From Guest Blogger: Nancy Soloman of Ciao Bambino. Nancy is an avid traveler and writer for Ciao Bambino. She lives outside Boston and has four children 9, 8, 5 and 1 with whom she enjoys sharing the world. Here is her take on great family things to do in Boston.
New England Aquarium: Although some may say that the aquarium is a tad dated, this still remains one of our favorite attractions in Boston for three reasons: it’s a quick stop, the kids love it, and it’s an easy launching point for either Faneuil Hall or the North End.
The centerpiece of the aquarium is the 200,000-gallon glass tank filled with sharks, turtles, fish and eels. The giant glass windows at each level allow the kids to put their faces within inches of the sea animals- feeling shockingly close! Additionally, the three variations of penguins are fun to watch as they zip in and out of the water. If you’re pressed for time, enjoy the seals outside and skip the seal show. In the summer months, there is a shark and ray petting tank that offers the kids a hands on experience. Check their website for both daily activities and iMax show times- the shows give tired feet some time to re-coupe.
For us, as parents, it’s the area surrounding the aquarium that’s the big draw. Truthfully, I go to the aquarium as an excuse to eat in the North End or stroll through Faneuil Hall. Across from the aquarium, on the new Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, “Rings” pop-up fountain is a great place to cool off on a hot day. Faneuil Hall is an easy spot to grab lunch and enjoy entertainers. Think upscale, delicious food court and terrific if your kids need space to walk around while you’re eating. If you’re up for a real Yankee experience you can try Durgin Park Restaurant where you get New England food, shared tables and brash waitresses. Best of all, you are within walking distance to the North End (don’t miss this ethnic Italian neighborhood. Regina’s Pizza, Monica’s Restaurant and Mike’s Pastry shop are some of the best).
Kid photo courtesy of Nancy Soloman