3. Boston, MA
Historic Boston made Parenting Magazine’s Top 10 list for education and ranked high in the health category as well. Boston public schools spend a whopping $23,000 per student (the national average is $9,000), and the city is home to several world-class medical institutions, including Children’s Hospital Boston and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Families can stay fit in Boston’s many parks, such as the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, with beautiful paths to amble through. Also ideal for kids is the Back Bay Fens, a restored former saltwater marsh turned into an “urban wild” with community gardens, a playground, and basketball courts. Then there’s note-worthy Charles Street in Beacon Hill (where my nephew has is store Uncle Pete’s! www.unclepetesshop.com), the Boston Public Garden (which your kids will recognize from Make Way for Ducklings), and Fenway Park.
MICHELLE J. LANE, Realtor
Century 21 Commonwealth
CELL: 617 584-3904