Mother's Day in Boston Duckling Day parade

Mother’s Day is right around the corner on Sunday, May 12! Looking for a fun way to spend the day with your family? Check out these Boston-area Mother’s Day ideas — and let someone else do the planning!

Stroll through the Public Garden and join Duckling Day

Hop on a Swan Boat and then take part in Duckling Day in the Boston Public Garden. Based on the classic book “Make Way for Ducklings,” hundreds of children parade through the park dressed adorably as characters from the book. Plenty of other kids activities and music will be happening as well.

Enjoy Sunday brunch

If you’d like something a bit more relaxing, enjoy a fabulous brunch at one of Boston’s great restaurants, like Henrietta’s Table, Alcove, the Beehive, Grana at the Langham Hotel, Davio’s, or Cafe Luna — their lemon-ricotta pancakes are reason alone to go!

Sip afternoon tea in Boston (or beyond)

Enjoy beautiful tea sandwiches and artistic baked goods along with a relaxing cup of tea this Mother’s Day. There are so many picturesque spots for afternoon tea in the Boston area — we especially love the Courtyard Tea Room at the Boston Public Library (reservations are much sought-after), Fancy That Tea House, the Ladyfinger Lounge, and Abigail’s at the Boston Tea Party Museum.  

Explore the Museum of Fine Arts

Check out the many current exhibits. They also have several cafes where you can grab a snack or share a meal.

Relax on a harbor cruise in Boston or Gloucester

There are several options if you’d like to enjoy a relaxing harbor cruise in the city or on the North Shore. Boston has a brunch cruise with live jazz, or if you’d like to explore Gloucester for the day, hop aboard the Beauport cruise line harbor cruise.

Explore the boutiques and art galleries on Newbury Street 

Stroll down Newbury Street in and out of the many art galleries. Stop by Eataly for an Italian lunch or dessert!

Walk the Freedom Trail

There are a number of fascinating Freedom Trail tours that are worth exploring! You can tailor your tour to whatever theme you’d like — including revolutionary women (perfect for Mother’s Day!), the North End, or African-American patriots. 

Attend the Arnold Arboretum’s Lilac Sunday

What a beautiful way to spend Mother’s Day! There are tours, children’s activities, and picnic space available. Lilac Sunday has been celebrated at the arboretum for more than 100 years. 

Pick tulips at a local farm

Tulip picking generally starts at the end of April and lasts for a few weeks. Some local places worth checking out (get your tickets in advance!) include Wilson Farm, Golden Hour Tulip Farm, and Wicked Tulips Flower Farm.


Cheryl Mastrogiovanni
Cheryl is a native of Salem, MA, and now resides in Arlington with her husband and son. A graduate of Boston College, she has been a high school counselor for over 20 years and enjoys helping seniors navigate the college application process. A lifelong Boston Bruins fan, Cheryl began attending hockey games with her father in the original Boston Garden at the age of 8, a tradition she is now sharing with her son. Cheryl published a children’s picture book about the Bruins, and is also passionate about soccer, Cape Cod, all things Italian, and spending time with her family. As much as she loves to travel, she equally loves coming home. Loves: playing soccer on the weekends, GOOD pizza, hot summer nights, '80s music, sneakers, and being organized Dislikes: long meetings, loud noises, messiness


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