On the outskirts of Newton in the Auburndale neighborhood is a public area where kids can run around, climb on a playground, hike and – if we're lucky this winter – ice skate on a frozen spoke of the Charles River.
Welcome to the Auburndale Playground, which most residents here simply call "The Cove."
You know it's summertime in Boston when kids are running through fountains and splashing in shallow pools of water on the Greenway and Boston Common. There is plenty of water fun to be had in neighborhoods all around the city, and we've rounded up some of our favorite spots. Most locations are open on weekends after Memorial Day, and then daily from the end of June through Labor Day. Bonus: they're all free!
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.
Below are some of our favorite indoor places North of Boston to take active kids when the great outdoors just isn't in the cards. In addition to exercise and entertainment, many of these venues offer special events (like Parents' Night Out!), healthy snacks, birthday parties, workshops, and classes.
After a morning of hiking, swimming and treasure hunting on Spectacle Island, hop on the ferry. It’s a sort of time machine that will take you and your kids back in time to the Civil War era on Georges Island. The island's Fort Warren once held Confederate soldiers as prisoners during the war. Now, it gives visitors a fascinating glimpse into a time long past and ignites the imaginations of kids (both big and small). There is much to do and many areas to explore on the island, from the museum-like visitor center to the top of the lookout tower. Take the kids on an adventure and challenge yourselves to do everything on this list. (Fair warning: It may take a few visits.)
On a recent summer Saturday, Boston Harbor Cruises ferried us across the Boston Harbor to Georges and Spectacle Islands for a day of adventure. The ferry ride only took forty minutes, but it might as well have been hours, because we felt like we were on vacation – not just in another place, but in another time as well. It's the ultimate Boston summer staycation.
You can easily enjoy both Spectacle and Georges Islands in one day, and passage to both is included in your ferry fare. Spectacle is the quieter, more relaxed of the two and honestly, it’s our favorite. There’s so much good, sandy fun to be had on the former island of refuse. Here are some of the top things to do with kids on Spectacle Island, plus a few tips to make your day even more vacation-like.
Local mom and “Outdoors with Kids Boston” guidebook author, Kim Foley MacKinnon, shares her best family outing tips and picks with you as part of our guest blog series with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors Boston free online community.
Going on outdoor summer adventures with your kids often means eating on the go, maybe picking something up at a snack bar or bringing a PB&J sandwich and a piece of fruit. It can be fun to switch the focus to making a picnic the main event, and the setting is the key. Here are some outstanding picnic spots that will make your al fresco meal that much more delicious!
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.
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