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Boston Children’s Museum – 308 Congress Street, Boston MA

What it is: This is the second-oldest children’s museum in the world. It encourages hands-on learning through play, with interactive exhibits on on science, culture, environment, health and creative expression. There is something for every child, whether they’re super physical or more of a tinkerer.

Cost: $16, children under 12 months free (Your town’s library has passes that will make admission to this museum half price for up to 4 people.)

What to know: If you don’t have to bring your stroller, don’t, you’ll get around easier – this museum has three floors and some of the spaces are a little tight (and messy.)

Parking: We parked in the garage on Farnsworth Street across from Flour Bakery, which was about two blocks away and easily walkable for our 2.5 year old on the way there. After running around the museum she needed to be carried back…

Verdict: Glad we waited till she was 2.5 till we tried this. I don’t think she would have been able to enjoy it enough any earlier (though there are a couple of spaces in the museum well-suited for babies and young toddlers.) She still wasn’t interested in everything, so I think she’ll enjoy it more between now and early elementary school. This is a great museum with a wide variety of activities – climbing, dancing, throwing, building, experimenting, role-play, cultural exploration, and more.

What’s Nearby: There’s an Au Bon Pain connected to the museum, a Dunkin’ Donuts around the corner, Flour Bakery (amazing sandwiches!). Theres also Children’s Wharf Park right next to the museum, which is just a bit of green space right by the water where you could throw down a picnic blanket.

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