Boston is my home city, and when we aren’t traveling outside of the state, we like to explore our own city with our children. When we give our kids the choice of where to visit in Boston, they have two favorites – either the Boston Museum of Science or the New England Aquarium. If you are planning to visit Boston with kids, both are spots you should check out.
You can easily spend the entire day here, between the exhibit halls, the IMAX theater, and the planetarium. Purchase a combo ticket for the best deal. My kids especially love the ComputerPlace, the dinosaurs exhibit (pictured here), and the Investigate! exhibit, where they can do hands-on activities to learn more about science. I definitely recommend seeing the shows in addition to the exhibit halls, and don’t miss the gift shop, which offers great science-related gifts and books.
Although my 6-year old son does love the science museum, he prefers the aquarium. He could stand and watch the penguin exhibit all day. I recommend visiting in the summer, when you can also enjoy the beautiful waterfront location, and even go on a whale watch. Tank are living in the penguin habitat. The aquarium also offers an IMAX theater, which generally hosts ocean-themed movies.
The aquarium is currently undergoing a huge construction project, which will be done in the summer. For now, the penguins have been relocated and the animals from the Giant Ocean Tank are living in the penguin habitat.
If you go:
Purchase tickets online to skip the lines at both the New England Aquarium (which is known to be over an hour long during school vacations!) and the Museum of Science. Also, consider taking public transportation. Although both spots offer adjacent garages, parking can be expensive.
This is a guest post by Jodi Grundig of Family Travel Magazine. Photos courtesy Jodi Grundig.