Boston/Salem with kids


Jul 31st, 2014, 08:20 PM
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Boston/Salem with kids

Can anyone offer us advise with what to see and do with kids in Boston for approx 3 days. I want to see Salem but happy to visit for the day. I don't want the kids to get bored. They will be 6 and 10 at the time and it's for next year around late Sept early Oct. Thanks in advance
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Aug 1st, 2014, 03:51 AM
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In Boston, take a Duck tour, go to the Museum of Science and be sure to see the electricity demo and a planetarium show and if there is an appropriate IMax do that. Do the Aquarium, go to a Red Sox game and/or tour of Fenway. Take the ferry from Boston to Salem if it is still running.

If you come from a place where there is no subway system, taking the T will be like an amusement ride to the kids.
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Aug 1st, 2014, 04:11 AM
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You can take the commuter rail Boston-Salem, but check schedule carefully since trains outside of rush hours are very limited. In October Salem is already getting Halloween-crazed, so that might be interesting. Same for all the witch stuff.

The Red Sox will not be playing baseball in October - especially since they traded half the team yesterday, but a Fenway tour might still be fun.

If you are here on a weekend, walk thru Haymarket - pushcart vendors selling all sorts of things. Take a Boston Harbor cruise - they have them in all lengths of time, including a short lunchtime cruise.
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Aug 2nd, 2014, 01:46 AM
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Thanks. Would the freedom trail be interesting for them? I would like to do that. Is is worth staying in Salem too or just visit for day,
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Aug 2nd, 2014, 03:52 AM
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I think they are likely old enough to look at the Freedom Trail website & decide if it looks interesting.
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For kids those ages, I don't think they would enjoy the Freedom Trail just parts of it such as the USS Constitution. You might be able to find age appropriate books to explain that part of history but it won't be as interesting and fun for them as the Museum of Science or Duck Tour. A day visit to Salem is probably enough.
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If the weather is nice, the Freedom Trail is a nice walk, with a few interesting sites for them, a couple of really good ice cream shops - and it goes thru the North End and to USS Constitution. I would go for it, but prepare for not being able to linger as long as you might like. They are old enough to tell them this is something you want to do - and trade-off with the ice cream stop, dinner at a kid-friendly place.
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You're coming next year, so be aware that the USS Constitution will be in dry dock for repairs starting in 2015 for a few years. You'll still be able to see it and there might be deck access at times. You can visit the war ship, the Cassin Young, also at the Navy Yard.

They might enjoy a whale watch or a trip out to the fort at George's Island in Boston Harbor. In September you might be able to see a Sox game depending on the schedule but a tour of Fenway would be fun.

The Museum of Fine Arts has Egyptian mummies, often a favorite with kids.

Some street entertainers at Quincy Market plus a large food court with every sort of food is entertaining.

September-October are prime visitor times in Boston so make your reservations early. I'd also say Salem is a good day trip. Take the ferry there and come back by train.
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