Family Friendly Boston Activities

Visiting a city can be tricky when you’re traveling with children. With younger kids begging to find a playground, and older kids scoffing at the idea of a walking tour, it can be tricky to find something that the entire family will enjoy. Here are five of the best places in Boston to go as a family.

New England Aquarium


Kids of any ages will go crazy over the chance to come face to fish with sea turtles or a giant octopus. The New England Aquarium, located in Boston, includes tons of exhibits and gives visitors the chance to view thousands of aquatic animals. The aquarium also includes an IMAX theater that plays fun, informational films about the animals inside. Whale watching is also offered at this location.

Boston’s Children Museum


A kid’s first reaction when they hear the word “museum” is usually disgust, convinced that it’ll be boring. The Boston’s Children Museum breaks all stereotypes. This museum is innovative, engaging and interactive, so children will be having so much fun that they won’t even realize that they’re learning. There is something for children of any age to enjoy. From a play space created for very young children, to exhibits about world culture for children who are a little older.

Boston Duck Tour

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Looking for a way to tour the city without leaving your kids with sore legs and terribly bored? Duck Tours are the answer! You and your family will board a giant boat-like vehicle and see the city from land and sea. The tour starts on the streets of Boston and then takes to the river and shows off Boston from the water. Your fun loving tour guide, who will ask you to “quack” multiple times during the tour, will make the city exciting for your children.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame


For those sports-loving families, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is a perfect way to spend the day. Instead of taking the traditional trip to Fenway Park, experience Boston sports in a more unique way. This hall of fame is home to more than 300 inductees and more than 40,000 feet of basketball history. There are hundreds of interactive exhibits, skills challenges, shooting contests, live clinics, and more. For those who are basketball experts or who hardly know how to dribble, this hall of fame will be fun for all.

Blue Man Group

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The Blue Man Group experience is an innovative performance that combines comedy with music, technology, and blue-painted men. This family-friendly show has been described as energetic, innovative, and hilarious and is truly the only one of its kind. Discounted prices are available for groups of 15 or group, as well as for “mini groups” of 8-14. “Meet and greet” passes can be purchased as well.



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