FIVE KID-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO WHE TRAVELING
With so many wonderful things for people of all ages to see and do, trying to create a list of only five that are just kid-oriented means leaving many great places and attractions out. That said, the suggestions below were selected because they are unique to Boston, have historical significance, or are just plain fun for the entire family. Following are five, fun kid-friendly things to do in the “Hub of the Universe”, Boston, Massachusetts:1. Walk the Freedom Trail – Boston was the birthplace of the American Revolution. Many of the most significant events leading up to the revolution happened in Boston, including the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and the Battle of Bunker Hill. The Boston Freedom Trail is a 2 ½-mile long walking path by sites of historical significance telling the story of the American Revolution and beyond. While the trail is fun to walk unguided, you may want to take one of the costumed guided tours to help make the trail come alive and to further entertain the kids.2. Visit Old Ironsides – The USS Constitution, “Old Ironsides,” is the oldest commissioned warship in the world. The 44-gun frigate was built in Boston and launched on October 21, 1797. She saw combat in the Quasi War with France (1798-1801), the Barbary Wars (1801-1805), and the War of 1812. The Constitution is in the Charlestown Navy Yard and is open for free guided tours year-round. It’s a great way to give kids a little history while seeing a really “cool” ship. The views of Boston Harbor are pretty nice too.3. Visit the Sports Museum of New England – If you have sports-minded children, the Sports Museum Of New England is the place for you. Located in Boston’s TD Garden, home to the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics, the museum not only pays tribute to New England’s legendary professional sports teams, but also has exhibits detailing other things such as the Boston Marathon, the Evolution of Women’s Basketball, and Olympic figure skating silver medalist, Nancy Kerrigan. The museum is a lot of fun for athletes and sports fans both young and old. If you and your family really like sports museums, we would be remiss if we did not mention that the Basketball Hall of Fame is an hour west of Boston in Springfield, MA, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame is a little more than an hour southwest of Boston in Newport, RI.4. Tour Fenway Park – Staying with a sports theme, you can tour one of Boston sport’s crown jewels –Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox and the oldest major league ballpark in the United States. When the Red Sox played their first game at Fenway on April 20, 1912, the sinking of the Titanic was still front-page news. And yes, that first game was against the New York Highlanders, now their arch-rivals, the New York Yankees. The Sox won that game 7-6 in 11 innings starting another Boston sports tradition, very long marathon games between the Red Sox and the Yankees. Tours of Fenway Park occur daily year-round.5. Take a Duck Tour – For a truly unique way to tour Boston, hop on an old World War II era amphibious truck. Boston Duck Tours operate a fleet of refurbished “DUKW” amphibious trucks to provide truly unique tours of Boston. The tours take visitors past over 20 significant sites in Boston and even head into the Charles River for great views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines. And yes, some visitors even get to drive when the Ducks are in the water.These are but a few of the many wonderful things for the young and young at heart in the City of Boston.About the AuthorThis article was written exclusively for Travel Shack by the editorial staff of Travel New England, a website about all of the wonderful things to see and do in the six New England states. Check out their site, blog, and photo gallery for more New England Vacation Ideas.The picture of Fenway Park is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under theCreative CommonsAttribution 2.0 Generic license.