This summer marks the SIXTH summer spent in Boston! I literally can’t believe it - it has flown by! When we first moved here it was just Chris and I exploring the city as newlyweds and here we are now, as a family of four with two young girls full of energy and spunk! I’m so excited to spend so much time outside again this summer and do ALL THE THINGS. We love to get out with the girls and take advantage of the beautiful weather as much as possible! There are so many incredible things to do in Boston all year long, but there’s something about the warm weather that makes the city even THAT much more special!
If you’re looking for things to do with your kiddos this summer, here are 5 outdoor activities you can do to enjoy the sweet sunshine together as a family!
The Lawn on D is right in the middle of the Seaport District and one of my most favorite parts of Boston! You’ll find 3 acres of green space filled with all sorts of lawn games, live music, lots of food and things to do for all ages! There’s something going on every day of the week - but there are also really fun weekly themes like "Southie Saturdays” and Sunday Fun Days (who doesn’t love a good theme!) We love to go and let the girls run around and there are always food trucks and an awesome food/drinks situation for mom and dad!
One of our favorite outdoor activities that doesn’t cost you a THING … is heading to the spray park. There are a bunch located around the city … but our favorite is actually in Belmont! Beaver Brook Spray Park is brand new and every kid’s dream! There’s an amazing playground directly next to it, so children can run from the spray park right over to the playground and back again! It’s a place you can bring a lunch or snacks and spend hours at because there is also a covered picnic area!
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If you’re looking for a fun, outdoor shopping experience, head to the Faneuil Hall/North End area! Perusing the Boston Public Market is one of our favorite family activities! It’s a shopping adventure for your little ones that beats going to the grocery store! Everything is much less expensive and your kids will have fun browsing the aisles and seeings all of the colorful fruits and veggies!
We love to grab lunch inside where there are some of Boston’s favorite vendors set up! Make sure to grab a coffee from George Howell and a donut or two from Union Square Donuts. If you’re looking for a place to relax and eat your lunch, the Rose Kennedy Greenway is a linear park with beautiful green space and also a little water feature for your kids to run around in. Don’t forget to hit the nearby carousel before heading home!
The SoWa Market located in the South End is another favorite outdoor market of ours! It is Boston’s biggest celebration of local art, food, and music - and is very family-friendly! You’ll find an outdoor Beer Garden, live music, food trucks, lawn games, and more!
Another thing that’s always a fun (and free) activity is a picnic in the park! We love the Boston Public Garden; Boston’s most popular 50-acre park located right in the middle of the city. You can take a walk across the bridge and hop on board the Swan Boats for a ride around the pond then find the prettiest blooms (there are plenty of them!), before finding a spot for your picnic blanket. London loves to find the Mother duck and her ducklings in the park and if you’ve read the book “Make Way For Ducklings,” you know why!
Whenever I feel like I need a little peace and tranquility I head to Castle Island. It feels like an escape even though it’s basically 5-minutes from the city center. I just LOVE the beautiful views and the walking path that circles the water. Our family enjoys staying active, so we’ll bring the stroller and get exercise with the girls. There’s also a playground and a food stand with pretty delicious hot dogs you should check out if you ever head that way!
Boston is such an amazing city. We are SO beyond blessed to call it home - and the summer just makes it that much sweeter to live here! However you spend your time outdoors in Boston this summer, be sure to stay protected with Banana Boat sunscreen!
What are some of your favorite activities to do outside with your kiddos?!
This post was sponsored by Banana Boat. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.