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Boston is one of our favorite cities to travel to as a family. We fell in love with it on our first trip when the girls were just preschoolers and we’ve found new things to do and places to check out on every subsequent visit. It’s one of those places that you can go back to 100 times and still find new and exciting adventures to be had. Virginia might be for lovers but Boston is for families and the proof is in my best things to do in Boston with teens and tweens list that I’ve compiled.
We’ve done the typical things like go whale watching, visit the children’s museum and walk the Freedom Trail. We’ve visited Harvard and explored every inch of the commons. As the girls grow older, from toddlers to teens, what they want t do and what interests them changes. Lucky for us, Boston is a city with endless options.
One of my favorite things about Boston, and I’ve said this many times, part of what makes it such an amazing family destination is that the people of Boston are so kind and welcoming to their city. Every time we’ve been, it never fails, if I need to stop and ask someone for directions or for a recommendation of places to eat or things to do, without fail they stop and answer my questions. This plays a big part in why I feel safe in Boston and return every year.
If you’re looking for a city to visit that offers something for all ages where you and your family can explore, Boston may be for you.
Best Things to Do in Boston with Teens and Tweens
Shopping on Newbury Street
Newbury street is more than just a shopping center, it’s a cultural epicenter with all varieties of food and .
Remember to pack a duffle bag because if you are with teen girls, there will be plenty of shopping done and you’ll need the extra space.
We only discovered this gem last year when I was sick and we needed something quick. Pret a Manger is literally, ready to eat. My girls are obsessed with grilled ham and cheese.
This is one of our favorite places to go with the girls. They love getting Shirley temples and Boston Creme pie and the Big Guy and I love the casual atmosphere and pub food.
Most delicious cupcakes ever with a fantastic flavor variety.
Eating in Chinatown
Any place you try, it will be good.
Come for the hot pots and stay for the sushi.
The Gourmet China House is a quaint, unassuming restaurant that serves up some of the tastiest Chinese food I’ve ever eaten.
Gastropub serving vintage cocktails & craft beer in a historical building & former corset shop
It’s a little bit of New York in Boston. If NYC style is your favorite pizza, you’ll love it.
Places to Stay
The Westin has the most comfortable beds and attentive staff. If you are in town for a conference, the Westin is attached to the conference center. It’s also within walking distance to downtown.
The Hyatt is a modern, clean hotel located in the theater district within walking distance to the Commons, Chinatown and Newbury Street. Also, the customer service at the Hyatt is wonderful.
This is such a fun thing to do for people of every age. We spent hours there from sunset until it was dark out swinging on those glowing swings.
Exploring Boylston neighborhoods around the Public Garden Park
Catch a show at the Paramount Center
Visit Harvard University and Cambridge
If you’ve never been, you have to go. It’s a beautiful campus with so much to see. Plus, it’s never too early to introduce your kids to the possibility of Harvard.
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These are just a few of the many places to go and best things to do in Boston with teens and tweens but there are several more. We’re going back this June and I’ll have even more things to do and places to go then.