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lready out of ideas for what to do with the kids in school vacation? Wish you’d sent them to the grandparents’? Hoping to avoid the museums? Tired of the triple-digit prices for admission to the big-name child-friendly favorites, and dealing with the screeching throngs? Try some new destinations, many of them free or cheap (even better!) and off the (busy, screechy, crowded) beaten path. They’ll help you make it a vacation, for real.
A cool old dinosaur museum—and how to get in with your kids for free.
Admission to the New England Aquarium may cost an arm and a fin, but you can see one of the best shows for free.
Find out how going to the library can get you and your kids in free to some of the city’s must-see destinations.
One of the coolest museums you haven’t seen yet, housed in a fairy-tale like castle with a collection of actual cool stuff.
Work off some energy at one of the area’s largest dedicated indoor-climbing facilities, with more than 17,000 square feet of climbing surface and lessons for climbers of all skill levels.
Take the kids to the top of a Boston high-rise icon—no, not that one—for a whole new, free city view.
Then hit the free history museum you never knew was in the attic of the busiest travel destination in New England.
Teach your kids about one of the most pivotal moments in American history—and show them where it happened.
Or take them aboard a World War II destroyer hidden in plain sight …
… or on a great harbor cruise that makes for a ridiculously cheap day in the city.
A cutting-edge fitness center with an indoor pool and low fees
A free museum you never knew was there
One of the world’s best model ship collections
A museum of holograms, Polaroids, robots, and pranks
Antique fire engines in an original firehouse
An indoor trampoline park in the city
Enjoy some potty humor at the only museum devoted to indoor plumbing
The log cabin where Lincoln was born? It’s here.
The house where not one, but two presidents lived
A close-in, working farm to show the kids
A little-known creative haven