Make family time special and travel to Boston aboard the Amtrak Downeaster. Enjoy lots of legroom, look out the big windows and watch the landscape whoosh by. Take a walk to the Dowenaster Café to grab a snack; play a game, read a book or spend some time planning your Boston getaway.
Trips on the train are affordable. Kids (age 2-12) ride half-price every day* and free on Sunday**! And now, students (age 13 - 25) with a valid student ID are eligible for 15% off the lowest Value or Flexible Fare when you book your travel at least 3 days in advance.
Looking for a fun-filled Day Trip? You can arrive in the heart of Boston refreshed and ready to go in the morning. You'll have plenty of time to visit an attraction, see some historic sites, grab a great meal, and look at the massive skyline and then catch an evening train home.
Here are some great ideas for family friendly activities in Boston:
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
With so many different attractions to explore indoors, at Assembly Row in Somerville, the Center is designed with mini LEGO® fans and their parents in mind! Ideal for children ages 3 -10 years, kids can jump into a giant box of LEGO® bricks and see what their imagination will create in a world of color and creativity. There are plenty of activities for every kid to enjoy!
Boston Museum of Science
The Museum of Science is filled with great things for kids of all ages. Explore fascinating exhibits about everything from lightning and dinosaurs, to the IMAX Theatre, Planetarium, Butterfly Garden and more.
From North Station: Take the MBTA's Green Line to Science Park station. This will be the Green Line's Lechmere-bound "E" train. The Museum is diagonally across the street (O'Brien Highway), just over the Charles River Dam draw bridge.
Fanueil Hall Marketplace
Looking for FREE things to do with the kids during April School Vacation? Come to Faneuil Hall Marketplace! Enjoy FREE programming in the Upper Rotunda inside Quincy Market daily from 11 am - 2 pm. It’s just a half mile from North Station. Cross Causeway Street and walk on New Chardon Street past Haymarket Square.
New England Aquarium
There are thousands of aquatic animals to visit at the New England Aquarium. Don’t miss the fearsome lionfish, the delicate leafy sea dragons, or go out back to see the Northern fur seals, California sea lion, playful penguins – and the new interactive experience about turtles!
From North Station: Take the Orange Line inbound to State Street, then change to the Blue Line and go two stops to Aquarium. The museum is 100 yards away! Or, if it’s a nice day, skip the Blue Line, exit at State Street, walk down toward Boston Harbor, across the Rose Kennedy Greenway and turn right. The Aquarium is to your left, on its own wharf parallel to the Marriott Hotel.
Boston Children's Museum
For over 100 years the Children's Museum has been engaging children in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning. The Museum’s exhibits and programs emphasize hands-on engagement and learning through experience, employing play as a tool to spark the inherent creativity, curiosity, and imagination of children. Designed for children and families, Museum exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts. In addition to extensive child-centered exhibits, Museum educators develop numerous programs and activities that address literacy, performing arts, science and math, visual arts, cultures, and health and wellness.
From North Station: Take the Green Line Inbound to Park. Exit, and then take the Red Line Ashmont/Braintree line to outbound to South Station. Exit South Station to the right of the Amtrak Sales window, to the left of the Commuter Rail platforms onto Summer Street Take a right onto Summer Street and walk one block towards the water Take the first left on Dorchester Avenue (the Federal Reserve Building will be on your left) Follow Dorchester Avenue one block and turn right over the Congress Street Bridge. At the stoplight, turn right onto Congress Street and proceed across the bridge. You'll see the Museum ahead on your left, behind the 40-foot milk bottle. It's about a four-block walk in total.
*Up to two children ages 2-12 are eligible to receive a 50% discount with each full fare-paying adult (age 18+). If any additional child per adult will be traveling, reservations must be made for that child as an "Adult" and the full adult fare will be charged. One child (classified as an "infant") under the age of two may ride free with each full fare-paying adult (age 18+). Infants are not entitled to a seat. Additional children under age two are permitted with each adult traveler under the 50% discount policy.
**Up to two children ages 2-12 ride the Downeaster for FREE on Sundays when accompanied by a full-fare paying adult (age 18+). This promotion is valid for travel thru December 25, 2017. Some restrictions or blackout dates may apply. Tickets must be purchased three days in advance of travel to take advantage of this discount. Reference promotion code v581.