BOSTON FOR FAMILIES

ANIMAL ATTRACTION

Explore the wildlife of the African Serengeti and Kalahari, the Australian outback and tropical rainforests at the 72-acre Franklin Park Zoo, home to tigers, lions, giraffes, lemurs, kangaroos and birdlife. Kids can pet friendly sheep and goats at the Franklin Farm, or learn more about the animals at the gorillas’ daily forage feed in the Tropical Forest and zookeeper encounter in Bird’s World.

A red panda cub at Franklin Zoo

For aquatic adventures look no further than the New England Aquarium. The centrepiece is a show-stopping-four-storey 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank that contains Caribbean coral reefs, sharks, turtles and other colourful sea creatures, while the touch tank allows the adventurous to pet cownose rays, Atlantic stingrays and epaulette sharks as they swim by. Time your visit around the family- favourite Penguin Feeding to see mealtime in action or during the delightfully entertaining harbour seal training sessions.

New England Aquarium – Boston, Massachusetts

ON TOUR

Looking for a quick but fun way to explore Boston’s many sights? Then climb aboard the Duck – a  WWII-style amphibious landing vehicle – for one of the light-hearted 80-minute Boston Duck Tours. Your ConDUCKtor (driver/guide) will share entertaining titbits and humorous anecdotes about the city’s nearly 400-year-old history as you cruise past landmarks like the golden-domed State House, Bunker Hill and fashionable Newbury Street before splashing into the Charles River, where kids get a turn at the wheel while parents enjoy views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines including Harvard University’s iconic Neo-Georgian buildings.

Boston Duck Tours

Follow the red brick line of The Freedom Trail to discover Beantown’s most important historical sites from the American Revolution. Pick and choose which part of the 4km trail to walk, or follow guides dressed as famous patriots like James Otis or Abigail Adams to ail 16 sites including Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House and the USS Constitution Museum as well as the North End, home to over a hundred Italian restaurants.
For a bird’s eye view of the city, take the lift up to the 50th floor of the Prudential Tower, Boston’s second-tallest building, for the spectacular 360-degree views of Greater Boston and beyond from the Skywalk Observatory. A children’s audio tour will help your brood spot the city’s top sites. Tickets also include access to short multi-media films like Dreams Of Freedom, tracing the many nationalities that call Boston home, and Wings Over Boston, a virtual helicopter tour.

Skywalk Observatory

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