20 Spring Activities near Boston We Can't Wait To Do with Kids

Visit the animals at Drumlin Farm. Photo courtesy of Steve and Courtney Johns, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Visit the animals at Drumlin Farm. Photo courtesy of Steve and Courtney Johns, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

We're always delighted to welcome spring to Boston. It's the season when everything comes alive and each 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. Here are our picks for the best spring activities with kids 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.

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

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

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

3. See the gorgeous spring blooms and hike the rolling hills at Arnold Arboretum.

4. Celebrate the spring equinox with a pizza party (March 20, 2022).

5. Surprise your kids with a fun April Fool's Day prank.

6. Find some holiday joy at an Easter Egg hunt or festival in the area.

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

Spring Activities for Kids near Boston: image of mini golf.
Putt putt the day away. Photo courtesy of Mulligans

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

9. Experience music, dance, and art-making opportunities at the Harvard ArtsFirst Festival (April 28 - May 1, 2022).

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

Family Fun Near Boston: image of Rose Kennedy Greenway Carousel. 
Take the kids for a ride on the whale on the Greenway carousel. Photo courtesy of rosekennedygreenway.org 

11. Hop on the uniquely Boston Greenway Carousel for a spin and then explore the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. 

12. Learn all about the flowers and animals of the season at a nature center

13. Hit a family-friendly Massachusetts bike trail with your kids.

14. 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.

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

16. It's time to get outside to play! Explore some of our favorite innovative Boston-area playgrounds.

Spring Activities Near Boston With Kids: image of outdoor dining space. 
Spring ushers in outdoor family dining. Photo courtesy of the Bowery Bar

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.

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.

Spring Activities Near Boston for Kids: image of Swan Boats. 
The Swan Boats have long been a Boston spring activity for kids. Photo courtesy of swanboats.com

20. Witness Boston's unofficial kickoff to spring on Swan Boats Opening Day (April 16, 2022).


Originally published in 2016 and updated annually

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