08/03/2011 02:19 pm ET | Updated Oct 03, 2011

Family Vacations In Boston: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

Family vacations in Boston, Mass., can be rewarding experiences or absolute disasters -- it all depends on pretrip homework. To make planning easier, we've done all the preparation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on traveling with children, here are recommended attractions for those planning Boston family vacations.

Patriot’s Day

Patriot’s Day takes place on the third Monday in April every year in Massachusetts and Maine. Part of the Patriot’s Day celebration is the annual Boston Marathon. The event also includes battle reenactments of the American Revolutionary War, parades and ceremonies. The battle reenactments take place on Lexington Green; Red Coats march along Battle Road.

Address: Various locations around Boston
Phone: 781-862-1450
Hours: Various times and locations
Price: Free admission

Paul Revere House

Located on the Freedom Trail, the Paul Revere Home is where the historical figure set out on his legendary journey, warning that the British were coming. The house was built in 1680, and Revere lived there in 1775 when his warnings signaled the start of the American Revolution. The house also features a 900-pound bell, a bolt from the USS Constitution and a small mortar, all built by Paul Revere and his sons.

Address: 308 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210
Phone: 617-426-8855
Hours: Saturday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: Adults: $12; seniors (65 and up), $12; children (1 to 15), $12; children (0 to 12 months), free

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library And Museum

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is located on Columbia Point. The building houses three theaters, 25 multimedia exhibits, period settings and a museum showcasing Kennedy’s presidency. Exhibits at the museum include displays depicting the space program, Cuban Missile Crisis and the Peace Corps. The museum also houses artifacts, interactive exhibits and rotating temporary exhibits.

Address: Columbia Point, Boston MA 02125
Phone: 866-535-1960
Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Adults, $12; students, $10; youth 13 to 17, $9; children 12 and under, free

New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium is located at the Boston waterfront, centrally located and close to the financial districts and the north end. The aquarium features a number of animals including African penguins, sharks, seals, sea dragons and the grand Pacific octopus. The facility also features a Shark & Ray Touch Tank where visitors can pet sharks and small bonnethead and epaulette sharks.

Address: 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02113
Phone: 617-973-5200
Hours: July through Labor Day: Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Labor Day through June: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: Adults, $13; children, $11; children 3 and under free

Boston Children’s Museum

The Boston Children’s Museum has been open for 90 years, teaching kids through innovative exhibits and interactive experiences. Young visitors can play with tools as if working on a construction site, as well as create their own masterpieces in the art studio. Finish off at the science playground, which allows kids to investigate and explore science with exhibits, puzzles and demonstrations.

Address: 308 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210
Phone: 617-426-8855
Hours: Saturday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: Adults, $12; seniors (65 and up), $12; children (1 to 15), $12; children (0 to 12 months), free

Six Flags New England

Six Flags New England is the closest amusement park to Boston. The New England branch includes Bizarro, the most popular roller coaster in the park, Splash Island, a water park, and the Catapult, a thrill ride that whips people head-over-heels. The park also offers a number of family rides including many whose themes are based on Loony Tunes cartoon characters.

Address: 1623 Main St, Agawam, MA 01001
Phone: 413-786-9300
Hours: Open from 10:30 a.m. till 11 p.m.
Price: Adults, $44.99; children under 54 inches, $34.99; kids 2 and under, free

Museum Of Science

The Museum of Science in Boston offers guests a chance to visit the IMAX theater, which shows movies about sharks, dinosaurs and the Great Lakes. There is also a large Planetarium, with a full dome theater and instructors teaching kids the wonders of astronomy. A full-motion simulator, for an extra charge, allows visitors to virtually travel through the deep sea. Also, animal exhibits, botanical gardens and dinosaur displays will add to the thrill of your family vacation in Boston.

Address: 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-723-2500
Hours: July 5 through Labor Day, Saturday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Labor Day through July 4, Saturday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: Adults, $20; seniors, $18; children, $17; children 3 and under, free

What are your favorite vacation spots in Boston?


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