Take the kids to Boston this summer for a fun-filled mini break. From vintage carousels to island picnics, and children’s museums to a Red Sox baseball game, there is plenty to keep them entertained
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Boston Children's Museum
Famous for being a walkable city, with easy access to museums, ferries and green spaces, Boston is the ideal family destination. Start your weekend by strolling through the Public Garden, a mere 10-minutes from Mandarin Oriental, Boston, and have the little ones track down the iconic Make Way for Ducklings bronze statues at the corner of Charles and Beacon Streets. Stop for a ride on the Swan Boats, which have been family-operated at the Public Garden since 1877, and enjoy a gentle tour around the pond.
The Greenway Carousel
For a bit of local history, head to the North End and visit the Paul Revere House to see how the patriot (and his 16 children) lived at the time of his infamous ‘midnight ride’ during the American Revolution. After a short tour of this historic home, stop for lunch in the Italian neighbourhood, followed by goodies from Mike's Pastry shop. In the North End, you are close to the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a grassy park that is home to the vintage-style, 36-seat Greenway Carousel featuring 14 different carved animals native to Boston, including the peregrine falcon, harbor seal and lobster. Take a ride on the carousel before heading to the nearby Boston Children's Museum for exhibits, art classes and mini performances, including KidStage plays. There is also a science playground, which is open daily. Close by, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum provides an exciting venue for children to learn more about the history of the city through enticing holographic displays, short films and tea-throwing re-enactments.
A public art installation in Boston
The entire family will enjoy taking advantage of the city’s warm summer weather with a 45-minute, open-air ferry ride from Long Wharf to Georges Island, one of Boston Harbor’s many islands where you can explore the Civil War-era Fort Warren, before picnicking in view of the Boston skyline. Make a whole day out of your islands visit and you’ll have time to head to Spectacle Island after lunch (a short water-taxi ride from Georges) to search for shells and smooth pieces of sea glass along the shore.
The Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park
No Boston visit is complete without taking in a Red Sox game at historic Fenway Park. The 104-year-old baseball park, situated in the heart of the city, offers games throughout the summer and early autumn, including weekend matinees. Wally’s Clubhouse, a family fun zone featuring games and activities, is open between the third and seventh innings when the Red Sox are home. Fenway Park’s small size (relative to that of other baseball parks) makes it manageable for families and its little-changed appearance since it opened in 1912 ensures you get a true taste of Boston. If you can’t make a game, opt for a one-hour tour of the historic park, where you can see the ‘Green Monster’ outfield wall, step into the dugouts, and peek behind the scoreboard, which is still operated by hand.