Spring is fighting its way tooth and claw into Boston, and what better way to celebrate than to bring the kids out into nature? This weekend we put on our rain boots and prepared to get muddy in Franklin Park. Boston's biggest park sprawls through Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and Roxbury with lots of great areas to explore.
As Boston's largest and oldest neighborhood, Dorchester boasts lots of fun activities for kids, families, and teenagers. Whether you are looking for a hike, an animal encounter at the zoo, fresh food from a farmers' market, classes, or a museum, you are bound to find it in Dorchester.
Over the last 20 years, South Boston (“Southie”) has been the setting for a number of Hollywood blockbusters. But with its uniquely Boston charm, proximity to downtown and beautiful beaches, many young families also call this bustling neighborhood home. In fact, since moving here in 2009 I’ve lived here the longest I’ve lived anywhere in 15 years! The strong sense of community known as “Southie Pride” is apparent in every business and aspect of South Boston living. For this reason (and many others) I am delighted to show off the area. So here are our favorite kid-friendly spots we love bringing our three-year-old daughter and our four-month-old son:
The lines between Massachusetts and Rhode Island are so fuzzy, sometimes we're not sure which state we're in. Lucky us, because Rhode Island packs giant family fun into a tiny package. Travel less than an hour in any direction, and you're in a completely different world.
We love exploring the parks, beaches, nature centers, museums, places to eat, and other things to do with kids in Rhode Island. As we explore, we'll share our finds with you, so take a look at where we've been and keep checking back for even more great places and family adventures in the Ocean State.
I can't say enough good things about my neighborhood. Roslindale Village (and it really is a bit like a village) includes the square and its surrounding neighborhoods, and it is diverse, sociable, walkable, and fun. I feel more at home here than I ever did in the suburbs.
The fact that Roslindale is situated between Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury means that you've probably driven through it on your way somewhere else. Here are twenty reasons to stop and hang out for a while.
Jamaica Plain is a great neighborhood for families and kids, whether you are making your home there or just visiting. With tons of green space, playgrounds, and children's classes, it is easy to find activities for kids of all ages.
Thinking back to my first fall in Boston as a college student, one of my favorite memories is of a day spent outdoors exploring Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the Esplanade for the very first time. It was a perfect day, culminating in a They Might Be Giants concert at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. That day, I fell madly in love. Not with my first college boyfriend (that was a couple of days later), but with the city of Boston in autumn.
Now I have kids in tow, and ironically, we would be just as likely to go to the Hatch Shell to see They Might Be Giants (since it's a band for kids now). And like that day a few (ahem) years ago, my idea of a perfect fall day in Boston means basking in the beauty of the city's great parks. Boston boasts other gorgeous green spaces like the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Arnold Arboretum, but to me, there's nothing like strolling through the Public Garden and playing Frisbee on the Esplanade in the fall. Here are 20 of my favorite things to do on Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the Esplanade for a perfect fall day with kids in Beantown.
Most likely you’ve heard of – or even lived through – one of the largest, most complex highway projects ever built in the United States. The Big Dig sent our noisy, polluted highways underground so that the lovely Rose Kennedy Greenway could emerge. It sure took awhile, but boy, am I glad they figured it out! Today, the Greenway stretches the length of the central artery and is nestled in between popular Boston tourist sites like the New England Aquarium and Faneuil Hall. It features gardens, plazas, and tree-lined promenades. Now, as of late August, it boasts a brand new carousel.
We set out on a sunny day for a ride on the new merry-go-round. Along the way, we found plenty of kid-friendly stops to recommend. Here they are, along with highlights from the carousel and a few bonus insider tips.
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