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Best Things to do in Boston with Kids

Best Things to do in Boston with Kids

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Boston is a city rich in history, sports and education and a great place for a family trip. Here are some of my recommendations for the best things to do in Boston with kids.

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum bring to life historical events that kids have have studied and read about in school. Live actors recreating American history make learning about our country’s history interesting and fun. You can even tour a replica ship and dump tea into the sea! Tours take place every 15 minutes daily.

Things to do in Boston with kids - Boston Tea Party

Attending a reenactment of the Boston Tea Party is one of the best things to do in Boston with kids. Photo credit: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Boston Duck Tours

Boston Duck Tours provides a fun and entertaining way to see the highlights of the city. The tour starts on land drives by major sites such as Bunker Hill, Boston Common and Quincy Market. Then get ready for a “splashdown” as you cruise right into the Charles River and get a view of the city. The tour is 80 minutes and tickets can be purchased in advance online.

Tip: If you book a tour starting before 10 am you can save $9 per ticket.

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The Boston Duck Tour cruises right past the Museum of Science. Photo credit: Boston Duck Tours

Harvard University

For an insider’s tour of Harvard you can take a 70-minute tour led by a current Harvard student through Trademark Tours’ Hahvahd Tour. The tour includes multiple stops on campus with interesting facts on the history of Harvard. Although not a kids tour, our 11-year old enjoyed the tour and found the details and little-known facts particularly interesting.

>> Read more about other things to do with kids at Harvard and MIT

Faneuil Hall

Faneuil Hall, also known as the Cradle of Liberty, has been a marketplace and meeting hall since the 1700s. Today Faneuil Hall has restaurants and shops you can visit on the first floor combining the historical building with modern conveniences.

Best things to do in Boston with kids - Faneuil Hall

A trip to Boston isn’t complete without a visit to Faneuil Hall to browse the restaurants and shops.

Museum of Science

Boston’s “most attended cultural institution,” the Museum of Science was founded in 1830 and is one of the largest science centers in the world. With a focus on science and technology and 700 interactive exhibits, it would take more than a day to explore everything. Permanent exhibits include the Butterfly Garden, Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff, and Discovery Center. My son particularly liked an exhibit called Mind Games and Optical Illusions.

>> Read more about visiting the Museum of Science in Boston

The Paul Revere House

Many kids know the story of Paul Revere, one of Boston’s well-known citizens. While in Boston you can tour the house he lived in with his family in the 1700s. The Paul Revere House has been restored and offers a chance for families to see what a typical house was like during Revere’s lifetime. It is open year round for people to walk through on their own.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park, “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark,” is located in Boston and offers a tour for Red Sox fans, baseball enthusiasts and general sports lovers. Tours last an hour and are offered everyday. Check the website for times offered on any given day and for Red Sox tickets, as well.

A great place to stay near these suggested activities is Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall. We found the hotel upscale and convenient to everything we wanted to do in the city. I hope these recommendations on the best things to do in Boston with kids give you ideas for a fulfilling family vacation.

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Susan is an enthusiastic traveler and mom to a 11 year-old boy and eight year-old girl. Originally from North Carolina, Susan is a Southerner at heart, although…

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