New Englanders big and small love their doughnuts. And while we’ve got nothing against Dunkin’, we really enjoy visiting local shops, which serve up everything from classic apple cider doughnuts to maple-bacon-flavored beignets. We can hardly think of a more kid-friendly food—especially when sprinkles and frosting are involved—so bring the whole family when you go sample of some of the tastiest treats in the city at a dozen of our favorite doughnut shops.
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Boston has long been home to some of the best museums in the world, showcasing art from around the world. Recently, the city has acquired an extensive collection of free public art where families can get up close and personal with installations of all kinds. Some of these exhibits are permanent, while others are on view during the fall. Either way, crisp autumn weather provides the perfect backdrop for exploring public art throughout the city.
Salem gets most of its visitors in October, when Halloween rolls around the city is absolutely packed with revelers. But while Witch City really comes alive in the fall, it's a smart destination for an easy day trip or weekend getaway in other seasons, too. From getting there on the ferry and learning the history of the Salem Witch Trials to eating some great local food and exploring beautiful outdoor areas, there's year-round fun for the whole family.
Boston has seen an absolute boom in beer gardens (or biergartens) in the last few years, and luckily for anyone with kids, many are welcoming to families. If you like to sip a craft brew outside, these are the places to go with little ones in tow: Many have live music, lawn games, and great views. From the heart of the city to several of the suburbs and mountain resorts nearby, there’s likely a beer garden near you that's open from summer through fall or just in celebration of Oktoberfest. Sip—and play!
It’s not officially autumn yet, but it will be soon and that means it’s time for fall festivals. There are so many in the Boston area that it can be hard to know which ones are good for families. We took the guesswork out of it by narrowing the field down to our favorites. You’ll find good food, fun activities, music, performances, and much more at these 10 fall festivities in Boston that are perfect for both parents and kids.
There are so many amazing places in the Boston area to take your kids hiking, whether they’re still riding in a carrier or trekking right alongside you. And believe it or not, there are even hikes where you can bring your stroller! You won’t be scaling any mountains on these hikes, but you will be getting out of the city and into nature. There are so many beautiful landscapes to take in, from salt marshes and woodlands to wetlands and farms, you’re sure to find a hike perfect for your family.
As soon as the weather turned warm, I couldn’t wait to get outside with my son. And while we love going to the park or playground by ourselves to swing or play with toys, it’s extra fun when a friend or two can join us. So when I started hearing about outdoor playgroups, an increasingly popular alternative to meet-ups in houses and rec centers, I knew we had to check them out. We’ve mostly been going to the Growing Center (see below) because we live in Somerville, but all of the groups look like really fun (not to mention no-cost) ways to soak up the sunshine and fresh air while meeting new friends.
Massachusetts may not have a long growing season, but local farms make the most of the few months they have each year to produce bountiful fruits and vegetables. There are a lot of places to strawberry, blueberry, or apple picking near Boston, but don't forget about other summer produce, like peaches, pears, plums, cherries, corn and more—even currants! Here are 20 nearby farms where kids can pick (and sample) lots of different types of luscious dessert and meal fixings, straight from the fields.