Hi there! I am a former brewery worker and Pink Boots Society member. I hope my love for craft beer is one you will share when you visit some fun local spots in Boston and around the Greater Boston area!
Check out our curated Boston breweries itinerary, then read on for more great info on visiting Boston’s breweries and other local sites!
WHAT TO DO IN BOSTON
Boston is a wonderful place if you are a lover of all things craft beer. We have a wide variety of micro-breweries and larger breweries that are not only delicious but family friendly. With everything from IPAs, stouts, and sours, Boston is the city for you. So follow along for a walking beer tour as you venture through our wonderful city — with more than 130 breweries, there is something for everyone.
WHERE TO DRINK IN BOSTON
Trillium Brewing Garden on the Greenway is a beautiful place since it is so close to the Boston Children’s Museum. It is right off Rowes Wharf. Your little ones can have fun on the Greenway or at the museum, and then you get to have fun of your own! This spot boasts a great environment with outdoor seating and many food options with local food trucks steps away.Night Shift Brewing at Lovejoy Wharf is a cool vibe and not far from the Freedom Trail. Best of all, they have more variety. If beer isn’t your thing, they have hard seltzer, cider, wine, and coffee.
Bone Up Brewing Company is a microbrewery with a great atmosphere and a more intimate environment. Plus, they’ve got everything from trivia night to board games. There’s always a friendly snout, as they are very pet friendly. They do have some food options, like chips and salsa, hot dogs, or empanadas. They are in Everett in what is now known as the fermentation district. This spot is just a block down from the original Night Shift Brewery.
Faces Brewing Co. in Malden is located inside an old bank, and they have made cool use of the space. Not only do they have great beer, they also have traditional cocktails and a delicious full menu with kid-friendly pizza options.
Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co. right next to Fenway Park is a must if you are visiting Boston. It’s a little fancier, but the food is great. Take a tour of Fenway Park then enjoy some beer with great food pairings.
HOW TO GET AROUND IN BOSTON
All the breweries listed above are T accessible, though some are more convenient than others. If you are staying in downtown Boston, both Nightshift and Trillium are walkable. Also in Boston proper, Cheeky Monkey is on Lansdowne Street right next to Fenway Park. The Fermentation District in Everett is off the Wellington Station and a 10-minute walk from the T across Gateway Center. Faces Brewing in Malden is about four blocks off the Malden Center T stop right in their newly developed downtown area.
HIDDEN GEMS IN BOSTON
Martin’s Park is an incredibly unique playground next to the Boston Children’s Museum. It’s fun for the whole family and a beautiful place to let your little ones venture freely.
Lawn on D is such a fun place to stop for a swing or enjoy live music in the summer.
The Rose Kennedy Greenway always has something fun going on over the summer months, and you can’t miss the carousel with cool animals and insects to ride on.
The Lenox Hotel is an experience. They have great welcoming gifts for kids at check in.
Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge is both pet and family friendly, including child-size robes!
The Westin in Copley is a long-time Boston staple and is accessible to many things.
Having a lightweight stroller where your child can rest while you are out and about is a must in Boston. With so many things to do you won’t want to rush back to your hotel. Having a soft-structured baby carrier is another useful tool so you can continue to walk and be arms free while your little one can explore the city at eye level.
I do recommend — if you already have one — traveling with a portable highchair seat (the ones that look like a harness and can fold up and fit in your diaper bag). Although many locations in Boston are family friendly, I find the number of highchairs to be limited during high-tourism months.