Book Reviews: Family Travel Helpers

In early April, Fodor’s—a trusted name in travel guidebooks (they’ve been around since the 1930s and have published guides on more than 300 destinations worldwide)—will release a new series of family-focused books. The Fodor’s Family series zeroes in on a number of great cities—San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C.—and are packed with maps, tips, and practical information. Beyond the usual travel guide fare, this with Kids line includes the stuff you really want to know: where to find public washrooms near the major attractions, playgrounds in popular neighbourhoods and, something that’s especially useful in these tough economic times, a section on where to find great, free stuff. I compared their notes in Boston with Kids with my own from a recent trip, and, I must say, they’ve done a fine job. Did they note the free-of-charge access to the State House, which has interesting and historic rooms to visit, air conditioning, and plentiful and clean washrooms? Check. The water shuttles, part of the public transit system, which are cheap, fast and provide great views from the water? Check. They didn’t note my favourite pizza place in the whole wide world, Regina Pizzeria, but they did cover many of its worthy North End neighbours. Worth the $12.50 (each)? Definitely check.

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