Now that we’re heading into fall, all we want to do is soak up the nice weather. As a Boston mom, there’s so much to do in the city! But when you have an 8-month-old who doesn’t do a whole lot yet, where do you go? Here are some of our favorite Boston day trips for mom and baby so far.
Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo
The zoo is a fantastic standby for many families, and rightly so. In Boston, the yearly zoo pass offers admission to both the Franklin Park Zoo and the Stone Zoo. The zoos have over 200 different species of animals, a range of exhibits, and a handful of playgrounds scattered throughout the park.
The North End
Situated right by the waterfront, the North End offers plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes, and bakeries. It’s great if you want to do some walking and don’t mind a lot of congestion from tourists and locals alike. It’s also within walking distance of Faneuil Hall, the Seaport, and the Greenway. There’s nothing quite like late summer and fall in the North End, when there’s an array of feasts with fabulous food and fantastic vendors.
Boston Common and Public Garden
One of my favorite Boston day trips is a good stroll around the Common and the Garden — and it’s right in the heart of Boston. The Public Garden happens to be the setting of one of our favorite Boston-based books, “Make Way For Ducklings,” and it has both statues dedicated to the famous fowls and the swan boats illustrated in the classic story. The Common is always great for a dip in Frog Pond or a chance to run around Tadpole Playground.
New England Aquarium
Another staple for Boston family day trips is the aquarium, with its penguins, seals, and a wide array of other aquatic life. Other offerings include an IMAX theatre and a whale watch that runs from April through November. It’s within walking distance to the North End, so you could do a lot in one day!