10+ Things to Do in Boston with Kids for an Amazing Vacation

Planning a vacation to Boston? Boston is simply buzzing with history and culture that the whole family can enjoy.

If you’re looking for things to do in Boston with kids, check out this list of our favorite kid-friendly activities, including…

  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • New England Aquarium
  • LEGOLAND® Discovery Center
  • Boston Duck Tour
  • Musée des sciences
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • Boston Red Sox Game & Tour of Fenway Park
  • Bike Rentals by Urban AdvenTours
  • et bien plus encore...

Consider adding a few of these kid friendly attractions to your vacation itinerary.

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Choose as you go from dozens of top Boston attractions and save up to 55% off combined admission vs paying at the gate. Or, build your own pass and save up to 20% off.

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Boston Children’s Museum

boston-childrens-museum-boston-museumsDesigned specifically for children, this museum is truly a treasure for families with kids. The Boston Children’s Museum emphasizes “hands-on engagement and learning through experience,” which you’ll witness through 96+ fun exhibits.

You’ll be able to make art projects with your kids in the Art Studio, explore an authentic house from Kyoto, Japan at Japanese House, and watch as your child rides a real Bobcat in “Construction Zone”!

Plus, they’ll learn about the value of exercise and balance at the New Balance Foundation Climb, a three-story climbing puzzle that’s safe and fun.

Ce musée est un must pour toute la famille avec de jeunes enfants, et il offre vraiment un moment de plaisir pour tout le monde.

It’s also located in a very trendy and developing area, with plenty of other attractions and restaurants to take the kids to afterwards (including a fun and funky art museum with a fabulous gift shop).

Rentrer dans: Boston Children’s Museum tickets are included with the Go Boston Card.

New England Aquarium

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The New England Aquarium is one of Boston’s premier attractions and a great place for kids to explore for an afternoon. It features a giant, four-story ocean tank and a new “touch tank” where you can pet stingrays as they swim by.

Beaucoup de pièces sont conçus spécialement pour les enfants, comme "Power Penguin!" Où les enfants apprennent à propos de l'habitat naturel des pingouins et comment la protéger.

Avec 70 expositions internationales d'hébergement divers habitats, vous vous sentirez comme vous êtes dans les tropiques tout en regardant toujours sur le magnifique port de Boston.

The New England Aquarium also has a unique gift shop to visit and several dining options in close proximity.

Rentrer dans: New England Aquarium tickets are included with the Go Boston Card.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center

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A must-see for LEGO® fans ages 3-10. It’s a delightful addition to the round-up of things to do with kids in Boston!

Kids can work on their LEGO engineering skills, take their turn on interactive rides, climb around a soft play area, and explore MINILAND®, where visitors can see famous buildings of Boston and Somerville made entirely of LEGO bricks.

Kids will also enjoy the LEGO Fire Academy Soft Play Area, where they can romp around and work off some excess energy. Don’t forget to visit the LEGO Friends area, or hop into a LEGO Factory Tour.

Tip: Bring a LEGO Minifigure and trade it in for a new and different one for your collection with any staff member.

Rentrer dans: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston tickets are included with the Go Boston Card.

Boston Duck Tour

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This part-land, part-water adventure is one of Boston’s most famous tours. After all, you can’t miss the colorful boat-shaped vehicles filled with quacking passengers!

Boston Duck Tours are entertaining for the whole family as they combine a super fun ride with a unique look at Boston’s history and distinct geography.

The highlight of the tour? Your quirky and knowledgeable guide will lead you right through Boston and into the Charles River. This 80-minute trip promises lots of laughs for everyone and a look at all of Boston’s top sights.

Rentrer dans: Boston Duck Tour tickets are available as a premium attraction option with 3-, 5-, and 7-Day Go Boston Cards.

Musée des sciences

Museum-of-Science-2The Boston Museum of Science is a world-renowned science museum that has things to do for everyone. Over 700 interactive exhibits feature hands-on activities for visitors of any age.

Permanent exhibits include “To the Moon,” highlighting full-size models of the Apollo and Mercury Space Capsules, and “Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff” where you’ll see one of only 4 nearly-complete Triceratops on display in the world.

For those with young children, Discovery Center provides in-depth scientific exploration through fun kids games and activities.

Don’t leave without catching a show inside New England’s only IMAX Dome theater or watching the stars up close on a state-of-the-art projector at the Hayden Planetarium.

Their newest permanent installation, “The Hall of Human Life,” is also a must for any curious kid or adult. There, you’ll see exhibits and displays that explore all aspects of the human body.

Rentrer dans: Museum of Science tickets are included with the Go Boston Card.

Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin-Park-Zoo-5Zoo urbain de Boston est un favori parmi les habitants et les visiteurs. Cette 72 étendue -acre est situé dans le coeur de la belle, historique de Franklin Park et abrite des centaines de charmantes créatures du monde entier.

Featured exhibits include the “Kalahari Kingdom,” “Serengeti Crossing,” “Tiger Tales,” and many more. When in season, “Butterfly Landing” is particularly popular with kids, as it immerses you in the world of these brightly-colored beauties.

Les tout-petits aimeront particulièrement le zoo pour enfants, la maison à certaines des créatures les plus mignonnes et les plus impressionnants dans l'ensemble du zoo, de Darling petits canards et les pandas rouges ludiques à la majestueuse Amur Leopard.

Rentrer dans: Franklin Park Zoo tickets are included with the Go Boston Card.

Swan Boats of Boston

Le-Swan-Boats-of-Boston- 1There’s nothing more Boston than these charming boats. You’ll see these singular craft populate the waters in the Boston Public Gardens during the spring and summer months, paddled by happy kids and adults alike.

Invented in the 1780s by local innovator Robert Paget, the swan boats have become a Boston legend and are today the only vessels of their kind. A ride on these charming boats is a very Bostonian and kid friendly way to spend a pleasant hour.

To make your afternoon complete, you can stroll the beautiful Gardens and the nearby Boston Common after your ride. The Gardens and Boston Common together are the most popular greenspaces in the city, and also offer plenty of opportunities for picnicking, playing a game of frisbee or soccer, or even just letting the kids run around to blow off some steam.

Rentrer dans: Boston Swan Boat ride tickets are included with the Go Boston Card.

Fenway Park Tour

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Les amateurs de sport ne voudront pas manquer une chance d'explorer ce stade de baseball emblématique - l'un des plus vieux stades historiques restants dans l'ensemble du pays.

Insider tours will take visitors to walk through areas rarely seen by fans, like the dugout, the press box, and onto the field itself. You’ll even get a chance to touch the famed Green Monster! It’s a fun interactive tour that the kids will love.

Your knowledgeable tour guides will regale you with tales of the most famous players and places of Fenway Park, from Duffy’s Cliff and Pesky’s Pole to the Triangle and the Lone Red Seat.

If you’d prefer to treat the family to an actual baseball game, check the schedule and use your premium attraction option for some Red Sox tickets. You’ll have a blast cheering on the home team, and the kids will love eating their fill of Fenway Franks and cotton candy.

Rentrer dans: Fenway Park Tour tickets are included with the Go Boston Card. And, select Boston Red Sox tickets are available as a premium attraction option with 3-, 5-, and 7-Day Go Boston Cards (in season and when available).

Bike Rentals by Urban AdvenTours

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Got some active kids? Burn off some energy through exploring Boston by bike! Boston’s unique layout makes it easy to hit up a lot of the top architectural and historical highlights with minimal travel time, making it even easier to navigate by bike.

Vous aurez quelques-unes des plus belles vues sur le port de Boston, le pont Zakim et de la skyline de Boston par vélo le long des chemins de Charles River ou le long de la Voie Verte.

Votre carte gratuite vous aidera à tracer un parcours pour vous emmener où vous voulez aller. Boston est une ville très à vélo, avec ses nombreuses pistes cyclables dédiées, de sorte que vous pouvez sentir une conduite sûre, même sur les rues achalandées.

Rentrer dans: Boston bike rentals are included with the Go Boston Card.

Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium

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Walk through the world-famous, three-story, painted glass globe at the Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium through a 30-foot glass bridge.

You’ll learn all about the extraordinary life and achievements of Mary Baker Eddy and even get to view a rare 1611 edition of the King James Bible, among other fascinating exhibits, including the Quest Gallery and The Hall of Ideas.

While most of the exhibits are probably more interesting to middle grade and older children, little ones will be in awe of the beautiful stained glass Mapparium.

Rentrer dans: Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium tickets are included with the Go Boston Card.

Six Flags New England

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Although it’s actually located a decent drive from Boston proper, this popular theme park is an excellent place to spend a warm summer afternoon.

With plenty of things to do with kids, including over 100 rides, shows, and attractions, there’s plenty to keep the entire family busy.

De plus, vous aurez également accès à Hurricane Harbor, plus grand parc aquatique de la Nouvelle-Angleterre.

Favorite exhibits and rides in both parks include Wicked Cyclone, the New England SkyScreamer, Looney Tunes Movie Town, and Hook’s Lagoon.

If you happen to be visiting in the fall, be sure to check out their spooky Halloween festivities, the ever-popular Fright Fest (best appropriate for older children).

Rentrer dans: Six Flags New England tickets are included with the Go Boston Card.

Plimoth Plantation

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Ce village reconstitué du XVIIe siècle est un succès parmi les visiteurs de tous âges. Se engager dans une expérience totalement immersive où reconstituteurs professionnels apportent Massachusetts historique à la vie.

A 130-acre expanse of land overlooking Cape Cod Bay, it’s breathtakingly beautiful as well as historically valuable.

Ne pas oublier les aspects éducatifs! Les enfants apprendront tout sur les défis rencontrés par les premiers colons anglais et leurs relations avec la tribu Wampanoag locale à travers des démonstrations interactives et des visites guidées.

Visitors should also explore the popular Mayflower II exhibit, a carefully recreated version of the original iconic ship that you can actually climb aboard. Definitely bring a camera to this one!

Families who enjoy Plimoth Plantation and are willing to travel a bit further afield may also wish to check out Old Sturbridge Village, where you can step back into early nineteenth-century New England and explore what life was like for typical inhabitants of this historically-accurate settlement.

Rentrer dans: Plimoth Plantation tickets and Old Sturbridge Village tickets are included with the Go Boston Card.

Freedom Trail Walking Tour

The-Freedom-Trail-Foundation-Walking-Tour-6If it’s your first time to Boston, or you’ve never learned much about of Boston’s history, a tour of the Freedom Trail is truly a must-do activity. The legendary red brick line leads you through the city’s most important historical sites of the American Revolution.

Sur les visites officielles Freedom Trail, guides de caractère comme des patriotes célèbres comme James Otis ou Abigail Adams vous mènera autour 16 les sites tout en partageant des anecdotes animées de personnes historiques, lieux et événements.

If you don’t think your kids can handle the whole trail, feel free to pick and choose the sites you want to see. The red brick line serves as a marker for the trail all over the city.

Getting In: It’s free to walk the Freedom Trail; your Go Boston Card provides guided Freedom Trail Walking Tour tickets.

MIT Museum

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This Cambridge science museum is just perfect for kids. With interactive exhibits and engaging demonstrations specifically geared towards younger visitors, it’s a great way to introduce your kids to both basic and elevated scientific concepts.

Hébergé et organisée par le MIT, ce musée a la liberté de faire appel à des collections historiques de cette prestigieuse institution d'artefacts et la technologie.

Popular exhibits and areas include a retrospective of the history of science and technology, the largest collection of holographs in the world, a collection focusing on architecture and design, and an archive of nautical tech that dates as far back as the 16th century!

Be sure to pay a visit to their signature exhibit – “Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT.”

Rentrer dans: MIT Museum tickets are included with the Go Boston Card.

New England Aquarium Whale Watch

New-England-Aquarium-Whale-Watch-1If your kids loved their time at the New England Aquarium but still want to see more fascinating sea life, then a whale watch is the perfect option.

You’ll take a ride out to Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a feeding ground for whales and other sea creatures. The narration on the way out makes for a fun experience, and the kids will probably just enjoy the ocean voyage all the same.

Once you arrive, you’re sure to see a variety of marine life, like dolphins, sea birds, and several different species of whales (in different seasons). Children of all ages will marvel at these majestic creatures!

Rentrer dans: New England Aquarium Whale Watch tickets are available as a premium attraction option with 3-, 5-, and 7-Day Go Boston Cards.

Let’s Recap

There you have it. Our list of some of the top things to do in Boston with kids during your vacation.

World-class museums, countless historic monuments from the American Revolution era, and unique tours make this charming New England city a very popular vacation destination.

Remember, many of these great ideas are included on the Go Boston Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Consider adding a few of these kid friendly options to your upcoming itinerary. Enjoy!

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