Huzzah! Boston – The Perfect Family Vacation

Boston is not only a family friendly walking city but one filled with delicious restaurants and beautiful parks. It’s the epitome of the perfect family destination.

The Mint Chip Mama - Huzzah! Boston - The Perfect Family VacationThe Mint Chip Mama - Huzzah! Boston - The Perfect Family Vacation

My love of Boston began as a teenager when I visited the city with camp. I remember many of the things we did but my favorite memory was of the Boston Duck Tours. It was not an accident that this was our first stop (opting for the 9:30am tour to take advantage of their Early Duck Discount)!

The Mint Chip Mama - Huzzah! Boston - The Perfect Family Vacation

These amphibious city tours introduce you to the history and layout of Boston from a witty costumed ConDUCKtor. But the highlight comes when you suddenly find your vehicle driving into the Charles River! The tour continues afloat giving you a completely different perspective of the city. Even cooler – once coasting along evenly, you can take a turn steering the boat! It’s not hard to see why this tour has remained one of Boston’s most popular attractions since 1994. As an added bonus, with each purchased ticket you get some great city wide discounts.

The Mint Chip Mama - Huzzah! Boston - The Perfect Family Vacation

Our next stop was the Boston Tea Party Museum. This single historic event sparked my son’s interest so much that it was the impetus for this trip. Know what? It was awesome. The tour began with a very spirited reenactment of the events that led up to dumping 340 cases of tea into Boston Harbor in 1773. Next, we stormed the British ships and had a chance to throw “tea” overboard ourselves while hollering revolutionary fighting words (a big hit with my kids). The tour concluded with a multi-media presentation about the aftermath. We finished in the gift shop which was correctly described on their website as curated for a history buff.

The Mint Chip Mama - Huzzah! Boston - The Perfect Family Vacation

The crown jewel of the Boston Tea Party Museum was her cafe – Abigail’s Tea Room. Besides serving lunch and the tea blends from 1773 (to drink, not throw) there were period dressed staff chatting with guests and teaching kids how to play old time games. But my favorite part was the terrace and her view of Boston Harbor.

The Mint Chip Mama - Huzzah! Boston - The Perfect Family Vacation

Our next stop was the Boston Children’s Museum – big enough to fill a few hours but not too big that it felt overwhelming. My boys absolutely loved it. For them – the highlight was the very interactive Construction Zone. But for me it was the KidStage Live improv show which were hysterical. We loved the first one so much we went back for the second one! This museum is great for kids eight and below.

The Mint Chip Mama - Huzzah! Boston - The Perfect Family Vacation

With its harbor side location, it’s no surprise that Boston has an award winning aquarium. From the Shark and Ray Touch Tank, to the sprawling penguin exhibit, to the Animal Encounters, to the 200 gallon Giant Ocean Tank, The New England Aquarium is not to be missed. My personal favorite was Myrtle, the GIANT sea turtle.

The Mint Chip Mama - Huzzah! Boston - The Perfect Family Vacation

I love visiting cities because their indoor attractions are usually coupled with an equal amount of fantastic outdoor attractions. Since Boston has the oldest park in the country – Boston Common, I knew we would be pleased.

The Mint Chip Mama - Huzzah! Boston - The Perfect Family Vacation

With so much history in one place, a walking tour of The Freedom Trail must be part of your itinerary. With three young kids, I wanted to find one that would appeal to them and ward off boredom. My research brought me to Boston By Little Feet, a daily tour geared to the 6-11 crowd. It was perfect.

The Mint Chip Mama - Huzzah! Boston - The Perfect Family Vacation

Next up was my daughter’s choice and naturally as an overachieving first child she chose a tour of Harvard. Our fun, fact filled Hahvahd Walking Tour was led by a current student who taught us the history of the school, debunked some popular myths, and led us in the footsteps of some famous alumni. We loved walking around the beautiful campus and popping in to all the little stores in Harvard Yard. There is something so special about a college town. Ah, the memories… Naturally my daughter chose a “future freshman” shirt as her souvenir. 

The Mint Chip Mama - Huzzah! Boston - The Perfect Family Vacation

We also visited Martin’s Park at The Smith Family Waterfront located next to the Boston Children’s Museum. Perfectly located near some great dining, my kids burnt off their pre-dinner energy while my husband and I enjoyed a much needed sit. No one even noticed we were waiting for a table (#efficient).

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No Boston conversation would be complete without the beautiful Swan Boats and a visit to Boston Public Garden. This was a great relaxing stop that provided a beautiful view and some prime picture taking. Also located here is the famous bench where Robin Williams talks to Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting.

The Mint Chip Mama - Huzzah! Boston - The Perfect Family Vacation

When visiting a city, a centrally located hotel is pivotal to me. The Boxer Hotel was the perfect choice. This boutique hotel was walking distance to everything, had an incredibly helpful staff, a car valet, and one of the most delicious hotel breakfasts I’ve had in recent years. I would return there in a heartbeat. A note about our journey from Long Island to Boston: Since we like water more than traffic, we decided to take the Cross Sound Ferry from Orient Point to Bridgeport, Connecticut. This was a wonderful way to travel. We then stopped at the Edaville Family Theme Park, home of the famous Thomas the Tank Engine amusement park, enroute to Boston. While not the most direct route North, it was a great way to add a few more fun things into our trip and break up the car ride. I highly recommend all of it.

The Mint Chip Mama - Huzzah! Boston - The Perfect Family Vacation

This trip was just fabulous. The weather was beautiful, the kids were engaged, there was plenty of walking, but also plenty of sitting. Delicious food, a nice hotel, and big fat smiles, what else does one need?

The Mint Chip Mama - Huzzah! Boston - The Perfect Family Vacation

Complimentary or discounted admission was given to several of the attractions listed above in exchange for an honest review. 

 

Published by The Mint Chip Mama

Stacey Gish Wallenstein created The Mint Chip Mama blog in 2013 to share her love and passion for giving children meaningful life experiences and helping moms like her navigate the challenges and benefits of raising children in the New York metropolitan area. Before becoming a full-time mom in 2010, Stacey spent the better part of the preceding decade as a high-end customer relationship management (CRM) professional for some of the most well-known brands in the hotel, luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, such as Harrah’s Entertainment, Chanel and Christian Dior, Inc. She managed customer loyalty programs for thousands of clients around the country and created social media strategies for a span of industries including healthcare services, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, local attractions and retail locations. After 13 wonderful years in Manhattan (the last three of which spent as a city mom), Stacey and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014, where they now reside with their three children (10, 6, and 4). There, she is a founding member of her local Parenting Center, which provides classes and coordinates events designed to educate and inform parents while fostering an environment of support and friendship within the community. Stacey is also an active PTA member (and former president) as well as a Girl Scout troop leader. Her musings on motherhood, Manhattan, the suburbs, and more can be found here and on Facebook at The Mint Chip Mama. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stacey has been active in the New York area alumni organization for nearly twenty years, serving as a board member on the school’s University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York City. She also holds a Masters in Psychology from The New School in New York City. For more updates, follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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