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Back Bay with Kids

Have fun and frolic in this historic neighborhood.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.7 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Boston is a city of neighborhoods and a great way to introduce kids to the city is not by dragging them all over the place, but to... more »

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Points of Interest

The Christian Science Publication Society Building looks daunting but the huge complex on Massachusetts Avenue has a lot to offer families. Outside, toddlers and older kids love the enormous fountain (670 by 100 feet) on a hot day. Inside, the beautiful Mapparium never fails to fascinate.

Measuring 30 feet in diameter, the Mapparium is a gigantic... More

Get a different perspective from inside the globe from 50 stories up at the Prudential Tower for a 360-degree view of Boston. It’s great on a clear day with the best view of the city, in the city.

You can listen to an audio tour and get a handle on how Boston is laid out before you explore further. When you are done, exit onto Boylston Street to... More

Founded in 1848 and opened in 1854, the main branch is the granddaddy of Boston’s libraries and was the first free library open to the public in the United States. You may think, why should I go to the library on a walking tour? Well, in addition to its more than 6 million books, it’s stocked with sculptures, murals and paintings by famous artists... More

Copley Square—a wonderful public space surrounded by the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church, the John Hancock Building and Boylston Street—is always a busy hub of activity.

Take a minute to relax in the plaza while the children visit the "Tortoise" and "Hare" statues or chase after pigeons. In the summer, the large fountain offers a soothing ... More

Keep heading down Boylston Street until you hit the Public Garden, one of Boston's most serene green spaces. Home to the swan boats and duckling statues, the Public Garden was established in 1837 and is the oldest public botanical garden in the country.

Hundreds of species of trees and flowers abound in the beautiful park. It’s a luxurious 24... More

The 130-year-old swan boats have to be one of the most charming and iconic activities offered in the city and no tot fails to love them, especially if they’ve read the “Make Way for Duckling” book. After your 15-minute ride on these human-paddled boats, wander over to the statues inspired by the same book located nearby.

7. 'Make Way for Ducklings' Statues

If you live in Boston, you’ve probably read the book to your kids at least a few dozen times. If you’re not from around here or somehow just never picked up the classic "Make Way for Ducklings," by Robert McClosky, you should. Then bring the children to the bronze sculptures of Mrs. Mallard and her brood marching along. They’re big enough for the ... More

Just across the street from the Public Garden is the somewhat busier Boston Common. This is the country’s oldest park, established in 1634, and was used for grazing livestock, then for hanging criminals. Now— happily—it is just a great place to escape to from the city sidewalks.

The Frog Pond (spray park in summer, ice rink in winter) and the... More