Is your next family getaway taking you to Boston? That’s great! But are you worried about all those museum, restaurant, and tour receipts adding up? No problem! Just hit these low-cost stops to make the most of your next Bean Town family vacation.
The Friendly Toast
The Friendly Toast has tasty eats for all ages, serving up waffles, French toast, pancakes, Mexican dishes, burgers, and much more, all with a super-creative twist. The kids are sure to love the coco cakes — two mini pancakes loaded with coconut, chocolate chips, and coconut-lime cheesecake filling — at this awesome diner.
Museum of Science
Take the kids on a tour that spans the best of history, from the dinosaurs to space travel. With more than 700 hands-on exhibits here, it’s impossible to run out of fun stuff to explore. Don’t miss the live animal care center, 4-D movies, and planetarium shows. Kids can even design their own roller coasters. Even better — kids 2 and under get in free.
Paul Revere House
If you’re going to Boston, then you have to share the story of this American legend with the whole family. Built in 1680, Revere’s house is the oldest building in downtown Boston. The whole family can get a feel for what colonial life was like and check out some of the Revere family’s furniture. Kids five and under get in free.
Satisfy even the pickiest eaters by creating your own dishes — cooked on volcanic stones. Now, that’s hot! You pick your own ingredients, sauces, and spices, and chefs grill up the American, Latin, Italian, and Asian eats designed just for you.
Rose Kennedy Greenway – Chinatown Park
Kids of all ages enjoy this free park that comes complete with a waterfall. They can see plants from all over Asia, watch chess players make their moves, play in the curvy River Stream Fountain, and check out the pavement designed to look like a Chinese chessboard and a map of Boston.
New England Aquarium
At this awesome aquarium on Boston’s Central Wharf, visit the fur seals to learn about their long flippers and more! The museum also boasts the East Coast’s biggest shark and ray touch tank, and the gang can watch 3-D movies about sea and land critters on the huge IMAX screen. Kids two and under get in free.
Boston Common Frog Pond
Smack dab in the middle of Boston Common — the oldest city park in the U.S. — the crew can splash in the spray pool in the summer or ice skate on the rink in winter. There’s also a carousel for the kids to take a spin. The park is free, but there’s a fee for using the ice-skating rink and for renting skates.
Boston Children’s Museum
There’s plenty of active and artsy action to keep your kids busy through 21 fun zones at this kids’ museum that’s been around for 100 years. The fun ranges from crawling under the turtle tank to see the reptiles’ bellies to making art with the family. Whether they’re building in a kid-sized construction zone or touching fossil dino footprints, there’s something to do for every kind of kid.
Charles River Esplanade
Check out outdoor concerts, canoeing, biking, three playgrounds, and more at this free three-mile-long park along the Charles River. You can also take the gang on a free guided tour of the Esplanade and hear all kinds of cool stories while you’re at it.
Everyone loves a fresh Margherita pizza. But don’t stop there! Dig into a ton of choices on the family-friendly Italian menu at Antico Forno, including tasty pasta, sandwiches, and killer desserts. Cannoli and tiramisu, anyone?
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