Looking for Family Fun in the Boston Area?
We often forget that there is tourism right here in our own town; and sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist at home! Below are four ideas for summer activities that do not require a vacation but do involve fun for the whole family:
Boston Museum of Science
With over 700 interactive, hands-on exhibits as well as a beautiful planetarium and OMNI MAX Theater (Better than IMAX) with shows running all day, the Museum of Science makes for many hours of educational fun. While much of the museum is kid-centric, there is certainly plenty to keep adults entertained and engaged as well. The museum is located on an easily accessible plot of land spanning the Charles River between Cambridge and Downtown Boston, and has plenty of parking.
Fenway Park Tour
Tour the historic ballpark with the whole family! Learn about the history of Fenway Park, the Red Sox, and Boston in a behind the scenes tour of the stadium. Make sure not to wear Yankees gear if you have any, because you’ll be the butt of every joke on the whole tour. If you didn’t already know where it is, the park is located in the Fenway/Kenmore area. Any Bostonian will happily give you directions.
Hop aboard a fun and fast catamaran and get to the whales quickly. It’s always nice to spend a day on the water, and adding family and whale-watching makes it even better. The boats feature three decks so everyone on board gets the best view possible. There is also a spacious, indoor, climate-controlled cabin with cushioned seats, tables, and available snacks and drinks. Take the Blue Line “T” to the Aquarium stop. Tickets for whale-watching are available at Long Wharf in Boston’s hip Seaport District.
The Franklin Park Zoo
Take the family to see some exotic animals up close. The Franklin Park Zoo features the most intimate gorilla exhibit in the whole world where you can see the famous baby gorilla Kambiri! Zoo guests also love the Lion exhibit and the recreated savannah with giraffes and zebras. Located in Franklin Park next to Dorchester, the zoo is easy to get to by car or mass transit.