Boston with Kids: Area Attractions Add More Fun to Your Family Vacation

There's no shortage of fun for families in the greater Boston area. With a variety of museums, activities and tours that will trick even the most reluctant learner into enjoying science and history our 10best picks for family attractions let mom and dad be amazing for a few hours.

When you choose to visit the Tea Party Ships and Museum, you'll learn about the night that brought forth the American Revolution while taking part in a reenactment. Alongside period actors you'll be come a member of the Patriots and even toss tea into the harbor. 

Give kids hands on learning at the New England Aquarium, Museum of Science and Boston Children's Museum. These museums are very different, but have one thing in common, the chance to touch. 

Take a tour that is sure not to bore young minds: Boston Duck Tours. An amphibious vehicle will drive you through the city streets and waterways all the while narrating what you pass and quacking at locals walking by. Enjoy a few laughs while taking in the fun facts.

Get outdoors at Blue Hills, the Franklin Park Zoo, Boston Public Garden or on a cruise to a Boston Harbor Island.

Or escape the elements and bowl for a bit at Sacco's Bowl Haven where good times and good food come together for an ideal indoor family day.




Minutes outside of downtown Boston, is the Blue Hills Reservation. Here nature enthusiasts can hike, bike, ski, swim, and even enjoy a zoo experience at the Trailside Museum. Spanning over 7,000 acres along Boston's closest suburbs, this is a...  Read More



Sometimes you just want to bowl. For those times, head to Sacco's Bowl Haven in Somerville. Sacco's has a laid back vibe that is welcoming to the most novice of bowlers. Even the youngest. A Candlepin alley, Sacco's small ball sizes make bowling...  Read More

Boston Public Garden


Take a leisurely stroll through the oldest botanical garden in the United States and get a feel for Boston's charm and grace. 1877 marks the start of the Garden's fame for the Swan Boats that float along the pond when the weather warms; a...  Read More

Boston Children's Museum
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The Boston Children's Museum is a local favorite. Exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts, and all encourage kids to interact (via touch). Many amazing adventures await at the Children's...  Read More



The Boston Harbor Islands are unique part of the National Park system. 12 ready to explore islands offer a variety of activities for an active island adventure like checking out historic sites, spotting wildlife, taking a hike, getting in the...  Read More



Board a WWII-style amphibious landing vehicle, and get ready for a thrilling ride that's sure to make a splash. Adults and children of all ages will love learning about Beantown from a knowledgeable "ConDUCKtor" who will spout off quacks...  Read More



Part of the Emerald Necklace, famous for the loop of green space that circles the city, is the Franklin Park Zoo. You can spend the day roaming the grounds of the zoo and checking out the many species housed within. Kids will love the open...  Read More



Head to the New England Aquarium for marine themed fun. Here you and your children will enjoy exploring the oceanic wonders that await at every turn. The 2013 renovation of the Giant Ocean Tank has made room for more ocean life to wow you. The...  Read More

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
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It was not just one night that led patriots to take matters into their own hands to begin a fight for freedom, it was the continued lack of freedoms and representation that brought about the Tea Party and started a revolution. At the Tea Party...  Read More

Museum of Science
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Walk into the Museum of Science and come face to face with a life-sized dinosaur. Explore each and every last crook of the Museum of Science and encounter excitement from our past, present and even a glimpse into our future. Make math fun in...  Read More


Meet Jessica Polizzotti

Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand.  Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. 

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