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Boston trip with small kids

Post by BashDash » Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:09 pm

HI all,
I've seen multiple Boston threads but looking for some specific insight. In the planning stage of a midweek Boston trip for 2-3 days. Have a one year old and 3 year old. Hoping to possibly stay in a conveniently located hotel that has a suite ( mostly for sleeping purposes not cooking ). Hoping to do a duck boat tour and see some other sites. Any suggestions for that age group? Any location you would recommend over another? Hoping to possibly visit the Thomas The Train amusement park, Edaville, after the trip in Carver MA. Has anyone been? That is near Cape Cod so that would have been a good combination but we are going on a beach vacation earlier this summer.

Thanks in advance!

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Post by Hug401k » Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:03 pm

The Children's Museum is right by South Station and quite good. The Aquarium is right near there too. There is also a little Swan Boat ride in the Boston Common where the kids can take a ride, and run around the park. They can check out the Make Way for Ducklings Statue and eat a picnic or so. At the pace a 1 and 3 yr old travel, combined with a duck boat ride, that's probably as far as you will get.

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Re: Boston trip with small kids

Post by Bmac » Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:23 pm

Hug401k wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:03 pm
The Children's Museum is right by South Station and quite good. The Aquarium is right near there too. There is also a little Swan Boat ride in the Boston Common where the kids can take a ride, and run around the park. They can check out the Make Way for Ducklings Statue and eat a picnic or so. At the pace a 1 and 3 yr old travel, combined with a duck boat ride, that's probably as far as you will get.
+1
These are great suggestions.

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Post by doug1022 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:41 pm

+1 on the ideas others have posted (Duck Tours, Swan Boats, Make Way for Ducklings, Children's Museum, etc).

you may also want to check out the Rose Kennedy Greenway (https://www.rosekennedygreenway.org/) which runs through the center of downtown Boston. There is a carousel (across from the North End) and a small sprinkler park (across from aquarium) with an ice cream shop located conveniently across the street.

not too far away is faneuil hall which on nice days will often have professional street performers in addition to ice cream shopss, restaurants, etc.

and finally, there is a Lego Discovery Center in the neighboring city of Malden. Its a quick ride on the subway.

depending on where you stay and weather, you may also want to consider a walk along the charles river or a walk through Harvard yard.

its a great walking city....especially in the nice weather. Public Transportation is great as well, but can be challenging with young kids and lots of gear (stroller, diaper bags, etc) during rush hours.

Best of luck - Enjoy!

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Post by malabargold » Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:13 pm

Doubt they will remember much if any thing at that age!

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Post by BashDash » Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:40 am

Thank you all! I'm looking into researching a hotel now. It seems the Hyatt Regency has a good location and is only 15,000 points which I can transfer from ultimate rewards. Thanks for all of the help!!

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Post by DigitalJanitor » Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:40 pm

BashDash wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:40 am
Thank you all! I'm looking into researching a hotel now. It seems the Hyatt Regency has a good location and is only 15,000 points which I can transfer from ultimate rewards. Thanks for all of the help!!
We had fun at the Boston Museum of Science, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the MIT Museum.

We always stayed at the Westin Copley Place. It adjoins a decent mall via a pedestrian bridge, and they have an indoor swimming pool.

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Post by random_walker_77 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:06 pm

Regarding that duck tour... just want to make sure you are aware that the accident rate for those tours seems to be a tad high. You're probably fine to go, but it's good to be aware all the same.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/real ... d-in-.html
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-ne ... dly-crash/
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/12/15/s ... n-warmuth/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duck_tour#Incidents

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Post by artibug » Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:16 am

Thomas Land in Edaville is fun for younger kids. The rides are designed for little ones, less than 7/8 year olds. The whole park is bigger with the Thomas Land tugged in the back of the park. Its worth the trip if your kids love Thomas the train. Make sure you stop by the cranberry museum. Its getting smaller by the years since no one is really interested in them but we love those old time farm stuff. There are some model trains inside the museum and additional kiddo (think travelling carnival rides) inside the same building. There is a train with Thomas as the engine in the front that goes around the park. Good photo ops. Its a fun day outing on the way to or back from the Cape. Just silly trivia, did you know the other two Thomas lands are in UK and in Japan? Check their website before you go, they usually offer discounted tickets on their sites. much cheaper than at gate ticket prices.

Enjoy your trip in MA!

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Post by criticalmass » Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:29 am

random_walker_77 wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:06 pm
Regarding that duck tour... just want to make sure you are aware that the accident rate for those tours seems to be a tad high. You're probably fine to go, but it's good to be aware all the same.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/real ... d-in-.html
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-ne ... dly-crash/
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/12/15/s ... n-warmuth/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duck_tour#Incidents
Two of the three news articles you cited are from cities far away from Boston and have nothing to do with the duck tours operating in Boston. In Philadelphia, for example, the local operators operate in the Delaware river with its large vessels and commercial shipping, which was a factor when a shipping barge struck. You won’t find that in the protected Charles River basin. The few accidents that are in common are between ducks and pedestrians or bike riders. These are rare but tragic. Similar events have also occurred in the same cities (among many more) with city buses and school buses in much greater numbers, than duck tours.

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Post by splendiferous » Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:31 am

We found the hop-on-hop-off trolley gave us a good break. Our 2 year old slept and we listened to the tour guide. Having kids definitely slows your pace down.

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Post by fishmonger » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:15 am

Tough at those ages but I second the Museum of Science and would throw in the Boston Aquarium as well. The aquarium is within easy walking distance of both the North End and Faneuil Hall

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Post by random_walker_77 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:24 pm

criticalmass wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:29 am
random_walker_77 wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:06 pm
Regarding that duck tour... just want to make sure you are aware that the accident rate for those tours seems to be a tad high. You're probably fine to go, but it's good to be aware all the same.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/real ... d-in-.html
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-ne ... dly-crash/
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/12/15/s ... n-warmuth/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duck_tour#Incidents
Two of the three news articles you cited are from cities far away from Boston and have nothing to do with the duck tours operating in Boston. In Philadelphia, for example, the local operators operate in the Delaware river with its large vessels and commercial shipping, which was a factor when a shipping barge struck. You won’t find that in the protected Charles River basin. The few accidents that are in common are between ducks and pedestrians or bike riders. These are rare but tragic. Similar events have also occurred in the same cities (among many more) with city buses and school buses in much greater numbers, than duck tours.
I include those as they've had incidents relating to maintenance and training. The Philadelphia incident, for example, wouldn't have been so bad if the duck wasn't disabled by an engine fire. The wikipedia shows other incidents where passengers had to bail out into the water. The Seattle incident was after the front axle broke. The following article sums up the history, noting that some are calling for an outright ban. On the other hand, it sounds like there have been safety improvements as a result of the bad publicity, and new regulations, so it's probably safer now. As I said, it's probably fine to go, but I think it's good to be aware, especially if you're thinking of bringing very young kids who probably won't remember the experience.

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/d ... ents-bans/

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Post by criticalmass » Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:04 pm

random_walker_77 wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:24 pm
criticalmass wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:29 am
random_walker_77 wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:06 pm
Regarding that duck tour... just want to make sure you are aware that the accident rate for those tours seems to be a tad high. You're probably fine to go, but it's good to be aware all the same.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/real ... d-in-.html
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-ne ... dly-crash/
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/12/15/s ... n-warmuth/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duck_tour#Incidents

Two of the three news articles you cited are from cities far away from Boston and have nothing to do with the duck tours operating in Boston. In Philadelphia, for example, the local operators operate in the Delaware river with its large vessels and commercial shipping, which was a factor when a shipping barge struck. You won’t find that in the protected Charles River basin. The few accidents that are in common are between ducks and pedestrians or bike riders. These are rare but tragic. Similar events have also occurred in the same cities (among many more) with city buses and school buses in much greater numbers, than duck tours.
I include those as they've had incidents relating to maintenance and training. The Philadelphia incident, for example, wouldn't have been so bad if the duck wasn't disabled by an engine fire. The wikipedia shows other incidents where passengers had to bail out into the water. The Seattle incident was after the front axle broke. The following article sums up the history, noting that some are calling for an outright ban. On the other hand, it sounds like there have been safety improvements as a result of the bad publicity, and new regulations, so it's probably safer now. As I said, it's probably fine to go, but I think it's good to be aware, especially if you're thinking of bringing very young kids who probably won't remember the experience.

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/d ... ents-bans/
How does maintenance and training for a Philadelphia company affect a Boston company? Can you draw conclusions about MBTA bus safety after a SEPTA bus collides with a car? Or connect the safety of how one boat is operated in Seattle versus another independent company operating watercraft 2500 miles away?

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Post by nisiprius » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:51 am

I think you're aware that Edaville is a LOOOOONNNNNNG way from Boston, sixty miles, hour-and-a-half drive. It would work well as a combination with Plimoth Plantation--probably not on the same day. Plimoth which is not for little kids but I think they could tolerate it. (Plimoth Plantation is sensational; they do first-person interpretation, so you walk in and you encounter people dressed in 1600s costume, who talk to you with a 1600s accent, and do improv theatre as they pretend to be colonists. Educational for adults and high-school kids, I think a three-year-old would get a kick out of the strange small thatched buildings and tools and people in costumes... for a while, and the interpreters/actors/colonists would certainly talk to them in an age-appropriate way).

We've been to Edaville, from time to time, for... well, decades, kids and grandkids both. I recommend it. Last time was a couple of years ago with grandkids, and they seem to be in the process of actively expanding it.

I don't know what the one-year-old will make of it, but the three-year-old will love it, it is exactly right for that age. I don't know how to describe it, it seems gentle and low-key... but it's big, you won't run out of things to do, and it's all pretty low-key.

The rides are the kind of rides little kids love, like the little airplanes that go up and down when you pull the stick. Like the kiddie rides at carnivals.

The centerpiece is the train ride... which on their map I see is just called "train ride" or "diesel excursion train." It looks like they're deemphasizing it? I don't know why. This is the narrow-gauge railroad that once was a working railroad for the cranberry operation. It's just a slow pokey ride, 20 minutes, but little kids love it, big windows in the enclosed trains. It is great to do in the early evening because they have all kinds of light-up things placed around the route.
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Post by marycat » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:23 am

Edaville is great for 3 year old age. And there are picnic areas throughout so you can bring your own food too, though they do have typical amusement park food.

If you go and ends up raining, there is often overlooked indoor building behind the ferris wheel with second floor with a bunch of tiny rides (miniature merry go round, etc) and ball pit and model trains on second floor. This area has worked out well when I've needed to feed baby but toddler could also explore since area is small enough to keep an eye on whole area and generally empty.

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Re: Boston trip with small kids

Post by BashDash » Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:11 am

Thanks all for the replies. So our trip is appproaching fast on Sunday. Sunday spent with family. Monday was suppposed to be Thomas land but now pushing this to Tuesday due to rain forecast. Can someone suggest a good rainy day activity in Boston or area near middleboro which is where our home base will be for edaville? 1.5 and 3.5 year old in tow. Thanks! Right now thinking maybe Boston aquarium but open to suggestions.

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Post by GoldStar » Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:23 am

BashDash wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:11 am
Thanks all for the replies. So our trip is appproaching fast on Sunday. Sunday spent with family. Monday was suppposed to be Thomas land but now pushing this to Tuesday due to rain forecast. Can someone suggest a good rainy day activity in Boston or area near middleboro which is where our home base will be for edaville? 1.5 and 3.5 year old in tow. Thanks! Right now thinking maybe Boston aquarium but open to suggestions.
Middleboro isn't far from Plymouth (Plymouth Plantation and Plymouth Rock) but that won't be much fun in the rain either.
I'd go Boston Aquarium or Boston Science Museum.

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Post by Wellfleet » Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:29 am

Take the train to Boston from Middleboro and walk to the Aquarium or Children’s Museum. Get lunch at the Boston Public Market, kind of like a indoor farmers market. That’s a big day for the kids.

Edit- the Museum of Science is excellent for kids, plenty of space to spread out on a rainy day.

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Post by doug1022 » Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:07 am

+1 on Museum of Science - perfect for a rainy day. Take the green line to Science Park. You can buy tickets in advance for extras like Imax or Planetarium.

The aquarium is also very good, but quite expensive as I recall.

Have fun!

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