Boston’s a great city for kids. But after three or so years of family outings, sometimes it feels like you’ve seen it all. Boston’s museums are always a great option, but maybe it’s time for something fresh?
Luckily, our team has found ten great things to do in Beantown that you may never have tried before. Read through our list to find something new and exciting for the whole family to enjoy!
1. The Z
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. / Cost: $8 a person, $15 a pair
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Looking for something truly knew? Try “The Z”, which just opened in early June. This quick zip line is built right into the greenway, a perfect little adventure to thrown into your day. It won’t break the bank either, with tickets only $8 a ride.
The Z is fit for anyone between 45 and 250 lbs., 40 inches tall, and in good physical health. Who knew this outdoor adventure could be right in the middle of the city’s streets?
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset / Cost: Free, Donation-Based
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The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is a great getaway that you may have never been to. This beautiful “living museum” features many species of trees, so you’ll get to admire beauty from all over while learning something at the same time. Kids can even rent out “Discovery Backpacks” filled with activities to have a great time while discovering something new. The family can also play a game of tree or wildlife bingo while they explore the park!
Hours: At Sunset / Cost: Free!
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Free movies? Great! Free movies at one of Boston’s most historic outdoor venues? Even better! WBZ will sponsor this weekly event for its 32nd season this year, giving families something fun and free to do on Friday nights. Be sure to check the event schedule at boston.cbslocal.com/flicks to see which movies are airing.
All viewings will begin at sundown, so lay down a blanket and enjoy!
Hours: Available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or up to 3 hrs before game) / Cost: Adults $20, Children $14, Military $17
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Any good Bostonian knows of Fenway Park and its significance, and if you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ve gotten the chance to catch a game there too. This summer, do something new with the family and get a detailed tour of the inside! You can schedule a tour of “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” through the Red Sox official website, and see the famous stadium like you would never get to during a game. Order tickets online to be sure you have a spot!
Hours: M-Th 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., F-Sat 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. / Cost: Free!
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Yes, you read that right. Believe it or not, Jordan’s Furniture is on our list of new summer destinations to take the kids to; and for good reason of course.
Jordan’s Furniture “Beantown” is an indoor park paying homage to Boston with jelly-bean recreations of our city’s most famous places. Beantown also houses a candy shop and an ice cream shop. Stay for “Liquid Fireworks”, Jordan’s own light, water, and sound display!
Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. / Cost: Adults $19, Children $13, Seniors and Students $15, Military and Dependents Free
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The Prudential Center Skywalk is the best view of the city you can get! Sitting at the 50th floor of the famous “Pru”, enjoy sweeping 360 degree views of Boston and beyond through the floor to ceiling glass windows . Long distance viewing telescopes are available. Can you see your house from here? Find out!
Hours: 12 to 4 p.m. Weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekends / Cost: Adults $3.50, Children $2, Seniors $3
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You may have seen the iconic Boston Public Garden swan boats before, but if you’ve never taken a ride on one, this summer is the time to! These whimsical boats make for a memorable experience as you drift among the actual swans and ducks and enjoy the natural beauty of Boston’s park. Also, there’s no better place to people-watch in the garden than from on the water!
Hours: Sun-Th 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., F 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. / Cost: $23 at door, other packages online
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If your kids loved the Lego Movie or just enjoy playing with the timeless children’s building blocks! Legoland Discovery Center is surely a must-visit.
The family fun center features 12 great attractions including rides, places to build and collaborate, and a factory tour. Whether it’s an all day affair or just a quick visit, Legoland is the perfect place for your kids to have a blast. You’ll get to embrace your inner child, too; we all know you still love legos just as much as you used to!
Hours: Public Tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekends / Cost: Adults $4, Children $2 / Tours: Adults $8, Children/Seniors $5
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This is a great scenic spot for outdoorsy families and city slickers alike. Enjoy a one mile hike up the hill (no cars allowed; you’ve got to earn the view!) then appreciate the beautiful view from atop the summit. Sign up for a public tour of the observation station, home of the oldest climate record in the nation, or just wander about at your own pace. This is the perfect spot to get out of the city and clear your head as you enjoy a nice day exploring with family.
10. Castle Island
Hours: Tours available from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. / Cost: Free
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Castle Island offers so much for your family that we have trouble fitting it in this brief description! Centered around the historic Fort Independence, Castle Island is 22 acres of parkland for your family to explore. Tours of Fort Independence are available, or simply walk the grounds yourself. Just a minute a way are the L and M street beaches, and there’s many great places to eat in the area. Next sunny day you have, take the kids on an “island” getaway right here in Boston!