Looking to get out of the house with your little one, but don’t know exactly where to go? There are a bunch of things you can do with your little sprout in the city that will keep them entertained and tucker them out, just in time for naptime.
By Lori Lennon
4 South Market Building,
Boston, MA 02109
Faneuil Hall’s outdoor marketplace features tons of places to eat and shop. There are usually street performers and bands playing right outside Quincy Market as well. Just beware of the cobblestone. An unsteady walker might be better off hanging out in the stroller!
Boston Common & Public Garden
148 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
This is a great place to let your baby run free. Boston Common is located in the middle of the city and has tons of grassy areas for kids and babies to play. In the Public Garden, trees provide ample shade and Mrs. Mallard and her ducks make for a great playground. You can also take a stroll through the flower garden and check out the swans swimming in the pond.
84 Beacon Street
Boston, Ma 02108
The Frog Pond is located in the Boston Common. This is a great place for babies looking for a place to cool off in the summertime. Kids and babies can wade through the pond and splash around with their new friends. The pond is big, so you might want to wear shorts or capri pants so you can follow your little one around. There is a playground abutting the pond, and in the winter the Frog Pond turns into an ice skating rink.
New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
The massive ocean tanks in the New England Aquarium will keep your baby’s attention for quite some time. Check out penguins, fish and other sea creatures hanging out in the aquarium’s tanks. The best part is, there are plenty of bathrooms and changing tables at the museum, and there is a café to sit and eat at.
Now this is not necessarily a great place to have your little walker strutting their stuff, but there is some great people watching that will surely keep baby busy while you window shop. The street does tend to get a bit crowded, especially on the weekends, so it would probably be best to put your little one in a stroller.
The Charlesbank/Esplanade Playground
State Hwy 28 & Charles St
Boston, MA 02110
This playground is located near the Longfellow Bridge and sits along a bike path the runs along the Charles River. The playground is free and is covered with bark and mulch… no sand (yay!). There are plenty of infant swings, slides and tubes for baby to play on, and there is a path that surrounds the playground for you to park your stroller.