A seasonally definitive guide to family-friendly fun in the Boston area

Thanks to its compact, historic neighborhoods and pleasant New England waterfronts, Boston is probably America’s greatest walking city. Similarly pedestrian-friendly cities such as Cambridge surround it, too.

This makes the Boston region especially easy to visit and to navigate with kids.

Other great metropolitan areas boast world-renowned museums, gorgeous green spaces, and zoos that keep kids coming back again and again. But in Boston and its surrounding region, everything is a bit more doable for families: The top sites are often clustered together or just a short ride away on the city’s subway, buses, and commuter rail.

And then there are the things you can only do in and around Boston: Ride on a swan boat in the middle of summer, visit a historic fort, reenact the Boston Tea Party. It all makes for great fun as a family, offering experiences that are both educational and entertaining.

We’ve mapped 23 of the best kid-friendly activities in the Boston region that will please locals and visitors alike. Know of something we missed? Leave a comment below. And be sure to check the websites and call the phone numbers for any special hours or offers.

Traveling to other cities with your kiddos? Don’t miss Curbed’s maps of the best family activities in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, New Orleans, Austin, and New York City.

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