Boston Travel Guide with Kids

Taking the Kids: Three Days in Boston  March 9, 2013 – 09:22 am

make way for ducklings boston As far as cities go, few are more kid-friendly and manageable than Boston. Parents can take comfort in knowing that the many activities geared at kids are educational and fun for adults too. Kids will love following the red brick Freedom Trail as it winds through the city past all sorts of historical sights, eating at the food stalls in Quincy Market or picnicking in the Public Garden with ducks waddling around. Boston is safe, clean and filled with charm -- a perfect city for families looking to see the sights, explore our nation's history and have a heck of a good time along the way.

A great way to keep costs down and save time on ticket lines is to buy the Boston CityPass, offering discount admission to five of the following six popular attractions: the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Skywalk Observatory, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library. The savings is about 50 percent if you were to visit all the attractions, but if not, you'll have to do the math and see what's the best deal for you.

Walking the Freedom Trail; posing with the statues of Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings in the Public Garden; self-guided tours of Harvard's campus (in hopes that its beauty will inspire the kids to study hard!); admission to the Harvard Art Museums for kids under 18; family-friendly Friday night movies at the Hatch Shell in warmer months; picnic lunches on Boston Common; admission to the Museum of Fine Arts for kids under 17 on weekends and after 3 p.m. on weekdays; admission to the Isabella Stewart Garner Museum for kids under 18.

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The kid- and pet-friendly Colonnade Hotel is located in Back Bay near the Prudential Center. The hotel offers great family packages including free overnight parking (practically unheard of in Boston), late checkout and breakfast. When the kids tire of sightseeing, they'll love the Colonnade's rooftop pool -- the only one in the city.

Not only is the Omni Parker House located steps away from some of Boston's most kid-friendly attractions (the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market and the Boston Common), it also boasts a kids' program. Kids can check out the "suitcase of fun" from the front desk filled with books and games while parents are provided with a list of top family attractions, local emergency numbers and a safety/first aid kit which includes a night light and outlet covers. Kids get goodie bags upon check-in and most rooms are equipped with video games.


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