There are so many fun things to do with kids in Boston as well as the surrounding area! Boston is filled with so much history as well as many interesting and fun attractions!

There are also a number of free and low-cost attractions like the Freedom Trail and there’s often free events happening in the city!

Here are the BEST Things to Do with Kids in Boston on your next family vacation or visit to the city:

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Boston Common and Boston Public Garden

Boston Common and Boston Public Garden is right next door to eachother and both parks are a great way to spend a few hours with kids! You can keep it chill and just a picnic, toss the frisbee around, and lay on the grass or you can walk and explore the park. Here’s a few things to do within the park that is perfect for kids:

  • Swan Boats (seasonal, April-Early September): Ride a swan boat in Boston Public Garden. It’s a cute, short ride (15-minute-ish) that is perfect for young kids! $4.50/for adults, $3 for ages 2-15, and under 2 is free. Cash or credit, no advanced reservations– just show up.
  • Boston Common Spray Pool (Summer): Little ones can cool down on hot summer days from 11-6pm at this spray pool/splash pad for free.
  • Tadpole Playground: Located in Boston Common near the Ice Rink and Spray Pond, the Tadpole Playground is a fun playground for kids to get out some energy!
  • Frog Pond Carousel (seasonal, spring-fall): There’s a carousel in Boston Common that is great for young riders. $4/per ride or $30 for 10 ride tickets
  • Frog Pond Ice Rink (winter): Ice Skate outside during the winter in Boston Common at the Frog Pond Ice Rink. Skaters under 58 inches are free, otherwise $8 admission. Rentals are available or bring your own.
  • Make Way for Ducklings: There’s a family of ducklings in the Boston Public Garden that little ones love to look at and sometimes sit on! Don’t worry, they are statues and don’t bite! Even more fun, read the Make Way for Ducklings children’s book before your trip to Boston so you’re little one will be excited to visit! Also, sometimes, the ducks wear clothes, especially if a Boston team is in the playoffs!

Boston Common and Boston Public Garden is a great spot for families to spend time together and little ones will have so much fun exploring the park or just sitting on the grass and watching others or grabbing some street food!

You can take the train (MBTA Red Line or Green Line) to Park Street or there’s a parking garage underneath the Boston Common with ample parking and reasonable-ish parking (for Boston). There’s also metered street parking with a 2-hour limit if you can find a spot. Meters are free in Boston on Sundays and holidays.

Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile path through Boston that connects sixteen important sites in American History. You can do all or some of the sites, especially depending on the ages of your kids and what their interest in history may be.

We did a few stops in the middle of the freedom trail (Paul Revere’s house, Old State House, Old South Meeting House, etc.) with my 8-year old and he LOVED it, but he also loves architecture and history!

Here is the freedom trail sites, in walking order from Boston Common to Charlestown.

  • Boston Common, see above for more info!
  • Massachusetts State House, Free tours (roughly 45 minutes) on weekdays
  • Park Street Church, visit from outside
  • Granary Burying Ground
  • King’s Chapel  
  • King’s Chapel Burying Ground 
  • Benjamin Franklin Statue 
  • Old Corner Bookstore (currently leased to Chipotle)
  • Old South Meeting House
  • Old State House, the oldest surviving building in Boston
  • Boston Massacre Memorial 
  • Faneuil Hall 
  • Old North Church 
  • Paul Revere’s House 
  • Copp’s Hill Burying Ground 
  • USS Constitution (*You go through a security checkpoint to get on the boat)
  • Bunker Hill Monument

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

As mentioned above as part of the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a great place to visit with kids regardless of your plans!

Grab food or treats, look at the shops, and just take in the atmosphere! You can often find street performers at Faneuil Hall which I think is the most exciting part for little ones!

Faneuil Hall is a very lively area with plenty to see and do!

For more information about Faneuil Hall Marketplace, please head here.

Boston Duck Tours

The Boston Duck tours are seasonal and give a tour of Boston both on the streets of Boston and in the water which is a fun way to get a tour of the city!

Boston Duck Tours last roughly 80 minutes with one hour on land and 20 minutes on water, and there are three different locations where you can depart from, depending on preference.

Please note that even infants need tickets for the Boston Duck Tours, even if they will be sitting on your lap.

For more information about the Boston Duck Tours, please head here.

Museum of Science

The Museum of Science is my kids favorite museum in Boston– we’ve been so many times and I still think we haven’t seen everything! The museum is quite big and has so many fun exhibits as well as interactive shows too!

Even better, the Museum of Science is part of a few reciprocal museum programs (AZA and ASTC) so museum members can get into the Museum of Science for free or half price, depending on your home museum terms.

If you live in Massachusetts, you qualify for a free Boston Public Library card and then you can request FREE library passes to the museum (make sure to do so in advance) or check your local library for passes.

If you can’t get reciprocal admission or library passes, you may want to consider getting the CityPass, especially if you are visiting Boston for a few days and are looking to do several attractions.

For more information about the Museum of Science in Boston, please head here.

New England Aquarium

The New Aquarium is quite a popular spot for families and little marine lovers! It’s not personally my favorite aquarium but I did take a lot of field trips there as a kid, so I blame that, but it’s still a nice asset to Boston.

The New England Aquarium is located right by Long Wharf so you can access the Aquarium by ferry if you’d like! Makes it a little extra fun and you don’t have to worry about Boston parking and traffic if you take a ferry from the Boston suburbs.

You can get discount tickets through your local library or free museum passes through the Boston Public Library (any Massachusetts resident can get a free BPL card) but make sure to reserve in advance as these are quite popular.

If you can’t access a library pass as you are visiting from out-of-state, you may want to consider getting a CityPass as admission is free with the pass.

For more information about the New England Aquarium, please head here.

Whale Watching

If you are visiting Boston in the summer, you may want to consider doing a Whale Watch. It’s on the expensive side, but this is an unique and fun experience for kids!

There ware Whale Watching Cruises that leave near the New England Aquarium, but you can also catch them in the suburbs of Boston, if you are looking for other options as well, or are visiting the suburbs too.

For more information about Whale Watching, please head here.

Boston Children’s Museum

The Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest children’s museum in the country and has plenty of fun for kids of all ages, and different floors for all different activities!

Keep in mind the museum does get pretty busy on the weekends!

For more information about the Boston Children’s Museum, please head here.

Boston Tea Party Museum

If you are looking for a little bit of a learning experience for kids, you may want to check out the Boston Tea Party Museum.

You can be part of this interactive experience and be part of history at the Boston Tea Party!

This museum is also walking distance to the Boston Children’s Museum, so if you are looking for a few things near each other for different kids, you may want to consider it.

For more information, please visit the Boston Tea Party Museum.

Fenway Park (Tour or Red Sox Game)

Visit the oldest ballpark in America, Fenway Park! Going to a Red Sox game is a great way to experience Fenway Park but that is not always possible depending on your travel plans and time of year.

Taking a tour of Fenway Park is also a great way to experience the ballpark if the Red Sox will not be playing during your visit.

For more information about the Red Sox and Fenway Park, please head here.

View Boston

Formerly Skywalk Observatory, View Boston is located at the top of Prudential Tower in Boston and offers great view of the Boston skyline!

If you are purchasing a Boston CityPass, you can opt for free tickets to View Boston.

For more information about View Boston, please head here.

Ferry to Boston Harbor Islands

Get away from the city of Boston without actually leaving the city and take your child on the water!

Take a ferry to the Boston Harbor Islands and spend a day exploring the islands, especially fun on a nice summer day!

There are a few different islands to visit but the two most popular and best to visit are George’s Island and Spectacle Island.

George’s Island is your best bet and most visited. Also, there’s a fort! If you are looking to relax on the beach, you may want to consider Spectacle Island.

For more information about Boston Harbor Islands, please visit here.

Legoland Discovery Center in Somerville

Located at Assembly Row in Somerville, Legoland Discovery Center is a great spot for little Lego lovers!

Legoland Discovery Centers are a smaller version of Legoland, but they still have some fun rides inside the park as well as some models and hands on displays! And of course, you can buy Legos too!

For more information about Legoland Discovery Center Boston, please head here.

Castle Island

Castle Island is a peninsula in South Boston where you can walk, jog, bike, fly kites, picnic, and watch airplanes go by! It’s also on the beach so you can swim, relax, or build sand castles! Castle Island is a great way to spend a nice day! There’s also a playground for kids and parking is free (it does get busy during nice summer weekends.)

There’s Sullivan’s at Castle Island if you want to grab some food instead of packing a picnic, and it’s relatively inexpensive.

For more information about Castle Island, please visit here.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is one of the many art museums in the city, but this is such a great art museum for kids and teens because the architecture! I love this building and if you have any architect lovers, your kid may love this museum!

It’s still an art museum, so you may want to hold off if you have small kids, but this is a great one for teens and kids that love beautiful old beautiful buildings!

Also, perfect for certain kids because you can discuss the famous art heist and see the empty frames where the pictures once were!

Also, if your name (or child) is Isabella, you get free entrance to the museum!

For more information about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, please visit here.

Looking for a free art museum? The ICA in Boston has free admission on Thursday nights.

What are your favorite things to do in Boston with kids? Did we miss your favorite?

Fun Things to Do with Kids in Boston, Massachusetts

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