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Smart Tips:
Kids under 12 are FREE on the Boston Old Town Trolley tours and you can ride all day. Get on and off at stops that interest you!

Traveling with Children in Boston

Suggested attractions, museums, hotels, tours, restaurants for Kids in Boston.

Street Performers at Faneuil Hall Free

Kids will love the circular, four-story Giant Ocean Tank at the center of the New England Aquarium - a truly impressive sight. The 24 foot tank is filled with more than 200,000 gallons of filtered and heated Boston Harbor seawater. In the Thinking Gallery, kids are introduced to the world of water through a series of exhibits designed to both engage and entertain their brain. The penguin exhibit is one of the finest anywhere, with 60+ penguins, three penguin species.

The giant screen at the Simons IMAX Theatre is a favorite of kids. The 65’ high by 85’ wide screen is taller than a six story building! Amazing IMAX films will take you where you've only dreamed of going!  Located on the Waterfront.

Experience the thrill of indoor rock-climbing at the Children's Museum in Climbing the Walls, or take off your shoes and step into a real old Japanese house. Arthur's World uses imaginative environments to bring to life the characters and settings seen in the ARTHUR PBS series and books.

The Museum of Science is on the cutting edge of science education by developing innovative and interactive exhibits and programs that both entertain and educate - perfect for older kids.

If you decide to walk the Freedom Trail, stop for a break at the Quincy Market for restaurants, shops and outside street performers that Kids just love.

Harbor Ferry Tip for freedom trail

Franklin Park Zoo’s collection include the African lions of the Kalahari Kingdom, Masai giraffe and Grevy’s zebra of the Giraffe Savannah, and western lowland gorillas of the Tropical Forest.

Power up your kids imagination! Get your inventiveness in gear! For an industrial strength museum experience, come visit the Charles River Museum of Industry. Located on the scenic banks of the Charles River in the historic 1814 Boston Manufacturing Company textile mill, on the National Register of Historic Places as America's first factory.

Traverse the thirty-foot glass bridge that spans the Mapparium, taking visitors to a unique spot: the middle of the world. Located in Back Bay. Visit the Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center, Boston's only sky-high vantage point for sweeping 360 degree views of Greater Boston and beyond.

Take a break on the classic Swan Boats in the Public Gardens near Boston Commons. The Boats are pedal powered and circle a lovely duck pond. During the spring and fall months the Esplanade is host to the popular Sundays in the Park program. Kids can enjoy model boat sailing, music programs as well as fishing.

If your Kids are Baseball fans take the tour of Fenway Park to see the Green Monster if you are not lucky enough to get tickets. Tours leave from the Souvenir Store across Yawkey Way hourly Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday hours are 12 p.m. noon to 4 p.m. Go on game day and you might be able to catch batting practice.

If you can convince your kids to go to the Museum of Fine Arts, they will probably enjoy the Egyptian Mummy Exhibit.

The USS Constitution is a Kid favorite. Be sure to visit the museum across the parking lot. Your kids learn about sailors' experience at sea by taking part in traditional sea-faring activities. They can Fire a Cannon, Furl a Sail, Make a Mess, and Scrape the Deck are some of the hands-on seamen’s duties that families can share.

Be sure to take you kids on the Ducks Tour - The DUCK, an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle. First, you'll be greeted by one of our legendary tour ConDUCKtors, who'll be narrating your tour. You get a historic tour of the city and then splash into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of Boston and Cambridge.


Boston Featured Restaurants for Families

Faneuil Hall Restaurants (Downtown)
Sit Down Restaurants Located in Faneuil Hall

Hard Rock Cafe (Back Bay)
Copley Square Hard Rock Cafe - As close to the Old World as the New World gets

Joe's Waterfront (Waterfront)
Awarded "Best American Food" by Where the Locals Eat. Serving Lunch, Dinner, and Weekend Brunch.

Legal Sea Foods (Theater District/Back Bay/Waterfront)
Legal’s flagship restaurant in a newly-renovated landmark building in downtown Boston.

Pizzeria Regina (North End)
North End Pizzeria serving brick pizza since 1926.

Summer Shack (Back Bay)
Featuring Boston ’s Best and Largest Raw Bar! Good Family Choice.


Ice Cream

J P Licks (Back Bay)
Making customers happy with homemade ice cream and non-fat frozen yogurt.
352 Newbury Street, Boston MA 02115, 617-236-1666

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
(Theater) 20 Park Plz # 14, Boston, MA 02116, (617) 426-0890
(Back Bay)174 Newbury St, Boston, MA (617) 536-5456

Cold Stone Creamery
(Theater) 8 PARK PLZ, BOSTON, MA, (617) 523-1020


Good Family Hotels

Colonnade Boston
"Colonnade Vikids" Fanny Packs With Toys Are Available For Children At The Hotel.
20 Huntington Ave - Boston, MA, United States 02116

Doubletree Guest Suites Boston
Larger Suites are available - perfect for families
400 Soldiers Field Rd - Boston, MA, United States 02134

Boston Marriott Long Wharf
An Indoor Pool - Adjacent to New England Aquarium - Complimentary cribs
296 State St - Boston, MA, United States 02109

Taj Hotel
Formerly the Ritz Carlton, features suites for children by BB Kids and FAO Schwartz.
15 Arlington St - Boston Ma, Near Newbury Street Overlooking Public Gardens