Boston Children's Activities

Boston Children's Activities
Boston is a treasure trove of historic landmarks, museums, parks and sporting events.
It is one of the oldest cities in the United States; it was incorporated as a town in 1630. Its compact size makes it a great walking city that kids of all ages will enjoy. Grab the children and check out one of the many sporting events, play in the harbor or enrich your knowledge of Revolutionary history.

The Freedom Trail

Boston is well-known for being a walking city. This walking tour takes you to 16 Colonial Revolutionary historic sites. Plan to spend two or three hours and follow the red brick stripe down the sidewalk. This trail is easy to follow; let the kids navigate. A few of the highlights include The Boston Common, King's Chapel, Paul Revere House and the USS Constitution. Take a self-guided tour, or take a tour from the Boston Commons Visitors Center.

Boston Commons Visitor Center
147 Tremont Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
(617) 536-4100


Go for a sailing tour, or take lessons. Courageous Sailing is a non-profit sailing club on the Boston Harbor. No matter what you want to sail, they probably have it: their fleet includes Rhodes 19's, J/22's, 420's and a few even larger boats. Profits go to pay for the youth sailing programs that offer free sailing for over 1,000 kids every year.

Courageous Sailing
Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston, Massachusetts 02129
(617) 268-7243

Swan Boats

The historic Swan Boats have been carrying passengers around the Boston Public Gardens Lagoon for over 130 years. The boats are available from April to September and offer rides seven days a week. Once your ride is over, wander through the 75-acres that makes up Boston Common & Public Gardens, which was founded in 1634.

Boston Common & Public Gardens
Beacon Hill to downtown Boston

Boston, Massachusetts
(617) 522-1966

Check Out a Red Sox Game

Historic Fenway Park opened in 1912 and is still the place to see Boston's beloved Red Sox play. Bring your baseball hat and buy some crackerjacks and a hot dog for the full baseball game experience. Bring a mitt--maybe your child will get lucky and catch his or her first foul ball. Check out their website to see a game schedule and buy tickets. Take the subway or commuter rail to avoid traffic.

While you are at Fenway, take a tour of the park. Tour guides will walk you through a 50-minute tour that tells you all about the park's history.

Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Boston Museum of Science

There is something for the whole family in this museum. You will enjoy IMAX films, and climb into the full-motion simulator to travel through space and into the ocean. Check out the planetarium and drop by for night stargazing on Friday evenings. Learn even more from the presenters throughout the museum who offer live presentations every day.

Museum of Science

1 Science Park

Boston, Massachusetts 02114

(617) 723-2500

Article Written By Cate Rushton

Cate Rushton has been a freelance writer since 1999, specializing in wildlife and outdoor activities. Her published works also cover relationships, gardening and travel on various websites. Rushton holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah.

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