In this third installment of kid-friendly places to visit in Boston, we will explore a variety of places that do not necessarily fit into one category. From aquariums to observatories, here are a few other places that are certainly worth visiting with the kids in Boston.
Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library and the Minuteman library system for Cambridge, Somerville and the surrounding area offer numbers family-friendly activities and story time opportunities throughout the year. The Children’s Library at the central library in Copley Square, however, is the best choice if time only allows for visiting one library. Characterized by whimsical décor and brightly colored walls, the library boasts an extensive collection of books for children from grade 8 and under.
The Fountains at the Christian Science Plaza
Revamped in 2005 to feature a splash pool in its center, the Christian Science Plaza is home to an impressive 180-jet fountain. Not only will kids marvel at the fountain itself, but the splash pool also offers a great way to cool down on hot summer days. Located at 235 Huntington Avenue, the fountain is usually open from May to November.
Franklin Park Zoo
Boasting an interactive children’s zoo, the Franklin Park Zoo at 1 Franklin Park Road is a great place to visit at any time of the year. In addition to the numerous exhibits featuring all of the major animals, the zoo also boasts a 10,000-square-foot museum.
Legoland Discovery Center Boston
Located at 598 Assembly Row within the Assembly Row complex of Somerville, Legoland Discovery Center Boston is a must-see destination for Lego lovers. Some features of this indoor attraction include a miniature Lego Boston and a climbing wall area.
The Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library
Situated inside the Mary Baker Eddy Library at 200 Massachusetts Avenue, the three-story Mapparium is a stained-glass globe boasting three-dimensional perspectives of the world. Designed in 1935 by architect Chester Lindsay Churchill, the historic feature offers additional intrigue with its modern music and light show.
New England Aquarium
Kids love exploring the many exhibits found at the New England Aquarium. Located at 1 Central Wharf, the aquarium boasts a 200,000-gallon Caribbean coral reef tank featuring fish, sea turtles and sharks. Meanwhile, the tide-pool exhibit provides children with the opportunity to touch a sea urchin and other creatures, while the latest IMAX movie can also be viewed when the family is ready for a break.
Boasting 360-degree views of the city, the Skywalk Observatory at 800 Boylston Street also features great exhibits of Boston’s rich history. Free audio tours are also available, while the panorama from the 50th floor offers great photo opportunities.
Stretching out across 2.5 miles and beginning at the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common, the Freedom Trail offers the opportunity to walk past many of the city’s most popular historical sites. Simply follow the red line on the sidewalk to enjoy an informative stroll past Boston’s Revolutionary-era sites.