If the kids are tired of going to the park or recreational centers during summer vacation, a long weekend, or you’re planning a family vacation to Boston, you can set your sights on several educational attractions scattered throughout the city.
Boston is home to dozens of historic sites and destinations that tell the story of Boston’s rich heritage, as well as attractions that showcase nature, wildlife and science projects of the region. When you’re planning your next visit to Boston, consider adding some of these educational attractions for kids to the itinerary:
Children’s Museum of Boston
Interactive exhibits and live theater performances are some of the highlights of the Children’s Museum of Boston. This educational attraction is designed for children ages 10 and under, and features several play areas, including a climbing maze. The whole family can settle in for a live theater performance at the KidStage on site. It’s located at 300 Congress Street in Boston. Call (617) 426-8855 for more information.
Drumlin Farm Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary
Animal lovers of all ages can spend the day exploring the scenic pastures and fields at the Drumlin Farm Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary. This New England farm features dozens of sheep, pigs, chickens and horses, and visitors can spend an afternoon taking a self-guided wildlife viewing tour of the grounds. This educational attraction is located a short drive from downtown Boston in Lincoln, at 208 S. Great Road. Call (781) 259-2200 for more information.
New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium features over 15,000 specimens and 600 species of aquatic animals, offering kids plenty of opportunities to learn about aquatic life and sea creatures of the East Coast, and other parts of the country. Take the “Science at Sea” harbor tour available from April 1 to November 1 to spend some time whale-watching in the waters. The aquarium also has an IMAX theater that features underwater programs throughout the year. This educational attraction is located at Central Wharf off Atlantic Avenue in Boston. Call (617) 973-5200 for more information.
Museum of Science
The Museum of Science is the perfect place for kids to learn about dinosaurs, spend time in the planetarium, and experience some simulator rides on any given day. This educational attraction in Boston hosts several live presentations throughout the day and features several interactive exhibits and activities. Head here for the IMAX experience with Antarctica and Arabia shows, as wella s the 3D digital cinema with shows about sharks, bugs and planets. The Museum of Science is located at 1 Science Park in Boston. Call (617) 723-2500 for more information.
Mugar Omni, Planeteraium and Lasers
Aspiring astronomers and scientists in the family can spend the day at the Mugar Omni, Planetarium and Lasers center to watch the laser show and learn about the planets. The Mugar Omni Theater has a dome screen and features different astronomy programs throughout the year. This can be a fun place to settle in on a rainy or snowy day in Boston. You’ll find it at 1 Science Park in Boston. Call (617) 723-2500 for more information.