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Jodi Grundig

Natick, Massachusetts

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I'm a passionate family traveler who has loved traveling since I was a child. From my annual childhood family trips to Florida aboard Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor route (my dad worked for Amtrak) to my two parent-free international trips in high school (with Girl Scouts and my school), I couldn’t get enough of seeing the world. But my love of travel didn’t stop there. I chose to study abroad in England in my junior year of college, taking day trips and weekend trips throughout the UK and Europe. As a mom, I began instilling the love of travel in my children since they were babies. Now that they are 7 and 9, we travel frequently, often vacationing monthly.

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Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave, Boston, Massachusetts

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Visited: June 2013 | Submitted: Jan 4, 2014 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Great Visit With Older Children

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I've been visiting the MFA since I was in high school, but I wasn't sure how my 7-year old son would like it. I shouldn't have worried though, because it turns out that he absolutely loved it. The Museum is rather large and can be overwhelming, so when traveling with kids, I recommend choosing a few sections/exhibits and focusing on them. My son wanted to see Indian art, since that was what he was studying in school, but he also loved the mummies (part of Art of the Ancient World).

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There are lots of programs for kids, especially during school vacations, so check the website in advance.

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Boston Common

Beacon St & Charles St, Boston, Massachusetts

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Visited: October 2013 | Submitted: Jan 3, 2014 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Beautiful Spot For a Picnic in Boston

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Adjacent to the Boston Public Garden is the Boston Common, which is a great place for a family picnic. Unlike the Public Garden, the Common is a more open space, and is perfect for a picnic or even a game of frisbee or catch. There's a nice parking garage right under the common, or it's accessible via several different T stops. In the summer, you can splash around on the frog pond and enjoy the carousel, and in the winter you can rent skates and ice skate.

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Bring along food and a blanket to enjoy a picnic in the spring, summer, or fall.

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Franklin Park Zoo

1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston, Massachusetts

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Visited: September 2013 | Submitted: Jan 3, 2014 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Fun Urban Zoo in Boston

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Franklin Park Zoo is a fun zoo located in Boston. As you may expect from a city zoo, it isn't particularly large or modern, but is a nice place to visit for a morning or afternoon. If you are traveling there, I'd recommend either driving (there's free parking on site) or taking a cab. It's not in the best area of Boston, and public transportation in that area can be tricky to figure out. My kids especially enjoy the lion and gorilla exhibits but there are lots of other animals to see.

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Food isn't great, so plan to leave before lunch or arrive after lunch.

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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Hull, Massachusetts

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Visited: August 2013 | Submitted: Jan 2, 2014 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

A Boston Must-Do in the Summer

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The Boston Harbor Islands are a collection of 34 islands. Georges and Spectacle Island, the two most popular islands, are accessible via an easy ferry ride from Long Wharf. During the hot summer months, the ferries do fill up so buy tickets early. My favorite of the two islands is Spectacle (part of the city of Boston), which offers a beach and snack bar, and is known for tide pools. We like to pack a beach bag and some snacks and visit for the afternoon during the summer.

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The islands offer kid-friendly programming in the summer. Find the schedules online before you go.

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Faneuil Hall

1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, Massachusetts

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Visited: September 2013 | Submitted: Jan 2, 2014 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Great Stop for Shopping, Lunch, or Dinner

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Faneuil Hall is one of most popular tourist attractions in Boston, and is definitely worth visiting with kids. While many of the shops are now (unfortunately) chain stores, there are still lots of charming kiosks and a few independent stores. The food court is a great spot for lunch - visit on the earlier end of lunchtime to get a seat because many workers from local businesses also visit for lunch. There are also many sit down restaurants to choose from.

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In season, there's lot of kid-friendly "street" entertainment throughout Faneuil Hall.

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Boston Public Garden

9 Arlington St, Boston, Massachusetts

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Visited: July 2013 | Submitted: Jan 2, 2014 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Beautiful Public Park that Kids Love

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My family loves visiting the beautiful Boston Public Garden, especially in the late spring and early summer months. As fans of the book, Make Way for Ducklings, my kids really enjoy checking out the statue of the ducklings in the garden. In the warmer months, you can also ride on the popular swan boats for an extra fee. Lines can be long, so we like to go when they first open. The Boston Public Garden has more plants and flowers than the adjacent Boston Common, so it's a great place to take photos also.

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Visit in the morning when it's less crowded.

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Museum of Science

1 Science Park, Boston, Massachusetts

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Visited: May 2013 | Submitted: Jan 1, 2014 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Families Can Easily Spend the Day at this Science Museum

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The Boston Museum of Science is a place where you could absolutely spend the day. The exhibit halls are the main attraction, but the museum also offers an IMAX theater, a planetarium, and numerous shows and demonstrations. Check out the daily schedule, and don't miss the Lightning! show (arrive early to make sure you get a seat). The five-story IMAX theater is also worth visiting. Unlike many museums, the cafeteria food options are great and include a Wolfgang Puck cafe.

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Buy a combo ticket for the IMAX theater/planetarium and Exhibit Halls to save money.

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Boston Children's Museum

308 Congress St, Boston, Massachusetts

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Visited: August 2013 | Submitted: Jan 1, 2014 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Kids Love This Children's Museum

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Boston Children's Museum has been one of our favorite places to visit in Boston as a family. It's probably most appropriate for kids aged 4-8, although there is a nice separate section for toddlers. My kids' favorite sections are the Construction Zone, Science Playground, New Balance Climb, and Kid Power exhibits, although they enjoy the whole museum. It can get crowded, especially during the summers and school vacations, so arrive first thing in the morning to limit crowds.

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A museum membership is a great option for families that plan to visit several times throughout the year because the museum opens to members an hour earlier on weekends.

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Fenway Park

4 Yawkey Way, Boston, Massachusetts

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Visited: June 2013 | Submitted: Dec 30, 2013 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

A Must-Visit for Any Baseball Fan

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If your family includes baseball fans, you'll definitely need to take a trip to Fenway Park, which is located right in Boston. Although it's really difficult to get tickets to a game, you can still visit the ballpark by taking a tour. They are offered daily on non game days, and are given by tour guides that really love and appreciate the game. During the tour, you not only get to see the field, you also get to learn about the famed history of the Boston Red Sox. A must for any baseball fan.

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Be sure there isn't a game scheduled before you arrive for a tour.

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Harvard Square

1380 Massachussets Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Visited: November 2013 | Submitted: Dec 30, 2013 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Worth a Visit With Or Without Kids

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Harvard Square is definitely worth a stop during your Boston family vacation. While it does have more chain stores and restaurants than I'd prefer, there are still lots of charming little spots, including the world's only retail Curious George store. There are many restaurant options - my favorites are Fire+Ice and the Border Cafe, which my kids also enjoy. Definitely be sure to walk through Harvard University, which is a quick walk away from the subway.

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On street and garage parking is available, but public transportation is easiest. Just take the MBTA red line to Harvard Square.

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