Taking the subway, a.k.a. the T, is a great way to navigate Boston with kids. Each subway line—Green, Red, Orange and Blue—has its own unique vibe, and they all transport riders to some of the coolest places in Boston. (One might even argue that if you can’t get to it on the T, it isn’t worth doing.) Whether you’re visiting the city or raising your kids here, it’s always handy to know which T stops have wonderful family attractions nearby.
The Green Line, Boston’s oldest and most iconic subway line, stops at many of Beantown's most legendary destinations. My top ten picks for Green Line-accessible outings should be on every family’s list of things to do with kids in Boston at least once; of course, if your family is like mine, you’ll visit them too many times to count, but still find something new to love each time.
Cohasset may be small, but it sure does pack a punch when it comes to kid-friendly activities. Nestled on the South Shore, Cohasset is a quaint and friendly community full of active, happy families. I've heard it described as like living in a Norman Rockwell painting. With its beautiful scenery, adorable town, and no divided highway to speak of, it's also a wonderful place to visit with kids. These are my top 25 picks for things to do with kids in this lovely town by the sea. (Be careful—you may never want to leave!)
The Freedom Trail is an excellent way to introduce kids to the rich history of our city, as well as a fun family outing. Though it was blustery the day we hit the Freedom Trail, my seven-year-old twins were as excited as I was about the things we were about to see. We'd recently read a book about Paul Revere, and had gone out to Concord to see one of the Patriots' Day reenactments, so they were definitely primed for some juicy history.
Keep in mind that while the Freedom Trail encompasses 2.5 miles of 16-plus historical sites, many of them can be viewed from the sidewalk or entered briefly for a quick look around. You'll only want to plan extra time for the types of sites that fill children with questions and curiosity. The following must-see stops made me proud of my aspiring history buffs:
The Lakes Region of New Hampshire is well known for its wintertime skiing and snow sports, but it morphs into a lush paradise for nature lovers and thrill seekers during the other three seasons. Breathtaking views greet you at every turn, and the whole region becomes one big adventure playground for kids and adults alike.
Charming waterfront towns on Lake Winnipesaukee and its eight neighboring lakes comprise the Lakes Region, and each has something special to offer visiting families. Outdoor fun abounds, from hiking to zip-lining, animal encounters to drive-in movies. When the weather sends you running for cover, there are lots of great restaurants, unique shops, game-filled arcades, and even a "castle" with a secret room.
Here are some of the top things to do during your Lakes Region family getaway, with options for every age and interest—but don't try to do it all in one go. There's so much to experience at each stop, and once you've discovered the magical pull of New Hampshire's lakes, your family will likely want to return again and again.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire is one of my favorite destinations for a quick family getaway. Although we've visited the charming New England seacoast city several times, on this occasion we went specifically to experience its history. With a kid-friendly living history museum and numerous historic destinations around town, early American life comes alive in ways that are fun for kids and the whole family. We spent a day of walking, playing and sailing through old times, with a side of foodie goodness—a perfect family day in Portsmouth.
We’re always up for an adventure and crave time outdoors (yes, even in the winter), so when the State of New Hampshire invited us to experience Mount Washington’s outdoor winter offerings, we bundled up and trekked two hours north of Boston to Lincoln, New Hampshire: Home of Loon Mountain and loads of snowy fun.
Here are suggestions for your White Mountains outdoor adventure itinerary, including recommendations for where to eat and stay:
My family has lived in Newburyport for 12 years now, and the city's charm and character never get old. Located northeast of Boston, Newburyport is a vibrant coastal community rich in history, arts, and outdoor beauty. There is just so much to do here, both indoors and out, when it's cold and when it's hot.
Read on for 25 ways for families to enjoy all that Newburyport has to offer Boston families, from an insider's perspective.
As real estate in Park Slope skyrockets out of reach, many families have been turning their sights on its southern neighbor, Sunset Park. Its crown jewel, the 25-acre namesake green space, boasts an outdoor Olympic-size pool, sports fields, a soon-to-be-renovated playground and one of the highest points in Brooklyn, from which you can see the Statue of Liberty and New York Bay. The historic 478-acre Green-Wood Cemetery is also a highlight, and even hosts annual family events like its Memorial Day Concert and Battle of Brooklyn reenactment.
Walk the tree-lined side streets and you'll pass charming row houses, mostly built around the turn of the last century. The businesses on the avenues reflect the area's diversity. Seventh and Eighth Avenues make up Brooklyn's Chinatown and overflow with Asian restaurants and stores. Meanwhile, Fourth and Fifth Avenues are home to many Hispanic businesses. Both ethnic enclaves feel authentic, not touristy, so communication is, at times, challenging but worth the effort.
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