Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston is only one of the treasure troves for the intrepid nine-year-old traveler in this city. You can also take them through the marketplace or have them try food from the various vendors or shop for souvenirs. You can also see the footprints of history, from the legendary Freedom Trail to the actual sneakers of famed Boston Celtic Larry Bird, which are encased in bronze and forever on display. Beyond the market lies the city, and its sites and attractions sure to delight any nine-year-old.
Pique the interest of your nine-year-old scientist or paleontologist with a trip to the Museum of Science (mos.org). The museum has permanent exhibits, one of which is dedicated to Mesozoic-era dinosaurs, and temporary exhibits, one of which focuses on dinosaur fossils. Kids can see the galaxies in the planetarium or watch movies in the 3D cinema at the museum. Young thrill seekers can strap into the motion stimulator to experience a walk in space or search shipwrecks in an underwater vehicle. The museum is open daily, but hours of operation do vary. Nine-year-olds intrigued by the ocean can interact with creatures of the deep, such as a bonnethead shark at the Shark and Ray Touch Tank at the Boston Aquarium (neaq.org). Kids will delight at the massive ocean tank, which houses a coral reef, sand tiger sharks and sea turtles. Take them over to the IMAX theater for 3D movies about great white sharks feeding on prey. The latter will excite some kids and frighten others.
Kids who are die-hard sports fans will find no shortage of sports entertainment in the city. Take nine-year-olds to the TD Garden, where both the Bruins (nhl.com) play hockey and the Celtics (nba.com) play basketball. You can take baseball aficionados to see the Red Sox (mlb.com) play baseball at Fenway Park. Enhance the game experience by partaking in a 50-minute guided tour of the park, which usually run several times throughout the day. Game tickets can be ordered online, but tour tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Seeing the City
Tours of Boston are ideal for kids who are interested in learning about the city and its history. The Old Town Trolley Tours (trolleytours.com) offers daily guided tours to 19 stops throughout the city. Riders can stay on the trolley for the entire tour, which runs about two hours long, or get off at any of the stops. Kid-friendly stops include the Swan Boats in the Public Garden. Another fun option are the Boston Duck Tours (bostonducktours.com), which let young and old alike ride a "duck," a World War II-esque amphibious vehicle. You can also take kids to see sights such as the Back Bay and ride the Charles River. The guides are knowledgeable and kids will enjoy when they are encouraged to loudly quack at passersby.
Shopping and More
The city also offers two prime locales for kids interested in the latest trends. Stop by the Prudential Center (prudentialcenter.com), one of the city's tallest buildings, for retail clothing and accessory stores or a variety of food options. Kids not into shopping will like the center's Skywalk Observatory for its aerial view of the city. Prudential is open daily. Within walking distance are the specialty shops and restaurants of Newbury Street (newbury-st.com).
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