There’s No Place Like Home: Boston Staycation Ideas You’ll Love

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The next time you’ve got a school break on the schedule, book a room at one of the best hotels in Boston for families and play tourist for a change

Planning the perfect vacation or getaway can be pretty stressful, and sometimes that can detract from the fun. But family fun is our goal and we are here to help. Boston has some of the best destinations and activities to visit with the family year-round, so skip the stress of planning a family getaway and take a Boston staycation instead. With the upcoming school break approaching, you will definitely want to keep some of the best hotels in Boston for families in mind as easy destinations for a well-deserved family reset.

Best Hotels in Boston for Families


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Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport

Looking for relaxation with all the perks of a sophisticated, first-class experience? You’d better reserve your stay at the Omni Boston Hotel. Located in the Seaport, this is one of Boston’s newest hotels and features many great ways to keep your family refreshed and entertained. You can take the kids for a swim on the rooftop pool that overlooks South Boston, then treat yourself to an afternoon at the Breve Spa before heading to dinner. Speaking of which, the Omni Boston Hotel has seven great dining options from a bar and grill to a Mediterranean restaurant, Kestra.

Insider Tip: They are also currently offering a Winter Warm Up special in which you can get 15% off if you book your stay before February 26, 2023, plus a $15 dining credit. All great reasons to book a family staycation here for the February break.

Staycation destinations: The Omni Boston Hotel is a short 3-minute drive from the Boston Children’s Museum and a six-minute drive to the New England Aquarium and the historic Faneuil Hall.

450 Summer St.
Boston
Online: omnihotels.com

Omni Parker House

Another luxurious family-friendly hotel in Boston to keep in mind is the Omni Parker House. With cozy, modern rooms and surrounded by a plethora of shopping boutiques and cafes, the family will be well rested after a day of activities. The Omni Parker House has four great dining options, including Parker’s Restaurant where you can indulge in the best Boston cream pies around. You can even have it delivered directly to your room as a treat for the kids. They won’t want to go home after getting such royalty treatment.

Staycation destinations: The Omni Parker House is a three minute walk to Boston Common where you and the family can walk the Freedom Trail and even go ice skating at Frog Pond. If your staycation falls on February 22, 2023 you can catch the Children’s Winter Festival, a free event, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can enjoy the live music, children’s activities and treats, and giveaways. Be sure to bring some hot cocoa to keep you warm.

60 School St.
Boston
Online: omnihotels.com

Related: Ice, Ice Baby: Cool Places to Go Ice Skating in Boston

Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod

Maybe a Boston staycation isn’t what you have in mind. That’s okay. Do some light packing and get the kids excited for a trip down the coast to Cape Cod and check into the Chatham Bars Inn. Even during the winter months, there’s plenty of activities to keep the family busy, such as yoga, cooking, and painting classes, and even wine tasting. There’s a game room at the Main Inn where kids can spend hours playing complimentary games like ping pong, air hockey, and video games. A special menu is available with classic kids’ favorites like burgers, truffle dogs, and fries to keep the kids fueled while they play.

Staycation destinations: Sailing trips to the Chatham Lighthouse and North Beach Island are available several times a day and whale watching in the Atlantic is a great way to see some oceanic wildlife. Please note, these activities are offered only from May through October.

297 Shore Rd.
Chatham, MA
Online: chathambarsinn.com

Related: 11 Cozy Winter Cabins near Boston for Your Next Getaway

The Verb Hotel

Do you have music enthusiasts and baseball fanatics in the family? Then the Verb Hotel will surely be one of the best hotels in Boston for your family. Located directly across from Fenway, this won’t be your typical, quiet getaway. There’s so much to do within and outside of the hotel. The interior is decorated with retro, music-themed décor and other collectibles. There is an indoor pool to splash in year-round. There’s also a vinyl library and record players in each room so you can jam out to your favorite rock n’ roll classics. Head over to the Hojoko Japanese Tavern for a sushi dinner after your adventures for the day are over.

Staycation destinations: A short, twelve minute car ride from the Verb Hotel will bring you to the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum. A free, Winter Wonders event will be taking place at the museum on Thursday, February 23, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where kids can experiment in engineering snowflakes using pipe cleaners and other geometric shapes. There will be other winter and water-themed activities. You can also head to Mother’s Rest Playground which is a short walk from the hotel for a crisp day of physical activity. Make sure to dress in layers.

1271 Boylston St.
Boston
Online: theverbhotel.com

Fort Mackenzie water slides and play structure are colorful at the Great Wolf Lodge outside of Boston one of the best hotels in boston for families
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Great Wolf Lodge

The Great Wolf Lodge is really one of the best family staycation destinations in Massachusetts. Offering a huge indoor waterpark and lots of kid-friendly activities throughout the day, you’re going to have to make sure to book your stay for at least a few nights so the kids get their fill of fun. This wolf-themed resort has fun arts and crafts time, yoga for kids and adults, trivia, and even dance parties. But the real winner is definitely the waterpark. There’s also seven different dining options located right in the Lodge so you really won’t need to leave during your whole stay until it’s time to go home.

Staycation destinations: Once the kids have had their share of water fun, head over to Howlin’ Timbers Play Park (inside the Lodge), where they can choose from activities like mini golf, rock climbing, and bowling.

150 Great Wolf Dr.
Fitchburg, MA
Online: greatwolf.com

Boston Marriott Long Wharf

The Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel is probably one of the most family-friendly hotels in Boston, and will easily make for a memorable staycation. With stunning views of the waterfront and large rooms with a modern aesthetic, your kids will be asking to stay an extra night for all the comfort! Go for an early swim in the indoor, heated pool that’s surrounded by windows to give you a beautiful view of the harbor at sunrise and throughout the day. Enjoy a casual dinner at the hotel’s own restaurant, Waterline, or explore the many dining options in the area. Simply watching the ships coming into the harbor from your personal room or catching up on your family’s favorite shows will give you the reset you need.

Staycation destinations: The Boston Marriott Long Wharf is located at the heart of Boston, with attractions like the New England Aquarium, The Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, and the Boston Public Market just a short walk away.

296 State St.
Boston
Online: marriott.com

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Four Seasons Hotel

A kid-friendly and luxurious experience is not an easy combination to come by, but the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston brings you just that. Each child is greeted with a free toy of their choice as a welcome gift, that alone will probably be a highlight in the start of their staycation. The hotel features a heated indoor pool on the eighth floor and massage services that you can request to be done in your own room. Feeling pampered yet? The hotel also offers in-room and pool-side dining, so kick your feet up as much as you want (or as much as the kids will allow).

Staycation destinations: For any shopping you want to do during your staycation in Boston, this hotel is a short distance from Copley Place and the Prudential Center. You can also check out Boston Common and the Museum of Fine Arts, which is hosting a number of events in February, like the Lunar New Year Celebration on February 2, 2023. Kids can pick up a Chinese brush painting art kit at the event and enjoy Vietnamese music and dance.

200 Boylston St.
Boston
Online: fourseasons.com

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