The rich history and hip attitude of Boston, Massachusetts draw millions of tourists–especially families–each year. Explore the city’s role in the American Revolution or experience the chic Newbury Street.
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Go on a whale watch to search for the majestic giants or zoom to the Top of the Hub for amazing views of the city and beyond. This family-friendly, walkable city is sure to please visitors of all ages.
The Freedom Trail, among Boston’s most famous attractions, winds through 2.5 miles of history. The trail’s Website calls it “Boston’s indoor/outdoor history museum.” While following the red brick walkway, you’ll come across 16 sites that played roles in the Revolution. Check out all of them, or just a few, as you explore the city. The Granary Burying Ground is the final resting spot for such important figures as Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and John Hancock. In December 1773, the Boston Tea Party was planned at the Old South Meeting House. Other highlights include the Old State House, the Boston Massacre site, Bunker Hill and the U.S.S. Constitution (also known as Old Ironsides). Freedom Trail Foundation 99 Chauncy St., Suite 401 Boston, MA 02111 617-357-8300 thefreedomtrail.org
Boston Duck Tours
Boston is one of the most walkable cities in the country, but when you prefer to sit back and relax while seeing the sights, the Boston Duck Tours might be the answer. After boarding the World War II-style amphibious vehicle, the conDUCKtor will begin his hilarious narration and take you to such sights as Christian Science Church, Beacon Hill, the Holocaust Memorial, Faneuil Hall, Cheers and several Freedom Trail locations. During the tour, the vehicle will travel on the Charles River, where the conDUCKtors have been known to let the youngsters steer for a bit. The Ducks depart from the Prudential Center or the Museum of Science. Boston Duck Tours 3 Copley Place, Suite 310 Boston, MA 02116 617-267-DUCK (3825) bostonducktours.com
The three-story globe made of stained glass at the Mary Baker Eddy Library shows the world as it was in 1935. A glass bridge allows you to step inside this massive globe, giving you a three-dimensional look at Earth. The brightly lit, colorful globe may keep young children mesmerized. Mapparium (Mary Baker Eddy Library) 200 Massachusetts Ave. Boston, MA 02115 617-450-7000 marybakereddylibrary.org
The Boston Public Garden’s lagoon is home to the famous Swan Boats. The leisurely 15-minute quiet ride around the lagoon, powered by the captain’s legs, provides picturesque views of the city. The Swan Boats date to the early 1870s, when the captain used oars to row patrons around the lagoon. In 1877, the foot-propelled version was introduced. The boats run from April through September. Swan Boats Public Garden 617-522-1966 swanboats.com
Fenway Park Tours
For Red Sox fans–or fans of historic ballparks–a tour of Fenway Park is just the ticket. During the season, tours run on the hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or until three hours before game time) seven days a week, as of February 2010. Off-season, the tours run until 3 p.m. every day. A tour guide takes you on a 50-minute walking tour of the park that first opened its doors in April 1912. The Green Monster, Pesky’s Pole and the old-fashioned, hand-operated scoreboard are highlights of the park. Fenway Park Tours 4 Yawkey Way Boston, MA 02215 617-226-6666 boston.redsox.mlb.com
When in Boston…
- Book your guest room at InterContinental Hotel Boston
- Shop and browse in Boston’s North End
- Grab a lunchtime bowl of pasta at Dave’s Fresh Pasta
- Take the kids to the JFK Library & Museum