We visited Boston with our 16 month old son in January. I'd planned the trip as a gift for my wife's birthday. As the trip got nearer, I must admit I was quite worried about a few things, mainly being the flight from the UK with our son, the weather in Boston when we arrived, and if there'd be enough to do to keep us all busy during our four day stay. I needn't have worried on any of these points.
The flight (with British Airways) was excellent. Cabin crew were superb, and looked after us really well, providing everything we needed for our son, and doing thier best to help keep him occupied when he was awake.
We got really lucky with the weather. Anyone who lives in this part of the US or checks the forecast knows how changeable it can be, and this proved to be the case as we had three gorgeous mild days, and heavy snow on the last day, although the place is so well organised it made no difference to our plans for the day,and our travel home wasn't disrupted either.
Boston itself was heaven for anyone with kids or babies. There's so much to do here its unbelieveable, and as with most places in the US, everyhere was so baby-friendly. There are parks everywhere, even when in the City centre there were parks only a few minutes walk away. They were all clean and well maintained.
We stayed at the Hilton Back Bay Hotel, and although this wasn't the most child-equipped hotel I've stayed in, the staff made us so welcome, and always made sure Charlie was looked after. The room was large, and he was quite happy to play with a few toys as he had so much room.
The walk from the hotel to the city is great, either down one of the two best shopping streets in the city, or a little further, but well worth it down the riverside. There are lots of parks along the way, and it really is a nice way to spend some time with the family.
One place you must check-out with the kids is the Children's Museum. It's set in an old building on five or six floors,and there's something to do for all ages from crawling to about ten or twelve. We spent around half a day there,and could easily have stayed longer.
On the whole, we all had a really great time, my wife and I having a better time as Charlie was so well catered for everywhere we went. I'd certainly have no hesitation at all in recommending the place to anyone, especially those of you like us, who still want the odd weekend away, knowing your little-ones are going to be well looked after, entertained, and catered for.
Boston delivers on all counts.