (pictured above) and the Make Way For Ducklings statue, this public park is a great destination for families with kids. The park is free, but you’ll have to pay a few dollars to ride the swan boats.
Photo credit: Jodi Grundig