History comes to life! As you meander down cobblestone streets flanked by red brick row houses centuries old, you are instantly transported back in time to the great events and people which shaped the foundation of the United States of America. Nestled among the colonial-era architecture, you’ll wander along the Freedom Trail, experiencing the Revolutionary War with pit stops along the way for some of modern Boston’s finest eateries and shopping.
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What to know before you travel to Boston with Kids
Boston is a vibrant, walkable city with so much to do! The city is compact, with many of the historical tourist attractions right downtown, all within reasonable walking distance of one another. The sights and activities are mostly all contained within an area that’s only 1 mile wide and about 3 miles long. For many of the other area attractions, The T subway system connects them with a short ride. As a waterside city, boat rides are part of the fun, and a convenient transportation option for destinations (including the airport!).
Visiting Boston can feel like opening a real-life version of a history book. Exploring the Freedom Trail is perhaps the best way to see the sights and explore American History first hand. The red brick trail takes you along 16 historic sites, with plenty of yummy food stops to break it up.
Be sure not to miss the U.S.S. Constitution and the Boston Tea Party Ships, one of the most interactive and engaging experiences bringing the events that lead to the American Revolution to life. Designed with kids in mind with live actors telling the story leading up to the events, including getting to toss the tea crates into the Boston Harbor, which is a big hit with the kids.
Boston travelers will fly into Logan International Airport. Downtown Boston is just a few miles from the airport, and is accessible by bus, subway, water shuttle and taxi.
Amtrak offers train service to South Station in Downtown Boston. The station is the terminus for Amtrak trains to/from New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC.
The need for a car rental is unnecessary if you are just visiting the city. Public transportation in Boston is excellent and easy to use. Most locals and commuters don’t use a car because the city transit is so well thought out! The MBTA subway (the T) and busses offer Tourist passes with unlimited travel during your visit.
You may find the most convenient way to get around is on your own two feet! The downtown and waterfront areas are relatively small, so your walking distance between most things is short!
Need to start your day with a donut and coffee? Kane’s Donuts at their Two International Place, 90 Oliver Street location is an eight-minute walk to the New England Aquarium from here.
Be sure to check out all the Food Booths at the Quincy Market located next door to Faneuil Hall. Grab lunch from the many spots along the halls of the market and grab a seat at one of the communal tables in the central rotunda to refuel. Grab some dinner at Antico Forno located in Boston’s North End, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, for some family-friendly wood-fired pizza, pasta and Italian fare. Want something more formal? Dine at the Atlantic Fish Company, a more formal restaurant with some of the best East Coast Seafood fare.
The best time of the year to visit Boston would be late spring, all summer and early fall when the weather is mild and temps are warmer. However, there is plenty to do year-round.
Boston has a hot summer and humid climate, while winters are cold and stormy, with occasional heavy snow. Spring and Fall are cool to mild, with varying weather. The hottest month is July, and coldest is January. Boston has a relatively sunny climate for a coastal city.
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