Boston City Highlights

Published on March 07, 2022 - Updated on March 07, 2022

If you are looking for a city that offers pretty much everything, look no further than Boston. The city's historical past and vibrant present-day blend seamlessly to make this a great location for a family visit. From museums and aquariums to parks and walking trails, there is a multitude of sights and activities for your family when visiting the city. Check out our local Boston ambassador favorites below!

Boston City Highlights and Local Favorites

Stone Zoo

149 Pond St, Stoneham, MA 02180


Stone Zoo is located just outside the city! The zoo has a wonderful nature play area across from the Snow Leopard Exhibit, where various play structures and toys are meant to connect kids with their natural surroundings.

New England Aquarium

1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110


Another favorite is the New England Aquarium. The middle of the building features a large, cylindrical tank, four levels tall, called the Giant Ocean Tank! You can walk all around it at different levels and explore the different kinds of fish. Kids also love the touch tanks where they can feel sea stars and anemones.

Museum of Science

1 Museum Of Science Driveway, Boston, MA 02114


This museum has a special way of catching the interest and imagination of people of all ages and is so huge that there is always something new to see and learn.

North Point Park Playground

6 Museum Way, Cambridge, MA 02141


North Point Park Playground is conveniently located just next door to the Museum of Science, making this a wonderful dual visit area. The park has beautiful river views, a playground, and a splash pad for the kids on a hot day.

Boston Children's Museum

308 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210


While in the Seaport district, head on over to the Boston Children's Museum. The two-tiered climbing structure right in the middle of the museum is a must for your climber! 

Esplanade Walking/Running Path

Charles River, Esplanade, Boston, MA 02116


This walking path is located along the Charles River is perfect for your stroller run/walks or scooter with your children. While there, the Esplanade playground is a must-stop to enjoy the large climbing structure, swings, and zip line!   

Walden Pond

915 Walden Street, Concord, MA


If you're looking for a walk that's a little less urban, visit Walden Pond. It is less than 30 minutes outside the city and has beautiful views and easy trails.

Crystal Springs Trail to Middlesex Fells

149 Pond St, Stoneham, MA 02180


Crystal Springs Trail is also a great trail to explore, especially with toddlers!

Boston Commons

139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111


When exploring Boston, you can't miss the Boston Commons and Boston Public Gardens! The Boston commons also has the Tadpole playground and Frogs Pond. There is always plenty to do during all different types of weather, from splashing in the water in the summer to ice skating in the winter. Don't forget to head over to the Boston Public Gardens (right next door) to take in the beautiful landscape and skyline. During the summer, a trip on the swan boats is a must!

Freedom Trail

Be sure to jump on the Freedom trail before leaving the Boston Commons, as well! It's a 2.5-mile trail that leads you to historic sites across the city from Boston Commons all the way to Bunker Hill. There are nearby transit stops along most of the trail, making it easy to turn around whenever you want. Even if you can only walk a short portion of the trail, you and your kids will get some energy out and learn something new.

Sweet Treats in Boston

When exploring a new city, it's always fun to try out their best ice cream! And, of course, there is no better way to cool down after an adventurous day outside with the kids!


119 Seaport Blvd Suite B, Boston, MA 02210


Taiyaki in Seaport is another family favorite. Kids like their fish-shaped ice cream cones and yummy ice cream.

J.P. Licks

Locations across Boston


J.P. Licks has locations across the city and in the surrounding areas, so it's likely that you'll be near one. It's always delicious!

Have you been to Boston? Does your family live in this vibrant, historical city? Let us know what your favorite local spots are in the comments below! Or tag us in your photos on Instagram @gethappyly for a chance to be featured!

Interested in other amazing cities around the U.S.? We've got a whole bunch of local-recommended spots in major (and not major!) cities across the country. Check out our blog for great advice on cities like Chicago, Denver, Maui, Chattanooga, and more! Or, if you are interested in getting information about taking the family to the national parks, we've got some great tips on Saguaro National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Haleakala National Park, and Mt. Rainier National Park!

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