VIDEO: What to See and Do in Boston

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Broaden your family’s horizons with a very metropolitan vacation. Whether it’s the culture, history or cuisine that piques your interest, Boston delivers.


A mix of sleek sophistication and small-town New England charm gives Boston plenty of character. Steeped in Revolutionary history, the city ranks as one of the country’s oldest metropolitan areas, yet its skyline glitters with skyscrapers and its downtown bustles with high-tech museums and upscale boutiques (the chicest of all on famed Newbury Street). Scenic and highly walkable, Boston comes alive in warmer weather with baseball games, laid-back beach days and a seemingly constant stream of concerts, parades and festivals.


Soak in the scene at Faneuil Hall, the marketplace and meeting hall where Bostonians have mingled since 1742. Today, the building anchors an indoor-outdoor complex of shops and eateries, but it’s the street performers who make a stop here so fascinating; look for Alakazam the contortionist, Kilted Colin the unicycling bagpiper and the multitalented Cate Great, who specializes in “juggling, handstands and really bad jokes.” Architecture buffs, admire Boston’s skyline—including sleek, shiny, Hancock Tower—aboard Charles Riverboat Co.’s Architecture Cruise.

Kid tip: Need a  moment of rest after the hustle and bustle of Faneuil Hall? Just a few steps away is the Greenway Carousel at Rose F. Kennedy Greenway. Kids can ride ‘round and ‘round while you cool your heels in the adjacent shaded gardens.



Step into the past along the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile walking path that links 16 Colonial-era sites, including Boston Common (where British redcoats once camped) and the USS Constitution Museum. Though the venerable vessel dubbed “Old Ironsides,” the oldest commissioned warship still afloat, is dry-docked for restoration until 2018, kids can still swing in a hammock, join a mess and furl a sail in the adjacent museum. At historic Fenway Park, marvel at the 37-foot-tall Green Monster and walk the same turf that Ted Williams and Babe Ruth once trod—all on a one-hour guided tour.

Kid tip: In the Granary Burying Ground (on the Freedom Trail) lies the grave of one Mary Goose. Or is that Mother Goose? Yes, this is rumored to be the resting site of the famous storyteller.



Sample the city’s favorite dessert—Boston cream pie. The chocolate-drenched, custard-filled treat was invented in 1856 at AAA Three Diamond-rated Parker’s Restaurant, now part of the Omni Parker House hotel. For another Boston classic, savor a creamy cup of clam chowder (best enjoyed with a handful of crispy oyster crackers) from AAA Three Diamond-rated Legal Sea Foods. The restaurant chain’s chowder has appeared at every U.S. presidential inauguration since 1981. Head to the North End, Boston’s “Little Italy,” for fresh, new versions of Old Country favorites, from panna cotta to pasta Bolognese, at AAA Four Diamond-rated Mamma Maria.

Kid tip: For little lobster lovers who can’t quite crack the shells themselves, Legal Sea Foods will do all the work before bringing the crustaceans to the table.


To plan your next trip to Boston, visit or go to


A version of this story appears in the May/June 2015 issue of AAA Living magazine.


Image credit/source: Getty Images


Video credit/source: Visit Boston

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