I know the minute my kids start summer vacation we want to travel or hit the beach, but like you, I have to fight summer slump and brain drain all summer with creative options. How about going beyond flashcards and books with an educational vacation in Boston, one of the oldest cities in the U.S.? Rich with revolutionary history, institutes for higher education, technology and beautiful sights, a trip to Boston will inspire a lifetime of learning plus you can stay at the lovely Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall which is centrally-located to so many must-sees.

Here are my top things to do in Boston and Cambridge to inspire learning and fun while on vacation.

HARVARD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

The Harvard Museum of Natural History’s mission is to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the human place in it. Are your kids interested in Africa, birds, evolution or Earth and science? They will find an exhibit at the museum to delight them. Definitely check the site for family friendly programs, and if staying for an extended amount of time, check out the kids’ classes so you can start your children’s Harvard early.

MIT MUSEUM

Are your kids interested in engineering and robotics? Or better yet, do they aspire to attend MIT? The MIT Museum has exhibit after exhibit about pioneering MIT professors and students in robotics and engineering. Most of the exhibits are interactive and require little hands to push a button, tinker and interact with science. All summer long the MIT Museum hosts drop-in activities for kids age 8 and older that include balloon rockets, LEGO Mindstorm and more. Activities are included with the price of admission so definitely check the website.

FREEDOM TRAIL

The city of Boston has made it so very easy to walk the revolutionary steps of our founding fathers. You can purchase tour tickets to the Freedom Trail and an expert will guide and educate you on all of the 16 historical sites. Or, take a self-guided tour as you follow the 2 1/2-mile red-lined/bricked route through churches, Old South Meeting House, Faneuil Hall and other American Revolution historical sites in Boston. The Freedom Trail for the most part is stroller/wheelchair friendly and is beautiful, perfect for capturing a moment and learning about our great country.

LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER BOSTON

For my boys LEGO and Duplo inspire engineering, imaginative design and architecture. With LEGOLAND Discovery Center just a short drive from downtown Boston, your kids can take a class with a LEGO Master, catch a few 4D movies and see the City of Boston recreated with lights and animation. There is plenty of free parking, and seveal family-friendly restaurants are within walking distance to refuel after a day of fun.

NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM

The New England Aquarium hosts thousands of visitors each year, and with your favorite sea animals and educational sessions on conservation, everyone will have so much fun that they will forget it is all educational. Definitely check the website for special events, 3D IMAX films and penguin feedings.

BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

For over 100 years, Boston Children’s Museum has been delighting children with educational and engaging exhibits.  There are three levels of fun and entertainment for your loved ones that include water play, a fully explorable block of Boston, cultures from around the world and exhibits to feed growing minds and bodies. Our favorite must-do activities are the three-story climb and exploring the Japanese house.

This article was originally published by Hilton Mom Voyage.

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