If you are looking for a vacation that offers a look into early American history or just some fun family bonding time, Boston is a great place to visit. There are options for families with children of all ages and interests. Here are just a few:
This hands-on museum of living history, physical activities, and old-fashioned science is great for the little ones. It is best for children up to age nine; after that it will not hold their interest. The museum is a great way for kids to have fun and blow off some steam while learning at the same time.
This is a walking tour company who offers packages designed for specific age groups that range from “Boston by Little Feet” and “Literary Landmarks” to “Road to Revolution” and “The Dark Side of Boston.” Of course, there are other touring companies, and there is always the option to do your own walking tour. You just need to do some reading and research so you know where to go and the history behind the things you see.
This is a free option that will appeal to nearly all ages. There are paddle boats, statues, and beautiful grounds to roam around. One best known statues comes from a beloved children’s book, Make Way for Ducklings, while the other is of George Washington. Both may spark a great teachable moment with your kids.
If anyone in the family is a baseball fan, this stop is a must. While it may not teach your family about the American Revolution, it is packed with sports history. This park has been in operation since 1912 and the scoreboard is still run by hand. There are daily tours to help the history come alive. If you plan ahead, you could even watch a game.
Small children may not have studied this yet in school, but for those who have, seeing the actual steeple where Paul Revere hung the famous lanterns to warn of the British soldiers arriving will energize their imaginations. That boring old guy who lived and died so long ago won’t seem so ancient, since the buildings are still there. You may even be able to catch a re-enactment.
This is the ultimate history walk. It is two and a half miles long, so keep this in mind when it comes to the kids. It is a straight line, rather than a loop, so you will also have to walk back, unless you find transportation. The Freedom Trail Foundation offers several themed tours such as “Pirates and Patriots,” “African-American Patriots,” “Revolutionary Women,” and the “Historic Pub Crawl” (which may not be suitable for children). There are also maps and self-guided tours available online.
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