3-day Family Friendly Summer Itinerary
Start your day off by hopping aboard a Boston Duck Tour in Boston's Historic Back Bay! Take a peak of the land and sea before continuing the rest of your Boston experience on foot. Once you have worked up an appetite, head over to Five Napkin Burger for lunch, which is conveniently located in the Prudential Mall, the ending stop for the Duck Tour. You can also pick up an authentic Boston meal at Legal Sea Foods, famous for their delicious clam chowder and one-of-a-kind lobster roll. If it is a nice day you can eat outside or browse the shops the Prudential has to offer, such as Sephora or Ben & Jerry's for a sweet treat. Directly connected is the Copley Place Mall for those with more expensive taste. Copley Place Mall features stores like Louis Vuitton and Barney's.
Next, walk four blocks or take the T to the Boston Public Gardens, which features beautiful landscaping and great people watching all year long, but especially summertime. The Swan Boats are a great way to get a break from walking and enjoy the scenery. Continuing through the commons past the Swan Boats is the famous "Make Way for Ducklings" Statue. Don't forget to stay hydrated and quench your thirst with a fresh lemonade or Italian Ice and stop at Frog Pond to dip your feet in or let your children have fun in the Frog Pond Playground. On a windy day, many kite flyers will be out as well as summer camps and families catching some rays on the lawn of the Public Gardens.
As your afternoon comes to an end, get your tickets to the Red Sox game! Grab a Fenway Frank before (or during) the game and watch the sunset over the ballpark.
Don't forget to stop by to visit the sea lions outside the New England Aquarium on your way off the dock! Grab a lunch to go or sit down and eat at Faneuil Hall, a place for the whole family to find the cuisine they are in the mood for. Faneuil Hall features foods from all around the world, such as sushi, Middle Eastern cuisine, or a cup of chowder. After you have filled up on lunch (and maybe some delicious chocolate chip cookies from the Boston Chipyard), sit out and enjoy the sun on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and let your children play in one of the several water fountains to cool off. There is also a merry-go-round on the Greenway opening August 31st which will feature handcrafted animals that relate to Boston and New England themes. If history is what you like, take the ferry to the Harbor Islands for a tour at George's Island, and even if you aren't a history buff, the Islands are a peaceful and breezy spot for a picnic afternoon. The islands will make you forget about the hustle and bustle in the city of Boston that is just 20 minutes away.
If your family has younger children, visiting the Children's Museum is a perfect way to get your day moving. There are hourly live shows and three floors of permanent and changing exhibits that are even fun for adults. For the older ones, right next door are the Boston Tea Party Ships where tours of the boat are offered hourly. If you have time, take esplanade boat lessons or go kayaking on the one and only Charles River, the view is breathtaking. If you happen to be on the esplanade when the sun goes down, be sure to head over to the Hatch Shell to catch a movie or even a live concert. Now that you have seen Boston from the water, end your night with the bird's eye view of Boston at the Skywalk Observatory in the Prudential Tower and have dinner overlooking the city at the Top of the Hub.