Planning your Patriot’s day weekend

Whether you are celebrating Patriot’s Day, Easter, Passover, or just the fun of an extra day off with your family, there is something for everyone to enjoy during this first long weekend of spring in Boston. We’ve collected fun outdoor activities fit for a family frolic to help you map out your weekend plans.

On Saturday April 19, first hitch a ride on a swan boat with Mayor Walsh at 10am as he hosts the opening day of the swan boat season on the pond in Boston’s Public Garden. Then head over to the North End for a Patriot’s Day Scavenger Hunt at the Boston Tea Party Site. Scavenger hunts running from 11am to 2pm give kids of all ages a chance to compete for fun prizes with the bonus of learning more about the Revolutionary War and Boston’s history.

On Sunday April 20, take part in a Boston tradition and learn about the famous ride of Paul Revere that signaled the start of the Revolutionary War by attending the 239th Annual Lantern Ceremony that begins at 8pm at the Old North Church Historic Site in Boston.

On Monday April 21, gear up for Marathon Monday! This year the 36,000+ runners of the 118th Boston Marathon would love your support more than ever. Before you head out to the race, check out the Boston Athletic Association’s guidelines for spectators. Then pick a comfortable spot anywhere along the 26.2 mile course from Hopkinton to Copley Square to spend the morning cheering for an athletic event that is sure to inspire the whole family – runners and walkers alike.

Throughout the weekend and into Boston public school vacation week, don’t forget to stop by the Cambridge Science Festival. There will be workshops going on all day every day between April 18 and 27 in and around Cambridge. Take a look at the festival’s entire schedule for the events like “the science of baseball” that will excite your family’s curiosity about science and the city around us.

Happy holiday weekend. The fun starts now!


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