20 Fun Things To Do in Boston with Teens
Boston is a hotbed of entertaining activities for kids, but teenagers are notoriously hard to impress. Have no fear: From escape rooms to performance art to indoor skydiving, we've compiled a list of teen-approved activities that are the opposite of lame—and may even lead to a genuine smile and bonding moment between you and your big kid.
If you're searching for more ideas about what to do with teens around Boston, remember amusement parks and great restaurant meals are hits with all ages. Once you've scored some cool points with your teens, treat the younger kids in your life to age-appropriate fun at these indoor play spaces or awesome playgrounds.
1. Put on your Sox gear and head over to Fenway to catch a game. Now that your kids are older, they can actually sit through—and enjoy!—a ballgame. Can't get your hands on tickets to a game? Take a behind the scenes tour of historic Fenway Park, they give them year-round.
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2. Tough finding winter activities that don't involve pricey gear or tickets? Enter ice bumper cars! Hop in the car and head just over the Rhode Island border to take a spin together, and then spend the rest of the day enjoying some of our favorite things to do with kids in Providence.
3. Your kids have graduated from the kiddie character shows but Blue Man Group's funny, interactive show is sure to hold your teen's attention (and is a great way to spend a night out as a family).
4. Go for a bike ride. Take a scenic route around the Charles or pick a new neighborhood to explore. Don't have your own set of wheels? With 130 stations around Boston, you can hop on and off Blue Bikes, the city's bike share system, throughout the city.
5. Spend a day at the Museum of Science. While your teens have undoubtedly visited this museum when they were little, the MOS has tons to do for adults and teens. Catch a laser light show at the Charles Hayden Planetarium, ride a rollercoaster simulator on the Thrill Ride 360, and explore exhibits like the Hall of Human Life.
6. Lunch out with mom or dad may not be exactly "cool" but we guarantee you'll have excited kids on your hands when you announce a meal out at Versus. Versus is not only a restaurant but also a full arcade, featuring modern Xbox, Play Station, and Nintendo games along with retro arcade classics—a.k.a. games YOU most likely grew up playing.
7. Set sail...well LEARN how to set sail! Community Boating offers a junior sailing program for kids ages 10-17 on the Charles River. If sailboats aren't your thing, rent a kayak for the day and paddle down the river.
Lawn on D is all about cool, artsy fun—outdoors! Photo courtesy of Signature Boston
8. Lounge at the Seaport's Lawn on D when the weather is warm. Check their daily calendar for special events like yoga, music, and more and make sure to snap an Instaworthy pic on the giant O-shaped swings.
9. Get locked in together and visit one of Boston's escape the room type experiences. Your family will bond as you work together as a team to solve the puzzle and break out.
10. Inspire your science-loving teens with a visit to the MIT Museum. From robots to holograms, this museum is a must for older kids. If you're planning on visiting over February or April vacation, register your kids online for one of their super cool workshops.
11. Walk the Freedom Trail. While this is a huge walk for little kids, it's totally doable, and interesting, for teens and tweens. Spend the day, if you do the whole thing it will take you that long, exploring the history of Boston with stops at Paul Revere's house, the U.S.S. Constitution, and Bunker Hill—to name just a few.
12. An ideal stop for lunch or a snack on the Freedom Trail or just a place to visit on its own is Faneuil Hall. Filled with both name-brand shops and smaller boutiques, along with restaurants and Quincy Market, a delicious food hall, there is plenty to explore.
13. Got a need for speed? Forget the duck tours and hit the harbor on Codzilla! While some other Boston boat tours may seem boring or babyish to your teens, this high-speed motorboat will have them screaming with excitement!
14. Slice and dice at a cooking class. Your budding chefs are ready for more than cupcakes and cookies, so try out a class that teaches more complex dishes and techniques. Learn classic Italian dishes at an Eataly class or book a series of classes at Create a Cook to learn about different cultures and dishes.
15. While indoor play spaces may be a thing of the past, Apex Entertainment Center is the equivalent for teens. A forty-five minute drive from Boston will take you the Apex filled with arcades, bumper cars, laser tag, go-karts, a ropes course, and bowling.
16. For adrenaline-seeking kids, skydiving and surfing are sure to impress. But don't worry, at SkyVenture, it's all simulated so your teens won't be jumping out of planes anytime soon. Visitors can float in a vertical wind tunnel and attempt to surf in an actual wave pool.
Remember teaching them to swim? Now you can hang ten together! Photo courtesy of Nantucket Island Surf School
17. Take your board outside to catch some real waves and take a learn to surf class. New England is full of beaches with both big and small waves that are perfect for all levels of surfer dudes and dudettes.
18. Design your very own sneaks! Pay a visit to the Converse flagship store at Lovejoy Wharf and use their in-store customization studio to design some one of a kind kicks.
19. Challenge your kids to reach the top at an indoor rock climbing facility like Rock Spot Climbing. Whether your kids are climbing for the first time or are seasoned climbers, there are paths to challenge all skill levels.
20. Get crafty at an art studio like Paint Bar! You and your teen can pack some snacks and have a night out painting a masterpiece together.