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Boston

Founded in 1630, Boston is among the oldest cities in United States, and it’s here that the American Revolution really got going. Kids can see a bottle of tea from the Boston Tea Party, muskets and swords from the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Old North Church where two lanterns signaled the British on the move. Boston is also famous for baseball (the Boston Red Sox), basketball, swan boats and ducklings.

Boston Photo Album
    Freedom Trail
    Waterfront
    Boston Common and Public Garden
    Back Bay - Copley Square
    Fenway
    Harbor Islands
    Cambridge
   

Ride the T – The subway in Boston is called the "T," and it was the first subway built in the United States. Ride the Green line, the original subway lines, twisting and turning as it goes underground. Using the T is the easiest way to get around Boston, including Cambridge. Purchase a CharlieCard, good for both the T and buses.

    Harbor ferries – Ferries are an inexpensive way to take a boat ride and see Boston from the water. The Inner Harbor Ferry goes from Long Wharf (at the New England Aquarium) to Charlestown Navy Yard (and the USS Constitution). There are also commuter boats to Quincy and Hingham (children 11 and under are free). Pick up the ferries at Long Wharf or Rowes Wharf.
family hotels boston ma

Travel for Kids has so many fun things to do with kids in Boston, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels, all styles and price ranges, in neighborhoods that are comfortable for families, and near to places you'll want to explore:

Boston family hotels
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Buy a Go Boston Card for 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7 day pass for admission to – New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, Boston Children's Museum, MIT Museum, bike rentals, harbor cruises, and more. Savings for the whole family, customize the pass for attractions to see, and best of all, no waiting in lines:

Go Boston Card
Pick up a Duck Tour that goes on land and sea in an amphibious vehicle. Dip into the Charles River, then head into downtown Boston, around the Boston Common, Public Garden, Copley Square and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Lots of duck jokes, and you'll want to make advance reservations:
Boston Duck Tours
kids books boston
     
boston childrens books The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere  
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christopher Bing

"Listen, my children, and you shall hear/ Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere."

Fabulous collages illustrate this classic action-adventure poem, by Boston's own Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. (Picture book)

 

     
Midnight Rider
Joan Hiatt Harlow

It's 1775, and orphan Hannah Andrews is sent to work in the home of Thomas Gage, the British governor. There might be balls and picnics in the household, but Hannah, disguised as a boy, rides to warn the patriots. A super adventure, based on real events. (Chapter book)

 

 
Midnight Rider
     
 Emma's Journal  
Emma's Journal
Marissa Moss

On the eve of revolution, Emma comes to live in Boston with her aunt. The city is occupied by the British, so Emma learns to live with lack of food, drums beating, and how to send secret codes in hollow buttons. Like a long lost scrapbook, filled with personal details and drawings, this is a gem. (Illustrated chapter book)

 

     
Road to Revolution!
Stan Mack, Susan Champlin

High adventures of the American Revolution, in a cartoon-style format. Nick and Penny foil a plot before the Boston Massacre, help the wounded at Lexington and Concord, uncover a traitor and join the Battle of Bunker Hill. (Illustrated chapter book)

 

 
kids books boston Road to Revolution
     
what was the boston tea party
 
What Was the Boston Tea Party?
Kathleen Krull, Lauren Mortimer

Why was Boston harbor turned into a giant cup of tea? Read this exciting illustrated history of the men who protested against British rule in America, with photos and drawings. (Chapter book)

Also in the same series, a Paul Revere biography: Who Was Paul Revere?

 

     

Mystery adventure with clever young Ben Franklin in Boston. A crabby old lady has been poisoned, and her indentured servant, Patience Martin, is accused of theft. Can Ben and Patience track down the real culprit? (Chapter book)

 

 
boston kids mystery The Secret of the Sealed Room
     
The Mastermind Plot mystery kids boston
 
The Mastermind Plot
Angie Frazier

There's a mystery brewing when Suzanna comes to Boston to visit her grandmother. Who's stealing famous artworks all over town, and is someone in her family involved? Suzanna and cousin Will are way ahead of the local police investigation. (Chapter book)

 

     
F is for Fenway
Jerry Pallotta

Boston's historic ball park and home of the Red Sox, Fenway Park from from A to Z, with plenty of fascinating facts and detailed illustrations. "G is for Green Monster. You never know where the ball may fall when you're up against the wall." (Picture book)

 

 
F is for Fenway park baseball kids books boston
     
The Fenway Foul-Up mystery kids boston  
The Fenway Foul-Up
David A. Kelly, Mark Meyers

Kate and Mike are at Fenway Park to watch batting practice, but everything starts to go wrong when the lucky bat for Boston's star slugger is stolen. Can the kids find the culprit before the Red Sox lose the game? Mystery, plus fun facts and baseball lore. (Chapter book)

 

     
Make Way for Ducklings
Robert McCloskey

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard like the Public Garden, but it’s no place to hatch ducklings. The Charles River is the perfect spot to raise Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack. And when the time comes, Mrs. Mallard marches through Boston with her eight ducklings, right on into the Public Garden. An all-time favorite children's story. (Picture book)

 

  Make Way for Ducklings toddlers books boston
     
Journey Around Boston from A to Z  

Charming tour of Boston, past and present, with richly detailed illustrations, from duckling statues to sports teams, state capital, extraordinary museums, brick buildings, swan boats, and parks. (Picture book)

 

     
Boston: Panorama Pops
Charlotte Trounce

Open the box and fold out a colorful miniature cityscape of Boston – 12 different landmarks, such as the Public Garden, USS Constitution, Fenway Park, Museum of Fine Arts, State House, and fun facts about each landmark. (Mini book)

 

 
boston panorama pops
     
larry gets lost in boston  
Larry Gets Lost in Boston
John Skewes, Michael Mullin

Take a trip around Boston with Pete and his dog, Larry. When Larry gets lost at Quincy Market, he follows the Freedom Trail to the Old State House and Paul Revere's House, hops on a swan boat in the Public Garden, rides the green line to Fenway Park, sees lightning at the Museum of Science, and finds Pete at Bunker Hill. (Picture book)

 

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