From amazing historical sites to cool museums, the city of Boston offers an array of kid-friendly outings. Whether you’re learning about American history or having fun with the stingrays at the aquarium, this historic city won’t disappoint. See our top must-see activities and fun things to do in Boston with kids below.

1. Franklin Park Zoo

A Zebra at the Franklin Park Zoo
A zebra at the Franklin Park Zoo | Photo courtesy of Beth Haught

With 72 acres of amazing wildlife exhibits, the Franklin Park Zoo is an ideal outing for kids of all ages. From tropical forest animals to lions, tigers, and zebras, you’ll be able to spot your favorite animals in no time.

2. Boston Children’s Museum

outside of the Boston Children's Museum
Boston Children’s Museum | Photo courtesy of Owen and Aki

Located in the Seaport district just a short distance from downtown, the Boston Children’s Museum offers plenty of activities for children to learn about science, art, culture, and more through interactive play. If you’re looking for things to do in Boston with toddlers, it’s the perfect solution to keep the kids happy and playing during a busy day walking (or riding in the stroller!) around the city.

3. Mapparium Tours

children gazing at the Mapparium globe
Mapparium globe | Photo courtesy of Smart Destinations

The Mapparium is a three-story globe made of colorful stained glass. As a part of the Mary Baker Eddy Library, the Mapparium displays a three-dimensional representation of the globe from 1935—complete with a stunning demonstration to show how ideas and geography have evolved over time.

4. Boston Public Market

food vendors at the Boston Public Market
Boston Public Market | Photo courtesy of Bex Walton

This year-round public market features delicious local food vendors from throughout New England. Enjoy a delicious meal with the whole family, and then complete the experience with a fun cooking class or a delicious apple cider doughnut in classic New England style.

5. New England Aquarium

exhibit at the New England Aquarium
New England Aquarium | Photo courtesy of ken yee

Visit the penguins, sea lions, and more at the popular New England Aquarium—there’s even a shark and ray touch tank where well-behaved kiddos can reach out and gently stroke the (stinger-free!) stingrays in the shallow mangrove-themed tank.

6. Fenway Park Tour

sunny day at Fenway Park Tour
Fenway Park | Photo courtesy of Nicholas Erwin

As one of the biggest Boston attractions for families and visitors of all kinds, Fenway Park is a must-see. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Fenway Park and learn all about this historic baseball field. You’ll be able to sit in the famous Green Monster stand, plus learn all kinds of fun facts about Fenway and its most famous players.

7. The Chocolate Bar at the Langham Hotel

The Chocolate Bar at the Langham Hotel
Photo courtesy of sushiesque

Every Saturday, the Langham Hotel offers an all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet. With more than 100 chocolate dessert combinations to choose from, you’ll find something for everyone in the family to enjoy—there’s even a vegan station! Warning to the wise: sampling may result in a serious sugar high for those both old and young.

8. Hatch Shell Free Friday Flicks

picnicking at Hatch Shell in the summer
Hatch Shell in the summer | Photo courtesy of marktsy

In the summer months, the Hatch Shell Amphitheater shows a free family-friendly movie every Friday. If you’re in town from late June through August, it’s the perfect free activity in Boston to enjoy the beautiful scenery on the Charles Esplanade and a fun family movie with the kids.

9. Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

boat in the harbor at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Boston Tea Party ships | Photo courtesy of Robert Linsdell

No trip to Boston is complete without a bit of colonial American history at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Learn about the famous Boston Tea Party and explore full-scale, restored 18th century sailing vessels and artifacts. The kiddos can learn about the history through an interactive colonial town meeting and tour of the boats, then complete the experience with a delicious snack in Abigail’s Tea Room.

10. MIT Museum

view of the MIT Museum
MIT Museum | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

From architecture and design to science and technology, the MIT Museum offers stunning exhibits in a variety of fields. Let your kids explore their favorite subjects and sciences, whether it’s the history of robots or the ocean engineering and nautical gallery.

With an abundance of history, museums, and fun outdoor activities, it’s no surprise there are plenty of fun things to do in Boston with kids. Plan an amazing trip to this dynamic city and experience everything it has to offer with one of these fun activities for the whole family.

Article written by Kalie Eyman | Featured photo courtesy of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

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