New England Aquarium
Central Wharf off Atlantic Avenue
No Boston vacation is complete if you don’t visit the New England Aquarium. Perfect for a family outing, the New England Aquarium invites you to discover a world of mysteries. Live a great underwater experience that you will always remember.
The aquarium was opened on June 20, 1969. At that time, the Giant Ocean Tank, simulating a Caribbean coral reef, was the largest circular saltwater tank in the world. Since then, the aquarium has largely developed. The tank now houses reef-living fish, sharks, turtles, and many other amazing creatures. The penguin exhibit presents several penguin colonies living in artificial rock islands at the bottom of the tank. But that’s not all. We also invite you to a typical New England freshwater environment, rheotaxis, an electric eel, sea dragons, bioluminescent fish, an octopus, small tropical fish, and nautiluses. A harbor seal exhibit will welcome you in front of the aquarium and three northern fur seals will see you out on the harborside terrace, behind the aquarium.
Admission is charged.
Children’s Museum of Boston
300 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210 USA
Not only a museum but more a children’s world. On three floors, the Children’s Museum of Boston invites children to have fun in Arthur’s World, a climbing maze, boats, a KidStage, bubbles, a children’s theater, and many other attractions. Prepare yourself for a long visit.
Children’s Museum of Boston is open Saturday through Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Friday from 10 am to 9 pm. It is closed on Thanksgiving and December 25. Admission is charged.
Drumlin Farm Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary
208 S. Great Rd.
Lincoln, MA 01773 USA
Let your child feel happy and free in the middle of nature. The 232-acre center offers beautiful ponds, pastures, and woodlands, plus a large number of farm and wild animals such as pigs, horses, sheep, chickens, deer, pheasants and owls. Opossums, foxes, and woodchucks will be waiting for you at the Burrowing Animal Building. You can also have a picnic here, so I bet you’ll have a great time.
The Drumlin Farm Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary is open March through October from 9 am to 5 pm and the rest of the year from 9 am to 4 pm. The center is closed on January 1st, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, 25 and 31.
Admission is charged.
Mugar Omni, Planetarium and Lasers
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114 USA
Whenever you wish to relax and watch a good film, we invite you to the Mugar Omni Theater, an impressive theater with a five-story, domed screen, offering an unforgettable experience. You might consider making a reservation.
The theater is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and December 25.
Museum of Science
You’ll never get bored at the Museum of Science. Created to instruct and entertain both adults and children through interactive exhibits and stage presentations, the Museum of Science is a must-see. The Theater of Electricity presents the largest Van de Graaff generator in the whole world. Let your children discover the secret of the virtual fish tank and get ready for a new experience. Admission is charged.
Boston Harbor Islands
National Park Service
408 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210-3350
If you wish to live a really unique experience, take your family to a picnic on the Boston Harbor Islands. Go for a walk, visit Fort Warren, take a sunbath on the Lovells Island beach or just explore wildlife, the choice is yours. To visit Georges Island, you may take daily ferries from May to mid-October. From the Long Wharf to Georges Island, the ride takes 45 minutes.