The Best Ways to Experience Boston with Babies, Toddlers & Young Children

The Hub. Beantown. America’s Walking City. Patriots territory. Home of Fenway Park. Boston is truly an American Idol and is a great city to explore with little ones! There is so much history to see; so much food to eat; so many places to walk! We’ve come up with a list of unique ways to experience the New England city with babies, toddlers and kiddos.

Check these off your Boston to do list and you’ll be “wicked” happy you did!

The best food experiences in Boston for young kids.

full moon restaurant in boston

Boston has amazing food throughout the city; so parents and kids alike will love to explore all the foodie options. Craving some New England seafood? Checkout Legal Sea Foods Harborside location. The kids will love the views of the harbor and rumor has it, they can practice their fishing skills in the restaurant! Full Moon in Cambridge is made for families. They even have a play space for kiddos as part of their restaurant! Their brunch menu has Green Eggs and Ham as an option — Dr. Seuss approved.

One of our very own, local Quality Providers in Boston highly recommends an Ice Cream Tour (in addition to other things!). Yes. You heard it right! Ice. Cream. Tour.

JP Licks ice cream parlor in Boston

Rachel and Josh Silverman, BabyQuip Quality Providers, say, “We love the Boston area all the time, but particularly in the summer! If your kids are old enough to enjoy a baseball game, we love the Red Sox, of course, but also the Pawsox – soon to be the Worcester Woo Sox. Taking an ice cream tour is good for any age! Crescent Ridge near us in Sharon, Richardson’s up North, J.P. Licks in between, and FoMu, for the non-dairy eaters among us, are our favorites. And the do-not-miss Boston summer time experience are the fireworks on the Esplanade for the Fourth of July. The best way to watch these is to rent a boat from Charles River Kayak and paddle downtown. We did it twice before we had kids and we still talk about it. We can’t wait until our kids are able to stay up late enough to take them!”

Boston history that excites even the youngest of kids.

the uss constitution ship in boston

Boston goes all the way back to about 1630, so needless to say, it has a ton of history! The USS Constitution, the oldest warship still floating, is super neat to see and there’s lots of interactions for little ones. You can’t go wrong with The Freedom Trail. You’ll basically get to see all of the super important historical sites and the beauty of the Boston streets at the same time! Make sure to wear walking shoes, bring (or rent) a stroller, and use a front pack for baby.

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Walking throughout Boston is easy.

tad pole park and playground in boston

As mentioned above, definitely bring your tennis shoes and be prepared to take you kiddos walking! Boston is a very dense city, so you can pretty much walk from neighborhood to neighborhood and catch all the sites in between. Take a stroll in the North End; that way you can burn off some of those Italian sweets. Or walk along the Charles River or Harbor to get some views of the local waterways. Wherever you stroll, make sure to stop and check out small, local shops or restaurants; there are tons of unique gems in the city. You may also run into one of the over 350 playgrounds and parks in the city!

Plan your trip to Boston around your favorite season.

arnold arboretum in boston

Boston has all four, super traditional, New England seasons. Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. In the Fall, visit Arnold Arboretum at Harvard to take in the fall colors. In the winter, head to the Boston Common for some sledding, or put baby in the front pack and do some holiday shopping at The Shops at Prudential Center.

image courtesy of Erin Kim

Erin Kim, local Boston mommy and Instagrammer, @themommingwork, says, “I tend to think about Boston activities “by season”…in the Spring or Summer, we love to take our family out for a sunny adventure on the Swan Boats. The boat ride lasts about 20 minutes and costs $4 for adults and $2.50 for children. After, you can enjoy a beautiful walk around the Public Garden and take pictures near the iconic “Make Way for Ducklings” statues in honor of the well-loved book by Robert McCloskey. If you’re celebrating a special event, simply walk across the street and enjoy brunch or lunch at The Four Seasons Hotel, that we have found to be very family friendly over the years!”

On your mark, get set, go…enjoy your Boston adventure! Have a frappe with the kids (Boston slang for milkshake), take a ride on the T, and ask for extra “jimmies” (sprinkles) on your ice cream. Cheers!

1 Comment

  1. Betsy Kelso

    January 22, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Okay, I’ve never heard of an ice cream tour. I am definitely doing this the next time I visit my parents in Boston.

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