Let’s face it – teens don’t always want to be a part of the big family vacation.
The stuff they used to love as little kids just isn’t ‘cool’ anymore, and they’re likely not as into adult attractions like art films or galleries. What to do?
If you’re looking for things to do in Boston with teens, check out our list of the top attractions and activities, including…
- Boston Red Sox Game & Fenway Park Tour
- New England Aquarium
- Franklin Park Zoo
- Skywalk Observatory
- Boston Museum of Science
- Boston Duck Tour
- Boston Trolley Tour
- and more…
Save on Admission to Attractions Teens Will Love
Many of these teen-friendly Boston attractions are included on the Go Boston® Card.
Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
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Catch a Game at Fenway Park
Although it’s not always the case, it’s often a safe bet to say that teen boys (and girls!) love sports.
Fortunately for you, Boston is a town with some major sports love going on.
Take them out to a baseball game at Fenway Park at one of the Major League Baseball’s most beloved and historic stadiums – Fenway Park.
You can also opt to tour the park, which is a great thing to do for the whole family. You’ll see all the major landmarks of this iconic ballpark, including Pesky’s Pole, the Lone Red Seat, the Green Monster, and much more.
Not around Boston during baseball season? Snag tickets to see the Celtics or the Bruins, both of which are a delight to watch at the TD Garden. Even better? For the 2017-2018 season, both of these teams are doing really well!
Head to the Aquarium
If your teen is an animal lover, then they’ll love a chance to visit the New England Aquarium.
They’ve got critters from around the globe, including their adorable penguins, and a beautiful, teeming coral reef, which is a hit with visitors of all ages.
It’s also at a great waterfront location, which always makes for some fun pictures.
A big fan of giant sea creatures in particular? Add on the Whale Watch Excursion from the Aquarium and you’re guaranteed to have one fantastic few hours.
Or, if land animals are more their style, then the Franklin Park Zoo is a delightful destination featuring all the favorites. Be sure to check out their highly innovative indoor gorilla exhibit!
Getting In: The below attractions are included on the Go Boston Card
- New England Aquarium tickets
- Franklin Park Zoo tickets
- New England Aquarium Whale Watch tickets are available on 3, 5, and 7-Day Go Boston Cards
See the City from Above
Combine great photo opportunities with truly impressive sights and you’ve got the fabulous Skywalk Observatory in Back Bay.
Located conveniently above the Prudential Center Mall, this 52nd-story observatory provides 360-degree views of one of America’s most historic cities.
When you’ve finished enjoying the sights, let them loose in the mall below, featuring a wide variety of shops at a range of price points.
There’s also a restaurant on the same floor as Observatory if you need to bribe your teen with some great eats as they marvel at the sights below. They also offer some delicious cocktails, should said teens be wearing you a little thin…
Getting In: Boston Skywalk Observatory tickets are included on the Go Boston Card.
Enjoy Thrill Rides
Another good way to occupy restless teens is with a trip to one of their favorite attractions – a Six Flags theme park. It’s a bit of a day trip from Boston, but it’s worth the hours of fun and excitement they’ll have.
Filled with rides, slides, and tons of fun, this family-favorite theme park is sure to delight.
Six Flags New England has rides geared at guests of different ages, so families with teens and younger kids will find something to suit everyone.
NEW – opening in 2018 is the Harley Quinn Spinsanity ride! This “colossal” swing ride will exhilarate and thrill like nothing else. It’s also going to be the tallest ride in the entire park — what a ride!
Getting In: Six Flags New England tickets are included on the Go Boston Card.
Embark on a Bike Ride
There are few cities in America as bike-friendly as Boston, so it’s actually a great idea for the whole family to explore the city aboard a comfortable touring bike.
Whether you want to leisurely pedal around the Common (which does involve some serious hills) or along the Charles River, or feel up to braving the streets of Boston for some serious local cred, a bike ride is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
A bike rental is also a good way to give your teens some freedom – let them pedal around using the bike map included with your rental and explore on their own.
Getting In: Boston Bike Rentals are included on the Go Boston Card.
Learn a Little Something at the Museum of Science
There’s nothing that says vacations have to be pure, mindless relaxation. Why not have your teens exercise their brains in a really fun way with a visit to the Museum of Science?
This Boston institution is a favorite school trip destination, and it’s got tons of exhibits to appeal to kids and teens of all ages.
With more than 700 different interactive exhibits to explore, there’s bound to be something (or several somethings) of interest.
Check out the beloved Hall of Human Life for an in-depth, fascinating look at the human body and all its many wonders.
Getting In: Boston Museum of Science tickets are included on the Go Boston Card.
Tour the City
Everyone loves the chance to explore new cities, and the combination of history and modern technology that Boston has to offer makes for some really attractive scenery.
While teens may cringe at the notion of following an umbrella around on foot, there’s something fun and unique about offbeat tours like a Boston Duck Tour (which is great photo op and is silly fun) or a hop-on hop-off trolley (which provides easy flexibility for tailoring your own explorations).
They each provide special benefits and make special memories — take the whole family on one during your next Boston trip.
Getting In: Boston Duck Tour tickets are included as an option on 3, 5, and 7-Day Go Boston Cards.
Getting In: Hop On Hop Off Boston Trolley Tour tickets are included on the Go Boston Card.
Immerse Yourself in History
While some of the historic homes and museums may seem a little too sedate for your teens, they’ll feel history come alive in a more engaging way on the Freedom Trail.
This red line winds through historic Boston, meandering past highlights like the Boston Common, Old South Meeting House, and Faneuil Hall.
Your guided Freedom Trail walking tour will provide insight and local insider information about each attraction.
You could also opt to follow the trail on your own. Try making a scavenger hunt out of it!
Getting In: Freedom Trail Walking Tour tickets are included on the Go Boston Card.
Leave a Little Time for Shopping
Everyone wants a great souvenir from their trip, and some teens may want more than a keychain to satisfy their Boston shopping desires.
Fortunately for you (and perhaps unfortunately for their wallets), Boston is an amazing shopping town, offering everything and anything you could want.
From the high-end boutique stores of Newbury Street to the chain offerings at Cambridgeside Galleria, there’s a shop to suit every budget.
Don’t forget to check out smaller indie stories in places like Cambridge and Somerville!
Remember to Save on Admission
There you have it. Our list of some of the top things to do in Boston with teens during your upcoming trip.
Remember, many of these great activities are included on the Go Boston Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
Consider adding a few of these teen friendly options to your vacation itinerary. Enjoy!