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Boston with a Family
Boston, New England's largest city, rich with history, culture, and fun activities for all ages. There are tons of things to see in Boston, so when travelling with a family you should make sure to plan ahead. Check out this family friendly guide so that you and your children can make the most of your time in Boston.
Where to Stay with a Family in Boston
While there is no shortage of hotels in Boston, it is important to make sure to stay in one that is right for your family. Hotels near Boston Commonsprovide a convenient location in the middle of the city. Some of the most popular kid friendly places are the Raddison Hotel and the Colonnade Hotel Boston. Another great area for families is the waterfront area which gives you easy access to family-friendly activities such as the New England Aquarium. Check out the Marriot Long Wharf and the Seaport Hotel. If you choose to stay just outside of downtown, Cambridge has tons of hotel options, such as the Royal Sonesta Hotel.
When traveling with children, the Boston Children's Museum is an absolute must see. The museum provides educational as well as exploratory activities for kids of all ages. Be sure to check out the event calendar to see if there are any special events overlapping with your vacation. Another place the kids are sure to love is the Boston Frog Pond. The Frog Pond provides a place for outdoor ice skating in the winter and a carousel ride in the warmer months. You can even catch a bite to eat at the Frog Pond Cafe.
Boston is known for its rich sporting history. Boasting talented teams in four major-league sports, Boston is a sports family's dream vacation. The Red Socks and their home Fenway Park may be the most famous Boston team, but the Celtics and Bruins are unlikely to disappoint as well. If it's football you are looking for, you can drive to nearby Foxborough, MA to see the New England Patriots. Buying tickets for the whole family can be expensive, but with the spirited fans of Boston, it is sure to be an experience everyone will remember.
Places to Eat with the Family
Boston has an endless array of good places to eat, but some might be more kid-friendly than others. Most museums have a good café if you’re looking for a quick-bite in the middle of your day, or you can head to downtown for a wider selection of casual eateries, food stands, and bakeries. When touring the waterfront, check out the famous Summer Shack restaurant for some fresh seafood and light-hearted atmosphere. If your kids would rather not eat things that swim in the sea, try Maggiano’s Little Italy for some oversized family style pasta dishes. The Purple Shamrock is great if you have both younger and older children, and features a blend of Irish and American cuisines.
Getting around Boston certainly has its difficulties. It is important to remember that while the cobblestone streets may be beautiful, they can be hard to maneuver with a stroller. The most popular way to get around town is to take the T, you can even take it to and from Logan Airport. Just be sure to hold on the kids hands as riders quickly get on and off the train. If you decide to drive while you are in Boston, be sure to be prepared for traffic and construction as they are a constant struggle for the city, not to mention the native drivers
Weather in Boston
Boston enjoys four full-blown seasons, including a fall with some of the most beautiful foliage in New England. There are activities year round for the whole family to enjoy, such as the Boston Children's Museum and Faneuil Hall which are both located indoors. In order to enjoy Boston during any season, be sure to pack a variety of clothes and shoes, and dress in layers.