If you’re interested in a vacation that combines bringing the past to life, culture, education, fun and food, then Boston is the place for you.
Believe it or not, there are about 23 neighborhoods in Boston. They all have their own unique qualities and draw.
Back Bay with its gorgeous victorian houses, high-end shopping and exquisite restaurants is home to the celebrities and the elite of Boston and will be perfect if you’re looking for a posh location. However, it’s less than perfect if you’re looking for a place to park.
Beacon Hill, a little neighborhood with a big history, overlooking the nation’s first public park is where you may just bump into a congressman at your local grocer. Beautiful brownstones line these narrow streets.
Downtown is where you’ll do the majority of your sightseeing and everything is walkable.
Four Seasons Boston: Overlooking Public Garden in downtown, you will be spared no luxury here and the kids may never want to come home after receiving their own baby robes, toys and participating in a cookie making class.
Boston Marriott Long Wharf: This waterfront location, with easy access to Quincy Market and the Freedom trail, offers more than just convenience. You’ll find incredible views of the bay and a heated indoor pool.
A clean and safe city, it is easy to get around with kids, with plenty of green spaces to escape to.
This two-and-a-half mile red brick trail that runs through the heart of the old city is a historical highlight of visiting Boston. You can easily walk this with a stroller and little ones in tow, but it may be best to break it up into two days. The trail is free to walk on your own, or you can take a guided tour with costumed historians who know their stuff and keep it fun for the kids.
From March to October you can catch a whale watching tour from Central Wharf and watch humpbacks, pilot, minke and finback whales, dolphins and seabirds at the Stellwagon Bank Marine Sanctuary.
For older kids, the Museum of Science will provide hours of entertainment with their Investigation Station, where kids can play scientist, or watch the lightning bolts made by the world’s largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator. With live animal exhibits, IMAX theater, butterfly garden and planetarium, plan on spending most of the day here! Another great poor weather option.
A large park adjacent to Boston Common, Public Garden was the first public botanical garden in America. Built on what were once mudflats, this beautiful garden offers swan boat rides on the lagoon, and hundreds of exquisite plant species that will provide an opportunity for that much needed nature break when visiting a city.
Dedicate several hours this unique immersive experience where you and your family members will become rebel colonists and find out if you lived or died during the revolution. Throw tea off the boat and be dazzled by amazing period actors that will transport you back in time.
Known as “Old Ironsides,” the USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. Built in 1797, she fought bravely in the war of 1812 where she earned her nickname because she seemed to have iron sides that cannonballs couldn’t penetrate. Kids will have a blast immersing themselves into 19th century naval warfare and learning to live a sailor’s life aboard a military ship. Nearby Bunker Hill Monument marks the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution.
This ivy league university is not only full of unbelievably smart people, but also rich with history. Wander the beautiful campus on your own or take a tour. After, explore the many restaurants, historic sites and activities Cambridge, where the university is located, has to offer.
This historic market along the freedom trail was Boston’s first market and is a great spot to stop and grab a bite. With 36 international food vendors, from lobster rolls to mac & cheese, there is sure to be something to please everyone’s palate.
Boston is a fairly compact city, which makes walking easy. Driving can be problematic due to Boston’s narrow old streets and outdated planning. Add expensive and limited parking to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for “let’s walk or take the subway!” The subway, known to locals as the “T” is simple to use. Grab a subway map and a “Charlie Card” and you’re all set!
Vanessa Hunt is a full-time traveling mama who is passionate about world-schooling and food. You can find her sharing all about her travels with her family of six (her four children are 4, 7, 9 and 11), as well as her favorite recipes at WanderlustCrew.