Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in Boston with children

Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:32am EDT
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By Scott Malone

BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the United States' oldest cities. It is home to historical sites and with 50 colleges and universities in the area it has a lively, youthful feel.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a 48-hour visit.


5 p.m. - Boston's Children's Museum, featuring a variety of exhibits on history and culture, offers a discounted $1 admission from 5 p.m. till 9 p.m. on Friday nights. The museum is usually boisterous, particularly around the three-story enclosed climbing structure where children can burn off any nervous energy. (308 Congress Street (

7 p.m. - Walk along the Fort Point Channel near the site of the Boston Tea Party, which is one of the events that led to the revolution of the former British colonies, toward the harbor to the Barking Crab (88 Sleeper Street, It is a casual waterfront fish shack that features local oysters, lobster rolls and, for picky young eaters, macaroni and cheese.

If fish is not your thing, cross the channel and walk 3/4 mile along Boston Harbor to historic Fanueil Hall and Quincy Market (between Chatham and Clinton Streets, near the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, here).

The food court, housed in a 250-year-old market building, features a variety of choices, from pizza to creamy New England-style clam chowder. The complex also offers sit-down restaurants, including a replica of the bar from the iconic 1980s U.S. television series "Cheers."

SATURDAY   Continued...

<p>Fans arrive for the MLB American League baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts in this file image from July 27, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>