Boston tourism trots out summer family plans

BOSTON -- The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) has an array of hotel packages available for summer.

Here are a few examples from the more than 20 Family Friendly plans (All rates are per room, per night):

• The Millennium Bostonian Hotel, located across from Faneuil Hall, is offering the Bostonian Kids Package for $179.

The package includes accommodations; full American breakfast for up to two adults and two children; and savings on all-day passes to the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Science and the Children's Museum.

The package is valid weekends through June 16 and daily from June 20 to Sept. 2.

The Millennium also is offering a Swan and Garden Package for $189, which includes admission for two aboard a Swan Boat for a cruise of Boston's Public Garden lagoon.

The plan is valid through Sept. 2. For information, call (800) 343-0922 or visit the hotel's Web site at www.millennium-hotels.com/boston.

• The Boston Marriott Long Wharf's package, priced at $229 through Sept. 30, includes deluxe accommodations and breakfast for two each morning.

Located on Boston Harbor at historic Long Wharf, the property is located next to the New England Aquarium and one block from Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. It also is close to downtown Boston shopping, Italian North End dining and the Freedom Trail.

The property offers 400 newly renovated guest rooms, some of which feature harbor views. There is an indoor pool, a health club, a whirlpool and sauna. The Oceana Restaurant and Bar features a selection of seafood and American cuisine.

For information or reservations, call (800) 228-9290, using reservation code BOVQ. For online reservations, use BU4. The property's Web site is at www.marriott.com/boslw.

• The Hyatt Regency Cambridge on the Charles River has a Family Friendly Weekend package for $189 that includes bicycle rentals for four, a 50% discount on an adjoining room for the children, parking, shuttle between Boston and Cambridge, breakfast for four and use of the health club and indoor pool.

For dining, the hotel boasts Spinnaker, Boston's only revolving rooftop restaurant, and Zephyr on the Charles, which features international cuisine.

For information, call (800) 233-1234 or visit www.cambridge.hyatt.com.

To welcome families to Greater Boston, the GBCVB created the BostonUSA Family Friendly ValuePass, which provides discounts to museums, attractions, restaurants and shops. For information, call (888) 733-2678 or visit the Web at www.bostonusa.com.

The Web site contains a list of properties offering the Family Friendly packages as well as those offering BostonUSA specials, arts/theater packages and romantic getaways.

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