best parks for kids in boston

We all know that to kids, a park means a playground, but there are many ways to entertain little ones  and big ones in the great outdoors. There are dozens of beautiful parks in Boston to choose from, both with and without playgrounds. Take in the sites, go geocaching, or have a scavenger hunt. Either way, the kids will have a blast.

Read more below for our guide to the best parks in Boston for kids:



The first public botanical garden in America has vibrant flowers, exotic trees, fountains galore, and waterside landscapes. This is an awesome place to bring kids to feed the ducks {no bread, please}, get your steps in, and take in the beautiful sights of Boston. This park does not have a playground but we think you’ll find plenty else to do.


What could be better for kids than a real, life castle? Okay, maybe it’s not an actual castle but a Fort is just as awesome. Tour Fort Independence, walk the grounds, stop the beach, and finish your evening on the boardwalk. There is also a playground, restrooms, and areas for picnicking. It’s the perfect Boston park for kids!


Located on the banks of the Charles River, you can find everything here from an outdoor auditorium to a spray park, and even boating! Their playground is one of the best in the city with climbing structures, a slide, zipline, and more.


This 5-acre park near on the Charles River has awesome waterside views, green spaces, biking trails, water fountains, and a playground. The existing playground is about to get an awesome makeover with soft structures for toddlers and preschoolers.


Located right next door from the botanical gardens, Boston Common is America’s oldest park and Boston’s pride and joy. The gorgeous green space, frequent events, and the beautiful gazebo are great for spending time outdoors. If that’s not quite enough to entertain the little ones, bring them to Frog Pond and the Tadpole Playground. The entire play structure is gated and you definitely want to bring play clothes and a towel. It’s hard to imagine a better park for kids in Boston!


Located at Children’s Wharf, this brand new playground has tube slides, water features, a large boat, and more. The kids will also enjoy the harbor views and checking out the passing boats while at Martin’s Park.


Enjoy waterside views, a spray ground, and tree-lined walkways during playtime. This playground is best for toddlers and young schoolers. In addition to the swings and play structures, there is also plenty of room to run and benches for the grown-ups.


This waterfront park has plenty of picnicking areas to take in the sights while the tots play. There is a playground and sandbox, so be prepared to go home a mess. Don’t miss the sprinklers in the summertime!


Located on Harvard University, this 281-acre park is free and open to the public. Take a guided tour, play wildlife bingo, go on a photo hunt, and more. There are tons of different activities to choose from and remember, donations are appreciated.


Zero-depth pool entry means tons of toddler fun! This wading pool is great for kids of all ages. There are also playgrounds right next door.


A way outside the city, you can still get beautiful city views at the top of this park. There are also awesomely high slides, multiple play structures, plenty of room to run, and picnicking areas. There are also ice cream trucks there on the regular. You also might just find a little doggy to sit on.

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