Kids Entertainment Tour in Boston, Boston (Self Guided)

When it comes to the best entertainment for kids, Boston's got a winning combination: Swan boats, fresh ice cream, unique plants and animals, delicious cookies and much more. There's also the chance to make learning fun with the use of hands-on science exhibits. Take our Kids Entertainment Tour to discover the most fun you can have in Boston.
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Guide Name: Kids Entertainment Tour in Boston
Guide Location: USA » Boston (See other walking tours in Boston)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Author: anna
Flour Bakery

1) Flour Bakery

If you're keen on freshly-baked crunchy baguettes, raisin-stuffed brioche, mouth-watering double chocolate truffle tarts, or custom-cut salads and sandwiches, then Flour Bakery & Cafe is your place! “Simple pleasures are the best,” they say, and at Flour they certainly prove this axiom on a daily basis. Just be careful not to overeat yourself, as a warm muffin and a cafe au lait in the morning, topped up by cheesy polenta with spicy tomato sauce and potato torte for lunch can indeed be spoiling. Best give it one bite at a time, or take some away and enjoy it back home. 4 times a winner of the Best of Boston award, Flour Bakery & Cafe enjoys a reputation that goes far and wide.
Boston Children's Museum

2) Boston Children's Museum (must see)

A child lives inside all of us and the best way to let it out is by visiting the Boston Children’s Museum for the afternoon. This fantasyland museum was founded on the Children’s Wharf of Fort Point Channel in 1913 with the aim to educate and amuse Boston’s young ones.

There are numerous permanent exhibitions where hands-on experience is the order of the day, unlike most museums where the goodies are behind glass or roped off areas. The Arthur and Friends section is great fun with all the characters from Mark Brown’s books and TV series. You – rather your children, of course! – can learn and play in the Read Family Kitchen or the Backyard Sleepover.

The Art Studio is for both parents and children and you can make clay models or do finger-painting. On The Common you will enjoy the light shows or playing musical chairs; there’s also a huge chess game where children play the chess pieces.

In the Construction Zone you can have a ride on a Bobcat, play with trucks or jackhammers just like real builders. The Japanese House is a real-life house from Kyoto and here you can learn about Japanese life and culture. Kid Power is where you’ll get lessons on healthy eating and the importance of daily exercise.

When you’ve finished your visit you can stock up on reusable items in the Recycle Shop, which sells plastic bottles, paper and fabrics along with books to teach your child how to use these items for arts and crafts decorations. Don’t forget to stop off at the Hood Milk Bottle in front of the museum for a delicious ice-cream just to round the afternoon off.

Why You Should Visit:
Great place to entertain kids up to 12 years with various fun learning activities and installations.
There are three floors and several rooms worth of fun stuff; there's even a separate, special room for tots.

$1 admission on Friday nights (between 5-9pm)!
Bring snacks for the children and yourself; also an extra shirt.
Consider buying tickets online ahead of time to skip the line!

Opening Hours:
Sat-Thu: 10am-5pm; Fri: 10am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
New England Aquarium

3) New England Aquarium (must see)

The New England Aquarium in Boston is one of the most prominent and popular public aquariums in the United States. Founded in 1969 on the city's waterfront, it is considered one of the first modern public aquariums and is credited with revolutionizing the modern aquarium experience for visitors through its emphasis on a more natural setting for aquatic life. In addition to the main aquarium building, attractions at the New England Aquarium include the Simons IMAX Theatre and the New England Aquarium Whale Watch, which operates from April through November. Located in the central open atrium of the main building, the principal feature of the Aquarium is the Giant Ocean Tank, a cylindrical 200,000-gallon tank simulating a Caribbean coral reef. This tank houses sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, eels, barracuda, and many smaller reef-living fish. In front of the Aquarium is a harbor seal exhibit.

Why You Should Visit:
A great place to see the fishes and sea creatures of all kind up close and personal.
The unique layout with a huge penguin pool on the ground floor is a standout feature.
Another nice feature is that you can go in and out for the day so you can eat elsewhere.

Arrive early and pre-order your tickets to beat the crowds inside & out!
Upon entering, go to the right, take the elevator to the top, then work your way down, as this lets you get away from the crowd.
You could spend a whole afternoon here, but if you don't have that kind of time, visit the harbor seals in the outdoor tank for free.
There's also a nice boardwalk out back where you can sit and watch the planes land and take off from Logan Airport.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun: 9am-6pm (Sep-Jun); Sun-Thu: 9am-6pm; Fri-Sat: 9am-7pm (Jul-Aug)
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of Science

4) Museum of Science (must see)

The Museum of Science (MoS) is a science museum and indoor zoo in Boston, Massachusetts, located in Science Park, a plot of land spanning the Charles River. Along with over 700 interactive exhibits, the museum features a number of live presentations throughout the building every day, along with shows at the Charles Hayden Planetarium and the Mugar Omni Theater, the only domed IMAX screen in New England. The museum is also an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is home to over 100 animals, many of which have been rescued and rehabilitated from various dangerous situations.

The museum's Theater of Electricity contains the world's largest Van de Graaff generator, designed by Dr. Robert J. Van de Graaff himself and donated by MIT in 1956. The Current Science & Technology Center's live presentations are in a constant state of development, keeping up with the cutting edge of science & technology news, and offering several very informative and interesting "Updates in Science & Technology" presentations every day. Across from the Museum's gift shop lies a 24-hour Foucault pendulum.

Why You Should Visit:
Many in-house exhibits, like electric and mathematics, are outstanding.
The limited-time annual special exhibitions are often grand and elaborated.
The shows change and there is enough variety that you can see a lot of things and not get bored.
The interactive exhibits are a big hit with kids & adults, and the gift shop has some really cool items.

Go right when they open in the morning on weekends or visit during the week at an off-time (towards closing is less busy as well).
You might have to buy tickets online if you want to see a specific show (as well as save queuing), as they can sell out during busy times.
Oh, and make sure to stamp your hand when you enter so that you can go out and eat and return later.

Opening Hours:
Sat-Wed: 9am-5pm; Thu: 9am-3pm; Fri: 9am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
USS Constitution

5) USS Constitution (must see)

USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy. Named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America, she is the world's oldest floating commissioned naval vessel. Launched in 1797, Constitution was one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794.

Constitution's mission is to promote understanding of the Navy’s role in war and peace through active participation in public events and education through outreach programs, public access, and historic demonstration. The Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment Boston is responsible for planning and performing her maintenance, repair and restoration, keeping her as close to her 1812 configuration as possible. She is berthed at Pier 1 of the former Charlestown Navy Yard, at one end of Boston's Freedom Trail. The privately run USS Constitution Museum is nearby, located in a restored shipyard building at the foot of Pier 2.

Why You Should Visit:
To experience all the world's oldest commissioned warship has to offer.
You can't explore quite every nook and cranny, but you can explore most of them with a free guided tour.
The adjacent museum (admission with donation & valid ID) has great exhibits and a gift shop for souvenirs & snacks.

While you are there, visit the Navy Yard Visitor Center and the USS Cassin Young, a WW2 Fletcher-class destroyer.
If you have kids, make sure to go to the museum's second floor for interactive learning experiences.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Sun: 10am-4pm (USS Constitution); Daily: 9am-6pm (USS Constitution Museum)
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Boston, Massachusetts

Create Your Own Walk in Boston

Create Your Own Walk in Boston

Creating your own self-guided walk in Boston is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historical Cambridge Walking Tour

Historical Cambridge Walking Tour

If you're a history buff, the Cambridge district of Boston has a number of great historical architectural artworks to visit. Inside the walls of these places you can see history in action and find some great stuff that's not in the history books. Take our tour to discover the amazing facts and sights of Cambridge.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Boston Famous Historical Sites Tour

Boston Famous Historical Sites Tour

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the USA. Its beginnings date back to September 1630 as the "City on a Hill". Through the centuries, the city has witnessed many historical turns of events such as the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Lexington and Concord, and the Battle of Bunker Hill. All left marks not only in Boston's history but also on the architectural structure of the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

With its many historical landmarks and modern artworks, Boston is a city with a unique image. Mementos of Boston's heroes and memorials to world-changing events are found here, as well as some fine examples of art in the open. Take this orientation walk to see the biggest and best sights of Boston.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Boston Shopping Areas Tour

Boston Shopping Areas Tour

Boston is one of the top shopping destinations in the US northeast, with plenty of interesting stores to visit. You'll even find high class shops, stores inside historical buildings and places where bargaining is still in practice. Take our tour to experience the best shopping the city has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Boston Places of Worship Tour

Boston Places of Worship Tour

Boston's many great churches are among the most precious of the city's numerous architectural jewels. What makes these artworks special are their unique styles, elegant facades and centuries of history. Take our tour and experience these must-see wonders of Boston.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Cultural Walk in Boston

Cultural Walk in Boston

Through Boston's many theaters, cinemas, museums, art galleries, and concert halls, you can discover another side to this great city. Some of these cultural venues date as far back as the beginning of the 20th Century, and how well a show is received by audiences here can often determine whether it will succeed on Broadway. Take our tour to see the best artistic parts of the city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.7 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Boston for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Boston has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Boston's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Boston CityPASS or GO Boston Card.

A city pass combines all or multiple Boston's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip lines at major attractions, thus saving your precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Boston hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Boston Omni Parker House Hotel, The Bostonian Boston, Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Boston, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Boston typically costs somewhere between US$35 and US$80 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off trolley to enjoy sightseeing of Boston in comfort listening to a live on-board commentary from a local expert, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route as often as you like. The tickets are valid for one or two days.

- Pack your “very best of Boston” experience in just one day with the help of a fully narrated sightseeing tour covering all of the city's key historic attractions, including those in the neighboring Massachusetts cities of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord, dating back to the times of the American Revolutionary War.

- Feel the spirit of Boston on a guided, 2-hour walk through the Downtown area on the popular Freedom Trail visiting the locations of great historical importance for the United States. If you're a history buff, this tour is definitely for you!

- Summon your guts and sense of adventure to dig deep into the ghastly side of Boston on a scary, yet fun and informative frightseeing tour set to bring light to some of the darkest corners of the city and relay the stories of the unfortunate souls and sinister characters that once walked the streets of Boston.

- Pedal your way around Boston on a 3-hour educational and fun bike tour to appreciate the city's most spectacular sights while stopping at some of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning interesting facts about the attractions en route from a knowledgeable group leader.

- Spend another three hours in a most tasteful way on a walk led by an expert guide to explore the culinary scene of Boston. Along with the freshest seafood food and other delights, you will acquaint yourself with Boston's Little Italy, learn the history of this neighborhood and some fascinating facts about its most favorite dishes.

Day Trips

If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Boston, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Cambridge, Lexington and Concord, New England coast, Salem, Martha's Vineyard, or Plimoth. For as little as circa US$50+ to US$105 per person you will get a chance to discover several nearby Massachusetts cities that left mark in the American history, stand on the legendary battlefield and visit other locations that played a prominent role in the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars, capture the beautiful scenery of the New England coast replete with postcard-worthy beaches, harbors, wetlands, rugged cliffs and lighthouses, travel along the rocky coast of Maine to one of the most iconic lighthouses in the U.S., learn the fascinating history of the Salem Witch Trials, see the birthplace of the American Navy, explore Boston's original Martha's Vineyard, or step back in time for a glimpse of life of the Pilgrims back in the 1600s with a chance to interact with the costumed actors reenacting the Pilgrims' daily chores in the English colony. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Boston and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach to the destination of your choice and back again.