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Family Travel in Boston

boston old streetBoston is one of America’s best family travel spots, with great sites to see that recognize America’s history and fun spots to let kids relax and enjoy while learning. Here are some of my favorite stops in Boston for kids of all ages. Plan your trip in advance and make the most of your time!

Tip: Get the Boston CityPASS if you are planning a longer stay and want to check out several museums. It is a real money saver if you are going to be paying expensive entrance fees. Check to see if it is worthwhile for your trip!

1) Museum of Science – Ignore the name, this is a brilliant and giant play center that has the added bonus of your kids learning a ton of stuff. While it is not cheap, it is well worth the money. There are a lot of exhibits, both standard and changing, and there are a ton of things that your kids can touch, try, and experiment with. There are also a lot of shows, like the planetarium and an IMAX theatre. If you have time, you can even let your children spend the night! It is quite an experience to see the museum after dark.

2) Freedom trail – If your kids are a bit older, it can be worthwhile to take a walk on the Freedom Trail, even if you don’t have time to do the whole thing. This can be a great opportunity for your kids to see some of American history up close. Give your kids access to a camera and let them document their journey into the heart of American history. Let them have the map and help guide the way on the trail. This is a great way to learn about American history.

3) Franklin Park Zoo – While this zoo may not be huge, it is very family friendly and a great place to stop with younger kids. It is easy to cover the entire zoo, as it is not too large. There is a train, a bunch of fun animals, and kids will have fun!

4) Duck Boat tour – This is a fun way to see the city, if your kids don’t feel they can walk far. Your kids will enjoy riding on these vehicles that can easily and smoothly travel both on land and water. There is also a tour guide who can tell you a bit about what you are seeing. The trips are not cheap, but you can jump on at several central points and enjoy different perspectives.