From its quaint colonial charm to its raving Red Sox fanatics, Boston is bursting with tradition. Nestled in the center of New England, "Beantown" intertwines history, culture, and sports, offering something to capture the heart and mind of any visitor. Among the lesser known traditions await some excellent, local experiences that the whole crew will love.

1.) Freedom Trail 

Begin your trip to Boston with a walk through America's past on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile footpath that wanders along 16 major historical sites. Learning about the past is much more exciting for youngsters when they can actually see the grounds of the Boston Massacre, the balcony where Declaration of Independence was first read, and the harbor that tea was dumped. Look for the red brick line on the sidewalk and spend an afternoon strolling amidst United States history.  

2.) Boston Commons Frog Pond

In the heart of America's oldest park rests the Frog Pond, and this local hotspot offers up a bundle of fun throughout every season. The little ones will love to cool off in the wading pool during the summer months (only 18 inches deep and okay for the smallest kiddos) and everyone will enjoy the classic Boston experience of skating upon the Frog Pond in the winter. During autumn and spring, it is the perfect place to watch ducks swim and birds bathe!  

3.) Mr. Bartleys Burger Cottage

For a bite to eat at a "Haaavahd Squayah" standard, visit Mr. Bartley´s Burger Cottage. You will get a chuckle out of its current politics/pop culture named entrees (Barack Obama burger, Marc Zuckerburg burger, iPhone burger) and fill up your tummy, too. Make sure to order a thick milkshake - we recommend the chocolate peppermint flavor. Don't forget to bring a huge appetite and cash (no cards here) to this delicious local joint.  

4.) Free Friday Flicks

Experience the atmosphere of a real Bostonian midsummer evening at Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. Each Friday from June until August, this park attracts hundreds for its Free Friday Flicks at sundown. The best part? The wholesome, G-rated films are just as the title implies, for free! Arrive early to snag a great spot on the lawn and remember to bring a blanket and pack a picnic.

5.) Fenway Field

A trip to Boston would be incomplete without a Red Sox baseball experience. Fenway Field is proudly touted America's most beloved ballpark and a stop at this venue will foster your enthusiasm for the nations pastime. Be sure to catch a game or grab a Fenway Park Tour while you are in town for a must-see Boston tradition.


Experience Boston like a local and visit these hot spots on your next family vacation to New England. Explore Knok's Travel Map For Families to add more Boston To-Do's to your checklist.