Boston with kids!
Boston is one of the best cities in America. It has all of the same New England charm that small towns have up and down the coast while also being filled to the brim with culture, great food, and stunning architecture. What we love most about the city, is that it’s surrounded by water, the ocean on the harborside and the Charlies River on the Northside and it’s filled with plenty of green spaces and parks. You have some of the prettiest buildings and lots of nature, it’s the ideal city to live in and visit.
Where to stay with kids in Boston!
There are plenty of beautiful hotels to choose from, but The Four Seasons is by far the best location for families. Located right outside the Public Garden and the Boston Common, you feel like you’re offered the extension of a backyard while you are there.
The hotel is situated near so many delicious restaurants, but if you’re not feeling like dining out – grab something from a cafe or sandwich shop and have a picnic in the garden. It’s too cold in the winter for a picnic, but it’s always worth a stroll through because there is not a time when the garden is not gorgeous!
The Best Accommodations for Covid19
During these times, arrivals to destinations look a little differently than pre-Covid19. The Four Seasons has made sure to keep everyone safe and upon arrival with a new safety program called Lead with Care. Once you’re there you will have your temperature taken, once cleared you’re given a colored armband to show the hotel staff that you’ve already been checked that day. You’ll do it each morning when you enter the lobby and then as you’re out and about for the day, you can just come and go as you please because they’ll see you’ve already had your temperature taken for the day. All guests over 10 must be wearing masks at all times in public spaces in the hotel, though masks are encouraged for all guests over 2 years of age.
We also found extra masks and hand sanitizers gifted to us in the bathrooms in our room. This was a wonderful thought, incase you’ve forgotten your own and also to ensure that you can change your mask daily.
Additional Amenities for Families
We love how The Four Seasons always has tiny robes available upon request, this adds such a treat to the stay for kids and it does not hurt that children in tiny robes are always so cute!
Many hotels in Boston have very small rooms, due to the age of the building, but you won’t sacrifice space or comfort while at The Four Seasons. And the design in the rooms is always perfection! They also help to keep your packing light and offer cribs or a playpen to be brought to your room for your child.
For extra space, get adjoining rooms or a suite! We stayed in one of their State Suite’s and the one-bedroom space was gorgeous with a view of the Garden beneath us and the golden dome of the Capitol Building! (not pictured below)!
Four Seasons, Boston has a wonderful indoor pool with an incredible view of the city. Usually the indoor pools are too cool for us, but the temperature was wonderful. During these times, they have a six-person maximum capacity in the water. We found it really nice, as we always had the pool to ourselves.
There is a wonderful complimentary lobby coffee bar that offers amazing lattes and local baked goods. There’s a wonderful marriage of the first-class service with personable hospitality. You absolutely find a way to feel comfortable around every corner of this hotel. What kid doesn’t love a warm cup of hot chocolate? They’re only open in the mornings for now, but you won’t want to miss this!
If you happen to be visiting Boston in December, don’t miss out on the Teddy Bear Tea, it is reimagined this year where your child will get to have tea with their teddy bear in the comfort of your own hotel room.
Best things to do with kids in Boston
MFA– we absolutely love this art museum, especially with kids. When you arrive you can get a little Family Activity Tote for your visit.
Museum of Science – This Science museum is jam packed with exhibits for everyone.
Boston Children’s Museum – With three floors of play spaces, you can have a great day here with your children.
Harvard Museum of Natural History – This museum is tinier in scale compared to the others, but it offers some really wonderful exhibits. The taxidermy collection is amazing and the room filled with gemstones is a favorite.
The New England Aquarium – if you don’t fall in love with the penguins, I’d be concerned.
Boston Library – Though the library is not a museum, it feels like one! Don’t miss a walkthrough here, it’s absolutely divine and if you’re wanting an afternoon with your kids in a quiet place, their children section is amazing.
Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum– located right by the Children’s Museum, this is a wonderfully interactive way to learn about the Boston Tea Party and our countries beginning days of fighting for freedom.
Duck Boat Tours – This tour is on land and water and usually comes with a funny tour guide who will teach you a bit about Boston.
We also recommend grabbing a copy of Make Way for Ducklings and reading it while cuddled up in your Four Seasons bed (preferably in your matching robes) and then head out to meet the Ducklings themselves in the garden.
Boston is a wonderful city to visit, even now, when so much has changed around us. We are so grateful for our few days in the city and as the guests of The Four Seasons. Our stay was in partnership with the hotel, but all thoughts are our own and completely honest.