Family activities in New England and attractions for kids

familycarousel Try something new on a New England family vacation. From shopping at general stores and trading posts, to outdoor quests like whitewater rafting, whale watching, and hiking scenic trails, New England has a limitless selection of exciting, family-friendly activities to please kids and parents alike. Explore the beaches, farms, and amusement parks, or bring the kids on a train ride or sightseeing cruise. Plenty of family friendly lodgings welcome parents and kids with swimming pools, game rooms, discounted children’s meal, and group activities for the kids. Many lodgings have a variety of accommodations and public spaces to be perfect for family reunions.

Route 16, Pinkham Notch Gorham, NH, 03581 Phone: 603-466-3988

Take the family and stand above it all

For over 150 years, families and friends have enjoyed visiting the legendary Mt. Washington Auto Road. A trip on the Auto Road is a one-of-a-kind experience offering ever-changing weather extremes and panoramic views as you climb to the highest peak in the Northeast.
Choose to drive your own car or take a comfortable, 2 or 3-hour guided tour led by one of our accomplished and dedicated guides. Adventure can be found all the way up to the 6,288-foot peak where, on a clear day, visitors can discover panoramic views spanning the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and north into Canada! Rain or shine, and included with your Auto Road ticket, the entire family will love the new interactive museum “Extreme Mount Washington” located on the summit, brought to you by the Mount Washington Observatory.

528 Presidential Highway Jefferson, NH, 03583 Phone: 603-586-4445

Pure Joy. Family Style. Every Summer.

Santa’s Village is Santa’s summer home in the White Mountains, and the only New England park listed by 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards as one of the Top 25 Amusement Parks in the USA. With reindeer and elves, cookies and ice cream, a roller coaster, a log flume, a monorail, and plenty of other rides and activities, it’s everything you’d imagine Santa’s summer home to be. One low admission price covers an entire day of memory-making for families with young children. For over 60 years and three generations, from our family to yours – Santa’s Village is pure joy, family style. Seasons: Open Memorial Day weekend to Christmas.

357 Morningside Lane Charlestown, NH, 03603 Phone: 603-542-4416

Flight fun for every age and skill level

This is family fun on a grand scale with activities and excitement to create memories that last a lifetime. This amazing flight park in the Connecticut River Valley in New Hampshire is your launching point to enjoy scenery you can see from the ground or high up on hang gliders, paragliders and zip lines. Bring the gang and stay in a variety of camping options from small cabins and platform tents to your own plot of ground with restrooms and shower facilities available to all campers. Get into a game of laser tag, kayak together, go fishing or swimming, light up a barbecue and have a picnic. Great for day long adventures or weekend getaways, birthday parties and family events.

2300 Lafayette Road Portsmouth, NH, 03801 Phone: 603-427-1111

Something for everyone in the family

Here are 26 acres of affordable, family-friendly attractions and rides, great dining, places to host a party or event, or just hang out. Going on 30 years offering the cleanest, safest, friendliest and largest water park in New England, this landmark has what it takes for all day, summer long fun. Youngsters can conquer their first water slide, teens can take on more adventure, and the whole family can enjoy rides and slides, rivers and pools and exciting events. There’s lots of wet action on tubes and mats as you plunge through curves and tunnels and racing rapids or roll slowly on a raft. Parents and groups will enjoy the private picnic and cabana areas just made for family activities.

61 Market Street, Unit 1C Lowell, MA, 01852 Phone: 978-459-6150

The family fun never ends in the Greater Merrimack Valley

The tough choice in the Greater Merrimack Valley is what to do next. Everything in a travel destination for the family is here. The Children’s Discovery Museum and the Science Discovery Museum offer exhibits, programs and educational, hands-on activities for everyone. Plan ahead and enjoy the many special event days in the valley’s quaint towns filled with historic homes, buildings and sites to explore. Your pet is welcome in many of the lodgings, parks and attractions throughout the valley. Skiing white slopes, hiking worn trails, biking scenic roads, and fishing, canoeing, white water rafting on the region’s waterways ought to keep everyone happy. So will the strawberry picking, hayrides and fun to be found on local farms, orchards and vineyards.

12 Steamboat Wharf Mystic, CT, 06355 Phone: 860-536-0416

Haul Away! Bring the whole family sailing.

Sail away aboard the traditional sailing schooner Argia for a journey into the past. The adventure begins as the Ship's horn blows and you depart from Mystic's historic Bascule Bridge, a national historic landmark. As the ship travels down the Mystic River, join the crew in raising sail the old-fashioned way...or lend a hand steering the ship! Morgan Point Lighthouse and the quaint fishing village of Noank greet you at the river’s mouth, followed by islands and peaceful sailing. Snacks and lemonade are provided.

May 1st through late mid-October, choose a day or sunset cruise aboard ARGIA!

50 Ferncroft Road Danvers, MA, 01923 Phone: 978-777-2500

Wet, whacky, wild family fun!

Make a splash with the family at the largest indoor water park in Massachusetts. A tropical indoor paradise where it’s always 84 degrees and open every day for every kid of every age. There are water slides, a lazy river, a splash pad and dip-in-the- theater arcade, private cozy cabanas, and lots more. Hold one of a kind birthday parties, group swims, or even buy out the whole park for a day. Then enjoy a night at the Doubletree Hotel Boston North Shore adjacent to the Park with luxurious bedding and jumbo pillows, flat screen television, on-demand movies and premium cable channels. Look for Coco Key Discounts and packages that include overnight accommodations, water resort access, and breakfast in the family-friendly TradeWinds Restaurant.

1355 Boston Post Road Guilford, CT, 06437 Phone: 203-453-2338

Find fantastic family fun and support your local farmer

Almost nothing beats family fun like picking up fresh produce right from the farm. Open year-round, Bishop's Orchards continues a 144-year tradition on 313 acres where you can pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, pears, apples, and pumpkins. The farm market has grown from a roadside stand to a wholesale supplier of fruits and vegetables to New York and New England. It’s also a thriving retail market, fully operating bakery, specialty food grocer and most recently, a winery. The kids will love the llamas, alpacas and goats and the G-Scale train with cars from the NYNH Railroad circling overhead. Get your farm fresh produce and an authentic farm experience at the same time. Look for the "big red apple" known far and wide.

55 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA, 01609 Phone: 508-799-4406

Exciting family fun and learning at this central Massachusetts museum

For family adventure, fun and education it’s hard to beat this amazing museum. With exciting interactive programs, events and more for every age, the WAM offers a look into the extraordinary breadth of human creativity and showcases the world’s art treasures from ancient times to modern days. You’ll discover paintings by Cassatt, Gauguin, Goya, Monet, Sargent, and Homer; floor mosaics from the ancient city of Antioch; and stand face to visor with knights in armor. Kids will love getting creative in Helmutt’s Drop-in Studio. Take a guided tour or a live drawing class. Enjoy lunch at the Museum Café, and shop for unique gifts and mementos. WAM is considered one of the finest mid-sized museums in the country. For exhibitions and program schedules, follow our link above to our website.

61 Laconia Road Tilton, NH, 03276 Phone: 603-286-8008 Toll-Free: 800-605-2537

Wear out your kids with lakeside and mountain fun on the best vacation ever

Families with kids from two-year-old to college-bound teens will find enough fun activity and enough variety to fill a decades of vacations to the Lakes region of New Hampshire. The star of the vacation drama clearly is Winnipesaukee, Squam and Newfound lakes in summer, the nearby ski areas in winter, and the delightful towns, museums, and shopping venues all year. To assure a crop of tired kids on vacation nights, take your brood to explore boulder caves, ride the treetops on a canopy tour, watch bear shows and circus acts at Clark’s Trading Post, take a steep mountain ride on a cog-driven railroad, or play the games at arcade palaces. Ski resorts give you all the snow sports you can handle in winter, and also summer fun on mountainside coasters and other rides. There’s plenty of family friendly lodging and spas for the adults.

Route 3 - 259 Endicott Street N Weirs Beach, NH, 03247 Phone: 603-366-4466 Toll-Free: 888-667-4287

Homemade candies, ice cream & specialty gifts

Folks have been coming here for more than 110 years to taste, buy and send gift baskets home to family and friends. A tinkling player piano greets you as you arrive and takes you back to the handmade confections, service and charm of another age. The oldest homemade ice cream and candy maker in New Hampshire, Kellerhaus offers its make-your-own Sundae Smorgasbord, premium handmade chocolates, candies, caramels, jams and jellies, maple products and nuts. Enjoy a Belgian waffle buffet breakfast with eggs, meat ,hash browns and toast. The multi-room gift shop offers unique gifts from around the world and specialty New England items like candles, cards, steins, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, collectibles, toys and stuffed animals. Open all year round.

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, off Route 20 Sturbridge, MA, 01566 Phone: 508-347-3362 Toll-Free: 800-733-1830

A family place with stories to tell

Families in New England weren’t so different 200 years ago, yet the lives they lived were very different. How they worked and made a living, fed and cared for themselves and each other, raised children and planned for the future. Their story is preserved here in one of America’s largest and most celebrated living history museums with 40 antique homes, buildings and water-powered mills from the 1800’s. You and your family can experience that time again on an early stagecoach ride, up close to old breeds of farm animals, in a chat with a costumed interpreter, and under the watchful eye of an experienced blacksmith, cooper, potter, or farmer doing what he did then. Over 30 special weekend events with hands-on craft work and more offered daily.

33 Village Road Waterville Valley, NH, 03215 Phone: 603-468-2553 Toll-Free: 800-468-2553

Family Fun in a scenic White Mountain Village

Set In the middle of breathtaking White Mountain National Forest Waterville Valley has everything you want for an unforgettable family vacation experience. Whatever lodging choice you make, you’re within walking distance of Town Square in the self-contained village for great food, shopping and non-stop activity. The Adventure Center is base camp for mountain biking, hiking, and skateboarding. Stream fed Corcoran's Pond has kayaks, pedal boats and canoes and a sandy beach for relaxing. There’s golf, nationally ranked tennis courts, a skateboard park, an ice arena and the White Mountain athletic club. The open air trolley gets you where you want to go and summer lodging packages offer the Freedom Pass to much of the fun for one low price. Call 800-GO-VALLEY or click our link above for additional information or to reserve your stay.

1 West Street Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 Phone: 207-288-9800 Toll-Free: 888-533-9253

New England’s Premier Whale Watching Tours

Join us for an adventurous whale watching trip in the gulf of Maine on your next vacation, a perfect thing to do this summer with your family. We feature several distinct whale watching, sightseeing, lighthouse and nature trips which sail daily throughout the summer season. The Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company has spared no expense in order to offer you a spectacular opportunity to experience the awe inspiring beauty of the magnificent mammals of the sea. The Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company offers six distinct tours: Puffins & Whale Watching, Just Whale Watching, Nature Cruise, Lobster Fishing and Seal Watching, Baker Island and Acadia National Park Tour and the Historical Lighthouse Tour. Trips depart everyday throughout the season from the town pier at 1 West Street in Bar Harbor, Maine. Come and enjoy a fantastic Maine vacation experience that you will never forget.

Mayflower II, State Pier, 77 Water Street Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-747-3434

Plymouth by paddle wheeler – the calm, the stories

Being by the water makes being on the water all the more inviting and you can be at one of the most important historic American landmarks. Jump on this true paddle wheeler which has no conventional propeller and watch and listen as the big red wheels on the back of the boat propel it like the boats on the Mississippi. Once aboard, you’ll get the perfect introduction to Plymouth. Loaded with history, you’ll learn more about Pilgrims, famous shipwrecks, the role of the commercial fishing and lobster industries, two lighthouses, and Plymouth’s spectacular beaches. Relax amid the calming sound of the paddles as they swish through the water. Then sit back and enjoy those fabulous stories. Spoiler alert: the Pilgrims considered lobster to be “poor man’s food.”

Renew your family's fun this summer in the Berkshires

With rolling mountains and forests, winding rivers and sparkling lakes, and scenic back roads that pass by fields and farmland, the stage is set for the world-class music, art, and theater that are the main attraction of summer in the Berkshires and the ideal location to bring the whole family. Locally grown foods are fresh and plentiful this time of year, the ingredients for the creative culinary treats that await you at breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a picnic under the stars. A great way to spend time as a family is to get outside and the Berkshires has what you are looking for, from mountains and forests filled with hiking trails, swimming and kayaking fun plus a variety of aerial adventure parks. Pack up the family and get in some quality time this summer in the Berkshires.

928 White Oaks Road Laconia, NH, 03246 Phone: 603-366-5695

Bring the family and get closer to nature

Families will love this unique and nature blessed Environmental Education Center focused on a healthier future for all on a personal, local and global scale. Celebrated here are the interconnections between the community and the natural environmental systems. The Center offers families a wonderful variety of meaningful environmental education programs and experiences throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, and long-term partnerships with local elementary schools. The farm is designated as an official New Hampshire Wildlife Viewing Area and offers hiking on more than three miles of woodland, pond and field trails. Families can also explore the three-story historic barn, beautiful heritage flower and vegetable gardens, Natural Playscape, and during the month of March, an old-fashioned maple sugar operation. The Center is open daily from 9am-4pm and the trails and Natural Playscape are open daily from dawn to dusk at no cost.

1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI, 02907 Phone: 401-785-3510

Fun and Fascination for Everyone in the Family

Roger Williams Park Zoo is home to 100 species of rare and fascinating animals, making every visit an adventure that the whole family can enjoy. Along with our major animal exhibit areas, the Zoo offers many resources to connect kids and their families with the outdoors, and to inspire nature at the acclaimed Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard play area. The Zoo is open year round with special family events, like Children’s concerts and shows, Animal Encounters, Animal Birthday Parties, and more, scheduled throughout the year. For more information and hours please visit rwpzoo.org.

85 North Policy Street Salem, NH, 03079 Phone: 603-893-3560

Family fun, services and accommodations make this a grand day out

The whole family is well cared for at this historic fun park just 30 miles north of Boston. Start with 85 rides, indoor-outdoor games and an arcade, plus live entertainment on two stages and the Dance Hall Theater, special events and a dedicated Kiddieland area, and everyone will get involved and smile. A wide variety of delicious food is yours and available around the park in 20 great spots, while plenty of tax free shopping at numerous gift shops lets you fill up on souvenirs, keepsakes and more. There’s an ATM, lockers, available services for expectant mothers, and accommodations for all ages and physical abilities. Bring your own or rent a wheelchair, electric scooter stroller or double seat stroller.

40 Sargent Drive New Haven, CT, 06511 Phone: 203-812-9981

Play nice together on a one of a kind indoor ropes course

Here’s the ultimate in indoor physical activity for the whole family - Jordan’s IT Adventure Ropes Course, the largest such activity in the world. Enjoy an incredible adventure on two 60’ high ropes courses. Climb and zip and jump and walk amidst swinging beams, angled rope ladders, cargo nets, bridges, and planks. Watch 1000 water nozzles dance to lights, stereo sounds and music. Soar across the longest Sky Rail zip lines ever made high above the restaurants and Waltzing Water show - and remember to keep your feet up, you may get wet! Other activities have you free-falling 50' down to the ground, crossing the 200’ catwalk, and climbing wobbly poles and vertical walls that only take you higher with each step. Stop in for some kid-friendly family fun, ages 2 and up.

Route 2 (Mohawk Trail) Charlemont, MA, 01339 Phone: 800-532-7483

The perfect vacation or active getaway for friends and family.

Zoar Outdoor is New England's Leader in Outdoor Adventure, offering whitewater rafting, zip line tours, canoeing, kayaking, biking and rock climbing at our adventure resort on the Deerfield River in western Massachusetts. Our friendly professional staff, comfortable base camp and top-notch equipment ensure that your adventure will be memorable. From half-day family raft trips to week-long whitewater kayak clinics we can match your schedule and your desire for adventure. The Outfitters Shop is the Northeast's premier whitewater outlet featuring over 100 of the hottest designs in stock. Our expert staff can help you select a boat, but the greatest part of shopping at The Outfitters Shop is that you can try any boat before you buy it on the Deerfield River right in front of our shop.

40 Doaks Lane Marblehead, MA, 01945 Phone: 781-990-3552

On-Water Recreation for the Whole Family

Bring the whole family for an outing or season of kayaking and standup paddling fun and fitness at Boston's North Shore hidden gem Little Harbor Boathouse! Just 15 miles north of Boston, spend the day at our pristine beach, paddle around Little Harbor Islands and Marblehead Harbor and stroll our historic seaside village shops & cafes. Choose from pedal, paddle and sail Hobie Kayaks (singles & tandems) and Standup Paddle Boards. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, Little Harbor Boathouse offers hourly and group and party rentals for up to 50 paddlers. Summer Adventure Program (ages 8-14) runs weekly, Guided Tours and Kayak Fishing Guides by appointment. Helping families and friends have unforgettable on-water experiences is what we’re all about.

50 Walkers Brook Drive Reading, MA, 01867 Phone: 781-942-9816

Play together on this one-of-a-kind sky ropes course

Here’s a great indoor physical activity for the whole family at Jordan’s BeanStalk™ Adventure Ropes Course in Reading Massachusetts. Enjoy the challenge of traveling from one activity to the next testing your agility and balance. Climb to 12 or 24 feet and make your way across the sky ropes course onto zig zag beams, crisscross angled rope ladders, and then hold on to spaghetti hand lines. Walk the plank at 24 feet then travel out on a 6 inch standalone beam, pivot and return. You’ll find two levels of challenging ropes course, 30 exciting activities and for young adventurers, there’s BeanSprout™, a specially designed course for children 2-7. Adventurers must be 48" tall or 42" if accompanied by a chaperone.

Sailing from Ports in Rockland, Rockport and Camden, ME, 04843 Phone: 207-374-2993 Toll-Free: 800-807-9463

If you’re looking to explore where the big ships can’t go, a Maine windjammer can get you there.

Cast off on a three- to six-day sailing adventure aboard one of Maine’s nine legendary windjammers in the Maine Windjammer Association. Enjoy a down-to-earth vacation that’s fun for the whole family. Special family cruises for kids 6 and up are available on several windjammers and include kid-friendly meals, additional shore time and lots of shipboard activities. Keep a lookout for seals, porpoises, lighthouses and lobster boats. Enjoy great sailing by day and cozy anchorages every night, perfect choices this summer when you are looking for family activities. Delicious home-cooked meals and a lobster bake included. Sailing from Camden-Rockland from May through October. Visit our website by following the link above or call 800-807-WIND.

105 Haverhill Road Salem, NH, 03079 Phone: 603-893-8300

Let your kids explore the mysteries of America's history

Kids love mysteries, and that's what makes a visit to America's Stonehenge in Salem, New Hampshire, a great trip for your family. A half-mile trail through the pine woods leads to megaliths, stone chambers, a rock altar, and other strange artifacts. Were they built by colonial farmers or Native Americans? Or constructed by ancient people -- Druid priests, perhaps -- who left similar monuments all over great Britain. Adding to the mystery is the fact that you'll find megaliths of the same type scattered around New England. Our site, however, is one of the largest collections. What's more, many other sites are on private property, and off limits to visitors. So come visit our woods, and find out why they've left scholars confused for decades.

21 Prindle Lane Danbury, CT, 06810 Phone: 203-942-2449

All together now – jump and bounce for joy

The entire family can bounce and jump safely and under supervision at this one of a kind trampoline park. The Parent lounge has a large observation deck, 9 television screens that stream to your phones and headphones, a healthy snack bar, free Wi-Fi, and 40 charging stations. Kids under 5 will love their own indoor trampoline court, foam pit, and slam dunk basketball lane. Tumble mats launch the older kids into a triple foam pit area and the they can slam dunk a basketball or jump into a round of dodgeball. Dual Xtreme! Ninja Courses challenge agility and strength with cargo net climbs, swinging rings, a rock wall, and much more. Perfect for birthday parties, winter and rainy day activities.

One Railroad Avenue Essex, CT, 06426 Phone: 860-767-0103 Toll-Free: 800-377-3987

Much more than a Choo Choo

Climb aboard the only steam train and riverboat connection in the U.S! Kids will enjoy riding in the vintage coaches alongside farms, ponds, and boat yards, and spotting swans, ducks, and egrets. The 12-mile, narrated roundtrip brings passengers to Deep River Landing, where the riverboat continues the adventure with a 1¼-hour cruise on the breathtaking Connecticut River. The steam train returns visitors to Essex station. Throughout the year, there are several special events specifically for kids: In April and May, Day Out with Thomas; mid-November through December, Santa Special (daytime) and North Pole Express (nighttime).

200 Daniel Webster Highway Nashua, NH, 03060 Phone: 603-888-1940

Be a Family That Plays Together

Arcades have been an entertainment choice for kids and families for generations and no wonder. Fun World has the formula covered. There's lots of physical activity for younger kids in a huge, multi-level playground with big slides and a ball pit, along with 30 tot rides. For older kids and teens, the blur of choices of arcade games is daunting, from Wave Motion Theater and six-player Galaxian Theater to sports games, dance games to classic air hockey and pinball. Tickets can be redeemed for prizes hundreds of prizes. Parents will appreciate the reasonable price for a full day for family fun. Naturally, Fun World sells pizza and other classic kid foods, so your gang can hunker here ’til everyone is too tired to move.

473 Tatro Road Starksboro, VT, 05487 Phone: 802-453-2592 Toll-Free: 800-430-2667

Uncommon Fun for Grownups and Kids

Camp Common Ground sits on 700 gorgeous acres in the heart of Vermont, and each year many families make the trip to enjoy a week-long getaway. A non-profit founded in 1994, the inter-generational family camp is designed to provide families with a fun bonding experience while weaving in traditional summer camp activities, including arts, music, nature, wellness, and sports. Give cello a go, take a tennis lesson, try your hand at blacksmithing, go for a hike, or simply relax in a hammock with a good book – there truly is something for everyone! Camp Common Ground prides itself on welcoming all definitions of "family" and cultivating a sense of community among campers. The camp is 100% solar-powered and features a private swimming pond, tennis courts, hiking trails, a campfire pit, and more! Your week long getaway includes lodging in a tent, cabin, or lodge; all meals (local, organic, and vegetarian); and all activities. Nestled in the heart of New England, Camp Common Ground is the ultimate family destination!

One Franklin Park Road Boston, MA, 02121 Phone: 617-541-5466

Lions and lemurs and birds - Oh My!

Get your family up close to some of the worlds’ most interesting animals. Boston’s largest park on seventy-two acres brings you lions, giraffes, and zebras in their own special habitats. You’ll find gorillas, lemurs, mandrills and other friendly beasts in the Tropical Forest and experience a free-flight bird adventure at the Aussie Aviary. Kids will find programs that are fun and educational, the Zoo Camp, and Snorin’ Roarin’ sleepovers. Plan a birthday party or other event at the unique indoor and outdoor facilities. The Things Wild Gift Shoppe has souvenir items, toys, games, and apparel and the indoor Giddy-Up Grill and Kalahari Kitchen offer southwestern-themed food for all to enjoy.

135 U.S. Route 5 South Norwich, VT, 05055 Phone: Toll-Free: 855-371-2253

Bring the family and get your hands into the dough

For a grand day out together, plan a tasty tour of the King Arthur Flour factory in Norwich, Vermont. Take your baking up a notch in the educational center and even learn to bake with your children with the expertise of artisan bakers who conduct classes, demos and special events throughout the year. Stop in at the unique retail shop where you’ll find thousands of ingredients, mixes, tools, and pans to stock your shelves with specialty baking items. There are plenty of treats for the kids to ogle and taste including hand-shaped breads and pastries plus soups, salads, sandwiches and more. Enjoy the barista-style coffees and teas then fill your to-go bags with breads, chocolate chip cookies and sticky buns.

6655 Shelburne Road Shelburne, VT, 05482 Phone: 802-985-3001 Toll-Free: 800-829-2327

Family Fun at Vermont Teddy Bear!

A visit to Vermont Teddy Bear is the perfect family outing! Pack a lunch, come meet Ted E. Bear and take a factory tour given by one of our knowledgeable Bear Ambassadors. During the tour, you’ll see how our Bears are made and kids get to decode a secret Bear message. After your tour, stop in our Bear Shop and let the kids create their own Bear. Then relax outside with a well-earned lunch break at one of our picnic tables and toss a Frisbee around to finish off the perfect family day. All tour and store information is available on our website.

1098 Fall River Avenue Seekonk, MA, 02771 Phone: 508-336-8307

Get the whole family behind the wheel

Here’s a great day out for the entire family – go karts on tracks designed with everyone in mind. The longest Family Track in New England gets you revved up through speedy straight-aways, hairpin curves and tunnels and two of you can now ride the new two-seater go-karts. The Slick Track will test your mettle, and there’s a new Rookie Track for the youngest and Kiddy Track and Beginner Track as they grow - so there’s never a time not to be driving your own cart. Bumper cars and boats stretch the envelope of fun and you can take on the family in a friendly game of mini golf. Rain or shine enjoy more than 60 of your favorite arcade games.

Matthews Park - 303 West Avenue Norwalk, CT, 06850 Phone: 203-899-0606

A "wow" experience for all ages, even adults!

Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Conn., our mission is to inspires lifelong learning. We do that with fun and fascinating exhibits and outdoor spaces. Wander about our garden and listen while whimsical sculptures use sun, wind, and water power to produce musical sounds. In our Energy Lab kids are mesmerized by a raceway powered by water, or when balls are whisked away down a wind-powered maze. They'll learn about evaporation first hand by painting with brush and water, and then seeing their paintings disappear. We have exhibits designed for all ages ten and under, including toddlers and infants. Adults will be fascinated, too.

A unique New Hampshire destination for your next family adventure

Experience New Hampshire’s Grand North with the whole family! Featuring winter activities such as zip-lining, dog sledding, snow tubing, skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. In the summer months, try hiking, fishing, canoeing, biking, moose viewing, camping and more! For an additional rush there’s white water rafting, and miles of ATV trails. New Hampshire’s Grand North offers a variety of lodging choices including historic grand hotels, cozy inns and family friendly lodgings for every preference. There’s tax-free shopping, great food and attractions and quaint towns to stroll. The kids will love the top-rated amusement parks and New England’s highest peak. Mt. Washington, offers several ways to reach the summit including driving up in your own car or hopping aboard the historic steam locomotive powered cog railway.

110 Daniel Webster Highway (Route 3) Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-8913

A family that knows families and family fun

Five generations of Clarks have been providing the best in family entertainment for 85 years. Five museums on the Victorian Main Street and four Specialty Shops include the most well stocked gift and souvenir shop in the White Mountains. The Bear show gets you up close to North American Black Bears. The Anaconda Escape water raft ride speeds you through 300 feet of twists and turns in total darkness. The White Mountain Central Railroad takes you on an excursion into Wolfman's Territory. Visit the mysterious Tuttle House, 1884 Fire Station, Merlin's Mystical Mansion, the "old Man of the Mountain" climbing tower and exciting Segway tours. Be amazed by the feats of Yandong's Chinese Acrobats, dress up for an antique photo.

37 Corey Road -- Route 43 Hancock, MA, 01237 Phone: 413-738-5500 Toll-Free: 800-882-8859

Have your own peak experience and bring the kids

Inspiring mountain scenery joins endless sky at the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England with 45 trails and 9 lifts. At its base, more family fun in grand and spacious suites and vacation homes that are all non-smoking with master BR and king size bed, flat screen TV, living rooms with queen size sofa beds, fully equipped kitchenettes and an outdoor heated swimming pool. The In Touch spa and exercise room provide personal attention and there is Wi-Fi access throughout the Inn and the village center. Shop then savor great food and beverages at Christiansen’s Tavern and John Harvard’s Brew House. Just a short drive away are Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge, Williamstown, Bennington, VT, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Off Route 302 Bretton Woods, NH, 03589 Phone: 603-278-5404 Toll-Free: 800-922-8825

Children never forget a trip aboard the Cog Railway

Step off a Cog Railway coach and you'll find yourself atop the highest mountain peak in the Northeast. From late April through November our trains make daily excursions to the summit of New Hampshire's Mount Washington. It's a fascinating three-hour trip your children will never forget. Since the first climb back in 1869, the Cog Railway has always been seen as an engineering marvel, with the steepest track ascent in North America. Your journey will take you through several climate zones to the very top of the mountain, where you'll be able to send post cards that are postmarked from the summit. Visit the Weather Observatory, where meteorologists study some of the country's most severe winter weather. At the bottom, enjoy breakfast or lunch at our Base Station restaurant.

66 Thunder Mountain Road Charlemont, MA, 01339 Phone: 413-339-6617

For families it's easy - bring your kids and play!

There’s lots to do. Where do you want to start? Depends on the season. How about skiing or boarding or tubing, zip lines, white water rafting, or downhill mountain biking? Come check out and ride North America’s longest mountain coaster! We offer lessons and equipment rentals. We have a great family friendly place to stay right here while you’re enjoying all of the activities, the Crazy Horse Bar and Grill for lunch or dinner, a friendly staff and a commitment to being the best at whatever we do. We are just 2 hours from Boston, three hours from New York City.

1650 Hartford-New London Tpke. (Rt. 85) Oakdale, CT, 06370 Phone: 860-443-4367

Convenient, affordable and dinosaur friendly

Conveniently located near Mystic Seaport and countless activities in the heart of Mystic Country, The Dinosaur Place offers unique indoor and outdoor fun for everyone. Mascot Monty welcomes you to over 50 acres of wetlands and woodlands. Raptor Bay, a seven acre man-made lake has its own volcano, while dinosaur trails offer touch and learn activities. SplashPad is wet fun and New England’s largest such water park. Kids of all ages will love the a”MAZE”asaurus and Monty’s playground featuring SpaceNet’s climbing towers and three-dimensional swinging, vibrating and springing web. Discovery Depot’s indoor activity center let’s you hunt for nature’s art treasures that lie beneath the earth. Nearby, affordable, family-friendly hotels offer discount packages with lodging, attraction tickets and even breakfast included.

Winter Hours for Dinosaur Place: Thurs.-Sun. 10am-5pm. Discovery Depot: Weekdays & School Holidays 10a-5p. The Shops & PAST Antiques Marketplace: Open daily 10a-6p. Gateway Museums: Open Daily 10a-12:30p and 1-5pm.

55 Coogan Boulevard Mystic, CT, 06355 Phone: 860-572-5955

Family fun with exciting marine life

One of the truly great family places for young and older lets you enjoy the fun and hands on learning in exceptional natural and man-made environments. Meet thousands of marine animals including beluga whales, African penguins, rescued seals, colorful fish and many more. The frog exhibit holds over 30 different species of frogs. Curious kids and moms and dads are welcome to touch live sharks, stingrays and exotic reptiles like a 6” alligator. Sea lions demonstrate amazing behaviors and the virtual ride at the 4-D Theater takes you through another world. Stretch your mind at the National Geographic Theater and feel the rush of adventure when you discover the earth’s most extreme environments in Exploration: Wild! Sea more at MysticAquarium.org.

545 Beach Road Pittsburg, NH, 03592 Phone: Toll-Free: 866-663-9777

Outdoor recreational activity on adaptable terrain for the whole family

Limitless excitement awaits you and your family at Bear Rock Adventures. Slow down and enjoy the best in off highway activities like ATVing, hiking, snowmobiling, horseback riding, fishing, aerial adventures, rafting and more. Choose your starting and stopping points from more than a dozen options along a system of corridors connecting individual riding areas. Nothing beats camping out in the Great North Woods but you can also find cabins and lodges, hotels and motels, B&B’s and even private homes. Head out for the day or more and stop along the way to refuel and take in the jaw dropping views. You’ll be guided through 1000+ miles of the Northeast's largest interconnected ATV trail system with terrain adaptable for all abilities.

38 Norcross Circle North Conway, NH, 03860 Phone: 603-356-5251 Toll-Free: 800-232-5251

Ride into the past aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad

Enjoy an old-fashioned family experience that begins with a visit to our 1874 station in the middle of North Conway Village. Children of all ages will be transported back to a simpler time in history, when railroads fueled the economic growth of this country. Ride in vintage coaches, some of which date back to the 1920s, or First Class cars, including an 1898 Pullman Parlor Observation Car. A 3-course luncheon is available on the Valley Trains or as part of the Notch Train’s First Class Package. Have your tickets hand-punched by a real conductor. Children under four ride FREE in Coach on the Valley Trains, and well-behaved dogs are always welcome.

32 Valley Road Jefferson, NH, 03583 Phone: 603-545-4533

A family sojourn never to be forgotten

There’s adventure ahead on land and water and the whole family is invited. Enjoy warm weather rolling dog sledding that’s educational and hands on. Meet the sled dogs, help the musher harness and hitch the team, enjoy the dog sled ride, and share treats with the sled dogs after your ride. Get out on the water with Raft NH, a family-friendly, rafting outfitter offering whitewater trips for ages 6 and up. You’re in for unforgettable mild to wild rafting! Check out the “Paws & Paddles” package and enjoy a daytime whitewater raft trip and an evening rolling dog sled trek for a full day of outdoor fun.

32 Reeds Gap Road Middlefield, CT, 06455 Phone: 860-349-1793

Have great family fun and learn about today’s farms and farmers

Teach your kids what a farm is and what farmers do at this beautiful destination on the Connecticut River. Run by the same family for almost three hundred years, Lyman Orchards invites families to be famers for a day from June to October to pick nearly 100 varieties of fruits. You can call the 24-hour hotline for crop and field conditions, varieties, and market prices. The exceptional Farm Market has baked goods including award winning pies all made in the Farm Bakery. Take home the Eco friendly fruits and CT grown vegetables grown with naturally occurring controls such as ladybugs and other predators. For a special treat, bring your clubs and play golf on the farm’s two championship golf courses.

434 Main Street Tewksbury, MA, 01876 Phone: 978-349-0000

Great family fun place in Tewksbury

This family owned destination in Tewksbury offers the area’s best bowling, restaurant, golf simulator, and event space for any occasion. A fun, positive, family-friendly destination, it offers high quality, year-round entertainment for kids to seniors and for casual and league bowlers. Enjoy luxury candlepin and ten pin lanes with big screens, music videos, sporting events, and comfortable seating areas at each lane. The world class redemption arcade features over 60 of the most popular games in the industry and an upscale prize redemption center with electronics, games, novelty items, stuffed animals and more. Celebrations of every kind are welcome for groups of 10 to 400. There’s great food at the Firewater tavern plus weeknight and weekend specials. Check it out.

137 Warren Avenue Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-746-1622

A compelling approach to history; a memorable visitor experience.

Plimoth Plantation is a world-class living history museum overlooking Cape Cod Bay. This immersive museum features costumed interpreters and modern day artisans throughout our award-winning exhibits, including the 17th Century English Village, Wampanoag Homesite, Plimoth Grist Mill and Mayflower II docked in picturesque Plymouth Harbor. Plimoth Plantation's hands-on, entertaining brand of living history is what has earned the museum it's reputation for delivering powerful personal experiences to guests of all ages from all over the world.

Please allow at least 3 hours to visit to Plimoth Plantation and about 45 minutes for Mayflower II.

185 Elm Street Fitchburg, MA, 01420 Phone: 978-345-4207

A creative adventure for the whole family

There is great family fun and creative magic at the Fitchburg Art Museum. FAM present galleries filled with antiquities from Egypt, Greece and Rome, Africa and 19th century New England. Take a journey across time and you’ll discover sculptures, everyday objects, realistic reproductions of tomb walls, and even a mummy. Intriguing Learning Lounges feature interactive spaces where you can listen to an artist describe her own process, create your own art project, or contribute to a communal art work. Bring a sketch pad and pencils, and let draw your reactions to the art you see. Check out the exhibitions of art from schools, community organizations, and local artist groups in the Community Gallery and even show something that you’ve created.

Route 1 Saco, ME, 04072 Phone: 207-284-5139

For family fun, together and one by one

Whether you’re going to do family things all together or the independent little rascals always want to ride and romp by themselves, Funtown Splashtown USA presents plenty of opportunities. There is not one but two roller coasters to zoom around on, with your choice of rattling wood or smooth steel. The youngsters can enjoy such safe attractions as the Merry-Go-Round, the Classic Carousel and the Balloon Race, a mini-Ferris Wheel. With parents in the back and kids in the front, the Barney Oldfield Roadsters take you around a track. When it comes to fun on wheels, the action level is up to you - it can be as mild as Bumper Cars or Boats, or as adventuresome as the gas-powered Grand Prix Racers.

134 Court Street Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone:

Bring America’s Founding Story to Life for Your Kids

Children learn well through visuals and action. Re-visit one of the opening chapters of the founding of America in Plymouth, Massachusetts, when you take part in activities of Plymouth 400 – the celebration that peaks in 2020 with the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower at Plymouth Rock. The 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival will be celebrated through 2021 with exhibits, festivals, arts and educational events. A traveling exhibit about the Native Wampanoag people, who greeted the English and helped save their lives in their first winter, is now underway. Coming up are Embarkation and Youth Festivals, Sunrise and Thanksgiving celebrations, and many other opportunities for Americans to re-learn and appreciate the idealism and physical grit of a legendary band of our founders.

67 Atlantic Highway Lincolnville, ME, 04849 Phone: 207-789-2000

Families love this mid coast vacation destination

There is no end to what families can do at this natural wonderland on Penobscot Bay. Drop you gear in your cabin then strap yourselves in for great indoor and outdoor fun from hiking on the 3.8 miles of bountiful nature trails to swimming at your own private beach to picking fruit and vegetables at the farm. Year round, there’s tennis, biking, kayaking, cross country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. The fitness and recreation complex has racquetball and squash courts, billiards, ping pong, basketball, volleyball, an eight-lane bowling alley and video game arcade. Take off for the day and get in some sightseeing, shopping, dining and enjoy all the attractions in nearby Camden, Belfast, Rockland and Bar Harbor.

1225 Ocean Avenue New London, CT, 06320 Phone: 860-447-3031 Toll-Free: 800-510-7263

Rated one of the best beaches by National Geographic

There’s family fun and more at Ocean Beach Park. New this year is our Splash Park for kids under 8. For more water fun we have the ocean, of course, an Olympic-size swimming pool and triple waterslide. Our award-winning lifeguard staff is on duty for your safety. For more fun we have rides, mini-golf, and a Family Fun Center with a video arcade. Kids can enjoy our playground and adults can work out in the health club. The nature walk and observation deck let you enjoy our natural beauty. When all the activity makes you hungry you have dining choices; our full-service restaurant, a food court, or ice cream stands. Ocean Beach Park can also accommodate picnics and corporate events. Our nightly entertainment schedule includes Classic Car Cruises on Mondays; kids movies on the beach Tuesday; live magic on Wednesday; Sock Hop on Thursday; and live bands on Friday.

Multiple Centers & Dock Locations Providence, Newport, Westerly, RI and Fall River, MA Phone: 401-272-3540

Enjoy great family fun and help protect an environmental treasure

Get the whole family involved in protecting, restoring and educating about on of the earth’s most diverse and biologically productive ecosystems. Save The Bay offers several highly entertaining and educational hands-on experiences for every age. Kids in grades K-12 can explore the more than 400 miles of unparalleled natural beauty along the shoreline, in and on the water during Save The Bay’s weeklong summer BayCamps. The ocean-front Exploration Center and Aquarium at Easton’s Beach in Newport is open year-round, offering several touch tanks and close-up views of hundreds of creatures that call Narragansett bay home, not to mention the perfect place for beachcombing outside. Or get the whole family involved in protecting the environment by participating in a beach cleanup – keeping trash and litter out of local waters. In the winter, bring the whole family to climb aboard a Save The Bay vessel for 360º views of visiting harbor seals in their natural habitat. Save The Bay is working to keep this environmental treasure swimmable, fishable, and accessible to everyone. You can too!

Boat tours depart from Newport, Westerly, Providence RI and Fall River, MA.

60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-6281 Toll-Free: 800-229-5666

Outdoor fun, recreation and inspiration in the White Mountains

Pick a season and bring the family to New England’s most-accessible mountain resort destination. In summer and fall, ride New Hampshire’s longest gondola skyride to the 2,733-foot summit for breathtaking views of the White Mountains and great food at the Summit Café. Explore glacial caves and walk a scenic nature trail. At the mountain’s base, ride a zipline across the Pemigewasset River, scale a rock wall, navigate the LogJam Maze, or climb a 30-foot-tall spider web. Bunyan’s Bouncin’ Backyard offers young kids a bounce house and inflatable games. In winter, big mountain skiing and snowboarding features 2,100 feet of vertical with three peaks of terrain for all abilities – including an award-winning progression of terrain parks and New Hampshire’s only Superpipe. There’s also snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and more.

153 Main Street Jackson, NH, 03846 Phone: 603-383-9355

The perfect fit for the XC skiing and snowshoeing family

Jackson, New Hampshire offers every delight for moms and dads and children of every age and ability. Stay in this enchanting village. Ski from destination to destination on the finest cross country ski trails in the eastern United States. Discover beautiful old growth forest, skate-ski on an international race course, and enjoy the warming cabin and Cocoa Café. Check out the snow shoe touring center Voted #1 by Snowshoe Magazine with 25 miles (40km) of trails and guided snowshoe tours. Sign up for lessons, rent top of the line equipment and enjoy great food, lodgings and lots more on and nearby the trails. Trail passes are good all day, late in the day, multi-day and all season long.

5 Pine Street Carver, MA, 02330 Phone: 508-866-8190 Toll-Free: 877-332-8455

All aboard for fun, adventure and “Thomas” Too

In the late 1940’s Ellis D. Atwood (EDA) created a Family Fun Park on his cranberry plantation that featured a two-foot narrow gauge railroad that Ellis had shipped south from Maine to Carver, Mass. He used the rail line to move cranberries and people from all over. The original carnival rides and bright lights now include vintage amusement rides like an antique carousel and illuminated Ferris Wheel and more up to date family attractions like Static Climbers, an indoor play area, Cranberry World, even fishing, and a cornucopia of holiday events. You’ll find great food at KC’s Café, the Whistle Stop, the Choo-Choo Barbecue – almost as famous as Edaville itself – Hobo Eats Ice Cream Caboose, Tara's Fried Dough, the Candy Depot and all your merchandise at the Edaville Gift Shop.

Norwich Free Academy - 108 Crescent Street Norwich, CT, 06360 Phone: 860-887-2506

Family fun and learning in Norwich

Experience fun and learning at this enchanting museum stocked with art and historical artifacts. People and cultures through 35 centuries and five continents are featured here on the campus of Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, CT. Along with art treasures there is a unique gift shop to browse and shop for prints , the work of Connecticut artisans, books, CDs, puzzles, bags and other accessories. Started by a gift from philanthropist William A. Slater more than a century ago, the museum is itself a treasure done in Romanesque Revival style architecture by Stephen C. Earle. You can all enjoy an interpreter-guided tour -- free with admission – as well as permanent and changing exhibits, film screenings, discussions and regularly scheduled events.

Visitor’s Center at Exit 32 Off I-93 North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-8720 Toll-Free: 800-346-3687

Wonderful scenery; terrific lodging and dining

This vacation, make the White Mountains part of your trip. There's an exciting variety of things to see and do - for the individual and for the family, including the highly diversified man-made and natural attractions that make up this scenic and exciting part of New Hampshire. You can spend the entire day at one of the terrific family attractions; ride a slide, journey back in time or to a mountaintop, discover geological wonders, splash down a waterslide, visit the world of a child's imagination, or see the Old West and the North Pole. The distances between the attractions are short, the roads are scenic, and your vacation will be long on value and fun. To find out more, click on our website, or call us today at 1-800-346-3687.

6 Washington Street Dover, NH, 03820 Phone: 603-742-2002

Exciting and accessible destination for family fun and learning

This wonderful museum offers programs, activities and exhibits for the young and their families in hands-on discovery. The museum is wheelchair accessible and there are multiple sensory accommodations. Children on the autism spectrum and their families can visit during “Exploring Our Way,” an exclusive time on the first Sunday of the month during the school year. The museum also employs child size noise-canceling headphones and social stories for children who might need a quiet spot. Curriculum connections abound through dynamic explorations in science, math, world cultures, the arts and New Hampshire history and ecology. The bountiful museum Shop offers a great selection of games, toys and books in a variety of price ranges. Proceeds from every purchase support program s and operations.

5 Water Street Fall River, MA, 02721 Phone: 508-678-1100 Toll-Free: 800-533-3194

An exciting family adventure in America’s naval history

America’s naval history lives and inspires the whole family at this world class heritage museum in Fall River, Mass. Explore the world's largest collection of US naval ships including the mighty USS Massachusetts, the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., and PT Boats used in the South Pacific. The sheer size and impression these ships and their stories leave is overwhelming. There’s the state-of-the-art special effects Pearl Harbor. Experience; the only outdoor multimedia reenactment anywhere. Scouts and youth groups can participate in a year round maritime camping program, girl scout overnights, and family nautical nights with affordable camping on site. Whether a casual visitor, tourist, history buff, student, teacher or scout leader, everyone wins and learns. Special exhibits honor our men and women in uniform then and now. Much more.

3 Great Locations Weirs Beach & Chocorua, NH and Saco, ME Phone: 603-367-4427

Monkey around in the trees in three New England settings

Discover high excitement in three scenic New England locations. Enjoy zip line tours, aerial adventures, zip trekking and more with the whole family in Chocorua in the White Mountains, Weirs Beach in the Lakes Region and in Saco on the south coast of Maine. Ground schools offer instructions and guidance to ensure that you’ll have a safe and exciting time above the ground. Guided and solo tours allow you to progress at your own pace through different courses, each more challenging than the previous. You’ll find swinging beams, tightropes, rolling logs, hanging tires, and cargo nets to keep you busy. There’s a dual 360 feet zipline and a a 35-foot-high giant swing rock climbing wall. Height and weight restrictions apply.

Visitor Center - 134 Court Street Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-747-7533 Toll-Free: 800-872-1620

History is just the beginning!

Bring the whole family to Plymouth, MA for some unforgettable fun! Adults and children alike will be able to enjoy their visit to Plymouth with a wide variety of activities on land or on the water. The Atlantic Ocean itself is a playground, and trips such as whale watches, lobster excursions and pirate adventures have proven popular with visitors both young and not quite as young. Our beaches and parks offer families a place to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Edaville USA is open year-round and features a restored narrow gauge train ride through acres of cranberry bogs, and Plimoth Plantation provides a living history museum depicting life in Plymouth in 1627. Please call 1.800.USA.1620, or visit our website to learn more about these activities and others to prepare for your trip to Plymouth.

1168 County Road Montpelier, VT, 05602 Phone: Toll-Free: 800-242-2740

The Morse family has some maple magic for your family

Here is a farm with 200 years experience the whole family will enjoy with scenic views, four season fun, and lots of maple syrup, jams, jellies and other goodies to discover. The Morse’s do it right in so many ways whether its showing you their maple syrup process or presenting displays and artifacts and a humorous educational video in the Woodshed Theater. There are monthly events. a nature trail, a country store filled with local crafts and gifts, and an outdoor farm life museum. The Ski Touring Center has cross country and snowshoe trails for sliding, snowmobiling and skating. Once sugarin’ time comes around in March, take part in their annual maple tastings. And don’t miss the sugar on snow.

77 Forest Street Hartford, CT, 06105 Phone: 860-522-9258

The Family Tour introduces kids to Harriet Beecher Stowe

Who was the most famous American woman in the 19th century? Abraham Lincoln is reputed to have greeted Harriet Beecher Stowe with “So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.” At Hartford’s Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, your kids will learn about Stowe, the internationally famous author of the selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The Family Tour – specially sized for kids 5-12 (accompanied by an adult) - brings the life and impact of Connecticut’s First Lady of Literature to light for families with story-telling, journaling and historic letters! Weekends and school vacation weeks at 1:30 PM. Reservations suggested: 860-522-9258 x 317 or Info@StoweCenter.org.

Route 2 Charlemont, MA, 01339 Phone: 800-553-7238

Family whitewater adventure in the Berkshires

Crab Apple ran the first ever raft trips in 1989 on the dam controlled Deerfield River. The excitement continues on a wide range of full day and half day trips. Kids 8-15 can enjoy rafting trips on mild Class 1-3 rapids, teens on more aggressive Class 3-4 rapids, and those age 5 and up will have a great fun time in guided rafts or inflatable kayaks. The guides are great with kids of all ages and help rafters explore the Deerfield sharing information about local history, wildlife and hydrology along the way. There’s great food, hospitality and service, the best equipment, and riverside base camps with the comforts and convenience to make your rafting adventure one that you’ll never forget.

Route 16 at Pinkham Notch Gorham, NH, 03581 Phone: 603-466-3988

Outdoor Fun That's Just Right for The Entire Family

At the Great Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, we offer adventures in all shapes and sizes - Your adventure is up to you. During the spring and summer you can set out on a hike, run, or bike ride on any of our scenic trails through New Hampshire's White Mountains. Or join us for a guided bird watching tour or a paddling trip on the Androscoggin River. In winter, the cross country skiing and snowshoeing is absolutely glorious. Our trail system of easy and rolling terrain allows skiers of all abilities to find the right level of activity, challenge, and fun. The trails are groomed with both double tracks and a skating lane and run through the forests at the base of Mt. Washington. And the SnowCoach makes everything accessible to all, with or without skis. It's the natural vacation plan for you and your family.

1 Rotarian Place Waterbury, VT, 05676 Phone: 802-882-8700 Toll-Free: 877-879-2326

Bring the family for an education and a freshly brewed cup of great coffee

Roll down the windows as you approach and everyone will enjoy the aromas emanating from the magnificent train station. You’ve arrived at a global whistle stop along a coffee growing trail that stretches around the world. Part classroom, part historical landmark, this beautiful visitor‘s center is built in 1857 Victorian Italianate style. Each day the coffee experience comes to life from your first sip to the world class hands on exhibits and videos that highlight how great coffee is grown, harvested, processed and roasted. You’ll find the gift shop full of coffee items, unique gifts and artisan handicrafts from coffee growing countries. The café offers fresh baked goods, sandwiches and enough delicious coffee to make your day a good one.

850 New Hampshire Route 16 Glen, NH, 03838 Phone: 603-383-4186

Every day is an unforgettable adventure!

Write your own tale of adventure with a day at Story Land! Every moment is an exciting chapter in your book of fun family memories. You’ll find your favorite Nursery Rhymes come to life along the pathways of Story Land. Experience an eye-popping kid friendly magic show at Loopy Lab and dance at Duke the Dragon’s Dance Party. Make a splash on the Bamboo Chutes. Meet real-life storybook characters. Scream aboard our thrilling roller coaster, Roar-O-Saurus. Have dinner with Humpty Dumpty and friends or sit with Cinderella at Tea Time. Uncover prehistoric fossils and enjoy an exciting array of games, shows and rides! There’s even a free kennel for your pooch. Then snuggle up together in one of the great family lodgings nestled among the scenic White Mountains.

331 Main Street Bennington, VT, 05201 Phone: 802-447-0564

Teach Your Children: Live Theater Is Cool!

The intimacy and bravery of live theater – not to mention great storytelling – is a wonder to children. Any trip or vacation in southern Vermont with your kids should include an evening or afternoon escape to a show at Oldcastle Theatre in the heart of Bennington. This 45-year-old theater company of actors, writers, directors and designers has created a long-term relationship with audiences over decades. And, Oldcastle understands kids. Every year the company takes a new show to elementary schools in Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts. Among its recent shows is “BIG RIVER: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” – perfect for young people. Also in a gesture of collaboration with family life, Oldcastle offers one-price flex passes – good for any performance. That’s family friendly! Live theater. There’s nothing quite like it.

1712 Lost River Road -- Route 112W North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-8031

Trek through a White Mountain wonderland at Lost River Gorge

Take your family on a journey beneath the earth at Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves in New Hampshire's White Mountains. You'll find yourself exploring a spectacular wilderness wonderland formed millions of years ago by glaciers, water, and wild weather. Located on a preserve owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Lost River Gorge is home to granite cliffs, spectacular waterfalls, rugged caves, and a river that plays hide-and-seek amid the rocks. Hike along a three-quarter mile boardwalk, or step off and explore the boulder caves, including the Sun Altar, Thor's Workshop, the Devil's Kitchen, the Lemon Squeezer, and the Judgment Hall of Pluto. Sturdy footwear and outdoor clothing are recommended. Open early May to mid-October.

196 Main Street Windsor, VT, 05089 Phone: 802-674-5781

Step into the scene where American manufacturing was born

Bring the family to Windsor, VT to experience an institution that shaped the world. Here was born the American system of manufacturing that formed the foundations of modern industry, interchangeable parts, standards of accuracy, and mass production. The museum is housed in the Robbins & Lawrence Armory where you’ll discover the largest collection of historically significant machine tools in the nation. It was here during the civil war that the mass production of rifles, carbine and pistols supplied the union army. After the war these same tools were converted to make consumer goods. Enjoy an amazing variety of special events, guest speakers, extensive educational programs for grades 7-12, summer internships for high school students, and activities for the whole family.

Closed for the season - Please visit us in Spring 2017!

149 Pond Street Stoneham, MA, 02180 Phone: 617-541-5466

Get everyone up close to fascinating animals from the wild

This wonderful family place started as a small local attraction in 1905 with elephants, giraffes, zebras, pigmy hippopotami and sea lions. Today discover fascinating animals from around the world. Greater Boston’s only white-cheeked gibbon exhibit is here, home to monkeys, lynxes, snow leopards, Mexican gray wolves, river otters, and the mysterious capybara. See jaguars, cougars, coyotes, and Gila monsters at the Treasures of the Sierra Madre exhibit. Windows to the Wild offers macaws, flamingos, tamarins, and porcupines. Meet “Major,“ the polar bear that inspired the Zoo’s popular black bear exhibit. The Peacock Place Gift Shop has unique gifts and souvenirs while the Safari Grill offers kid-friendly food and there are plenty of outdoor tables where to enjoy your own picnic.

2 Southwick Street Mendon, MA, 01756 Phone: 800-258-9182

Take the family into the wild right near home

New England’s largest zoo is opening April 21 for the 2014 season with an all new prairie dog digs, two toed sloths and cheetahs. Learn about your favorite animals at the Earth Discovery Center. You’ll find 115 species of animals large and small on foot, from the Woodlands Express train ride or high above on the Skyfari Sky Ride, Meet elk, native birds, painted turtles and toads, Step into the 35 acre deer forest, ride over the playful chimpanzees, stately camels, scary alligators, colorful zebra and ostrich. Enjoy a day’s worth of shows, animal encounters, a petting zoo, parakeet aviary and animal exhibits to take your breath away with big cats, white rhino, snakes, dragons, and WATCH OUT - the popular Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. Always free parking and handicap accessible.

Shelburne Museum

U.S. Route 7 - P.O. Box 10 Shelburne, VT, 05482 Phone: 802-985-3346

This super-cool museum on the edge of Lake Champlain is filled with unusual attractions that are sure to entertain every person in the family. Kids and parents will love the authentic paddlewheel steamboat Ticonderoga, which was a workhourse of passenger and cargo transportation on the lake for decades in the 19th century. Shelburne Museum is one of the nation’s most eclectic museums of art, Americana, and design, displaying 150,000 objects on 45 acres in 25 historic New England buildings. There's even a lighthouse. A full day of family fun waits here, May through October. Information: http://shelburnemuseum.org/