Family-Friendly Destination Via Plane: Boston
One of the oldest cities in America, Boston is awash in historical significance and claims many firsts — the first lighthouse, subway, library, university and public school in America, for example. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call from his Boston machine shop. You can explore these and many other well-preserved historic sites Boston has to offer.
Join actors in period costumes to relive the Boston Tea party by dumping tea overboard one of the authentically restored tea ships at Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. Lace up your sneakers and walk The Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile red path that leads to 16 American Revolution sites including the Paul Revere House, USS Constitution and Bunker Hill Monument. Follow costumed guides representing the 18th century on a 90-minute tour or venture out on your own. Download The Freedom Trail Official App for more guidance.
Boston Children's Museum features high-tech, hands-on art, culture and science experiences. Kids can ride a Bobcat in the Construction Zone or scale a three-story structure made of flowing, curved platforms at New Balance Climb. Kids can also sit in musical chairs, dance on a lighted dance floor and play a gigantic chess game at The Common.
Situated along the Charles River, the Museum of Science houses hundreds of interactive exhibits along with shows in the Charles Hayden Planetarium and IMAX movies in the Mugar Omni Theatre. Budding architects and engineers can design, build and test a prototype, and young biologists will enjoy The Hall of Human Life.
When your children have had their fill of history and museums, author Eileen Ogintz suggests in her book "The Kids' Guide to Boston" a visit to the Charles Bank Playground near the Museum of Science, or head to the public garden adjacent to Boston Common to ride the famous Swan Boats. For more ideas, go to bostonusa.com.
Airport 411: Boston likes kids, and it becomes clear the moment you arrive at Boston Logan International Airport. There is a special area with kids in mind. Kidport is an aviation-themed play area featuring climbing structures and slides where kids can burn off energy while parents relax. The airport is conveniently located with great access to mass transit. To get to your hotel, just jump on the subway, affectionately called "The T."