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30 Best Things To Do In Boston With A Family

Proof Boston is the perfect place for finding things to do that maximize family fun.

Kris Norton

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1. Fenway Park Is A Place For Boston Family Bonding


Source: BostonUSA Facebook

Get them started young as Sox fans by catching a game at the world-famous Fenway Park and maybe you’ll see somebody hit one over the Green Monster.

Behind the scenes tours of Fenway are available and make for great quality time together.

2. Families Can Hang Out On Boston’s Own Island


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Take the ferry over to the Boston Harbor Islands and enjoy the historic sites, visit the lighthouse, hike, kayak, watch wildlife, and even go camping.

Make sure to plan your trip around one of the many festivals and events going on during the warmer months like Shakespeare On Love and Berklee Music Festival.

3. Boston Families Know How To Enjoy All That Sweet Freedom


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What would the U.S. be without Boston? Probably British. Take in some history together along the 2.5 mile-long Freedom Trail that winds through the city’s neighborhoods along many important sites for a self-guided tour through history.

4. Families That Destroy Tea Together Stay Together


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Speaking of history, what’s Boston without a little tea party celebration? Bring the kids to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum where you can throw tea crates into the harbor.

5. Boston Families Can Unleash Their Inner Bill Nye At The Boston Children’s Museum


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It’s the second oldest children’s science museum in the world as well as one of the largest – The Boston Children’s Museum is always a favorite for families, with hands-on activities and interactive exhibits that encourage children to explore and learn.

6. Keep The Love Of Learning Going For The Whole Family


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Boston doesn’t just turn the learning gears of the little ones’ brains. Tweens, teens, and adults also get in their dose of science fun at the Museum of Science, with large exhibit halls and large-screen high definition movies in the planetarium.

7. Lace Up Those Ice Skates For The Perfect Family Outing


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It’s not Boston without a little pond ice skating. Bundle up and and come out to Boston Common Frog Pond, which also features a spray pool and carousel rides in the warmer months.

8. No Man Sleeps During The Blue Man Group


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Play keep up and get covered in toilet paper while the whole family enjoys the intensity of the world famous Blue Man Group Boston at the Charles Playhouse.

9. Catch A Broadway Show Way Off Broadway


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While you’re in Boston’s world class Theater District, make time for any of the many Broadway-touring plays and countless other productions.

10. Ride On Swan-Back Through A Boston Paradise


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On a warm, sunny day, pack a picnic and bring the family to Boston Public Garden for an awesome afternoon filled with outdoor activities including riding the swan boats.

You can take boats out for two or pack the whole family in the large boats to take in this only-in-Boston experience.

11. Don’t Pass On Boston’s Prize Confections


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The whole family will rush out the door when you tell them you’re taking them to the Langham Hotel for their world-famous chocolate bar.

Held every Saturday in the café, it’s not exactly free, but it is all you can eat and kids under four years old eat free!

12. Be A Family Of Scholars At The Harvard Museum Of Natural History


Source: Harvard Museum of Natural History Facebook

There’s even more to learn in Cambridge at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History, with family programs, storytime events, and some great family-friendly events held throughout the year.

13. Celebrate Fitness And Boston Love As A Family


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Rain or shine, there’s no better way to celebrate your love for Boston than coming out to cheer on the amazing runners and inspiring folks at the Boston Marathon.

14. Boston Families Don’t Mind Getting Spooked At The Zoo


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Every family enjoys a day at the zoo. Especially one like Franklin Park Zoo, with a Rhino Rescue Adventure, Aussia Aviary, and the Tropical Forrest.

Don’t forget to visit during Halloween for some family-friendly, costumed fun.

15. Find The Panoramic Views Of The City


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If you really want to see Boston, then visit the Mount Auburn Cemetery and climb to the top of Washington Tower where you can show the kids all of Boston in one panoramic view.

Or you can visit the Prudential Center’s Skywalk Observatory in the heart of it all.

16. Boston Families Can See A Glimpse Of The Future At The MIT Museum


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Do you want to learn how to make magnetic fluid? Or how to use laser beams to make music? Then visit the MIT Museum and they’ll tell you while you also learn about innovation, inventions, and technology.

17. Get Inspired On Harvard’s Campus


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Even if getting into Harvard isn’t on your kid’s to-do list, taking the student-led walking tour of the university is an inspiring experience, regardless of his or her aspirations.

18. Catching A Drive-In Movie Is An Instant Family Memory


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Go early to snag a great spot on the lawn and catch one of the Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell.

19. Then Stick Around For Some Free Music


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The Hatch Shell isn’t just good for free movies. The city’s beloved Summer Concert Series happens there every summer.

Bring your chairs, the kids, and a van full of friends to make some memories under the stars.

20. Boston Families Know How To Appreciate The Arts


Source: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Facebook

There’s no shortage of art to be found in Boston with the Museum of Fine Arts and The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at your fingertips.

The Museum of Fine Arts provides complementary activity totes filled with goodies like sketchpads and colored pencils to foster the budding artists in visitors young and old.

21. You’re Never Too Young To Be A Bruins Fan



Bostonians give all due appreciation to the great sport of hockey. And what better way to enjoy the sport for kids and adults than catching a Boston Bruins game?

22. See Who Looks The Best In Those Funny Shoes


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Kings Bowl America is always a fun time out, with bowling lanes, air hockey and ping pong tables and a high quality food at their restaurant in a retro-chic atmosphere.

Bring the family earlier in the evenings, and reserve later nights for adults only, when they break out the libations and open mic.

23. Families In Boston Know Nothing Beats A New England Fall


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Boston is gorgeous dressed in fall foliage, but it’s also great for some short road trips, too, like out to Salem where you can tour all the super historic sites and also enjoy some of the Halloween-gimmicky fun.

24. Enjoy A Ghoulish Night With The Older Kids



If the gutsy members in your family are interested in Boston’s paranormal side, then try out the Haunted Boston Ghost Tour which takes you through the nooks and crannies of the city, delving into all the things that go bump in the night.

25. Catch The Best Shows In Town At The New England Aquarium


Source: New England Aquarium Facebook

Whether it’s watching the fish behind the glass or watching the newest blockbuster in the awesome IMAX Theater, the New England Aquarium is the perfect cure for those rainy days trapped inside.

26. Get Into The Holiday Spirit The Boston Way



When the holidays roll in, take the family to the Boston Common for music, food, and Santa Claus and see the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. You can also get in a few turns around the ice skating rink.

27. Celebrate On New Year’s Eve Without Ruining New Year’s Morning


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You don’t have to make the kids stay up until midnight to ring in the New Year. First Night Boston is a great way to celebrate together in downtown Boston and they even have a 7 pm Family Firework show so that you can still get home for bedtimes.

28. Make The Most Of That Boston Snow


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Boston doesn’t always get snowed in, but when it does, it’s by about a million inches. Make the most of those snow days and make some awesome family memories along the way by bringing the snow tubes to Amesbury Snow Park with kids over four years old.

29. Green Isn’t Just For St. Paddy’s Day In Boston


Source: Boston Celtics Facebook

It’s also for the Boston Celtics. Games are family-friendly and always a good time.

30. In Boston, Families Can Get More Bang For Their Buck


Source: BostonUSA Facebook

Many of Boston’s best activities as mentioned above can be enjoyed for a discount if you get the Boston Family-Friendly Value Pass which also includes retail and restaurant offers all over the city.

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