Safe, clean and charmingly nostalgic, Boston is the perfect family-friendly city. From Red Sox games at Fenway Park to a leisurely stroll along the historic Freedom Trail, summer is the perfect season to enjoy everything Boston has to offer.
Best of all, getting in and around Boston doesn’t have to be a hassle. Boston has an excellent public transportation system, and C&J Bus Lines offers hourly trips to and from South Station every day. There are dozens of family-friendly ways to enjoy Boston in the summer. Here are five of our favorites:
1. Take the Famous Boston DUCK Tour
The Boston Duck Tour isn’t your average city-tour. Your kids will love quacking back and fourth with passing pedestrians as you tour the city, noting famous historical landmarks along the way.
When the land portion of the journey is complete, this WWII style vehicle becomes a boat and drives right into the Charles River! Grown-ups will enjoy gorgeous views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines, while kids thrill at the vehicle’s transformation.
2. Learn Something New
Museum of Science – Your little smarty-pants will love the Museum of Science. The Museum of Science is home to 700+ exhibits, with lots of kid-friendly activities including: indoor lightning storms in the Theater of Electricity, amazing trips through space in the Charles Hayden Planetarium, the only IMAX Dome screen in New England, and a gorgeous Butterfly Garden.
Boston Children’s Museum – Boasting more than 400 hands-on exhibits, this world-renowned facility will delight younger children. From the Construction Zone to the incredible New Balance Climb, kids at the Boston Children’s Museum learn through the power of play.
New England Aquarium – With the newly renovated 200,000 ton “Giant Ocean Tank,” babies, toddlers, middle-schoolers and even teens are sure to enjoy the New England Aquarium. The huge cylindrical tank simulates a Caribbean coral reef and features sea life like sea turtles, barracuda, stingrays, colorful reef-fish, and even sharks!
3. Ride the Famous Swan Boats
For a touch of nostalgia, a Swan Boat ride is an easy and serene way to take in all the beauty of the famous Boston Commons. Younger kids will enjoy watching the ducks swim by, and any little fans of “Make Way for Ducklings” will delight at seeing a favorite bedtime story come to life. The peaceful Public Garden is perfect for a picnic, and the sculpture of Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings will seal the deal.
4. Grab Lunch at Faneuil Hall
Faneuil Hall (also known as Quincy Market) might just be the coolest indoor/outdoor city marketplace you’ll ever visit. Nestled amid historic buildings and unique boutiques, Faneuil Hall is famous for its impromptu street performances, myriad dining experiences and vendors galore. Whether you’re shopping, eating or just people-watching, there’s always something to do at Faneuil Hall.
5. Catch a Boston Harbor Whale Watch
DisneyFamily.com says, “If your family only has time to do one thing in Boston, you should go on a Boston Harbor whale watch.” We couldn’t agree more. The high-speed catamaran ride through Boston Harbor is just the tip of the iceberg.
Kids (and parents) of all ages will be fascinated to observe these awe-inspiring creatures living and dining less than an hour away from the bustling city.
Skip the Hassle of Driving and Try C&J!
C&J Bus Lines offers free parking and free fares to South Station for children (ages 18 and under) when accompanied by a full-fare round trip ticketed adult! From South Station, it’s easy to catch the T to your favorite destination. Skip the stress and relax in comfort.