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Boston Family Attractions

Boston is rich with history, and is a tourist playground. There are enough activities that there would be something new to discover every day for at least a month. Most of the attractions in Boston are family-orientated and welcome everyone from adults to the littlest of explorers. This list of attractions begins with ones open year-round. These are also great for those rainy vacation days.

New England Aquarium

Let’s start with the New England Aquarium. A large ocean aquarium is surrounded by the building itself. The tank is home to sharks, turtles, and octopuses to name a few. Watch an IMAX movie in the aquarium’s own Simon’s IMAX Theatre.

Boston Museum of Science

Be amazed at the Boston Museum of Science. See the world’s 1st space capsule and over 700 other interactive exhibits. The Discovery Center is a place where younger children and families can discover science through play.

Boston Children’s Museum

The Boston Children’s Museum is a nice place for adults to take a break while the children explore and make new friends. The hands-on exhibits focus on science, art, culture, health and fitness, and the environment. Getting the children to leave is the hardest part.


Older kids may enjoy the Mary Baker Eddy Library/mapporium. The library is located in one of Boston’s most recognizable buildings. A 30-foot bridge spans the three-story, painted-glass, globe-shaped mapporium. In the library section, check out the rare 1611 edition of the King James Bible.

Boston Duck Tours

The Boston Duck Tours are world-famous. Get a tour of Boston on land and by sea. Sure to be a huge hit with kids of all ages. The tour vehicles are amphibious World War 2 craft.

USS Constitution Cruise

USS Constitution cruise is one of many tours offered from the port of Boston. This is a 45-minute tour with landmarks including the USS Constitution, Bunker Hill monument, and the Old North Church to name only a few sites. Children love the ride on the water and the views are magnificent.

Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail Walking Tour is one of the most popular and well-known tours available through Boston. The Freedom Trail tour is actually marked on the sidewalks. Many different ways of taking the tour include tapes, guided tours, or grabbing a map and doing it on your own. See historic locations including the site of the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre site. Bring good walking shoes, get plenty of exercise at your own pace, and learn the history of Boston.

Boston is a great city to visit from far away and is even great for people who live in the area and want to have a great time. These are just some of the top attractions available but there are many more that are suitable for visitors of all ages and especially children. 

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