Things to Do in Boston with Kids

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. Plus, you'll love spending time on the lovely Boston Harbor and in the remarkable urban parks.

We put together an insiders' guide to the best things to do in Boston with kids, so you can experience the must see attractions during your Boston vacation.

Kid-Friendly Attractions in Boston

When you visit Boston with your family, don't miss out on any of the alluring activities and institutions this great city has to offer. Instead, head to the attractions both you and your kids will love. Here are five of the top-rated attractions for families with kids.

New England Aquarium

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 sting rays as they swim by.

Lots of exhibits are designed especially for children, like "Penguin Power!" where kids learn about the penguin's 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.

Boston Duck Tour

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

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.

Freedom Trail

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

The Boston Museum of Science is a world-renowned science museum that has something 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.

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