Family activities in New England and attractions for kids
Guilford, CT 06437
Open Saturdays & Sundays from May 18 - June 2, 2013; 11am-7pm
The "Something Different" you’ve been looking for is closer than you might think. Escape to the past with family & friends to experience a romantic age lost to time at the 14th annual Connecticut Renaissance Faire. Thrill to a full day of continuous entertainment on eight stages including jousting, armored combat, fire eaters, comedy, magic, chivalrous knights, and the best variety entertainment of any New England Festival – all included with your admission! New acts and old favorites return to chase they cares away with smiles and laughter.
Explore New England’s LARGEST Medieval Marketplace featuring handcrafted and unique items you won’t find anywhere else. Dine on turkey legs, bread bowl stews, apple crisp and a variety of other delectable foods and desserts in our food courtyard. Learn about this enchanted period in time and perhaps even a bit about your own heritage. You’ll have so much fun you’ll be looking for reasons to come back again and again! And as always, costumes are encouraged but not required.
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907
Roger Williams Park Zoo is home to well over 100 species of rare and fascinating animals from around the world including elephants, giraffes, snow leopards, kangaroos, moon bears, gibbons and many others, all in naturalistic settings. The Zoo is open year ‘round with special events, like the nationally acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, scheduled throughout the year. Visit our link or call for more information.
528 Presidential Highway
Jefferson, NH 03583
It’s Christmas Today!
For 60 years families have enjoyed the festive atmosphere, the great rides, live shows and Santa and his Reindeer in this wonderfully themed Christmas Park. Be thrilled on our newest ride, Santa’s Chimney Drop. And bring bathing suites so you can romp in our awesome water park Ho Ho H2O. One low admission includes unlimited use of all activities for the entire day. Two-day and Season Passes are available, as are Senior discounts and group rates. Come within 3 hours of closing and return another day for free. It’s Christmas Today at Santa’s Village and we can’t wait to see you! Seasons: Open from Memorial Day through Christmas including Halloween.
2 Southwick Street
Mendon, MA 01756
Southwick’s is more than a zoo, it is an adventure!
Southwick’s Zoo, New England’s largest, is home to 200 acres of family fun. View over 115 species of animals such as giraffes, big cats, white rhino’s, tapirs, and chimpanzees all in beautiful natural habitats. Venture into the 35 acre deer forest where the deer roam free, ride the Woodlands Express train ride through the North American Elk habitat. View amazing animals from new heights on the Skyfari Skyride and learn about your favorite animals at the Earth Discovery Center. Get up close and personal with farm animals and parrots in The Petting Zoo, Bird Talk and Parakeet Landing. Don’t miss out on informative and entertaining shows, presentations, kid’s play park, and more! All new prairie dog habitat and Elk Horn Mine.
Southwick’s Zoo is open daily from mid-April to mid-October.
149 Pond Street
Stoneham, MA 02180
Phone: 617-541-LION (5466)
Stone Zoo features a wildly popular black bear exhibit and greater Boston’s only white-cheeked gibbon exhibit. The Zoo is also home to colobus monkeys, Canada lynxes, snow leopards, Mexican gray wolves, river otters, spider monkeys, capybara and many other interesting and fascinating animals from around the world. The Treasures of the Sierra Madre exhibit features jaguars, cougars, coyotes, and Gila monsters. At Windows to the Wild, view hyacinth macaws, flamingos, emperor tamarins, and African-crested porcupines. Open year round - except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Stone Zoo is located off of Exit 34 on 93 North and Exit 35 off 93 South.
14 Hancock Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Children and Mrs. Goodwin enjoy the Victorian Children's Garden at Strawbery Banke
Our Family Activity Center provides period crafts and games. Children also enjoy the gardens, the Abbott Corner Store with its groceries from the 1940s, the cooper and the 1950s house. New this season, Wheelwright will be furnished with reproductions so that children and families can touch, feel, see and smell to get a real feeling for what it might have been like to a child in the past.
Open Seasonally May 1 - October 31, 10AM-5PM.
1 Crystal Lake Road
Groton, CT 06340
Been on a submarine? Come explore the Nautilus!
Come aboard, you won’t be bored as you tour the world's first nuclear powered submarine at the only museum dedicated to the science, courage and history of the US Submarine Force. Whether you’re a kid or a history buff, there’s something here of interest for you.
- Sit in the control room and experience hands-on what submariners had to manage.
- Explore the memorabilia of historical interest about the submarines rich place in history.
- Tour the world's first nuclear powered submarine and experience where the crew ate, slept, trained & played.
Live their adventure beneath the ocean’s waves. Our admission is always free. The experience is priceless!
1650 Route 85
Montville, CT 06370
An interactive science and nature adventure
Discover a land before time at The Dinosaur Place™ where you can explore over 1.5 miles of prehistoric trails in a 60-acre dinosaur-themed park filled with 30 life-sized dinosaurs. This interactive Outdoor Adventure also includes the a’MAZE’asaurus – New England’s largest self-standing maze; Monty’s™ Playground and Space Net; and the Splashpad™ - A zero-depth aquatic park complete with dinosaur-themed water cannons and much more.
Venture indoors to the Activity Center where you can learn to pan for “gold” in Thunder Creek™; Help to uncover a dinosaur fossil in the Bone Zone™; or dig for gems and polished stones in our Jackpot Mine™. Changing rooms are available. Picnic areas, snack bar and ice cream shop on site. Check website for attraction hours and more information.
96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371
Krieble Gallery and Griswold House open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Chadwick Studio and Rafal Landscape Center open mid-May through October.
Admission: Adults, $9; seniors, $8; students, $7; children age 12 and younger admitted for free.
This 11-acre riverfront campus calls itself the Home of American Impressionism, for its service in the 1910s as a summer boarding house to artists of the Lyme Art Colony. The Krieble Gallery hosts changing exhibitions of American art. The permanent collection includes works by Church, Cole, Twachtman, Hassam, and others. The Griswold House contains a remarkable collection of painted panels and doors left in their original places by the artists who stayed at the Florence Griswold House. Museum offers many seasonal events and activities for children.
Visitors today understand immediately the site's appeal to the artists who stayed with Florence Griswold. Her house, gardens and river view were favored subjects of her boarders. Walking the grounds, one is delighted by the same trees and gentle bend in the river. Visitors stand at the site of Childe Hassam's favorite spot, stroll Miss Florence's lovingly restored old-fashioned garden.
115 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970
Visit Kids Cove and discover the countless surprises beneath our legendary gables.
Climb up the Secret Staircase at The House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts! This seaside historic site features Turner-Ingersoll Mansion (1668), forever immortalized as “The House of the Seven Gables” by author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Visit Kid’s Cove at the Gables for a glimpse of what life was like aboard ships in this interactive learning space featuring hands-on family activities. Admission also includes a visit to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Birthplace to learn more about how the author’s life in Salem influenced his work. Stroll through three-season gardens and a unique museum store. Open mid-January through December, 10:00am-5:00pm, with
extended hours until 7:00pm, July-October.
302 Sumner Avenue (Route 83)
Springfield, MA 01138
Celebrating Nature's Diversity
The Forest Park Zoo, located in Forest Park, a 735 acre woodland park in Springfield, features exotic and indigenous animals representing a large variety of species found throughout the world and in North America. Experience the world of exotic animals and local wildlife as never before. Take a train trip around the park, explore freshwater pond life, learn about endangered animals and captive breeding programs. Get to know the creatures that frequent your backyard, and visit a Heritage Breeds Barn. Shop in our unique gift shop for unusual, educational, or whimsical gift items. Enjoy the gardens, seasonal exhibits, programs, and events.
Hours : April 1 - Oct. 10 Open Daily 10am-5pm (Weather permitting).
Open after October 10 for Special Events and Programs only.
Admission: Children under age 1 FREE; Up to age 4 $2.50; Ages 5-12 $4.75;
Adults & Over 12 $6.75; Senior Rate $4.75. Group Discounts Available.
Train Rides $4.00 ; Animal Food Packages available for purchase in the Gift Shop.
200 Warfield Road
Charlemont, MA 01339
You can get a real taste of farm life.
The farm tradition is everywhere, everyday. On the farm you can find everything from llama treks (seasonal) and cozy rooms. There are 530 acres for you to explore. Depending on the season there are horse and wagon rides, sheep to shear, cattle to round up, hiking or snowshoe trails, sap to gather, and unsuspected enjoyments in the most simple and wonderful events of the day. We have events ongoing year around. Please check the calendar on our web site.
311 Atlantic Avenue
Westerly, RI 02891
Enjoy a concert on the beach this summer!
Come down to Wuskenau Town Beach this summer for one of our two concert series - Monday Night Jams or Blues on The Beach! Bring the whole family for a fun night of music and dancing. Don't forget to pick up your season pass while they're still available - only $70!
We've got three acres of public beach and are just steps away from Atlantic Beach Park, Water Wizz, and concession stands. Changing rooms available!
Route 2 (Mohawk Trail)
Charlemont, MA 01339
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.
41 Main Street
Lincoln, NH 03251
Unique and exciting outdoor adventures
Get 100% of your recommended daily adventure at Alpine Adventures Our original zip-line tour is a true treetop canopy adventure, zip from tree to tree through the forest on 6 separate ziplines, ropes bridges and a grand finale freefall. Sky Rider is our separate exciting canopy tour. In the winter we rent snowmobiles and proved guided, and un-guided, tours. Safari off-road tours take you where wildlife is seen in natural habitats. For families and thrill-seekers of all levels Alpine Adventure has the excitement. Book online or call for reservations.
Schooner Wharf - 15 Holmes Street
Mystic, CT 06355
Haul Away! Bring the whole family sailing.
Sail away aboard the traditional sailing schooner Argia for a journey into the past. The adventure begins with a tour by water of the famous Mystic Seaport Museum and its Tall Ships. Join the crew, if you like, to raise sail the old fashioned way or lend a hand steering the ship. Pass through Mystic's Historic Bascule Bridge, a national historic landmark, as you slide down the Mystic River. 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 iced tea or lemonade are provided.
May 1st through late October, choose a half-day or sunset cruise aboard ARGIA!
321-338 Atlantic Avenue
Misquamicut, RI 02891
Located on the south shore of Rhode Island in Misquamicut, Atlantic Beach Park has been a charming landmark in this area dating back to 1920, and is still owned and operated by the same family.
Our Herschell-Spillman carousel, circa 1915, is the centerpiece of our amusement area. Along with the carousel, other rides for children include: Monkey Barrels, Jumpin' Star, Dragon Coaster, Dodgem Cars, and a 9-Hole Mini-Golf Course and Game Room. Other amenities include 500’ of beach, Dusty’s Dairy Bar, and a full service snack bar.
Open daily Memorial to Labor Day 11am-10pm. Children’s Birthday Party packages available. Call 401-322-0504 for bookings. Visit us on Facebook at "Atlantic Beach Park" or at www.atlanticbeachpark.com Open May-Columbus Day
Environmental Education Center
1401 Hope Street, Route 114
Bristol, RI 02809
Stay in touch with the great outdoors
The Audubon Environmental Education Center is a state-of-the art natural history museum and aquarium that puts fun and excitement into experiencing nature. Look inside a 33-foot life size Right Whale, discover life in a tide pool, and observe Narragansett Bay’s marine life. The Center’s interactive exhibits feature local habitats. Situated on the 28-acre McIntosh Wildlife Refuge the Environmental Education Center has walking trails with a ¼ mile boardwalk that winds through fresh and saltwater marshes leading to a majestic view of Narragansett Bay. The refuge is along the East Bay Bike Path allowing bikers and walkers access to the refuge’s natural beauty. The Center offers guided tours, nature walks, special family programs and much more throughout the year. The facility and trails are handicapped accessible.
1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
New England’s Premier Whale Watching Tours
Join us for an adventurous whale watching trip in the gulf of Maine. 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 experience that you will never forget.
5 Water Street
Fall River, MA 02721
Visiting Battleship Cove is like walking onto a huge soundstage, where the stories of real people play out against the backdrop of historic naval vessels.
This living history museum shows seasonally The Pearl Harbor Experience, the only outdoor multimedia reenactment anywhere, and honors civilian and military women who helped defend our country’s freedom in the Women Protecting US exhibit.
National treasures are the WWII battleship, the USS Massachusetts and the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., named for the oldest son of the fabled Kennedy family. Two PT Boats similar to the one commanded by the future President Kennedy, the submarine Lionfish, and the Russian-built missile corvette Hiddensee all make their home here. Memorials pay tribute to veterans from WWII through the Persian Gulf Wars.
66 Thunder Mountain Road
Charlemont, MA 01339
If you are a family, it's easy, bring your kids and ski!
For 35 years our family run resort has been offering great skiing at affordable prices. The terrain is still great and the prices are still affordable. Stay, play and ski at our children’s day center, conveniently located along the main entrance walkway. The Child Care has indoor and outdoor play daily including creative crafts, music and drama, story time, games, sliding and snow play. The center is supervised by warm, energetic and mature staff with many years of experience caring for children.
A ski lesson program for ages 3-12 and snowboard program for ages 8-12 are available through the Center. We feature a ratio of 1 instructor per 3 children for beginners and 1 to 5 for more advanced skiers and snowboarders. All staff are trained, CORI checked and experienced working with children.
1355 Boston Post Road
Guilford, CT 06437
Bishop's Orchards has its own fields for Pick Your Own strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, pears, apples, and pumpkins. A great activity for the whole family to do to get the freshest produce right from the farm. Open mid-June through October for the various crops. Call ahead, (203) 458-PICK, for the most up-to-date information. After a great time at Pick Your Own, bring the kids by our farm market to visit our Llamas, Alpacas and Goats! The kids also love to see and Watch our G Scale Train with cars from the NYNH Railroad circle above your head inside the market. It is a great family outing on the CT Shoreline!
3984 Vermont Route 11
Six miles east of Manchester, VT
Get in on some classic summertime fun right in the heart of Southern Vermont! Experience the first Aerial Adventure Park built in Vermont, featuring 63 elements spread over 5 courses, or the one-of-a-kind thrill of the half-mile-long, 50 MPH Sun Mountain Flyer, a ZipRider! The Mountain Adventure Park features:
- America’s longest triple-track Alpine Slide
- Vermont's longest water-slide raft ride
- The incredible Giant Swing
- Four Trampoline Things
- An 18-hole championship mini-golf course
- ... plus the KidZone for the little ones – 23 rides and attractions in all, plus great food and drink on the Sun Deck and FREE family entertainment most weekends all summer long!
Open Daily: June 14 – Sept. 2; Open Weekends/Holidays May 25 – June 9 and Sept. 7- Oct. 14. Hours: 10:30am-5pm Daily, Saturdays in July & August 10:30am-5:30pm.
774 High Street
Candia, NH 03034
It's a ZOO!
Charmingfare Farm is home to many of the traditional agricultural animals you would expect to see on a farm. Children will enjoy the Oakhurst Dairy Discovery Barn, home to our large "hands-on" petting area. After visiting with the farm animals you will follow the paths leading into the woods and there you will encounter our wildlife exhibits, here you will find many of North America's greatest predators. Throughout the day various demonstrations and activities are offered, including the free flying "Birds of Prey" presentation. So be sure to pack a picnic lunch and spend the day with us at our farm and enjoy our Animals!
110 Daniel Webster Highway (Route 3)
Lincoln, NH 03251
Bear Shows and Train Rides - a Fun Family Favorite
A tradition for over 80 years: trained bears, steam trains and a whole lot more brought to you by three generations of the Clark family! Your family will love the Bear Show, Clark's featured event. Enjoy their celebrated North American Black Bears in an "up close and personal" performance you won't soon forget.
All aboard the White Mountain Central Railroad for an excursion into Wolfman's Territory. Visit the mysterious Tuttle House, 1884 Fire Station, Merlin's Mystical Mansion, water "Blaster Boats", "old Man of the Mountain" climbing tower and exciting new Segway tours. Be delighted by the extraordinary acrobatic feats of Yandong's Chinese Acrobats, performing Late June-Labor Day.
A trip to Clark's Trading Post is a must for your family vacation to the White Mountains.
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
Over 750 acres of beautifully preserved open space
Connecticut College Arboretum's 750 acres include the college campus, plant collections, natural areas, and managed areas. Its three major plants collections for public enjoyment are the Campus Landscape with 120 acres of trees and shrubs from around the world; the Native Plant collection, with 20 acres of woody plants and wildflowers indigenous to North America with a pond, and walking trails; Caroline Black Garden with an exquisite display of diverse woody plants in a garden setting. Open every day from sunrise to sunset. Free public guided tours every Sunday afternoon May - October at 2 p.m. Call 860-439-5060 for more information. Private group tours can be arranged upon request.
38 Norcross Circle
North Conway, NH 03860
Enjoy old-fashioned train rides, all departing from the 1874 Victorian Station in the heart of North Conway Village. Coach, First Class and elegant Dining Car seating are available on all routes. Trains run rain or shine, and round-trip excursions are from 1 to 5½ hours. Whether you choose one of the Valley Train routes to Conway or Bartlett, or the legendary Crawford Notch excursion, this is a journey back in time that the whole family will enjoy!
Charlemont, MA 01339
Let our Family take your Family on a rafting adventure
Crab Apple Whitewater is New England’s largest rafting company, offering 5 rafting and inflatable kayaking trips on the Deerfield River in western Massachusetts as well as trips in Maine and Vermont. Trips are run daily April through October. Crab Apple offers fun, easy raft trips which are great for families with children as young as 6 or advanced trips for those seeking thrilling Class IV whitewater. Trips are fully outfitted, guided and include lunch. Half-day inflatable kayak and float trips are also available. Crab Apple has been family owned and operated since 1983 and is proud to offer the finest service in the whitewater industry with a personal touch. Call 1-800-553-7238 (8am-10pm) for a Catalog of River Trips or visit our website at www.crabappleinc.com
for more information and internet specials.
Plymouth, MA 02360
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.
Killington, VT 05751
Discover Killington - Your gateway to winter fun!
Discover Killington winter fun! The Town of Killington comes alive with music, culture, events and recreation all winter. Killington is famous for the best skiing and riding in the east, and for its legendary nightlife. Come see for yourself! This is absolutely true and we are proud of it. Now, it is time to discover the many things to do and other sides of Killington. All year long, there are activities for everyone in Killington and with lodging ranging from European-inspired chalets to bed & breakfasts and mountain resorts, we know you’ll discover your passion with us here in Killington!
Acton, MA 01720
This pair of museums is a two-for-one bargain for families with younger and older children. Children’s Discovery Museum is a Victorian house transformed into hands-on exhibits and activities for pre-school children. The Science Discovery Museum, a contemporary structure, invites school-aged children to experiment with science and math. Check for seasonal changes in programs and hours.
222 Harrington Way
Worcester, MA 01604
Inspiring a Passion for Science and Nature
A visit to the EcoTarium is fun for the whole family! Experience hands-on science and nature exhibits and get up close to an array of live animals. Travel through space in a digital planetarium, explore the extreme weather of Mount Washington, and then head outdoors for an easy hike along nature trails that include pond, meadow and forest environments. To complete your visit, take a trek through the treetops on the Tree Canopy Walkway (seasonal), or enjoy a ride on the Explorer Express Train around the grounds. Rain or shine, summer or winter, there is always something new happening at the EcoTarium!
Visit our website for exhibit and event schedules, or click here for a special coupon offer!
One Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT 06426
Ride the Steam Train, Ride the Riverboat!
Gather family and friends for the adventure of a sightseeing journey... aboard the only steam train and riverboat connection in the country! Your 2½ hour narrated journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station. Meander through the countryside aboard vintage rail cars pulled by an authentic steam locomotive. At Deep River Landing, you’ll be escorted onto to the Becky Thatcher Riverboat for a 1½ hour cruise along the Connecticut River - bursting with lush scenery and historic attractions, such as Gillette Castle and Goodspeed Opera House. Upon Becky’s return to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes you for the return trip back to Essex.
Mystic, CT 06355
The Coolest Places under the Summer Sun are in Mystic Country
Looking for family-friendly things to do and places to visit this summer? Check out Family Fun Mystic Country for the coolest getaway packages that promise great times and fun memories for all ages. Soak up the summer sun and build castles on the white sugar sand of Ocean Beach; All aboard for an engaging ride through the countryside on the historic Essex Steam Train and Riverboat excursion; Explore America’s first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, at the Submarine Museum; or Discover a prehistoric land before time at The Dinosaur Place.
Don't miss a moment of fun! Plan a great escape with exciting two-day package starting at just $225 and get more of what your family loves. For details on events visit Family Fun Mystic Country website and reserve an amazing overnight family package today. Mystic Country is located in Eastern Connecticut, a short drive from Boston and New York City.
25 Merriam Parkway
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Family Friendly Art Museum
The Fitchburg Art Museum, North Central Massachusetts' most treasured cultural institution is a world-class family-friendly museum with a permanent collection spanning 5,000 years. Founded in 1925 through the bequest of artist, collector and Fitchburg native Eleanor Norcross (1854-1923), the museum offers group tours, educational field trips and studio art classes for all ages.
The museum's four building complex features over 20,000 square feet of gallery and educational workshop space. Visitors can experience masterpieces in 12 beautifully designed galleries that feature American, European, African, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Asian, and Pre-Colombian art. Our educational and community engagement programs encourage all to learn about the importance of world cultures, art history, public art, and contemporary life.
The Fitchburg Art Museum has free admission every first Thursday 4pm to 8pm.
One Franklin Park Road
Boston, MA 02121
Phone: 617-541-LION (5466)
Opened in 1912, the AZA-accredited Franklin Park Zoo is situated on a 72-acre site just four miles from downtown Boston and features an array of wildlife from all over the world. Come face-to-face with an African lion in the Kalahari Kingdom, visit Masai giraffe and Grevy’s zebra at the Giraffe Savannah and discover the Tropical Forest, home to western lowland gorillas, lemurs, mandrills and much more! Be sure not to miss Aussie Aviary, a free-flight, interactive aviary open seasonally and home to hundreds of brightly colored budgies. Franklin Park Zoo offers many activities for children including education classes, Zoo Camp and Snorin’ Roarin’ sleepovers. The zoo is available for rentals and offers unique indoor and outdoor facilities and catering services to turn your child’s birthday party or your next meeting or event into an adventure! Open year round - except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
200 Daniel Webster Highway
Nashua, NH 03060
Open Year 'Round - Rain or Shine!
For a day filled with family fun and excitement out of the rain or summer heat, or just a few hours out of the house, Fun World is the perfect place to be! Our large indoor playground and indoor rides, including our beautiful two-story Venetian Carousel, indoor roller coaster and the exciting Himalaya, are certain to provide hours of stimulation and physical fun. Our game room is stocked with over 250 video & redemption games, from arcade classics to new rhythm-based dance and multiplayer games. New additions include the touchscreen sensation Fruit Ninja FX
and the Treasure Quest
spinning wheel ticket game. You'll receive an extra $7.00 in FREE Tokens for every $20 bill you cash in
, and remember to save your tickets and choose from hundreds of prizes at FunWorld's prize showcase. There's also over 30 games and rides specifically designed for younger children.
Fun World is a perfect spot for a memorable birthday party, group outing or a special celebration. To schedule a reservation for a catered group party, give us a call at (603)888-8735.
Saco, ME 04072
Where the great American family comes to play!
At Funtown Splashtown USA, fun comes in all shapes and sizes. We are Northern New England's largest family themed amusement and water park and home to some of the largest attractions in Northern New England. The park is the home of Maine's only wooden roller coaster Excalibur, Northern New England's largest vertical thrill ride Dragon's Descent, New England's longest and tallest log flume ride Thunder Falls, Maine's largest steel-family coaster, the Wild Mouse, and a large collection of family and kiddie rides. There's also a huge arcade filled with old favorites and new cutting edge games, gift shops, and family fun activities.
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
Celebrating 40 Years of Educational Family Fun
The Heritage Museum & Gardens is a great place for families to spend a day. We’re famous for our beautifully landscaped grounds, providing a naturalized woodland park on the edge of upper Shawme Pond. A Shaker round barn houses our J. K. Lilly III Antique Automobile Collection with its stunning display of antique automobiles. The American History Museum will be opening this summer with several New Exhibits. An operating hand-carved carousel and many of America's most distinguished artists' works are on exhibit in the Art Museum. We offer loads of special and educational children’s activities in a setting parents can enjoy too.
37 Corey Road
Hancock, MA 01237
Make a Reservation
Your family belongs here
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort offers lodging accommodations perfect for any family Berkshire getaway. Choose from our Country Inn Suites or two or three bedroom mountainside Vacation Homes. We offer a host of amenities to make you feel at home, including shopping and dining in the Village Center and Country Inn, outdoor heated swimming pool, fitness room, game room and more. During your stay enjoy some outdoor summer fun at our Mountain Adventure featuring 2 Parks in 1 location – Mountain Adventure Park and Aerial Adventure Park as well as the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride and Mountain Segway Tours. Enjoy the convenience of our New England Country Inn, a beautiful, spacious all-suite hotel located at the base of Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort.
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
Situated on a 10-acre park overlooking Boston Harbor, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is the nation's official memorial to President John F. Kennedy. In 25 exhibits, including three theaters and 20 video presentations, visitors observe the eloquence of John F. Kennedy and by the grace of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.
Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; closed New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Admission: Adults $12; seniors age 62 and over and college students, $10; youth age 13-17, $9; children age 12 and younger, free.
East Madison, NH 03849
Celebrating its 50th season in 2011/12
With a pristine private lake, full recreation program, family-friendly dining and lodging, and stunning natural surroundings, Purity Spring Resort is the ideal destination for affordable family vacations, weekend getaways, weddings and reunions. During the spring and fall seasons, Purity Spring offers unique theme weekends and packages for all ages. Our summer guests have full use of all resort amenities, including waterskiing, sailing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, boating and so much more. If you love lobster, you'll absolutely love our old-fashioned, seaweed-steamed lobster bakes every Thursday evening during the summer. From mountainside and slopeside lodges to lakeside condos and cottages, our family-style lodging options is sure to satisfy everyone. Year-round, Guests can relax at our Mill Fitness Center, where the entire family can enjoy our heated indoor pool and hot tub.
300 North Main Street
Florence, MA 01062
Come out and Play!
Open Saturdays and Sundays starting in April and Seven Days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Look Memorial Park is full of family fun. Our full schedule events includes everything from Breakfast with the Easter Bunny followed by the Northampton Recreation Department Easter Egg Hunt to Breakfast with Santa Claus and Santa’s Workshop. We have events year round that take place in the Park or at the Garden House. Check out the “Special Events” page of our website for a full list of event information. Don’t forget to put the Franklin King III Children’s Entertainment Series in your calendars. Every Wednesday in July at 10AM, we hold children’s performances from Ed Popielarczyk’s Magical Moments to the UNH Little Red Wagon Troup. After the performance, HALF PRICE WEDNESDAY. All attractions are half price each and every Wednesday throughout the summer!
60 Loon Mountain Road
Lincoln, NH 03251
A Day of Outdoor Fun for the Entire Family!
A whole day of family fun awaits you at Loon Mountain this summer! Ride NH’s longest scenic gondola skyride and enjoy extraordinary scenery while riding to 3,050-foot summit in the heart of the New Hampshire's White Mountains. Explore glacial caves and hunt for the Lost Loon Gold, hike the self-guided interpretive nature trail, and climb the observation tower. Visit with local artisans, as they produce unique crafts in this beautiful mountain setting and stop by the Summit Café.. At the mountain’s base: ride the zip line across the Pemigewasset River, hit the trail on horseback (pony rides also available) rent a mountain bike, take the Franconia Notch Bike Tour or the new Segway PT Tour, try your skill on the climbing wall, or jump yourself silly on the Bungee trampoline. Visit our website for a full calendar of events and festivals.
1712 Lost River Road
North Woodstock, NH 03262
During the age of the glaciers, forces of water, wind, and weather created Lost River, where granite walls erupt from the earth and a river dodges in and out of view. Today you can follow Lost River as it appears and disappears through the narrow steep-walled gorge, the tumbled granite crevasses, caverns and falls. Along the boardwalks and in the caverns you'll become a time traveler journeying back 25,000 years. Kids and families will experience genuine outdoor adventure and natural history as they wander along the narrow steep-walled gorge.
P.O. Box 388
York, ME 03909
Maine Beaches…We're Closer Than You Think!
The Maine Beaches, an hour north of Boston and south of Portland, stretches from Kittery to Old Orchard Beach and boasts 30+ miles of dazzling white sand. From boisterous and family filled beaches within walking distance of arcades and homemade ice cream to quiet coves surrounded by dune grass and tidal marshes, you’ll find your perfect spot here. We are also home to the Kittery Outlets, the Kittery Trading Post and hundreds of boutiques and antique stores. And outdoor recreation here is unmatched! Whether on foot, on wheels or on water, stunning scenery, and of course lighthouses, await you! Bringing the kiddos? Make sure to check out one of our exciting amusement parks or family friendly events! Add in golfing, birding, sailing, fishing and arts & culture and what more could you ask for in a vacation?
Sailing from Ports in Rockland, Rockport and
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 ten 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 5 and up are available on several windjammers and include kid-friendly meals, additional shoretime 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. Delicious home-cooked meals and a lobsterbake included. Sailing from Camden-Rockland from May through October. www.sailmainecoast.com
200 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Home of the world-famous Mapparium®
The Mary Baker Eddy Library features some of the most thought-provoking and fun exhibits in the city, exploring the life and achievements of Mary Baker Eddy. She was a controversial New England woman who defied conventional 19th-century thinking to become an influential religious leader, author, teacher, and founder of the Christian Science Monitor at age 87. The museum also houses the world-famous Mapparium®, an achievement in art and architecture from 1935 giving visitors a unique look at how ideas have the power to change the world. Research & Reference Services provides access to further subject reading, books, archival documents, photographs, and artifacts of The Mary Baker Eddy Library collections.
Off Route 302
Bretton Woods, NH 03589
When you ride on the world's first mountain-climbing Cog Railway train, you're in for a treat. Your train will carry you above the clouds to the top of the highest peak in the Northeast, where all of New England spreads out before you.
You'll marvel at the spectacular views from your coach window as your train climbs the steepest railroad tracks in North America. It's an exciting and unforgettable experience for the whole family. Three-hour round trip with onboard audio tour. Includes free admission to the Observatory Museum at the summit. Base Station with museum, restaurant and gift shop.
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Fine Art and Family Fun at the MFA
Bring the whole family to the MFA for a day of discovery and creativity. At every turn, you’ll find breathtaking works of art, from modern masters to ancient Egyptian mummies. The MFA offers hands-on activities designed for children ages four and up. Piece together puzzles, learn mythical tales, and uncover ancient Egyptian mysteries. Choose from our ever-changing array of interactive activities, books and Art Cards. Borrow a tote bag equipped with a sketch-book and colored pencils. Explore the galleries with the help of one of our Art Connections activity sheets, each focused on a specific theme, downloadable online or when you visit the Museum. Open daily. Visit mfa.org for more information.
One Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
Make one remarkable discovery after another at the Museum of Science. Science and technology come to life as you experience: more than 700 interactive exhibits; thrilling films on New England's only IMAX® Dome screen in the Mugar Omni Theater; a life-size T. rex, and Cliff, a rare Triceratops fossil; a tropical oasis of free-flying butterflies from around the world; indoor lightning bolts in the Theater of Electricity. For information, call call 617-723-2500, 617-589-0417(TTY) or click on the link above!
55 Coogan Boulevard
Mystic, CT 06355
Enjoy Fall-Filled Weekends at Mystic Aquarium
Celebrate fall at Mystic Aquarium’s Fall-O-Ween Festival, the last two weekends in October. Visitors can take in an Aquarium-themed magic show and watch divers carve pumpkins underwater. Our playful sea lions will be getting in on the fun with a special show that celebrates the season. Guests can also enjoy fall-themed crafts and treats, set off on a Halloween scavenger hunt or wander the grounds to admire intricate designs by professional pumpkin carvers. Put on your favorite costume and come see how Mystic Aquarium has dressed up for fall.
October 20, 21, 27 and 28, only at Mystic Aquarium!
4869 Main Street
Manchester Center, VT 05255
Building Community One Book at a Time
Northshire Bookstore is a family-owned, independent bookstore committed to the future of the book, located in beautiful Manchester Center, Vermont. We understand that business happens in the context of community, so we strive to enrich the lives of our customers, employees and the greater community. We have a curated selection, professional booksellers and relaxing ambiance - the perfect vacation afternoon.
Northshire Bookstore lives in an old Victorian building that was originally a farmhouse and then an Inn for over 100 years. We were voted Best Bookstore in the country by Publishers Weekly magazine and Best of New England by Yankee magazine. The Children's Level is a store unto itself. Come see why so many people rave about this family-owned, independent bookstore.
1225 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT 06320
Toll-Free: 1-800-510-SAND (7263)
C’mon in... the water’s fine... and so is that sand. Build a castle...
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 can choose from 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 and Thursday; live magic on Wednesday; live bands on Friday; and family entertainment on Saturdays.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Off Rte 20
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Put the past in your future!
Old Sturbridge Village is a “must-see” destination to experience early New England life from the early 1800s and is one of the country’s largest living history museums. Come ride our stagecoach, meet our farm animals, talk with costumed historians, and watch the blacksmith, cooper, potter, and farmers at work. Experience life in the 19th century -- visit our 40 antique homes, buildings and water-powered mills. With over 30 special weekend events each year and hands-on crafts offered daily, there is always something new explore. Daytime admission includes free parking and a free second-day visit within 10 days. Open year-round, but hours vary seasonally. Make a weekend out of it – the Lodges at Old Sturbridge Village open in June 2013.
137 Warren Avenue
Plymouth, MA 02360
A compelling approach to history; a memorable visitor experience.
Plimoth Plantation, a bicultural museum, offers powerful personal encounters with history built on thorough research about the Wampanoag People and the Colonial English community in the 1600s. The 1627 English Village is a re-creation of the small farming town built by English colonists in the midst of the Wampanoag homeland. At the Wampanoag Homesite, the people you will meet talk of the past, speaking from a modern perspective. Mayflower II is an extraordinary experience. Details of the ship are all carefully recreated to give a sense of what the original 17th-century vessel was like. A visit to Plimoth Plantation encourages a new level of understanding about present-day issues affecting communities around the world. Please allow at least 3 hours to visit to Plimoth Plantation and about 45 minutes for Mayflower II.