Best Things To Do This Spring in Boston With Kids

The Swan Boats have long been a Boston spring activity for kids. Photo courtesy of
The Swan Boats have long been a Boston spring activity for kids. Photo courtesy of
3/3/23 - By Tara D

We're always delighted to welcome spring back to Boston each year. It's the season when everything comes alive and every day brings a small and wonderful surprise. The city's green spaces are vibrant centers of color and activity, and it's the perfect time to get outdoors with the kids to reconnect with nature on a farm or at a park. From Swan Boats in Boston to the Harvard ArtsFirst Festival in Cambridge, here are our picks for the best spring activities around Boston to look forward to this season.

For even more ideas for making the most of the season, check out our Boston spring fun guide.


Spring Activities in Boston

1. Witness Boston's unofficial kickoff to spring on Swan Boats Opening Day.

2. Just like us, animals are coming out of hibernation, so take your kiddos to get wild out one of our great local zoos!

3. Join the quest to see whales frolic in their natural habitat on a whale-watching cruise

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Spring Activities for Kids near Boston: image of Arnold Arboretum. 
Seeing spring in bloom is a great activity for kids. Photo courtesy of the Arnold Arboretum

4. See the gorgeous spring blooms and hike the rolling hills at Arnold Arboretum. It's one of the top places to see Cherry Blossoms and wildflowers near Boston

5. Spend a spring afternoon touring Fenway Park and get excited for a new season.

6. Take the kids to one of Boston's Playgrounds for brain-boosting fun!

7. Find a time for a free museum visit with the kids in Boston. From the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has so much to explore.

Spring Activities Near Boston

8. Get the first sweet taste of spring at a maple sugaring festival or farm.

9. Explore the hiking trails, observe baby animals, and hop around a natural playscape at Drumlin Farm.

10. Watch the sheep head over to the baa-baa shop at the Annual Sheepshearing Festival.

11. Visit, feed, pet—and sometimes even hold!—animals at a petting zoo

12. Take a spring day trip near Boston for a fun and easy getaway with the family!

13. Challenge the family to a game of putt-putt at one of these great mini golf courses. Most are open by late spring.

14. Experience music, dance, and art-making opportunities at the Harvard ArtsFirst Festival.

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Photo of kids on a ride at New England theme park 
Get out for a wild ride at New England's family-friendly theme parks! Photo courtesy of Lake Compunce

15. Get out for opening day of one of the Great New England theme parks.

16. It may not be time to swim quite yet but you can still pack up the shovels and buckets and spend a day at the beach to dig, explore, and play.

17. Have your cake and sunshine, too: Dine al fresco at a kid-friendly restaurant with outdoor seating

18. Explore our beautiful local trails with an easy hike around Boston with your kids.

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Photo of kids at ice cream stand-Spring Activities for Kids in Boston 
They'll scream for an oversize cone from Greater Boston's ice cream stands. Photo courtesy of Kimball Farm

19. Don't wait until summer to get your first licks in! Visit an ice cream farm stand and treat your littles to a cone. Most open up for the season in the spring.

Originally published in 2016 and updated annually