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 kid band 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.
If Boston Common and Central Park got together and had a baby, it would probably look a lot like Roger Williams Park in Providence. A 435 acre urban oasis with ponds, hills, and lots of history, Roger Williams Park has the beauty of the Public Garden combined with the kinds of attractions you would find in Central Park. The Park is home to a zoo, natural history museum and planetarium, botanical center, year round carousel, fully accessible playground, and Temple to Music. During the warmer months, you could easily spend a full day in the park and still not see everything. Or, if you visit in the winter, complete your day with playtime at the Providence Children's Museum.
No matter the season or weather, there are lots of things to do with kids in Roger Williams Park. Here are 25 ideas for outdoor and indoor family fun.
Mommy Poppins Boston and the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors Bostonfree online community continue our monthly series of guest blog posts on getting outdoors as a family. Local mom and “Outdoors with Kids Boston” guidebook author, Kim Foley MacKinnon, shares her best tips and picks with you.
It’s easy to get into a rut with kids, visiting the same playgrounds, the same parks, the same bike paths. Like the saying goes, familiarity can breed contempt, so if you find yourself groaning at the prospect of a day at the park, shake things up by finding somewhere new. Here are five parks with an hour of Boston that may offer novelty to your day—and they all have shady spots to take a break from the summer sun.
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