Family Travel Guide: Boston Seaport
One of my goals for the summer is to travel more as a family, but in ways that are a bit more manageable with a toddler. Road trips are a great way to do that and so this past weekend, we hopped in the car for a few hours up to Boston and Cape Cod! Spoiler alert? I'm kind of obsessed with road trips, and it'll take a truly awesome place (like Disney, duh!) to get me on a plane anytime soon.
From our place in NJ to our hotel near Boston Seaport District, all in all we were in the car for 5 hours! We hit some traffic and stopped to change a diaper blowout, but in my opinion we still made it in pretty good time. The drive through parts of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts was beautiful - now that Arya is forward facing she couldn't get enough of the scenery!
To keep her fully entertained on the drive though, we packed the following essentials and rotate to a new one every hour. To keep ourselves entertained, we listened to Binge Mode: Harry Potter!
- a tablet preloaded with Netflix movies (download them for offline playback), learning games, and the Noggin app for her favorite shows (we turn one of our phones into a hotspot for Wifi!)
- coloring book with interactive sticker pages
- softs dry snacks like cheerios, bagels, dried fruit
After polling many of you for toddler friendly thing to do in Boston, picked just a few things to enjoy instead of trying to do it all in one trip. Our hotel was technically in the Boston Seaport District of town but was also nestled into the cutest walkable neighborhood called Fort Point! We lucked out with a pretty solid car nap for Arya so we upon arrival we hit a quick check-in, a quick change and then we headed out to explore. Our favorite stops?
- Flour Bakery: We ate here no less than 3 times in 48 hours and I'm going to miss it so much. Fresh baked breads, homemade soups, the most delicious pastries (with vegan options too), and a killer breakfast sammy!
- Craft Beer Cellar: Trying local craft beers is one of our favorite ways to get to know a new city! This spot had an entire case dedicated to local brews and ciders and after tasting a few, you can create your own 6-pack of your own to take back and stock the hotel fridge.
- Boston Children's Museum: I lost count the several times you all recommended this for us! There's nothing more fun than letting a toddler run loose in a museum. Check out this massive list of exhibits - the most I've seen going on at one museum in a while!
- Hood Milk Bottle: There's a lovely story behind this architectural landmark that sits right outside of the Children's Perfect but it's also a great place to stop for some ice cream in the summer!
- Boston Tea Party Museum: You can't come to Boston and not experience some history! If you're strapped for time and can't commit to things like the Freedom Trail, touring the museum is a fully immersive experience that you can do in 1 hour.
- The Barking Crab: We didn't notice this cool spot until making our way back across the harbor, but this funky little clam shack has everything. Live music, fresh seafood, right on the water!
- Downtown Waterfront Harborwalk: Even though we drove, popping Arya into the stroller and walking around is still one of the easiest ways for us to explore. The Harborwalk is a 43-mile linear park along Boston’s shoreline that connects Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods and the downtown waterfront section is gorgeous for a morning or late afternoon stroll. Plenty of restaurants / bars along and Arya loved being so close to the water / boats!
Overall we loved the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston so much! It's a great little nook filled with plenty of things to do that are easily walkable and right by the seaport. Check out this guide here for even more recommendations on things to do, eat, and see!