Fun things to do with children in kid friendly Boston

Paul Revere Statue
Paul Revere Statue

Boston, the birthplace of America, is one of the most kid friendly cities in the USA.  With it’s safe train system and small town feel, it’s easy to get around the city.  The sights, sounds and excitement of this city will make a child’s eyes light up.

Start your tour of the city on a Boston Duck Tour; not only will you drive by some of the most important landmarks, in the eyes of a child, but the duck boat will go right into the Charles River for a boat ride.  Kids are sometimes asked to help with the “driving” too.

Make Way for Ducklings Statue
Make Way for Ducklings Statue

Those most important landmarks will include the Boston Public Garden swan boats, the Make Way for Ducklings statue on the Boston Commons, the Science Museum as well as the New England Aquarium and the duck boats themselves.  Most likely, as you drive through town on a warm day, street performers and horse drawn carriages will catch your eye.

The Quincy Market at Faneuil Hall has every type of food product imaginable available to surprise even the pickiest of eaters.  Follow up with shops and kiosks offering unique ideas and items found only in Boston.  Walk over to the North End for some Italian pastry for dessert and you’ll pass the fruit and vegetable market on Fridays and Saturdays that offer the sights, smells and accents that Boston is so famous for.

The Freedom Trail, a National Park Service historical area, is a guided walking tour through the city.  The Boston By Little Feet tour is specifically designed for families and children outlining the history of Boston including Paul Revere’s house, the Old North Church, and the site of the first public school in America.  Continue to the Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitution.

Another great spot for kids is the Boston Children’s Museum and, in the same neighborhood, the Boston Tea Party, which can bring history alive.  A bike ride along the walkway on the Charles River is flat and easy.  The views of the river with sailboats and rowers will surely be relaxing during stops at the numerous parks and playgrounds along the way.

In summer, boats at the Aquarium are available for whale watching or Boston Harbor Island excursions.  In winter, ice skating in the public garden is a must.  The spring and fall lend themselves to walking through the Public Gardens to enjoy music, people, flowers and sunshine.  Anytime of year, this city is bursting with excitement for the entire family.


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