So, you had kids, moved to the suburbs and now you find yourself missing Boston. Move back already! Just kidding, but we had to try… Rather than another morning or afternoon at the neighborhood playground why don’t you plan a few hours in Boston building a love of the city for your children. Sure, you can go to crowded museums with other people’s children… or, you can find an activity that may also keep you entertained as well! Check out these creative ideas:
Picnic in the Public Garden
Think of the ultimate luxury picnic experience right in the heart of Boston. This cute and casual activity gives you parents the opportunity to sit back and enjoy while the kids can run around in the park. Talk about a win – win! The whole afternoon can be arranged by local picnic companies like Little Palm Picnics, where each picnic is delicately decorated with custom farm tables, fresh flowers and greenery, classic charcuterie and pillow floor seating for up to 10 people! While you are there if you’re looking to have a classic Boston experience, take a ride on a Swan boat.
Tea at the Beacon Hill Bookstore
This neighborhood bookstore has been taking over social media by storm. Perfect for adults and kids alike, each detail in the cafe & store has been carefully designed. Whether you are grabbing a quick drink and pastry on the back patio, or sitting and enjoying a seated lunch in the café this is a perfect afternoon stop! You could even pair it with number 1 above!
Stroll & Shop at the SoWa Open Market
The SoWa Open Market is one of the largest open-air farmer and artist markets in Boston. With a variety of local vendors, from food + beverage trucks, to artist studios, galleries, to retail shops on the pedestrian-only Thayer Street, there is something for everyone in this artsy haven. Stop by 530 Harrison Ave on Sundays from 11-4 to check it out! Don’t miss it in the fall when it cranks up even more…
Watching the Planes from Castle Island
In the outer part of the inner Boston Harbor, Castle Island affords excellent views as well as a trip back in time. The historic fort from the 19th century is well preserved and mesmerizing to explore – inside and out. Moreover, the views from the walking trail that encircles the fort are hard to beat. Myriad modes of transportation will mesmerize both young and old – enormous cruise ships and container boats pass by along with tug boats, sail boats, ferries and motor boats. Above, planes make their final descent into Boston logan mere feet above the fort. The Castle Island Loop is 0.79-miles long, while the longer Pleasure Bay Loop stretches to 1.84-miles in length. If you’re looking to get even more active, bring a bike, roller blades, a fishing pole or even a kite surfing set up. Once you’re spent, you must refuel at Sullivan’s, a Boston classic which first opened in 1951, and serves burgers, dogs, ice cream and seaside fare.
Boston Harbor Night Cruise
If you’re looking for a nighttime activity that will stun the whole family, check out a Boston Harbor Night Cruise. Embark on a scenic ride along Boston Harbor. Take in the dazzling views of the city skyline, enjoy the cool breeze, and witness the city lights reflecting on the water. Plus, some cruises also offer live music or narrated tours!
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