Spray park on Boston's Greenway — Photo courtesy of Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau When cruising with family in tow, it is important that your day ashore in Boston offer something for everyone. This half-day tour includes a visit to a museum you all can enjoy, a restaurant where family-friendly means they welcome kids, without sacrificing quality, and fresh air. Get a taste of life within Boston just like it is for those who live here.
With plenty to do and see in Boston, you should take advantage of the museums close to the cruise port. Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is located in a stunning structure with sweeping waterfront views that are just a mere walk from the cruise port.
Here, your little art enthusiast will enjoy gazing at the eccentric pieces of contemporary art that will impress those in the know but will entertain others. With many events happening inside the ICA, you may be able to catch a show or see a performance. Boston ICA — Photo courtesy of ICA/Facebook
If entertaining the kids while letting out some energy is important, then the Boston Children's Museum offers a truly interactive space that lets even the smallest of tikes explore through touch. Bring your kids (best for the 10 and under set) to play with bubbles, build, climb, explore culture and connect with their bodies, all while learning about science. This place is sure to excite even the toughest youngster.
You may be tempted to stick to the Seaport District, where most sites are walkable from the cruise port; however, a short cab ride away lies one of the best aquariums you can find: New England Aquarium, renovated and fully reopened in July of 2013. You can witness recreated aquatic habitats and gaze into the world of the ocean. You can interact with sea creatures and learn from the experts on hand who teach small segments throughout the day at this kid-friendly attraction.
When food becomes your priority, you'll have your pick of food options near Boston's cruise port. Family-friendly food options abound, but those who prefer to skip the sit down may prefer to get their lunch from a food truck along The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Steps from the Aquarium, "The Greenway" is ideal for an afternoon picnic amid the tall buildings of Boston.
You can choose from a variety of options, but the A4 truck is a favorite for local, sustainable (and sensational) fare. Smartly cashing in on the lunch crowd, Tavern Road has created a lunch counter for take-out and named it TW Street Foods. Here, you can order at the counter and take advantage of the restaurant's seating, or dine on the tables outside of the Children's Museum.
Flour Bakery and Cafe is a fast, casual spot that finds itself packed with locals who can't get enough of their sandwiches, salads and freshly baked goods.