Tourism is a joy when actually enjoyed, rather than rushing to get as much done in little time. Traveling with three young ones (well actually one is a teenager) I’ve learned to enjoy the travel, rather than stress over it. Here is how to enjoy Boston in a day with kids.
We spent a day in Boston playing tourist in summer of 2019 and here is what made me actually enjoy Boston in a day with kids:
a. Start with the ‘Freedom Trail’
I did not want to take a tour, or get a guide, who would rush us. I knew that with ‘hunger cries’ and ‘bathroom stops’, it would be useless for us anyhow. We instead downloaded the free Freedom Trail Podcast, and listened to it while we started the trail in Boston Common. The girls would rewind and listen to the parts they missed, and we decided how long we wanted to stay at a point. Worked out perfectly without getting anyone upset.
b. Not Every Point Of Interest Is ‘Interesting’
While we completed the trail, some points were more interesting than the others, and that is alright. Take your pick of the fascinating spot and enjoy it at your leisure. The girls especially liked spots where they could enjoy food and street performers. Choose what gets your kid excited, to dictate what spot you need to actually cover in your trip.
Some of the points of interest, which made us stop were..
The point of the first public school ☝️
Quincy market is of course the most favorite ☝️
The Boston Harbor was fascinating ☝️
And oh of course do check the information center at the Harbor. We actually stopped to enjoy the introduction to the owls in the area …
c. Relish The Stops
The girls especially enjoyed the street performers, the merry go round at the Harbor and the fountain.. more than the history tour. They made memories by sitting and eating, while talking about what they had seen. Kids enjoy more when they are allowed to talk about it.
d. Eat Lobster Roll!
Before even the day started, we had done our research for lunch spot. We four were absolutely clear what we wanted for lunch… LOBSTER! And we decided to use the opportunity to have the freshest and juiciest lobster roll at the Legal Seafood Restaurant, who have their own fresh catch of the day and price changes daily as per market standard. Needless to say, we left stuffed and happy.
And there you have it, this is how you enjoy Boston in a day with kids!
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