20 Things To Do In Charlestown with Boston Kids

Mayor Thomas M. Menino Park features one of the coolest climbers in Boston! Photo courtesy of Landscape Structures Inc.
Charlestown, Boston family activities

Located on the banks of Boston Harbor, historic Charlestown has become an increasingly popular neighborhood for young families due to its proximity to the city and neighborhood feel.  Made famous by several touristy landmarks like the Bunker Hill Monument and Old Ironsides, Charlestown offers plenty to do for kids in all seasons. It's hard to believe this 'hood is only one square mile! 

You could spend a whole day exploring Charlestown, but if you want to branch out to the nearby neighborhoods, check out our picks for family-friendly activities in Boston's North End and Seaport/Fort Channel areas, too.

1.  Visit the world famous USS Constitution Museum, which is open year round. Make sure to check the website for special events and don't miss the museum shop on your way out. You can climb aboard Old Ironsides, the naval frigate docked nearby, for free.

2.  "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!" The Battle of Bunker Hill is in every history book, so join a tour or go on your own.  Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the gorgeous grounds.  If you want to climb to the top, make sure to get a pass first at the museum. 

Set sail out of Charlestown. Photo courtesy of Courageous Sailing

3.  The Courageous Sailing Club located in the Navy Yard offers instructional classes for kids, or book your own boat and brave the harbor as a family.  

4. Strap on your baby carrier and work up a sweat at a Mom and Baby Barre class at Asana. 

5.  Pop into the trendy Mockingbird to shop for all things kids! This store carries clothing, toys, and great gifts for new mamas and babies.

6.  Throw a line and have an expert teach your kids proper fishing technique with Fishing Frenzy Charters

7.  Grab a snack at a local favorite, Zume's Coffee House.  There's a reading nook just for kids, and fun and healthy treats to choose from.

8.  Eat lunch at the most historic tavern in America (and Paul Revere's favorite), the Warren Tavern. It was erected in 1780!

Bubbles blow in the breeze at Harborwalk. Photo courtesy of Boston Harbor Now

9.  Stroll the Charlestown Harborwalk, which offers a range of historic, recreational, and natural attractions with beautiful views across the water.   

10.  Choose from a plethora of playgrounds in the one square mile, including the inclusive playground at Thomas Merino Park.

11.  Score big at a Super Soccer Stars class. 

12.  Read books in the children's section of the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library. Toddler story hour and events are offered at various times throughout the year. 

13.  Indulge in some sweet treats at Sorelle Bakery. Along with delicious cookies and cupcakes, this bakery also serves up great breakfast and lunch options. 

14.  Get to know the Charlestown Mother's Association.  They plan amazing events like "Touch a Truck Day," an annual Easter Egg Hunt complete with food and activities, and an epic Halloween celebration.  

15.  Take a swim class or enjoy family swim time at the Charlestown YMCA

Enjoy a show or theater class in Charlestown. Photo courtesy of Charlestown Working Theater

16.  Check out the Charlestown Working Theater.  They provide high-quality theater and art classes to youth free of charge.  

17.  Sing and shake your sillies out at a Little Groove Music & Art class. 

18.  Don't forget that kids eat free at the Nighty-Nine when the Boston Red Sox win.  

19.  Visit the Sullivan Square Community Garden, a peaceful buffer between Main Street and Bunker Hill street. Visitors are welcome to explore it through meandering paths. 

20.  Spend the day playing at Allo, an indoor playground complete with a water playroom and rotating installments for frequent visitors. 

 

USS Constitution Museum
Charlestown Navy Yard Building 22
02129 Charlestown , MA
Phone: (617) 426-1842
42° 22' 27.3504" N, 71° 3' 23.04" W
Massachusetts
Bunker Hill Monument
43 Monument Square
Charlestwon , MA
Phone: (617) 242-7275
42° 22' 32.2212" N, 71° 3' 41.148" W
Massachusetts
Courageous Sailing Club
Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard
02129 Charlestown , MA
Phone: 617.242.3821
42° 22' 27.3504" N, 71° 3' 23.04" W
Massachusetts
Asana
20 City Square
02129 Charlestown , MA
Phone: 617-413-8434
42° 22' 19.3764" N, 71° 3' 40.1112" W
Massachusetts
Mockingbird
219 Main Street
02129 Charlestown , MA
Phone: 617-242-0210
42° 22' 35.4828" N, 71° 3' 55.7424" W
Massachusetts
Fishing Frenzy Chaters
28 Constitution Road
02129 Charlestown , MA
Phone: (617) 275-6670
42° 22' 15.7368" N, 71° 3' 38.0124" W
Massachusetts
Zume's Coffee House
223 Main Street
02129 Charlestown , MA
Phone: (617) 242-0038
42° 22' 35.6952" N, 71° 3' 55.6056" W
Massachusetts
Warren Tavern
2 Pleasant Street
02129 Charlestown , MA
Phone: (617) 241-8142
42° 22' 27.2928" N, 71° 3' 47.0808" W
Massachusetts
Thomas Merino Park
98 16th Street
02129 Charlestown , MA 42° 22' 39.8784" N, 71° 2' 57.7068" W
Massachusetts
Super Soccer Stars
1 Thompson Square, Suite 301
02129 Charlestown , MA
Phone: (781) 777-7171
42° 22' 31.188" N, 71° 3' 49.1724" W
Massachusetts
Boston Public Library-Charlestown Branch
179 Main Street
02129 Charlestown , MA
Phone: (617) 242-1248
42° 22' 32.88" N, 71° 3' 51.9336" W
Massachusetts
Sorelle Bakery & Cafe
100 City Square
Charlestown , MA
Phone: 617-242-5980
42° 22' 15.6072" N, 71° 3' 40.1184" W
Massachusetts
Charlestown YMCA
150 Third Avenue
02129 Charlestown , MA
Phone: (617) 286-1220
42° 22' 35.0004" N, 71° 3' 12.0672" W
Massachusetts
Charlestown Working Theater
442 Bunker Hill Street
02129 Charlestown , MA
Phone: (617) 242-3285
42° 22' 58.602" N, 71° 4' 16.3308" W
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Little Groove Music & Art
314 Main Street
02129 Charlestown , MA
Phone: 617-823-4270
42° 22' 41.3976" N, 71° 4' 4.9404" W
Massachusetts
99 Restaurant
29-31 Austin Street
02129 Charlestown , MA
Phone: (617) 242-8999
42° 22' 29.6832" N, 71° 4' 1.2612" W
Massachusetts
Allo
197 8th Street Suite 600
02129 Charlestown , MA
Phone: 617-337-0049
42° 22' 24.2688" N, 71° 3' 7.8876" W
Massachusetts
Sullivan Square Community Garden
Main Street and Bunker Hill Street
02129 Charlestown , MA 42° 23' 0.3732" N, 71° 4' 18.1056" W
Massachusetts