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Family-Friendly Attractions

Discover Boston’s Best Family-Friendly Attractions

Boston offers a wide range of kid-friendly attractions and activities—from interactive museums and exciting sports venues, to lovely greenspaces filled with outdoor fun.

The walkable streets make it fun and easy to explore the city with your whole family. Boston is compact, so venturing out on foot is the best way to see and experience all the attractions. Visit our transportation page for a helpful guide to exploring Boston (and beyond) without a car.

Here are some of the best things to do in Boston with kids. All this, and more, is within 5-miles from our family-friendly hotel near Fenway Park.

Tip: Boston Duck Tours is a must for first-time visitors and families. Their tours provide an overview of the city’s top sights and attractions, providing you with fun facts and insights about all the places that make Boston such a unique and wonderful city. Plus, you’ll get a first-hand look at where everything is before venturing out with the little ones.


Boston’s Top Kid-Friendly Museums and Cultural Attractions

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE

Science Park – Museum of Science Driveway | 2.5 Miles

Located on the Charles River overlooking splendid views of Cambridge, the Museum of Science is among the largest science centers in the world, drawing over 1.3 million visitors each year. Founded in 1830, this iconic institution features more than 700 interactive exhibits, including the 12,000 sq.ft The Science Behind Pixar exhibition. The museum is also home to New England’s only IMAX Dome Screen, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, a butterfly garden, and a simulated 360-degree thrill ride.

 

NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM

Central Wharf | 3.2 Miles

The New England Aquarium is situated on Boston Harbor, offering visitors a true aquatic experience that is both educational and entertaining. The wide range of exhibits house thousands of sea creatures—from small blue penguins to giant Pacific octopi. The aquarium also boasts the largest shark tank on the East Coast, a 4-story coral reef, a tidepool touch tank, and a thriving sea turtle rescue program.

 

FANEUIL HALL

S Market St | 3 Miles

Faneuil Hall is a designated National Historic Landmark and has been a marketplace and meeting hall for over 275 years. Located steps from the waterfront in downtown Boston, the iconic festival marketplace occupies a 200,000 sq.ft. retail space with restaurants, pubs, shops, cobblestone promenades, and the renowned Quincy Market Colonnade. Adjacent to the marketplace is the Faneuil Hall visitor center (first floor) and Great Hall (second floor).

 

BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Congress St. | 4 Miles

Located just steps from the Tea Party Museum, Boston Children’s Museum is one of the oldest and most influential museums of its kind in the world. Designed for kids and families, museum exhibits include hands-on activities that focus on science, culture, health, arts and literacy, and environmental awareness.

 

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Huntington Ave | 1 Mile

Encompassing nearly 500,000 works of art, the MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world. More than 1 million visitors flock the museum each year to experience the wide array of art, special exhibitions, and educational programs. The museum also offers a variety of activities, classes, and workshops that are designed for families and little artists.

 

BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Boylston St. | 1.3 Miles

More than just a library, Boston Public Library is America’s first large free-lending library and holds 23 million items in its collection. The McKim building is a National Historic Landmark and includes a children’s room and sculpture garden.

 

BOSTON TEA PARTY SHIPS & MUSEUM

Congress Street Bridge | 4 Miles

TripAdvisor users voted the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum as the “Best Family Attraction in Boston,” but this is no ordinary museum. Visitors enjoy a fully-guided experience with live reenactments, historical interpreters, and interactive exhibits.

The museum is perched above the same body of water where the Boston Tea Party took place in 1773. As part of the tour, visitors take part in recreating the events of that historic day by dumping a chest of tea from aboard the deck of a ship.


Boston’s Top Sports and Entertainment Venues

FENWAY PARK

Yawkey Way | Walking Distance

One of the major league perks about staying at Hotel Commonwealth is that we’re mere steps from this landmark ballpark. Driving and parking can be a hassle during concerts and on game days, so our guests enjoy the convenience of staying within easy walking distance.

As the official hotel of the Boston Red Sox, we offer exclusive Red Sox hotel packages that are perfect for BoSox fans and families.

Visit our Fenway Park page for a list of upcoming games and summer concerts.

 

TD GARDEN

Legends Way | 3 Miles

Home of NHL’s Boston Bruins and NBA’s Boston Celtics, TD Garden is New England’s largest sports and entertainment arena. Following a complete, arena-wide renovation, this premier facility features state-of-the-art technology and no less than three private restaurants. Families and sport fans enjoy year-round entertainment—from ice hockey, wrestling, and basketball, to kids’ shows, concerts, and ice shows.

 

AGGANIS ARENA AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Commonwealth Ave | 1.2 Miles

Home of Boston University Men’s Ice Hockey team (The Terriers), Agganis Arena is a 290,000 sq. Ft. venue where concerts, sporting events, and family shows are held throughout the year.

Boston University boasts one of the most successful programs in NCAA history. They’ve won more than half of the Beanpots—an annual tournament played for Boston’s hockey bragging rights. Whether you’re visiting to catch a game or see your favorite artist, this venue will showcase an unforgettable experience.


Parks & Outdoor Activities in Boston

BOSTON COMMON

Tremont St | 1.8 Miles

Founded in 1634, Boston Common is the oldest park in America. Bordering Tremont, Beacon, Park, Charles, and Boylston Streets, this 50-acre urban greenspace provides a welcoming respite from the bustle of the city. Known by locals as “the Common,” the park is in the Emerald Necklace—a series of parks, greenways, and open spaces that wind through downtown and beyond.

Boston Common is a Popular Destination for:

  • Concerts and Outdoor Performances
  • Seasonal Festivities like Fourth of July Fireworks and Holiday Tree Lighting
  • Ice Skating at Frog Pond
  • Food Trucks
  • Boston Sightseeing Tours

 

BOSTON PUBLIC GARDEN

Charles St. | 1.6 Miles

Adjacent to Boston Common is America’s first public botanical garden. Established in 1837, Public Garden maintains many of the Victorian traditions seen in English garden landscapes.

Tree-lined pathways wind throughout the garden and weeping willows surround the shores of a scenic 3-acre pond. The park is dotted with fountains, monuments, and public art displays, and from April to September, the iconic Swan Boats glide around the pond.

 

THE LAWN ON D

D St. | 5 Miles

The Lawn on D is an interactive outdoor event space and the first venue of its kind in Boston. With public seating, lounge chairs, art exhibits, lawn games, and free Wi-Fi, this unique urban setting is the perfect place to relax, play, and enjoy a picnic. During the summer, the venue showcases movie screenings and live musical performances.

 

FREEDOM TRAIL

Access from Boston Common | 1.8 Miles

One of the best ways to experience the historic sites of Boston is by walking along the Freedom Trail. Maps, guide books, and itineraries are available for self-guided tours. Walking tours led by 18th century costumed guides are fun, informative, and perfect for families. There are 16 significant historical sites along the way and many more just steps from the trail.


Stay at Hotel Commonwealth Near Fenway Park

Situated in Kenmore Square—just a fly ball Fenway Park, Hotel Commonwealth is a hub for travelers who love staying near a wide range of attractions and amusements. If you’re traveling with kids, our location makes it easy to keep your whole family happily entertained.

Explore our Boston hotel packages for exclusive offers specially curated for families and sports fans.