What Neighborhoods to Stay In Around Boston With Kids – including the North End, Faneuil Hall, and the Fenway.
I definitely recommend that families make at least one trip to my home state of Massachusetts and our lovely capital city of Boston. There is so much to do in Boston with kids – including museums, historic attractions, and of course, Fenway Park. If you are planning a trip to Boston, you may be wondering what neighborhoods to stay in around Boston. There are so many options – here our my thoughts on the best places to stay.
(I have stayed in a few hotels in Boston over the years at no cost for review. All opinions are my own).
What Neighborhoods to Stay In Around Boston
The Seaport District
The Seaport District is one of Boston’s newest neighborhoods, and so it’s constantly evolving. My son and I stayed at the Element Boston Hotel a few months ago, and loved the amount of space we had in our room. Families may find more affordable accommodations in the Seaport, and it’s located near the Boston Children’s Museum. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll need to take cabs to get around the rest of the city however, since there isn’t much in the way of public transportation in the area. It’s an area that is constantly changing however, and there are new hotels and restaurants constantly popping up.
Cambridge isn’t technically Boston, but it’s located right over the Charles River. There are plenty of great restaurants and shops in the various Cambridge neighborhoods, but it’s definitely less touristy than other areas in and around Boston. Be sure to visit Harvard University! The Boston Museum of Science is also located right nearby.
Faneuil Hall/North End
Faneuil Hall is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Boston, although the whole area (including Quincy Market) does tend to resemble a shopping mall. Bordered by the Boston waterfront, the Financial District, and the North End (the Italian neighborhood of Boston), it can be a great neighborhood to stay in around Boston. We loved our stay at the Bostonian Hotel, which is walking district from many Boston tourist attractions.
Also near this area is the Boston waterfront, where you’ll find some popular hotels like the Boston Harbor Hotel and the Marriott Long Wharf. In the summer, this can be an absolutely beautiful spot to stay in.
The Back Bay and Copley area is located near a variety of hotels, thanks to the Hynes Convention Center, the Boston Public Garden, and Newbury Street. It’s so convenient to public transportation, so you can easy take the T to just about anywhere you’ll want to go. If you want to be in the center of town, the Back Bay neighborhood is definitely a great option.
The Theater District
Right near the Back Bay/Copley area is the Theater District. Named for the number of theaters in the area, this is a great place to stay if you want easy access to the public garden as well as all of the wonderful live theater we have in the city. In the past, this wasn’t necessarily the most kid-friendly area, but there definitely have been some improvements. Make sure that you check hotel reviews before booking.
Do you have baseball fans in your family? The Fenway neighborhood, which is also located near Boston University, is located right near the park. There’s also a fabulous baseball-themed suite located in Kenmore Square, for a special stay. The Fenway/Kenmore Square area is also near the Back Bay and Newbury Street, and is located on public transportation.
Some families find that it’s much less expensive to stay in local suburbs, rather than right in the city. Some options include Natick (home to the Natick Mall – the largest mall in New England), Waltham, Burlington, and Newton. These spots may have some public transportation options, but they are definitely less convenient than the city hotels. However, they can definitely be a great option if you are on a budget.