Spring into Boston for a fab family time

I am going to Boston with my family for ten days in the spring. We have two teenage boys to keep entertained so it would be great if you could recommend some places to stay and things to see.

I am going to Boston with my family for ten days in the spring. We have two teenage boys to keep entertained so it would be great if you could recommend some places to stay and things to see.

Boston is a terrific choice for a family holiday as there is a wealth of things to see and do. This vibrant, thriving city is renowned for its cultural facilities, world-class educational institutions, champion sports franchises and rich history. Tourism is one of New England’s largest industries and Boston hosts over 12 million visitors annually.

When it comes to sightseeing, the John Hancock Tower should be your first priority. Colloquially known as ‘Big John’, it is a 60-story, 790-foot skyscraper overlooking the city. It was designed by Henry N. Cobb and was completed in 1976. In 1977, the American Institute of Architects presented the firm with a National Honour Award for the building. It has been the tallest building in Boston for more than 30 years.

Boston is steeped in history and there are many experiential tours on offer. The ‘Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum’ is one particularly interactive tour. Located on Congress Street Bridge, it is a high tech, floating museum which sits on a barge in the water. It includes tours on restored tea ships and an interactive documentary that immerses you into the events that led up to the American Revolution.

As home to baseball team the Red Sox, no visit to Boston is complete without a trip to Fenway Park! It can be difficult to get tickets to see a game, but if you want to visit the iconic home of Red Sox legends and get an all American experience, tour guides will provide a thrilling, one hour tour of the park that your teenage sons might appreciate!

A trolley tour is a fantastic way to take in the city. You can sit back and enjoy a fully narrated tour of Boston or step off at any one of the 18 stops and spend as much time as you like there before stepping back on the trolley. The tour stops include all the main tourist attractions such as the State House on Beacon Hill, the Constitution Museum, the Quincy Marketplace and Little Italy.

Boston’s Public Garden is a must see landmark. It was established in 1837 as the first botanical garden in the United States to be open to the general public. For over 130 years, the Swan Boats have been a famous part of the park experience. As soon as Spring arrives, they appear on the waters of the garden. The boats were originally designed to hold eight passengers but as the popularity of the 15-minute boat ride increased, boats were expanded and now carry 20 visitors. Descendants of the man who launched the first boat, Robert Paget, still operate the attraction today.

If you want to do some serious shopping, look no further than the Copley Place Mall. Copley Place is Boston’s most distinctive shopping destination with 75 fabulous stores including Barneys New York, Tiffany & Co. and Jimmy Choo. Located on a 9.5-acre site, this upscale centre includes two levels of shopping, restaurants, four office buildings, and two hotels, The Westin Hotel and The Boston Marriott Copley Place.

For a completely different shopping experience, a visit to Quincy Market is a must! The marketplace is adjacent to the historic Faneuil Hall and is bordered by the financial district, the waterfront and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Ethnic foods, unique gift shops and street performers are just a few elements that make the cobblestone streets of Quincy Market such a fantastic venue. The marketplace comprises three restored 19th century buildings. A blend of Neoclassic and Greek revival architecture, the complex is a beautiful representation of old Boston, tastefully enhanced by urban contemporary additions.

Where to Stay:

The Boston Park Plaza Hotel (****)

Prices start from €94 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

When this grand Boston hotel opened in 1927, it claimed one of the city’s most coveted locations. To this day the hotel is still in a prime location, just three miles from Logan International Airport, within 200 yards of America’s oldest public park, The Boston Common, and close to Newbury Street, Quincy Market, the theatre and financial districts and many other inspirational Boston landmarks and monuments.

This luxury Boston hotel features 1,053 guest rooms perfectly appointed with both business travellers and leisure travellers in mind.

Copley Square Hotel (****)

Prices start from €125 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

Situated in the centre of Boston, Copley Square Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel within walking distance of Copley Place, Hynes Convention Centre and Boston Public Library. Also nearby are Hancock Conference Centre and Prudential Tower.

Dining options at this hotel include a restaurant and a very stylish bar and lounge. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and the staff can provide business services, tour assistance and currency exchange. Additional amenities include a nightclub and a fitness facility.

Hyatt Regency Cambridge Overlooking Boston(****)

Prices start at €112 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

This luxurious hotel is situated on the scenic Charles River and offers stunning views overlooking the Boston skyline. Conveniently located near the airport, Hyatt Regency Cambridge is also close to Boston University, Hynes Convention Centre, and the Boston Public Library. Nearby are Fenway Park and Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Hyatt Regency Cambridge has a health club, an indoor pool, and a steam room. This four-star property also has a well-known restaurant and bar called Zephyr where you can unwind with dinner or a cocktail on the terrace.

The hotel is an impressive pyramid-shaped building which has 16 floors and has become an iconic imprint on the Boston skyline. The hotel interiors were recently renovated and the guestrooms redesigned.

For more information and travel tips on planning your holiday visit www.Hotels.com or call 1800 55 3338 to wake up happy on your holiday!