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Exploring the science of bubblemaking at Boston Children's Museum; credit BCM



Boston, MA

New England Aquarium

DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1969, the aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation and attractions;  the Explore vibrant coral reefs, from the Bahamas and the tropical Pacific to temperate Australia.
marvel at lionfish and stonefish, some of the most poisonous fishes in the sea or just enjoy the beauty of brilliantly colored fish and the playful antics of the penguins at this delightful center where science meets learning and fun; the aquarium is 3-4 hours well spent by kids and adults; includes the ever popular Simons IMAX Theatre; the aquarium combines education, entertainment and action to address the most challenging problems facing the ocean through a wide variety of conservation initiatives

ADMISSION: adult $20, ages 3-11 $12, age 60+ $18, age 2 and under enter free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p, Sat-Sun 9a-6p, longer hours in summer

ADDRESS: Central Wharf at Boston Harbor  MAP

PARKING: garage nearby
TRANSIT: Blue Line and Orange Line at Aquarium Station

PHONE: 617-973-5200


Museum of Science
DESCRIPTION: Considering that greater Boston is the hub or more academic scientists than anywhere else on earth, one should expect a top-flight science museum and this one has delivered for more than 170 years; a Discovery Center, T-Rex, and Natural Mysteries, exhibits will uplift and at times astound you; includes major computer exhibit and planetarium and exciting many interactive exhibits for families; despite the steep admission fee, this museum delivers a great value

ADMISSION:their webite features a matrix of prices based on dates, time and choice of exhibit halls, Butterfly Garden, 3D Theater, Mugar Omni Theater, Planetarium and/or Laser Shows

DAYS & HOURS: Sat-Thu 9a-5p, Fri 9a-9p

ADDRESS: 1 Science Park over the Charles River  MAP

PARKING: garages nearby on the Boston side, but its best to take transit
TRANSIT: Green Line at Science Park Station

PHONE: 617-723-2500


Boston Children's Museum
DESCRIPTION: Recently renovated, this museum has been building innovative,
engaging, meaningful, and fun exhibits for 95 years and has inspired children's museums worldwide.; home to Art Studio, a fun and messy activity space where children and families make art together; Arthur™ and Friends immerses visitors in imaginative settings based on Marc Brown’s books and the popular WGBH television series; Boston Black: A City Connects is a unique exhibit that celebrates all that is good fun for families in Boston's Black community; The Common, Construction Zone, Japanese House, Johnny’s Workbench, KidStage and other exhibits round out the numerous offerings; topping it off, the museum was awarded LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council

ADMISSION: Adults $9, 
ages 2-15 and seniors $7,
 One year olds $2 and 
Fridays 5p-9p admission only $1 each

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sun 10a-5p

ADDRESS: 300 Congress Street  MAP

PARKING: garage nearby
TRANSIT: Red Line and commuter rail at South Station 1 block northwest, then 1 block southwest to Summer Street

PHONE: 617-426-6500


Franklin Park Zoo
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1913, this 72-acre site nestled in immaculately designed Franklin Park features a number of upgraded naturalistic habitats such as Serengeti Crossing where ostrich, Grant's zebras, Nubian ibex, and white-bearded wildebeests; Kalahari Kingdom lets great African lions sniff around the hood of your car; Franklin Farm where children can touch and see animals such as goats and sheep, a brooder building, where newly hatched chicks; Tiger Tales features new tigers, Anala and Luther, and aims to educate guests about the problems that arise when exotic animals fall into the wrong hands; Giraffe Savannah features wonderful giraffes, who come out when the temperature is above 65 degess; Tropical Forest reopened in 2007 as one of the most innovative indoor gorilla exhibits in the world and includes other animals such as mandrills, capybaras, Baird's tapir, and a pygmy hippopotamus; Butterfly Landing, opne from June-September, Butterfly Landing is home to nearly 1,000 butterflies in free flight; Bird's World has also been upgraded to house home to dozens of species of birds from around the globe

ADMISSION:  Adults $12, age 62+ $10, ages 2-12  $7, age 1 and under enter free, 1/2 off first Saturday of the month from 10a-Noon

DAYS & HOURS: Oct-March daily 10a-4p, April-Sept daily 10a-5p

ADDRESS: 1 Franklin Park Road  MAP

PARKING: garage nearby

PHONE: 617-442-2002


TD Banknorth Garden
DESCRIPTION: Since opening in 1995, this 19,600-seat arena has served as home to the legendary Boston Celtics basketball team, the Boston Bruins hockey team and a welcome replacement for that trap of a old building called the Boston Garden; you don’t have to be a basketball fan to enjoy 3 fully equipped private restaurants, 110 executive suites, and the multi-million dollar video scoreboard

ADMISSION: see pricing matrix on their website below

DAYS & HOURS: game dependant

ADDRESS: 100 Legends Way  MAP

PHONE: 617-624-1050

PARKING: garages surround the arena

TRANSIT: Orange and Green Lines to North Station


Sports Museum
DESCRIPTION: Showcases the rich sports heritage of New England through an unparalleled collection of artifacts, multimedia, works of art and interactive exhibits; exhibits also honor Bill Russell, Reggie Lewis, (basketball), David Ortiz, Jim Rice, Troy Brown, Jim Nance, Marvin Hagler and Willie O'Ree (first black player in the NHL); daily 11a-5p; admission limited to 11a, Noon, 1p, 2p and 3p;  purchase tickets at TD Banknorth Garden box office on the West Side of the North Station Platform, next to Pro Shop

ADMISSION: $6 adults, $4 ages 6-17 and seniors, kids under 6 enter free; $15 Family tickets for up to 5 people

DAYS & HOURS: daily 11a-5p; on game days, museum closes at 3p

ADDRESS: 100 Legends Way; 5th and 6th levels of TD Banknorth Garden  MAP

TRANSIT: Green and Orange ines to North Station

PHONE: 617-624-1235


Fenway Park
DESCRIPTION: With its nemesis Green Monster wall, the baseball park remains a lovable attraction since its opening day in 1912; home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, this park has arguably seen more historic plays than any other, including Baseball Hall of Famers: Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, Ted Williams, Jimmie Foxx, Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice and Carl Yastrzemski; the ballpark takes its name from the Fenway District

ADMISSION: $12 - $325 per game

DAYS & HOURS: typically 7:30p

ADDRESS: 4 Yawkey Way  MAP

PARKING: parking lots nearby
TRANSIT: Green Line at Kenmore Station is 2 blocks north on Brookline Ave, then east 1 block on Commonwealth Ave

PHONE: 877-733-7699


Cambridge, MA

Harvard Museum of Natural History

DESCRIPTION: Explore 12,000 specimens drawn from Harvard’s vast research collections of dinosaurs, meteorites, gemstones, and hundreds of animals around the globe; get close to the world’s only mounted Kronosaurus, a 42 ft-long marine reptile; one of the first Triceratops ever discovered; a 1,642 lb. amethyst geode; and the ever-popular whale skeletons; an exhibit unique to HMNH,  the world famous exhibit Ware Collection of Glass Models of Plants are amazingly realistic models of plants, fruits and flowers created by father-son glass artists Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka from 1886-193; other exhibits include Language of Color, Sea Creatures in Glass, Arthropods: Creatures that Rule; Dodos, Trilobites, & Meteorites, and Climate Change: Our Global Experiment

ADMISSION: Adults $9, Non-Harvard Students with ID and age 65+ $7, ages 3–18 $6; ticket includes admission to the adjacent Peabody Museum featuring archaeology and cultural artifacts from six continents

DAYS & HOURS: daily 9a-5p

ADDRESS: 26 Oxford Street  MAP

PARKING: garages nearby and on street metered parking; best to purchase parking passes online
TRANSIT: 7-10 minute walk through historic Harvard Yard from the Harvard Square
Station of the Red Line

PHONE: 617-495-3045


Springfield, MA

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

DESCRIPTION: True basketball fans must make the pilgrimage to this shrine; m
arvel at the records, winning spirit and dominance of men who shaped the game: George Mikan, Bob Cousy, Bob Petit, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Billy Cunningham, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Nate Thurmond, Rick Barry, Pete Maravich, Wes Unseld, Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan; Max's Tavern, Pazzo Ristorante and Cold Stone Creamery are also on site; located 1.5 hours west of Boston via I-90 Turnpike

ADMISSION: Adults $17, age 65+ $14, ages 5-15 $12; three day passes are also available
age 4 and under enter free

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 10a-6p, Sat-Sun 10a-6p

ADDRESS: 1000 West Columbus Ave  MAP

PARKING: on premises

PHONE: 413-781-6500


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