Disclosure: I’ve experienced a few things at no cost over the years.
My adopted home city of Boston, Massachusetts is home to many kid-friendly museums and attractions. Are you planning a visit to Boston? There are so many things to see and do here, you could easily spend more than a week.
Here are some things to do in Boston with kids.
Boston Children’s Museum
When my kids were young, we were members at the Boston Children’s Museum, where members can visit an hour early on the weekends (glorious, because it helps you avoid the crowds). Definitely arrive early, or during a weekday, for smaller crowds. Highlights include the New Balance Climb (which runs through the center of the museum) and the Japanese House. We typically spent about a half day at the museum, but you could easily find yourself there all day.
Ever since I visited the Boston Museum of Science numerous times as a Girl Scout, it’s been one of my favorite places in Boston. With the Mugar Omni Theater and Hayden Planetarium, as well as countless fabulous exhibits, plan to be there for most of the day. Parking is expensive, so consider taking public transportation if possible.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Although on the surface, you wouldn’t necessarily think of the Museum of Fine Arts as kid friendly, my children have loved their visits there. They offer lots of family-friendly programming, especially during school breaks, and kids always love the mummy exhibit. The MFA is located on the MBTA Green Line E Branch.
The New England Aquarium is located right on Boston’s beautiful waterfront. It gets very busy, especially during school vacations, so arrive early for the best experience. Purchasing timed tickets online is a good way to skip the line. Combo tickets, which include both the aquarium and the IMAX theater, are also available. The highlight is definitely the expansive penguin exhibit, but there’s lots of other fun things to see as well.
The Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, right on the Green line, is a fun place to visit with kids. My kids loved puppets when they were younger, and , so they really love attending the shows at the theater. It’s so kid-friendly, and the shows change weekly. Adults are asked to sit along the sides, so all of the kids can see the action.
No visit to Boston is complete without a stop at the nation’s first public park – Boston Common. In the winter, the frog pond transforms into an ice skating rink, which is a really fun place to visit with kids. Adjacent to the Boston Common is the Boston Public Garden, where you can see the famous Make Way for Ducklings statue, and ride a swan boat (in season).
The Boston Harbor Islands, officially part of the City of Boston, are a great place to visit in the summer. Catch a ferry to one of the islands from the ferry terminal on Long Wharf, and spend the day, or an afternoon.
America’s oldest working Major League ballpark is definitely a must-see for any baseball fans. If there are no home games scheduled during your visit, you can still go on a tour of Fenway Park.
Head about an hour down Route 3 in MA for a trip to America’s Birthplace – Plymouth, MA. Plymouth Plantation is a must-visit for families, and you can also include a trip to the Mayflower (reproduction).
Several hours down the Massachusetts Turnpike is the Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Springfield, MA.
If you are traveling in the warmer months, don’t miss a visit the Cape Cod. We love Old Silver Beach in Falmouth, MA.
Looking for a hotel in Boston? Here’s where to stay in Boston with kids.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Red Sox Moms Club. All opinions are my own.