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How To Spend a Weekend In Boston with Kids

How To Spend a Weekend In Boston with Kids

Boston is an excellent city for a family vacation. It offers beautiful scenery, historical sites, and fun activities for kids all year round. 

If you’re planning a family vacation to Boston and looking for things to do, here’s a list of our family’s favorites!

Note: this list can vary depending on the weather, so plan accordingly. 

5 Family Friendly Activities in Boston

1. The Boston waterfront is exciting, with numerous activities, such as the New England Aquarium and whale-watching tours.

New England Aquarium

We recommend taking a stroll along the new Greenway, where you can enjoy the splash fountains, grab a bite from the food trucks, and take in the breathtaking carousel that features sea life native to the New England waters. This beautiful space is near the downtown Boston financial district, the North End, and Faneuil Hall.

Delectable Desserts in the North End 

  • -Mike’s Pastry

  • -Modern Pastry

  • -Dolce 

  • -Bova’s Bakery

2. The Institute of Contemporary Art The Institute of Contemporary Art is a beautiful museum along the waterfront.

On the last Saturday of each month, the ICA offers a fantastic family program of children's crafts. Adults get free admission when accompanied by kids, so it's a no-brainer if you're downtown on a Saturday.

Upcoming exhibits include: 

3. Charles Street is the ultimate destination for shopping and dining in Beacon Hill, one of Boston's oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods.

It's the perfect itinerary for families as it's easy to navigate and concludes at the iconic Boston Common and Public Garden. It would help if you visited Savenor's, a gourmet grocer that has become famous due to one of its most loyal shoppers, Julia Child. Remember to grab some picnic items from here for later in the Common. 

While walking, shop at Boston's best clothing store, The Red Wagon, or entertain tweens with gifts and novelties at Black Ink.

Treat yourself to high-end treats and sandwiches at Tatte Bakery, or indulge in delicious ice cream and coffee at JP Licks, a local chain. 

Kid-Friendly Bites aT TAtte Bakery

Fresh Mozzarella Sandwich

Grilled Cheese

Breakfast Sandwich

Scrambled Egg Plate

French Toast

Yogurt and Granola

and always opt for extra sprinkles or " jimmies"

Favorite Ice Cream at JP Licks 

Brownie Brownie Batter

Salted Caramel Cookies and Cream


Mint Chip

If you have time, take a quick detour up the hill to see Mount Vernon Square, one of Boston's most prestigious addresses, and appreciate the beauty of the architecture.

4. Boston Common and Boston Public Garden are a must-see when visiting Boston.

Spring at The Public Garden

These locations offer many seasonal activities and a delightful walk that enchants you. The Common is home to an ice-skating rink during the winter months at the Frog Pond, which is transformed into a massive wading pool next to a carousel during the summer.

Additionally, the Northeastern corner of the Common features a playground that leads to the iconic gold-domed State House of Massachusetts.

The Boston Public Garden is equally captivating, with the famous Swan Boat Rides and a bronze sculptural installation paying homage to the classic Make Way for Ducklings. These locations should undoubtedly be on your Boston vacation bucket list to capture the perfect photo opportunity.

The entrance to the Public Garden is located at the beginning of Commonwealth Avenue along Arlington Street, where you will find many performers and balloon artists scattered around the garden during good weather. You can observe locals and tourists pushing strollers and setting up picnics, making it a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the beauty of Boston.

5. The Museum of Science in Boston is undoubtedly one of the best institutions in the city.

It's a must-visit place if you're looking for a fun-filled day exploring exhibits with your kids. Even if the weather is unfavorable, you'll have a great time here. The cafeteria offers high-quality food, including a salad bar.

Not to mention, the movies at the Planetarium and the simulator ride are fantastic. And if you have children, there's a play area that even has something educational for infants, along with a playground exhibit set up to educate about the laws of physics. Take advantage of the chance to experience all the Museum of Science offers!

Omni and Planetarium exhibits

(O)Deep Sky

(O)The Heart of New England 

(P)Explore the Universe: Eclipse Edition

(P)God, Science, and Our Search for Meaning 

PRO TIP: When the weather is rainy or cold, visiting MOS, which combines physical and educational elements, is an excellent full-day outing option.

Fenway Park


If feasible, plan your trip to coincide with a Red Sox game. You can visit their website to look for Family Pack tickets, which are ideal for families looking to enjoy Fenway Park's atmosphere while saving money. These packs are usually sold in groups of 4 and include a drink and hot dog for each guest.

With so many activities, Boston is the perfect destination for families hoping to spend quality time together and make beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.

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