A Boston Weekend with the Family

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Heading to Boston for a weekend with the family? You’re in luck, because Boston is home for me and I love nothing more than sharing what this terrific city has to offer. The city is a great spot for a getaway destination with the family any time of year.

There is so much to do here for all ages, and its remarkably easy to keep it eco-friendly by choosing a hotel with sustainable practices and eating at spots that support local fare. Kids will love following the Freedom Trail, Boston’s historical version of the yellow brick road and many of the area museums are free for those under 18.

Weather can be a bit unpredictable, but as we Bostonians like to say-give it a minute and its likely to change. Year round residents know how to enjoy the great outdoors, and there’s plenty of opportunity to take advantage for residents and guests alike.

Boston Children’s Museum

Boston Children's Museum

Ready to let your inner child loose and explore the wonders of the world? Boston Children’s Museum is just the spot. Friday nights they have partnered with Target, and the Museum is $1 from 5-9 pm, the perfect destination for extensive child-centric exhibits focusing on science, culture and environmental awareness.

Flour Bakery is located right around the corner, serving fresh local pastries, soups, salads and sandwiches and is open until 8pm on Fridays.

Boston Duck Tour

Boston Duck Tours

Saturday morning after a hearty breakfast at your hotel, it’s a great idea to get an overview of the city with a Boston Duck Tour. The amphibious landing vehicles are always a big hit with the little ones and expect cheers when they roll off the road and make a splash in the Charles River. The guides – or ConDUCKtors – are filled with information and lots of corny jokes. They’ll encourage your kids to quack at pedestrians on the street. Beginning at three locations, you can decide if you’d like to visit the Science Museum, keep it outside at the Prudential center and walk the surrounding area, or tour the waterfront and visit the New England Aquarium after you finish.

Street Food Boston

bon me food truck

Worked up an appetite? The food truck craze has taken Boston by storm as it has the rest of the country. To take advantage of terrific dining at a fraction of indoor restaurant prices, download the app Street Food Boston. Food trucks can be found at 20 public locations around Boston and at special sites like the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Whatever your mood, or your kids-BBQ, cupcakes, vegetarian, grilled cheese, lobsta roll-the app will tell you what’s close to your location, and you’ll be that much closer to food nirvana. If you see this bright yellow truck pulling into a spot-hit the brakes and do the same!

Freedom Trail

Make Way For Ducklings

In the center of the city, you’ll find the crown jewel of the emerald necklace: The Boston Public Garden. Nancy Schon’s famous sculpture is loved by everyone familiar with Make Way for Ducklings. Mrs. Mallard and her 8 ducklings lead you into the Public Garden at the Beacon/Charles St. entrance. Follow the path over to a ride on the swan boats in the summer or ice skating in the winter and take advantage of a green space enjoyable any time of the year.

If time permits, the Freedom Trail also begins close by. You can walk up to the State House area and pick up a map which will show you the sights of the trail and get you on your way. The Trail is not a loop, so keep that in mind when choosing what you’d like to visit along the 2.5 mile path.

Community Boating

Charles River Community boating.

A beautiful day can leave you longing to get out on the water. Community Boating in the heart of downtown can get you there, and if you have any energy left after a day of sightseeing, how about some early evening fun at Kings Bowling Alley {early is better to avoid the crowds} before you make way to dinner. There are many good restaurants in the Boston area that support local food purveyors.  Depending on where you are located, The Boston Localvore web site is a good place to start your search for a group that is constantly changing.

Cutting right through central downtown and the waterfront is 40 acres of the Rose Kennedy Greenway for all to enjoy, walk and find respite. Artwork, outdoor sculptures and performances keep it active and filled with people at all times of day.  Sunday morning it’s a perfect place to stretch your legs and let the kids run around before you get back into the car or head to the airport for your return trip. The adjoining Harbourwalk gives you a magnificent view of the waterfront, leaving  you with a memorable impression of Beantown and what I like to call the perfect Walking City.

Eco-Friendly Boston Hotels

Looking for a place to stay in Boston with eco-friendly and sustainable features? Check out my top recommendations…

The Lenox HotelBack Bay, Beacon Hill, Newbury St., Copley Square you’ve got it all at the Lenox Hotel‘s location.  As a matter of fact, there isn’t much you can’t walk to from this centralized address-just make sure to bring a comfy pair of shoes! Old world charm and a modern sensibility combine to give this sustainability leader high marks for blazing the eco-trail. The staff is friendly, the beds comfy, and their commitment to the environment strong. Guests can order from a brochure featuring kid friendly items like crayons, coloring books, and many snacks.  The attached City Table features lots of local fare and has a kids menu.  There is also babysitting/child services available, a kids gift a check in and cookies at turndown.  This hotel is pretty complete.

Hotel Marlowe

Photo via Hotel Marlowe

Another option on the other side of the Charles River is the Hotel Marlowe.  Child size bathrobes, complimentary bike and kayak rentals and family friendly food at Bambara {featuring local, organic ingredients and sustainable seafood}, make this destination close to the Museum of Science a winner with families.  At check in the kids receive welcome gifts and can choose two treasures from a chest of goodies.  Pet friendly, there’s room for the family mascot and baby gear is available on request. Luxury and sustainability compliment each other at this eco-friendly leader in the industry.

This is just the tip of what my city has to offer.  Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section and I’d be glad to offer any additional advice I can. Perhaps I’ll see you on the Freedom Trail.

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