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Boston Harbor, Boston, Massachusetts
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We went to Boston for a concert and only had a short amount of time there, so we booked a couple of escorted bus tours and a harbor cruise through Grayline.com. I can't say enough about Grayline; they're almost everywhere, even internationally, and offer the most efficient way to get yourself oriented in a new place with customizable hop-on-hop-off bus itineraries and special interest tours. Our harbor cruise was perfect - beautiful May weather, and not overly long. We were able to get a full view of the skyline and some great photo opportunities. I wish we had more time to explore the nearby attractions. We'll be back, and when we go again, we're definitely planning on another harbor cruise. I think most kids would enjoy it regardless of age as long as you take them when the weather is nice.
Tips for Families
There are many children's museums and attractions and places to shop around the harbor (not to mention the aquarium), but many tourists might not realize that there are also many beautiful parks nearby, such as the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area / State Park. Ferries are available, but as of this posting, some only run on Saturdays. You'll definitely want to plan ahead and make some calls if you want to check it out during your visit. If you're interested in the Civil War, George's Island is home to a former prison for Confederate soldiers. The harbor area is also dotted with lighthouses. You can download lighthouse maps and walking tours online.
Suggestions for nearby family-friendly accommodations
If you can deal with (absolutely!) zero frills and are willing to make some serious compromises outside of basic cleanliness for accommodations, the Midtown downtown is dirt cheap compared to most Boston hotels. Unpretentious is an understatement. They have their own parking area - no street parking necessary - and it's close to the T and Copley Place. Our room was fine for us, but the hotel itself at the time of our visit was like a slightly depressing dormitory. We got a huge room for $99/night with two large beds. It can be even cheaper if you sign up for their email updates and capitalize on a sale. If you want a hotel with a good location in Boston on the cheap or if you need someplace downtown that welcomes pets, give The Midtown a try.
Suggestions for nearby family-friendly restaurants
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