Visit Boston with your teenagers!

For Easter, we traveled to Boston for a 3 days weekend trip. We selected activities to entertain our teenagers boys who were not very motivated by this city trip! It ended up being great fun for them ? Follow Laila’s recommendations to discover this lively city in 3 days with your teenager kids. 


Where to stay?

We chose a small boutique hotel in the West End neighborhood , recommended by Virginie: the Boxer hotel
For a family of 5, we booked 2 rooms, one with a king bed for the parents and one with a mix of a queen size bed and bunk bed, perfect for 3 teenagers!
Alternative recommendations by Elizabeth: Revere Hotel, and by Sophie: Boston Marriott Copley Place

Where to eat?

– In Beacon hill: just try one of the many restaurants along Charles street.
– In North End: 
a wide choice of Italian restaurants. Just follow your feeling…some spontaneity is sometimes great too. But don’t forget to share your findings with our travel community 😉
Bin 26 Enoteca:for a glass of wine or to eat (Beacon Hill area)
Figs : a charming little pizza restaurant, in Beacon Hill. Their concept: a thin pizza crust with creative toppings.  The one with Fig & Prosciutto was too sweet. The other ones were delicious. Mom’s preferred pizza: Bianco Pizza a healthy choice topped with plenty of Rucola!
Row 34, recommended by Audrey’s family. Our best restaurant pick in Boston. A contemporary sea food restaurant with nice music, a great decor and delicious seafood! Try their fish and chips. Our kids loved them.
Tatte Bakery: Great for a quick lunch or for an afternoon snack. Located in beacon Hill, Charles street. Delicious sandwiches, salads and desserts. Try the Fatoush salad, the BLAT sandwich and finish with a Belgian Chocolate mousse with its triple layer of white milk and dark chocolate.

Activity ideas

Day 1

– We arrived early afternoon in Cambridge. We quickly ate a burger at Shake Shack.
– V
isit of Harvard University. Take the free one-hour tour with a freshman student. In time of COVID, discover one of their virtual tour here.

Day 2

– We started by the visit of  the Prudential Observatory. Amazing panoramic view of Boston & museum of immigrants history.
– Shopping on Newbury street & Boylston street or in Prudential Shopping Mall
– Walk from there to Boston Common
– Start the Freedom trail in Boston Common park:  a 6 km historical tour with 16 official sites to visit! Foresee plenty of time for it.
– Half way we stopped for Lunch in the North End neighborhood. A wide choice of Italian restaurants on Salem Street.
– After lunch,  we headed to the New England Aquarium. Foresee at least 1h30 for the aquarium visit. All 3 boys loved it! Amazing central aquarium with an amazing variety of tropical fishes, lion seals and penguins. Don’t forget the Shark ? Lab!
Green Metro line to Copley
Blue Metro line to Aquarium

Day 3

– We started the day with the Museum of sciences.  Very instructive and entertaining for kids of all ages! Even for the adults!  We loved the Hall of Human life on the third floor. Foresee at least 2 hours in the museum.
 Green metro line to Science Park

Other ideas

What we had planned to visit but did not manage to, due to lack of time:
– Visit of  the Navy Yard with its two historic ships and interactive exhibits for adults, families, and students of all ages. USS Constitution Museum
– Visit of the Samuel Adams brewery Free Tours depart approximately every 40 minutes and last about one hour. Kids admitted.
– A 90 min Harbor cruise included in out Boston City Pass.

 Practical tips

– We bought the City Pass Boston. It includes currently 3 attractions for only 48$ per person over 12 years & 37$ for kids under 12 years.
– Walking, subway, and Uber are the best ways to get around. Car Parkings are very expensive.