Spring is right around the corner, and there’s no better time of year to travel into the city. Boston is absolutely breathtaking in the spring—all of the cherry trees are in full bloom, cafes open their doors and set outdoor furniture on the sidewalks, and everyone cheerfully emerges from their winter hibernation.
We’re so excited for the spring weather that we put this guide together to help you get planning ahead of time. Use this guide to pick out the perfect Boston activities for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you love the outdoors or your family is full of history lovers, there’s always plenty to do all around the city. Here are a few of our top picks!
For Adventurous Families
When it comes to exciting, hands-on activities, Boston has no shortage of options. Some visitors love spending the day at the New England Aquarium, which is home to thousands of sea creatures and marine life. We especially love going for the Meet and Greet with the harbor seals, where you can give the super-cute seals some belly rubs. It’s perfect for kids ages seven and up who love animals!
- Current: Get up close and personal at the Shark and Ray Touch Tank. Visitors are welcome to gently touch the amazing rays and epaulette sharks as they swim through the crystal-clear water in the tank.
- Now – June 2020: Explore Dogs! A Science Tail at the Museum of Science, where visitors can learn all about their furry best friend. There are tons of interactive opportunities for kids, and you can even leave behind a snapshot of your beloved pup!
- Current: Test your skills at the New Balance Foundation Climb. This three-story climbing structure inside the Boston Children’s Museum is designed for kids and their parents to explore and use problem-solving skills to get through. Plus, it offers amazing panoramic views of the city.
For History-Buff Families
If you and the kids are always excited to see historical reenactments, then you’re in the right city. Boston is chockablock full of historical tours, historically significant monuments, landmarks, and museums absolutely brimming with artifacts. The Revolutionary Story Tour is one of our favorites—it takes visitors through many significant Freedom Trail locations and tells the stories that define America as we know it today.
- Current: Get hands-on with history at the Old State House. Meant for all ages, this program encourages visitors to dive into multi-sensory activities like sewing and building with bricks. There’s no better way to learn about history!
- Current: See the Evolution exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. There are incredible fossils from as far back as 375 million years, which offer insight on how humans have evolved over the millenia.
For Art-Loving Families
Boston boasts some of the most impressive art museums in the entire world. The Museum of Fine Arts is a long-time favorite among Bostonians and tourists, and we can’t recommend going enough. Their Art of Europe collection will completely blow you and the kids away—you’ll see priceless art from renowned painters like Degas and El Greco, all within a jaw-droppingly beautiful setting.
- April 18 – August 23: Catch the once-in-a-lifetime Monet and Boston exhibit, where all 35 of the MFA’s works by Monet will be on view in once place. Older children will appreciate the significance of this exhibition.
- Current: Try out your creative abilities at Saturday Education Studio Drop-In Art Activities. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum welcomes all ages and all artistic abilities to come get their hands dirty in their studio space!
- April 25: Attend Play Date: Infinity & Beyond! at the Institute of Contemporary Art. This is fun for kids and their parents who love arts and crafts, plus you’ll get to explore more of Boston’s Seaport district.
For Outdoorsy Families
It’s finally warm enough to get outside, so take advantage of it! Boston has lots of great outdoor spaces and walking paths to enjoy. In the springtime, we love the Charles River Esplanade. The pathways are all lined with flowering trees and daffodils, and the warm sunshine is exactly what we all need after a long winter. Take a stroll up the Esplanade to stretch your legs after your bus ride, or head to a Red Sox game for an exciting day at America’s most iconic ballpark.
- Current: Race to the finish line in the Boston Parks & Works of Art scavenger hunt! This self-guided scavenger hunt can be done at your own pace, so don’t worry about rushing young children who want to explore and play.
- April 2: Root on the Boston Red Sox at their home opener! They’re playing the Chicago White Sox, so don’t miss the opportunity to watch in person.
- April 20: Cheer on runners in the Boston Marathon. This year marks the 124th Boston Marathon, and it’s one of the biggest events in the entire city. It’s always crowded, so we recommend going with older children rather than small toddlers.
No matter what you plan on doing in Boston with your family, C&J Bus Lines will get you there. We offer the most reliable, comfortable, and affordable trips to and from the city. Tickets to Boston South Station start at just $11.99 from Newburyport and $12.99 from Portsmouth and Dover, so you and the whole family can have an awesome trip without breaking the bank. Ready to start planning?