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Boston: fun activities for a young family?

Our family will be traveling to Boston in mid May for graduation. We have a 2 and 4 yr old that will be with us. Any suggestions on fun activities? We will be there for 7 days and using the "T".


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answered by
Kathleen from Boston, Massachusetts

The Boston Duck Tours is a great way to see some of the city and the kids will love it when it sails down the Charles River.

A visit to the Public Gardenis well worth a visit.  It is a lovely park where you can take a Swan Boatsride and also visit the Make Way for Ducklingsstatues.


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answered by
Jenny from New Jersey

The Boston Children's Museum was my all time favorite as a kid. I am not sure how up to date it is, but I loved it! Check it out!

Also make way for ducklings- a famous children's book, has a statue in the park across from the Cheers bar. 

have fun! 


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Casey from Cambridge (Massachusetts)

Check out Castle Island  for some cool hikes and views of Boston. Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester is perfect spot for families. A lot of tide pools and just a good place to spend the day.


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answered by
Bob from Naples (Florida)

Boston Children's Museum. The science museum is great, but maybe they're a bit too young?


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answered by
Sondra from Canada

Boston is a great city to visit with children? MUST go to the Boston Children's Museum  http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org

THE BEST - spend hours there... I would return year after year and my kids still talk about  climbing up the ropes to the top floor  - in the center of the museum  excellent gift shop.

Another must is the New England Aquarium http://m.neaq.org

You car walk the waterfront area to both of these locations.  The most unique aquarium with a touch and feel exhibit. Huge tank in the center with a winding ramp up to the top . My kids still talk about this aquarium, also . 

Another favorite spot is at the Public Garden, the SWAN RIDE BOAT.

http://swanboats.com  my parents took me here in the '60s ,I took my children here inthe '90's. Charming , old fashioned boat ride on boats with carved swans on the ends. 

Everyone's favorite location is Faneuil HallMarketplace http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/?q=restaurants

A must for all who visit Boston - located at the Waterfront - walking distance from Aquarium and Children's Museum. FUN SPOT where jugglers/ etc. put on shows- my kids loved sitting and watching different shows.

Another favorite is the Duck rides http://bostonducktours.com/mobile/index.aspx

Another huge success- you must reserve tickets. Internet/ phone ( near the Prudential Center?) I went before Internet, a tour of the city as you are driven  through the city - in a WW11 adapted amphibian truck,then the driver drives into the Charles River! The driver let the kids drive..the driver had a duck whistle ..SO MUCH FUN...

A MUST - 

Traveling on the  "T" is great -fun for the kids , also. 

I might suggest an umbrella stroller/ carriage for the kids becauseyou do a lot of walking in Boston.

We have such fond family memories from several visits to Boston.

Enjoy...


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answered by
Melissa

The original Duck tour is fun for adults and children. My son loved it.


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