How To Spend a Day Out With the Family in Boston

A guide in traditional costume stands in front of the Old Statehouse on the Freedom Trail in Boston
A guide in traditional costume stands in front of the Old Statehouse on the Freedom Trail in Boston | © Goss Images / Alamy Stock Photo
Boston is a great city for families, with plenty of kid-friendly restaurants, easy walks, and great open spaces. Whether you have little ones or older teens, Culture Trip’s curated list of experiences and tours will ensure your family makes memories that will last a lifetime.

Traveling as a family can always present challenges, but Boston takes the stress out of it. Whether you’re interested in getting your knowledge on along the Freedom Trail, on the Tea Party ships, or even at Harvard campus, these tours specialize in group fun. For the thrill-seeker, you’ve got ghoulish gravestone tours; for history buffs there’s a tour of Concord, Cambridge and Lexington; and for the marine biologist in all of us, whale watching on the water is a must-do.

ToursBoston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
From $58 per person
3 hours 30 minutes
4 (10)
Looking for a whale watch that requires less travel time, offers the most comfortable ride available and gives you more time viewing some of the world's most magnificent creatures? Look no further! Here is Boston's ONLY Whale Watch on a high-speed catamaran. They will get you to and from the whales in half the time, which allows you more time to watch the whales.

Set sail with us for the whale watch experience of a lifetime. Our destination: Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds and other marine creatures. You’ll have a good chance to view several different species of large whales, including humpbacks, finbacks, minkes, pilot whales and the critically endangered right whales.

The location of the whales may require more travel time, extending the trip beyond three hours. Please allow for additional time in your schedule. The average trip is between 3.5 to 4 hours.
ToursBoston Freedom Trail Walking Tour with Costumed Guide
From $13 per person
85 to 95 minutes
4 (7)
The Tour of The Freedom Trail by the Histrionic Academy is the best way to see Boston. You will meet your costumed guide in the Boston Common and hear about Boston’s inspiring history, following the Freedom Trail past several historic sites. Guests will be amazed by the stories of America’s Founding Fathers, the American Revolution and New England’s Colonial History. This walking tour Follows the Freedom Trail for approximately 1.2 miles from the Boston Common to Faneuil Hall.
AdmissionSkip the Line: New England Aquarium Admission Ticket
From $32 per person
3 hours
4.5 (44)
Discover thousands of marine animals at the New England Aquarium! Meet green sea turtles and blue penguins, and watch seals and sea lions at play. See the new 200k-gallon Giant Ocean Tank with a vibrant Caribbean coral reef teeming with hundreds of tropical fish. You can also catch a film on the largest screen in New England!


Penguin Colony
The Aquarium is home to more than 80 penguins living in the bustling penguin colony surrounding the Giant Ocean Tank. Watch them swim, eat, preen, and bray!

Giant Ocean Tank
Enjoy 360-degree views around a spectacular, four-story Caribbean coral reef teeming with hundreds of animals and more than 120 different species.

Marine Mammal Center
Watch California sea lions dart through the water and limber northern fur seals frolic in this beautiful open-air exhibit space.

Coral Reef Exhibit
The new exhibit features a 9k-gallon, floor-to-ceiling, concave tank accentuating the richness of this coral reef community.
AdmissionAdmission to Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
From $30 per person
1 hour
5 (92)
Step back in time and see how the Boston Tea Party changed American history! This Boston museum details the series of events leading to December 16, 1773, and then goes on to demonstrate how that fateful day kickstarted the American Revolution. At the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, spend your day exploring one of the famed tall ships, sipping tea at Abigail’s Tea Room, wandering the museum exhibits on your own, taking advantage of a complimentary one-hour guided tour and more!

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ToursAmerican History Bus Tour: Boston to Cambridge, Concord, and Lexington
From $66 per person
5 hours
4.5 (304)
This fascinating historical half-day trip from Boston takes you to the famous nearby Massachusetts cities of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord with a leap back in time during the American Revolution. Journey along the Battle Road Trail, follow the route Paul Revere took as he warned the countryside with his infamous cry of "the British are coming!" Visit Harvard Yard and Cambridge Common, where George Washington took control of the Continental Army. You’ll also stand on legendary Lexington Battle Green – the site of the infamous Battle of Lexington where 77 Minutemen stood their ground against 700 of England’s finest regulars– and pass the homes of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson and visit the family home of Louisa May Alcott, "Orchard House". Your expert guide will teach you all about this area’s prominent role in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War while taking you to the cities’ most famous sights and off-the-beaten path locales.
ToursHarvard "Hahvahd" Campus Guided Walking Tour
From $15 per person
1 hour 10 minutes
5 (35)
What better way to see Harvard than through the eyes of a student! This tour is a 70-minute student-led walking tour of America's oldest university, designed to be a funny and educational journey through Harvard's campus. After meeting your tour guide, an enthusiastic Harvard student, in the heart of Harvard Square, you'll be led into historic Harvard Yard. Enjoy the sights while your guide entertains and inspires with tales of Harvard history and personal experience at the university they call home. You'll get an up-close look at major Harvard landmarks including Johnston Gate, the John Harvard Statue, Memorial Hall, and Widener Library. You'll even become privy to a few Harvard secrets along the way! Whether you're a student visiting colleges or a family on vacation, the Hahvahd Tour is undoubtedly the top way to see Harvard.
ToursBoston Ghosts and Gravestones Tour
From $42 per person
2 hours
4.5 (106)
Join other adventure seekers and become an apprentice grave digger on an entertaining tour through the darker side of Boston. A scary, fun and informative frightseeing experience that is truly one of a kind.