Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 4 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address: 1 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston, MA 02109
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sunday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm (Restaurant hours may vary)
Getting There: 75 State Street Garage is the official parking for Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Garage entrance is located on 5 Broad Street
Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a Boston favorite. Once a stop on the Freedom Trail in 1742, Boston’s central meeting place was comprised of the North Market, South Market, Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall. This market features numerous shops, restaurants, musicians and street performers along a cobblestone promenade. With 70 retailers, 14 restaurants, and 36 international food vendors, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is sure to please the whole family.
Address: 1 Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110
Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Friday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Getting There: Take exit 23 off I-93 if driving. Walking distance from Faneuil Hall.
Admission: Adults – $25, Children – $18, Seniors – $23
With over 1.3 million visitors per year, The New England Aquarium is a main attraction in Boston. The primary feature of the aquarium is a cylindrical 200,000 gallon tank replicating a Caribbean coral reef. The tank holds sharks, stingrays, eels, sea turtles, and several other reef-living fish. At the bottom of the tank lies the penguin exhibit, hosting four different species of penguins. Visitors can touch sea stars, sea urchins and horseshoe crabs in the tide pool. Come see these exhibits and many other magnificent marine animals at The New England Aquarium.
Address: 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114
Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Friday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Getting There: Take the MBTA’s Green Line subway to Science Park station
Admission: Adults – $23, Children – $20, Seniors – $21
Be prepared to be amazed. Learn how wind is transformed into energy, explore the Milky Way, and watch chickens hatch right before your eyes at this hands-on science museum. In addition to the 700 interactive exhibits, the museum features live presentations including a lightening bolt demonstration. Little ones will enjoy the Discovery Center where they explore natural history, physical science, and technology topics. The Mugar Omni Theater, the only domed IMAX screen in New England, features a variety of fascinating and educational films (admittance to the theater is an additional $6 for adults and $5 for children). The Museum of Science proves that learning can be fun and will have you hooked for hours.