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17 Family Friendly Things to Do in Boston with Kids for 2023

The city of Boston was an incredibly important city during the early days of the Country. It still is, but for different reasons. Lots of the historical events of the US that have to do with their independence took place here. This means that Boston is packed with cool places to visit and many family-friendly things to do with kids.

swam boats boston public garden
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11 Family-Friendly Things to Do in Boston:

Planning a trip to Boston with kids? It is time to start looking for new fun destinations to travel to with the family! It is a historic city with many fun yet relaxing places where you can learn tons of interesting things about the history of the country. You will find tons of different and fun things to do in Boston for families.

Not convinced yet? Here are a couple of the best and most fun family friendly activities to do in Boston.

Emerald Necklace

This is a series of 9 parks linked by waterways and trails. It takes up around 1100 acres of land. The parks that it is formed by are:

  1. Boston Common – The oldest park in the country.
  2. Public Garden – The first public botanical garden in America.
  3. Commonwealth Avenue Mall – A parkway divided at the center by a wide grassy mall that connects the Public Garden to the Back Bay Fens.
  4. Back Bay Fens – This is the last of the original victory gardens from World War II
  5. The Riverway – A tranquil linear park where you can go hiking or biking.
  6. Olmsted Park – It is a beautiful wooded park with a number of ponds with hiking trails that offer great views.
  7. Jamaica Pond – When it got built, it was the largest and purest body of water in Boston. In it several activities are offered.
  8. Arnold Arboretum – This is a museum dedicated to teaching about woody plants with over 15,000 shrubs, trees, and vines.
  9. Franklin Park – This park offers a zoo, a golf course, picnic areas and places for recreation and sports.

Urban Wilds

Dots of what used to be vast marshlands still cover Boston. They are pieces of land that still give a glimpse of the original ecosystem of the place and form an essential part of the city’s open space system. They are owned by the city, protected by its government, and can be visited by locals or travelers.

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Freedom Trail 

This is a red stripe on the ground that can either be painted or is brick layered that takes you along the city. As you walk along the trail, you will find lots of important, historic landmarks. You can do the freedom trail of Boston on your own, hire a guide, or go for a tour with actors.

Freedom Trail in Boston

Quincy Market

Quincy Market has been around since 1826. The place started as a market where all sorts of fresh produce, meat, cheese, bread, and anything you could eat was sold. Today you can still find food in it, but it is more of a food court where you can sit down and enjoy prepared food. It is also set in the middle of a gorgeous building that is part of Faneuil Hall Market Place.

Quincy Market

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Swan Boats

These are part of the Boston experience. You can experience this activity at the Boston Public Garden from April to September.

If you’ve ever spent time by the water, you’ve undoubtedly seen the dozens of swan boats bobbing along the water’s surface. These adorable little vessels are a common sight. In fact, you may have even seen these boats at a fair or festival. They are iconic, so you shouldn’t leave Boston without trying them!

Go on a History Tour

Want to learn about the history of Boston? Not sure where to start? Want to explore some of the city’s most fascinating historical sites? Look no further than a history tour. A history tour not only allows you to explore the city’s rich historical past, it also gives you a chance to learn about the area’s past in a unique and immersive manner.

Boston was and still is an important piece of the country’s history. You can’t visit it without going on a history tour to learn about it.

Boston Common Spray Pool and Carousel

This is a great thing to do for families during summer. Aside from the spray pool and carousel, you might also find puppet shows and movie nights.

What happens when you combine a classic carousel with a modern spray pool? You get the beloved children’s ride, of course. The Boston Common Spray Pool and Carousel project combines two of the park’s most popular attractions–a carousel and a spray pool–to create a fun new experience for the entire family. The carousel is an iconic fixture in the Boston Common area.

Visit the Boston Harbor Islands!

This is another great option for a summer vacation. Take a ferry to the islands, and you might find concerts, water sports, and even a place where you can camp.

The Boston Harbor islands are a perfect place to unwind if you need some fresh air and time to yourself. The islands offer a wide variety of things to do, from quiet walks to adrenaline-pumping fun. There’s something for everyone here, no matter your interests. You can explore the natural beauty of the islands, spend time with family, or simply relax.

Harvard Campus

Visitors are more than welcome at Harvard University. Their campus is extremely rich in history, and they are happy to share it with you. You can walk around it on your own or go to their website to find resources such as an audio tour.

Historic Harvard, Landmark

New England Aquarium

 The aquarium, aside from being an important place for marine conservation, is a great place for a family day out. It is over 40 years old, and it has a great collection of marine species. A few of them are endangered whales, different kinds of penguins, sea turtles, and sharks.

Fenway Park

It is way more than another baseball park. It is actually the oldest of the major league baseball stadiums that are still functioning. It is also commonly referred to as the green monster. Fenway Park is a cool place to visit, even if you are like me and don’t like baseball.

Related Read: Interesting Facts About Fenway Park

Fenway park

Paul Revere House

The place used to be home to a legendary patriot and has become a national historic landmark. The house is also the oldest structure in downtown Boston. It was built in 1680 and Paul Revere owned the home from 1770 to 1800. It has now been turned into a museum.

Charles River Boat Tour

Another fun way to see Boston is by taking a boat tour along the Charles River. From it, you can see a lot of historic places as a guide gives you a lot of facts about them. It is also a good option if you want to see as much as you can but kids are already getting tired.

Charles River Boat Tour

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Sightseeing Tours – Trolley Tour

If you’d like to see even more of the interesting sites I’d recommend a hop-on and hop-off sightseeing tour. This allows you to see the whole place at your own pace, unlike tours where you can’t even decide on when to eat.

trolley tour in boston

Sam Adams Brewery Tour

By visiting this place and going on their tour you can learn about a personality of Boston who was both a brewer and a patriot. All beer lovers will love experiencing the brewing process and tasting award-winning beers.

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Boston Children’s Museum

If there is something I learned while traveling with kids is that including a few things for kids, between all of the other attractions you want to see, is very important. And there are few things that can capture kid’s attention as children’s museums. Boston’s children’s museum has lots of fun exhibits where kids can go nuts.

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum

 The tour is approximately 1 hour long. It is a floating museum where you are taken along virtual and traditional exhibits guided,  live actors. The idea is to allow visitors to interact and learn about the American Revolution.

Boston is one of the most historic cities in the county, so you can’t miss it. As you can see there is something for people of all ages, so you don’t have to worry about kids getting bored. There are even a few free things to do in Boston that can be enjoyed by families.

11 Things to Do in Boston – Attractions


9 thoughts on “17 Family Friendly Things to Do in Boston with Kids for 2023

  1. We love visiting Boston. It’s such a fun city and so full of history that it keeps us busy for days. You have a great list here, a few we haven’t seen yet so I guess that’s a good reason to return. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Boston is next on my to see city, have a friend that lives there. Recently I did Chicago and loved it, and although Boston is smaller it still looks like a great clean and fun city.

  3. Boston was one of the first cities Lauren and I have visited multiple times. It’s always such a fun and friendly place, and there is so much to take in.

  4. Great post! Boston looks like a fun, walkable, and historical city with so many options for foodies and history buffs.

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