Things to Do in Boston with Kids for an Amazing Vacation

Planning a vacation to Boston? Our local experts put together a list of our top things to do in Boston with kids.

Consider adding a few of these kid friendly attractions to your vacation itinerary.

There are a myriad of diverse attractions offering tons of things to do in Boston with kids. Boston is simply buzzing with history and culture your whole family will enjoy.

World-class museums, countless historic monuments from the American Revolution era, and unique tours make this charming New England city a very popular vacation destination.

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A few fun things to do in Boston with kids included on the Go Boston Card include…

  • The New England Aquarium
  • Boston Duck Tours
  • The Children’s Museum
  • LEGOLAND® Discovery Center
  • and more…

New England Aquarium

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The Aquarium is one of Boston’s premier attractions and a great place for kids to explore for an afternoon. The aquarium features a giant, four-story ocean tank and a new “touch tank” where you can pet stingrays as they swim by.

Lots of exhibits are designed especially for children, like “Penguin Power!” where kids learn about the penguins’ natural habitat and how to protect it.

With 70 international exhibits hosting diverse habitats, you’ll feel like you’re in the tropics while still looking out on the magnificent Boston Harbor.

The New England Aquarium also has a unique gift shop to visit and several dining options in close proximity.

Check out our Insider’s Guide for insider tips and things to know before visiting.

Boston Duck Tour

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This part-land, part-water adventure is one of Boston’s most famous tours. After all, you can’t miss the colorful duck-shaped vehicles filled with quacking passengers!

Boston Duck Tours are entertaining for the whole family as they combine a super fun ride with a unique look at Boston’s history and distinct geography.

The highlight of the tour – your quirky and knowledgeable guide will lead you right through Boston and into the Charles River! This 80-minute trip promises lots of laughs for everyone and a look at all of Boston’s top sights!

Boston Children’s Museum

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Designed specifically for children, this museum is truly a treasure for families with kids. The Boston Children’s Museum emphasizes “hands-on engagement and learning through experience,” which you’ll witness through 96+ fun exhibits.

You’ll be able to make art projects with your kids in the Art Studio, explore an authentic house from Kyoto, Japan at Japanese House, and watch as your child rides a real Bobcat in “Construction Zone”!

This museum is a must for any family with young children, and it really offers a fun time for everyone.

Fenway Park Tour

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Sports fans won’t want to miss a chance to explore this iconic baseball stadium – one of the oldest remaining historic stadiums in the entire country.

Insider tours will take visitors to walk through areas rarely seen by fans, like the dugout, the press box, and onto the field itself. You’ll even get a chance to touch the famed Green Monster!

Your knowledgeable tour guides will regale you with tales of the most famous players and places of Fenway Park, from Duffy’s Cliff and Pesky’s Pole to the Triangle and the Lone Red Seat.

Even if you’re not a fan of the Red Sox, this is definitely a worthwhile attraction for any sports lover.

Freedom Trail Walking Tour

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If it’s your first time to Boston, or you’ve never taken the time to learn any of Boston’s history, a tour of the Freedom Trail is truly a must-do activity. The legendary red brick line leads you through the city’s most important historical sites of the American Revolution.

On the official Freedom Trail tours, guides in character as famous patriots like James Otis or Abigail Adams lead you around 16 sites while sharing lively anecdotes of historic people, places, and events.

If you don’t think your kids can handle the whole trail, feel free to pick and choose the sites you want to see. The red brick line serves as a marker for the trail all over the city.

Museum of Science

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The Boston Museum of Science is a world-renowned science museum that has things to do for everyone. Over 700 interactive exhibits feature hands-on activities for visitors of any age.

Permanent exhibits include “To the Moon,” highlighting full-size models of the Apollo and Mercury Space Capsules, and “Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff” where you’ll see one of only 4 nearly-complete Triceratops on display in the world.

For those with young children, Discovery Center provides in-depth scientific exploration through fun kids games and activities.

Don’t leave without catching a show inside New England’s only IMAX Dome theater or watching the stars up close on a state-of-the-art projector at the Hayden Planetarium.

Franklin Park Zoo

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Boston’s urban zoo is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. This 72-acre expanse is located in the heart of the beautiful, historic Franklin Park and is home to hundreds of charming creatures from around the world.

Featured exhibits include the “Kalahari Kingdom,” “Serengeti Crossing,” “Tiger Tales,” and many more.

Little ones will especially love the Children’s Zoo, home to some of the cutest and most impressive creatures in the entire zoo, from darling little ducks and playful red pandas to the majestic Amur Leopard.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

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A must-see for LEGO® fans ages 3-10. Recently opened, it’s quickly becoming one of the top things to do in Boston with kids.

Kids can work on their LEGO engineering skills, take their turn on interactive rides, climb around a soft play area, and explore MINILAND®, where visitors can see famous buildings of Boston and Somerville made entirely of LEGO bricks.

Tip: bring a LEGO Minifigure and trade it in for a new and different one for your collection with any staff member.

Plimoth Plantation

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This recreated seventeenth-century village is a hit among visitors of all ages. Engage in a totally immersive experience where professional re-enactors bring historical Massachusetts to life.

A 130-acre expanse of land overlooking Cape Cod Bay, it’s breathtakingly beautiful as well as historically valuable.

Don’t forget the educational aspects! Kids will learn all about the challenges faced by these early English settlers and their relationship with the local Wampanoag tribe through interactive demonstrations and guided tours.

Visitors should also explore the popular Mayflower II exhibit, a carefully recreated version of the original iconic ship that you can actually climb aboard. Definitely bring a camera to this one!

MIT Museum

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This Cambridge science museum is just perfect for kids. With interactive exhibits and engaging demonstrations specifically geared towards younger visitors, it’s a great way to introduce your kids to both basic and elevated scientific concepts.

Hosted and curated by MIT, this museum has the freedom to draw upon that prestigious institution’s historic collections of artifacts and technology.

Popular exhibits and areas include a retrospective of the history of science and technology, the largest collection of holographs in the world, a collection focusing on architecture and design, and an archive of nautical tech that dates as far back as the 16th century!

Be sure to pay a visit to their most iconic exhibit – “Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT.”

Six Flags New England

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Although it’s actually located a decent drive from Boston proper, this popular theme park is an excellent place to spend a warm summer afternoon.

With plenty of things to do with kids, including over 100 rides, shows, and attractions, there’s plenty to keep the entire family busy.

Plus, you’ll also have access to Hurricane Harbor, New England’s largest waterpark.

Favorite exhibits and rides in both parks include the brand new Wicked Cyclone, the New England SkyScreamer, Looney Tunes Movie Town, and Hook’s Lagoon.

If you happen to be visiting in the fall, be sure to check out their spooky Halloween festivities, the ever-popular Fright Fest!

Swan Boats of Boston

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 There’s nothing more Boston than these iconic boats. You’ll see these singular craft populate the waters in the Boston Public Gardens during the spring and summer months, paddled by happy kids and adults alike.

To make your afternoon complete, you can stroll the beautiful Gardens and the nearby Boston Common after your ride, perhaps stopping for some ice cream!

Invented in the 1780s by local innovator Robert Paget, the swan boats have become a Boston legend and are today the only vessels of their kind. A ride on these charming boats is a very Bostonian and kid friendly way to spend a pleasant hour!

Bike Rentals by Urban Adventours

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Got some active kids? Burn off some energy through exploring Boston by bike! Boston’s unique layout makes it easy to hit up a lot of the top architectural and historical highlights with minimal travel time, making it even easier to navigate by bike.

You’ll get some of the best views of the Boston Harbor, the Zakim Bridge, and the Boston skyline by biking along the Charles River paths or along the Greenway.

Your complimentary map will help you plot out a course to take you wherever you want to go. Boston is a very bike-friendly city with many dedicated bike lanes, so you can feel safe riding even on busier streets.

Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium

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Walk through the world-famous, three-story, painted glass globe at the Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium through a 30-foot glass bridge.

You’ll learn all about the extraordinary life and achievements of Mary baker Eddy and even get to view a rare 1611 edition of the King James Bible, among other fascinating exhibits, including the Quest Gallery and The Hall of Ideas.

Let’s Recap

There you have it – some of our favorite things to do in Boston with kids.

Plan to add a few of these attractions to your vacation itinerary and we are sure you will have a fun time.

Remember, you can save on admission to many of these popular family friendly attractions and more.

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