Boston is a great city for families of all ages. Full of charm, historical treasures, top notch museums, great food, and accents that are wicked cool—It’s a perfect weekend getaway destination.
Where to Stay
Centrally located in Boston’s historic Back Bay, The Fairmont Copley Plaza is across the street from Copley Square—which houses Trinity Church, is just steps away from the Boston Public Library, and close to the Freedom Trail. Staying there offers a taste of old world Boston charm with modern luxury.
The hotel restaurant & lounge, OAK Long Bar + Kitchen, is an American brasserie style restaurant that offers great food and atmosphere. We recommend eating there for breakfast before sightseeing (highlight: your own cast iron skillet of bacon!)
And even better than the gorgeous hotel and services, the best part of staying at The Fairmont Copley is Catie and Carly Copley, the hotel’s adorable Canine Ambassadors. The sweet Black Labs are stationed in the hotel lobby, where they like to greet guests when not napping. Want to take the dogs for a walk? Just ask! The concierge will hand you the leash and you’re off. There’s even a children’s book about Catie Copley and adorable stuffed animal keepsakes to take home. The Copley canines were, by far, a highlight of our trip for my girls.
Another great hotel option is the Boston Marriott Long Wharf, located right next to the New England Aquarium and very close to the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Boston, aka “America’s Walking City,” is easily enjoyed on foot, but for sightseeing all around Beantown, get around like the locals do on the “T,” aka the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority system of subway, boats, buses, and a commuter rail.
If you’re going to be doing a lot of sightseeing, we highly recommend buying the Boston CityPass, which gives you admission to four must-see tourist attractions in Boston and a savings of $42.95 per adult and $23.95 per kid ages 3–11. Another perk? Your CityPass allows you to skip most of the lines.
1) New England Aquarium: The Aquarium’s centerpiece is a stunning, four-story Caribbean coral reef teeming with hundreds of tropical reef animals. The Penguinology exhibit is a must see.
2) Museum of Science: With more than 700 interactive exhibits, this is a science lovers dream. There are many interactive hands-opportunities, making it perfect for families with kids young and old.
3) Museum of Fine Arts: The MFA has the finest collection of Monets outside of Paris, treasures from Egypt and the ancient world, a great Contemporary Art collection, and more. The MFA offers Art Connections activity cards and many family art programs. Bonus: The Garden Cafeteria offers great food in a family friendly environment.
4) Skywalk Observatory: Located on the 50th floor of the Prudential Center, the Skywalk Observatory gives you the best look of Boston. Go at night for a breathtaking view.
There are so many great dining options in Boston, but we’ll offer two family-friendly recommendations:
1) Kids will love the food court at Quincy Market in Faneuil Hall Marketplace, offering over 36 international food vendors.
2) Jasper White’s Summer Shack is a casual restaurant that offers excellent seafood, fried chicken, burgers and a great beer and wine selection.
Our mini getaway to Boston was one of our favorite family trips and we plan to go back again to enjoy the many other great activities Boston offers.