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Family Activities in New England


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.

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Family Activities in New England
Everybody Can Help - Argia Mystic Cruises - Mystic, CT
Argia Mystic Cruises

75 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.

Enjoy our lowest rates Weekdays on our first trips of the day! Pack a picnic and bring the family aboard ARGIA for a 2-hour day-sail!
Mom & Daughter 500x250 - America's Stonehenge - Salem, NH
America's Stonehenge

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.
Boy & Goats - Roger Williams Park Zoo - Providence, RI
Roger Williams Park Zoo

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

From visits with the animals to zip lines and train rides, there’s something for every family member

Do your kids want to see an elephant swim? Go on a zip line ride? Pet an armadillo? Of course, they do! That’s why the Roger Williams Park Zoo is perfect for family adventures. The zoo features over 100 species of animals from anacondas to wallabies. Watch a Massai giraffe reach high for a leafy dinner, birds flying overhead in a free-flight aviary, or bison grazing. Walk among farm animals at the petting zoo or head to the Soaring Eagle zip ride, train ride or giant playground, with a building zone, forts, ropes to swing on and a treehouse. Eating options include sandwiches and salads, pizza, and other favorites. You can rent a stroller or wheelchair on site. Check the website for special events and exhibits including private “wild connections” with animals.
Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves Suspension North Woodstock NH
Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves

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.
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Morningside Flight Park

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

At this complete flight park, an adventure — on land or in the air — is waiting for everyone

There’s an adventure for everyone at the Morningside Flight Park, where a gently elevating slope makes it a world-renowned training ground for hang gliding and paragliding beginners and a challenging launch site for experienced pilots. After instructions, lessons and courses of various types, you’ll take to the sky — perhaps foot-launching from the hillside, or in a tandem hang gliding flight with a professional instructor. Kids will love the zip line tours, where you fly through the tree tops from platform to platform in a course designed for almost everyone. There’s also laser tag with state-of-the-art equipment, great for a family outing or a birthday celebration. Extend the fun by camping on the back side of the training hill, in your own tent or a cabin. Swimming and fishing ponds are nearby.
Paddling with Guide - Great Glen Trails - Gorham, NH - Photo Credit Dan Houde & Mt. Washington Auto Road
Great Glen Trails

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

Fun all four seasons for all the members of your family at this active outdoor center

Fun for everyone in the family, every season of the year: That’s the goal at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. That might mean searching for moose and eagles as you paddle along the Androscoggin River on a wildlife kayak cruise. Or, packing a picnic lunch and hiking up to the Great Angel or Cadiddlehopper Cabin. Or biking over smooth, well-marked carriage roads. In the winter, it means superior cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and, a favorite with families, snow tubing down Tubing Hill, enjoying s’mores and hot cocoa by the fire pit on weekends and holidays. The comfortable base lodge has lockers, showers and a fireplace. The Outfitters Shop has all the best in outdoor gear to buy or rent.
Kids in the Windows 500x250 - Conway Scenic Railroad - North Conway, NH
Conway Scenic Railroad

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

Popular scenic railroad offers a journey back in time the whole family will love

Family-friendly options at the Conway Scenic Railroad include everything from a 55-minute excursion to a four- to 5.5-hour tour offering spectacular views of the Mt. Washington Valley. It all starts at the charming 1874 station in North Conway Village, NH, where you’ll board your vintage passenger train car. Diesel engines glide along the tracks to either Conway, NH (where kids love to see the locomotive “run around” the train before the return trip) or, a slightly longer trip, to the Sawyer River. There’s also a Snow Train in winter that goes to Attitash and, for true railroading fans, the Mountaineer, which rumbles through the valley and rugged Crawford Notch, NH. Lunch can be pre-ordered for the Mountaineer and river train; all trains have snack bars and historical commentary.
Rock Climbing - Mt. Washington Valley NH Chamber of Commerce
Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

So many activities in this popular N.H. region, everyone in the family will have a good time

It’s a paradise for families, four seasons of the year: In the Mt. Washington Valley, there are so many things to do, everyone will go home happy! There are water sports in the summer, from kayaking to finding the perfect swimming hole; winter means exceptional alpine and cross-country skiing, fat biking, tubing and snowshoeing – and Santa’s Village. Spring is a good time to hit the bike trails, break out the canoe or visit a museum. And fall, of course, means leaf-peeping, whether you drive the Kancamagus Highway or take a trip on the Conway Scenic Railroad. Kids will love the fun shops in the valley’s villages, and adults will love comfortable lodgings with pools and on-site restaurants. Click above to visit our website or call our friendly concierge at 800-337-3563 for more info on first class lodging and exciting events to plan your next adventure!
Family Ride - Scenic RailRiders - Concord, NH
Scenic RailRiders

188 Sewalls Falls Road Concord, NH, 03301 Phone: 603-931-1700

Plan something out of the ordinary for a family outing: riding the rails on custom-built “bikes”

Your family is going to love this: Pedaling over picturesque, abandoned railroad tracks in a custom-built Rail-Bike for two or four people. The all-ages, one-of-a-kind adventure from Scenic Railriders will take you through woods, past farmland along the Merrimack River and even over bridges. Pedaling required along the 6.2-mile route is leisurely, and kids 5 and over can usually reach those pedals! There are two rest stops as your guides help turn the caravan around. It’s a comfortable ride — the “bikes” have handle bars to rest your hands, seat belts and redundant brakes. The kids’ car seats, child seats or booster seats can be strapped right onto the “bike” seats, and groups of more than four can have their “bikes” linked. Advanced reservations are required.
Family at Mt. Washington Summit - White Mountains Attractions - New Hampshire
White Mountains Attractions

200 Kancamagus Highway North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-8720 Toll-Free: 800-346-3687

Every day in the White Mountains brings a new adventure or activity for fun-seeking families

You know what people who bring their families to the White Mountains never hear? The words “I’m bored.” There is simply too much to do! Shoot down North America’s longest alpine slide, visit a park where fairy tales come to life, explore the area in a Side X Side vehicle or on a cog railway. Let the kids poke their way through glacial caves, go mountain biking at a ski resort, slide and splash their way through a world-class water park. Learn about loons at a wildlife center or about rural living at a country doctor museum. Visit an aquarium, the largest arcade in the world or a sled dog kennel. From disc golf to gondola rides, there’s a thrilling family experience around every corner in the White Mountains. To find out more, follow our link above or call us today at 1-800-346-3687.
Ocean Swimming Kids - Hampton Beach Village District - Hampton, NH
Hampton Beach Village District

115 Ocean Boulevard Hampton Beach, NH, 03843 Phone: 603-926-8717

It’s easy to see why families keep coming back for vacations in this fun, lively area

There is no whining about being bored allowed at Hampton Beach, NH, where parents and kids have been coming for decades for the best in family entertainment. That might mean exploring beach tidal pools or running in the surf, spinning and sliding in a playground, trying to conquer pinball machines and other games in arcades, gathering for movies or concerts right on the beach, or oohing and aahing over fireworks displays or thrilling acrobatics at the Circus. There’s an oceanarium with touch tanks, candy and ice cream shops with more flavors than you can imagine, and plenty of hotels with outdoor pools. Dining is casual and easy, from take-out fries on the boardwalk to seafood restaurants right across from the beach. Check the website for information on the Children’s Festival, and the sand sculpture contest.
Family Biking - Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce - Berlin, NH
Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce

961 Main Street Berlin, NH, 03570 Phone: 603-228-0836

The list of fun things to do in this family-friendly part of N.H. is almost endless

Make sure you have your list ready when you tell the kids you’re going to the Androscoggin Valley, NH and they ask what there is to do there. Because here’s a partial selection of activities: skiing, snowshoeing, ATV and snowmobile riding, horseback riding, hiking up mountains, biking past rivers, whitewater rafting, canoeing, zip-lining. You can visit a sugar house to see how maple syrup is made, go fat biking or watch for moose on a guided tour. There are scenic gondola rides, rock-climbing walls, nature refuges. Take a sleigh ride or go dog-sledding. Indoor activities include everything from concerts to sporting events. The busy region includes restaurants to please everyone, and lodging options range from camping and glamping sites to hotels and resorts with pools.
Family Activities Spring-Summer-Fall - Twin Mountain-Bretton Woods Chamber - New Hampshire
Twin Mountain-Bretton Woods Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 194 Twin Mountain, NH, 03595 Phone: Toll-Free: 800-245-8946

There really is something for everyone, all year long, in this fun mountain region

Here’s your dilemma: Everyone in the family wants to do something different on vacation. The Twin Mountain-Bretton Woods, NH region of the White Mountains says: No problem. A partial list of family activities would include the shows at Clark’s Bears and visits with Santa at Santa’s Village. There are exciting rides at Story Land, water parks, and ski resorts. Check out the lakes via pontoon boat, pedal boat, canoe or kayak. Go on a horseback ride in the summer or a dog-sled ride in the winter. Take a scenic railroad tour, moose tour or tour to the summit of Mt. Washington. Learn how to make maple syrup, hike to a waterfall, go mountain or fat biking. Ski, snowboard, snowshoe and skate. There’s something for everyone in this fun region.
Waumbeck Station Spring View - Mt. Washington Cog Railway - Bretton Woods, NH
Mount Washington Cog Railway

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

Thrill ride up Mt. Washington continues to delight railroad fans of all ages

Families from all over the world come to the majestic White Mountains of New Hampshire to be thrilled by the ride up on the historic Mount Washington Cog Railway. The dramatic ascent to the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak features amazing views of lush forests, deep chasms and the steepest railroad trestle in the world in Jacob’s Ladder. (Yes, the trees are straight: It’s you who are at an angle!) Kids will love the commentary of the entertaining and knowledgeable engineer and brakeman or brakewoman. The journey begins at a base station with a great interactive museum and observation deck and, at the summit, there’s an interactive weather exhibit as well as a summit post office to mail postcards direct fro
Family Mini Golf Group at Chucksters Family Fun Park - Chichester & Hooksett, NH
Chuckster's Family Fun Park

Two Great Locations Chichester and Hooksett, NH Phone: 603-798-3555

True fun and games for everyone at these New Hampshire play parks

Fun for all ages is an understatement at New Hampshire’s two Chuckster’s locations. At Chuckster’s Ice Cream & Miniature Golf in Hooksett, you can tee off from inside a fire tower on a multi-level mini golf course (one of two huge courses) and, after 18 amazing holes, adjourn to the ice cream barn. At Chuckster’s Family Fun Park in Chichester, mini golf is just one of 17 unique attractions. Race on the go-kart speedway, scale our Klime Walls challenge, and zip along at Timbertrek, where you go from tree to tree on everything from a horse saddle to a snowboard. Fun games include Downpour Derby, Shoot-N-Shower (foul-shot loser gets a watery surprise), ChucksterBall and Frantic Hoops. Need recharging? There’s ice cream, pizza, chicken tenders, burgers and more.
Face Painted Kids 500x250 - Clark's Trading Post - Lincoln, NH
Clark's Bears

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

See a show, ride a train, try out a Segway - So much to do at this family amusement park

There’s so much to see and do at Clark’s Bears. On the seeing front, there’s the famous trained bear show, or Yandong's Chinese Circus with amazing acrobats, or the Pemigewasset hook-and-ladder fire station with its antique horse-drawn fire engines. On the doing side, there’s the White Mountain Central Railroad trip, the Anaconda Escape water raft ride, a rock-climbing wall, water blaster boats for those who don’t mind getting soaked, Merlin's Mansion for those with a mystical mind, and places to mine for gemstones and fossils. Food ranges from burgers, subs and pizzas to a dish of something special at the Peppermint Saloon ice cream parlor. Tickets include all rides, all shows, all day.
Roller Coaster at Story Land - Town of Bethlehem, NH
Town of Bethlehem

From skiing to shopping, there’s something fun for every member of the family

Bring the family to Bethlehem, N.H., and be prepared to be entertained, White Mountains-style. There’s fantastic alpine skiing and snowboarding, of course, at six nearby mountains: Cannon, Bretton Woods, Attitash, Loon, Waterville Valley and Wildcat. Miles of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing trails, snowmobile trails, and fat biking trails wind through the area. In the warmer months, those trails are great for biking and hiking for all ages. There’s also tennis and basketball on public courts, two golf courses, a movie theater, town pool, pristine rivers to cool yourself down and a lively downtown area with all sorts of shops and cafes. It’s a short drive to a variety of attractions including Santa’s Village, Story Land, Whale’s Tale Waterpark, the Flume Gorge and the Mount Washington Cog Railway.
Outdoor Pool - Huttopia White Mountains - Albany, NH - Photo Credit Corey McMullen for Huttopia
Huttopia - White Mountains

57 Pine Knoll Road Albany, NH, 03818 Phone: 603-447-3131 Toll-Free: 844-488-8674

Time for that family winter getaway? Mountain cabins are close to all the best activities

If your family is wondering when that winter weekend or vacation is coming, surprise them with the perfect getaway at Huttopia White Mountains. Huttopia’s 10 wooden cabins— with electrical heating and wood stoves — are a great place to plan your exciting adventures. Take on the ski slops of Cranmore Mountain and Attitash Mountain ski resorts, a half-hour away, or the family-friendly atmosphere at King Pine Ski Area. In addition to alpine skiing and snowboarding, resorts offer ice skating, snow tubing, snowshoeing, zip lining and rides on mountain coasters. And the area’s groomed trails are a treat for winter hiking, snowshoeing and snowmobiling, with amazing views of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Ridge. Your two-floor, two-bedroom cabin, with a bathroom and kitchen, offers the peace, and space, to relax and recharge.
New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival - Lincoln, NH - Photo Credit NHSCOT
NH-SCOT

Find Scottish Fun for the Whole Family

Get your kids interested in Scottish culture from an early age with the help of NHSCOT, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Scottish culture year-round. Join Highland Dance of NHSCOT to learn the steps of the Highland Fling, the Sword Dance, and the Strathspey and Reel. Prefer to explore your musical abilities? Sign up for classes with the Pipes & Drums of NHSCOT. In the winter, enjoy ice skating in your kilt or a Curling on Ice Try It Class. NHSCOT’s celebrates the arrival of spring with Beltane, an outdoor Scottish music festival. And don’t forget about NHSCOT’s signature event, the annual NH Highland Games & Festival, a “must-attend” event for all ages, which takes place each year during the third weekend in September.
Ice Cream Shack - Castle in the Clouds - Moultonborough, NH
Castle in The Clouds

Route 171 - 455 Old Mountain Road Moultonborough, NH, 03254 Phone: 603-476-5900

Engaging hands-on activities, a historic mansion, and exquisite nature make this the perfect family attraction

Experience the magic of Castle in the Clouds for a day of family fun! With more than 200 programs and events throughout the year, there are plenty of hands-on activities for kids. Step outdoors to hike scenic trails maintained by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, feed rainbow trout at Shannon Pond, and order ice cream from Cafe in the Clouds. Additionally, there is a meadow perfect for little ones to burn off some energy before ending the day with a trolley ride back to the parking lot. Castle in the Clouds promises a day filled with smiles and memories for the entire family!
Penguin Kids Coaster - Santa's Village - Jefferson, NH
Santa's Village

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

Will the kids love going to an attraction named after Santa Claus? Of course!

With a name like Santa’s Village, how could the kids not have the time of their lives? There are enough rides to provide appropriate thrills for every member of the family. Soar on the Skyway Sleigh monorail or ride the Jingle Bell Express through the village. Go ‘round on the Reindeer Carousel or see the amazing views from the Ferris wheel. Slide downhill on the YouTubing ride or Yule Log Flume, drive bumper cars or antique cars. Then there’s the water park with three, three-story-high, twisty water slides, a splash pad for preschoolers and the Ho Ho H20 attraction with splashes, slides and other interactive fun. Plus, you can meet Santa, feed his reindeer and go on a park-wide elf scavenger hunt!
Indoor Pool - Margate Resort on Winnipesaukee - Laconia, NH
Margate Resort on Winnipesaukee

76 Lake Streeet Laconia, NH, 03246 Phone: 603-524-5210 Toll-Free: 800-627-4283

Your family’s unforgettable vacation awaits at this resort right on the lake

Come join the families who make memories at the Margate on Winnipeaukee, a great home base for your New Hampshire getaway. Just steps from the lake’s calm, scenic Paugus Bay, the resort has a 400-foot private sandy beach and kayak and paddle board rentals. Glide around the bay’s islands, swim out to the raft or just relax in your beach chair. (Kids will love the complimentary popcorn and snow cone carts!) There’s a heated indoor pool and oversized whirlpool, large outdoor pool, fitness center and an arcade game room. Area activities include hiking, biking, skiing, snowmobiling, boat cruises, a scenic railroad, ice arena, Funspot (the largest arcade in the world) and fun shopping. Dine in the Gazebo Beach Bar or in one of many local restaurants.
Family Biking - Lakes Region Association - New Hampshire
Lakes Region Tourism Association

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

It’s safe to say the kids will never be bored when you book a Lakes Region vacation

Boredom? Not an issue in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. You’ll see soon enough why your kids want to go back season after season, year after year. Here’s a very partial list: cruises on Lake Winnipesaukee, rides in a cog railroad train up Mt. Washington, the shows at Clark’s Bears, fairytales coming to life at Story Land, kayaking and paddle boarding in summer and skiing and snowmobiling in winter, an aquarium, mountain bike park, zip line tours, scenic gondola rides, water parks, ice skating and farm visits. Oh, and there’s Santa’s Village, the world’s largest arcade, a park with polar caves to explore, paintball and trampoline parks. With great restaurants, great shopping and great accommodations, the kids will have a blast, and you will leave already planning your next vacation.
Curious Kids - Mount Washington Auto Road - Gorham, NH
Mt. Washington Auto Road

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

Auto road has a long history of families traveling along it to reach the grand summit

For over 160 years, families have been traveling up the Mt. Washington Auto Road, first by horse-drawn carriages and wagons, now by cars and tour vans – and SnowCoaches in the winter! Reaching the Northeast’s highest summit means looking out over the grand Presidential Range and beyond. There’s also the Mt. Washington Observatory Museum to explore, a cafeteria and gift shop. And there are other ways to travel: via ATVs on certain days, hiking and, in the winter, you can even snowshoe or Nordic ski down after traveling up to the tree line in the SnowCoach. There are sunset and sunrise tours, and the Spring Adventure Tour lets you get up close to the process of clearing the road of giant snowbanks and drifts.
Water Tubing at Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg - Visit North Central Massachusetts
Visit North Central Massachusetts

1000 Route 2 West (between Exits 103 & 102) Lancaster, MA, 01523 Phone: 978-534-2302

No matter what the season, there is always family fun throughout the region

Your family will never be bored when you visit North Central Massachusetts. Head to an alpaca farm to say hello to the animals, glide across the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh at Cornerstone Ranch in Princeton, MA or give your skis and snowboards a workout at Wachusett Mountain. Try your hand at axe throwing, corn hole, basketball or volleyball at Game on Fitchburg, MA, or have a blast at an indoor water park and ropes course at Great Wolf Lodge. Winter hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are spectacular in the area’s parks, preserves and recreation centers. With a variety of performing arts venues, historical museums and galleries, there really is something for every age and interest. - Read more about North Central Mass. here!
Nature Club - The House of the Seven Gables - Salem, MA
The House of the Seven Gables

225 Derby Street Salem, MA, 01970 Phone: 978-774-0991

Hands-on activities and outdoor fun make visiting this historic home perfect for families

Hands-on activities and exciting outdoor environments make visiting The House of the Seven Gables a fun family experience. Take a tour of the 17th-century gabled house, now called the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, which inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel. You can also visit the author’s birthplace, other colonial homes and colorful seaside gardens. Weekend activities might include learning how to use a quill pen or how to churn fresh butter. (Check the event calendar.) Over at the Kids Cove, in the 19th-century Counting House, kids can check out harbor views from the helm of a “ship,” or through a porthole telescope. A scavenger hunt is also available. The property also offers a variety of theatrical performances centered around Hawthorne, Salem, MA and different holidays. And check the website for special coloring pages.
Armored Kids - Worcester Art Museum - Worcester MA
Worcester Art Museum

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

Family-centered activities a particular specialty at this art museum

Looking for an art museum that will engage the kids as well as the adults? At the Worcester Art Museum, families are a top priority. That means new interactive elements in many galleries (some that involve iPads), special family guides, 20-minute “zip tours: that focus on one artist or work of art, scavenger hunts and other fun activities from drawing to designing your own jousting helmet. (The kids will love the chivalric arms and armor collection.) Special touch carts allow children to, yes, touch things in a museum! On community days, there’s art-making, storytime, demonstrations and music-making. The museum, with exhibits ranging from medieval to modern times, also has a quiet-time Family Nook. Check the website for timed-admission information and safety protocols.
Galaxy Montage - Blake Planetarium - Plymouth, MA
W. Russell Blake Planetarium

117 Long Pond Road Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-830-4470

Full-dome Plymouth planetarium a shining star for visitors of all ages

The sky’s the limit for visitors to the W. Russell Blake Planetarium, the only 4K full-dome planetarium south of Boston. As you sit back in angled chairs, you’ll gaze at a ceiling filled with stars and planets while learning to identify them and how to use a star map (that you can take home). It’s a spectacle of light and color not to be missed. Regular seasonal stargazing programs take advantage of the high-tech surround-sound system and jaw-dropping full-dome views.
Sailing Trio - America's Cup Charters - Newport, RI
America's Cup Charters

49 America's Cup Avenue Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-849-5868

Create an extraordinary family experience when you book a cruise aboard a yacht or schooner

Don’t settle for the ordinary when you consider your next family vacation: Get onboard with an exceptional sailing experience at America’s Cup Charters, the largest fleet of America’s Cup winners in the world. It’s a guarantee that the kids will be impressed when you board a magnificent yacht in Newport, RI, including yachts that have won or contended for the America’s Cup, then head out on glistening Narragansett Bay. Opt for a ticketed two-hour sail or make arrangements for a charter for your extended family! No sailing experience is required, and you can help raise the sails or take a turn at the helm — or just sit on the comfortable deck of a legendary sailing vessel and bask in the glow of a great family outing.
Providence Childrens Museum in Providence, RI - Photo Credit PWCVB
Go Providence

1 Sabin Street Providence, RI, 02903 Phone: 401-751-1177

No secret why families focus on the Providence area for fun activities, attractions

Families flock to the Providence, RI area, and it’s no secret why: There is so much to do! Visit the African elephants and snow leopards at the Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village or the farm animals at the Casey Farm, take a river gondola by bonfires in the spectacular WaterFire event or a swan boat in Roger Williams Park or go kayaking. Kids can “work” in the innovation lab at the Providence Children’s Museum or explore the skies at the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium. In the winter, they can go ice skating at BankNewport City Center. With a variety of family-friendly hotels (some with pools) and restaurants, the area is a welcoming one for families four seasons of the year. For more info, visit GoProvidence.com
John Adams Homestead - Discover Quincy - Quincy, MA
Discover Quincy

City of Quincy Welcome Center - 1259 Hancock Street Quincy, MA, 02169 Phone: 617-471-1700

Home of two presidents boasts historic sites, great beaches, shopping, hiking, dining

It’s not surprising that a city known for so many families – the Adamses, Quincys and Hancocks – would have activities and attractions popular with families. Visiting the Adams' Homesteads and Presidential Library. (In the Stone Library, you’ll find the Mendi Bible given to John Quincy Adams by the Amistad enslaved people.) Walk to the Abigail Adams Cairn, the site where she and John Quincy watched the smoke and fire from the Battle of Bunker Hill. From the Quincy RiverWalk, you can launch your kayak. Shop or dine in stylish Marina Bay, with incredible Boston skyline views. Hike or bike (or ski) in Blue Hills Reservation, take a harbor cruise, or climb a lighthouse in the Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park.
Fall Cornfield Kids - Bishop's Orchards - Guilford, CT
Bishop's Orchards

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

No one ever is bored at this farm and orchards, with plenty of fun activities for the whole family

If you have heard “there’s nothing to do” one time too many, pack everyone in the car and head straight to Bishop’s Orchards, where no one has ever uttered that phrase. Pick-your-own season starts in June with strawberries and goes all the way to Halloween in the pumpkin patch. The kids will love picking their own blueberries and apples (a tractor-trailer will take you to the apple orchards). In the fall, there are activities from scarecrow-making and outdoor movie nights to the hay maze. Holiday season means cookie-decorating, visiting Santa and the holiday Apple Train. Check the calendar for kids’ book club meetings and other special events. And did we mention the Creamery with flavors from Sea Salt Caramel to Fly Fishing Fudge and Moose Tracks?
Hobo Railroad - Lincoln, NH
Hobo Railroad

64 Railroad Street Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-2135

Travel back into the country’s railroad past in vintage cars, along a winding river

All aboard the Hobo Railroad for a relaxing journey into America’s railroad past. Climb into restored vintage coaches, breathe in that crisp White Mountains air, sit back and enjoy the scenery through the woods and banks along the winding Pemigewasset River. During the 80-minute, 15-mile round trip, you’ll see swimmers, kayakers and fishermen in and along this picturesque waterway. The rail system dates back to the late 1800s, when trains pulled by steam locomotives moved tourists from Boston, Hartford and New York north to the pristine lakes and mountains of New Hampshire. The family owned and operated train runs late May through October, then Thanksgiving through mid-December. At the Hobo Junction Gift Shop, grab snacks, ice cream and soda – or bring your own picnic lunch.
Traditional Ferry - Block Island Ferry - Narragansett, RI
Block Island Ferry

304 Great Island Road Narragansett, RI, 02882 Phone: 401-783-7996 Toll-Free: 866-783-7996

There’s an activity for everyone on Block Island, and the fun starts with the ferry trip over

Kids love Block Island, RI, which makes it the perfect spot for your family vacation. Take the Block Island Ferry out of Narragansett, [Point Judith] or Newport, RI: It’s a fun, scenic trip. When you get off the ferry at Old Harbor, the visitor’s center is right across the parking lot with lots of ideas. But here are a few in advance: Head out to Mohegan Bluffs for stunning cliff views, visit the exotic-animal farm, walk to a lighthouse or over nature trails. Bike to a beach to go snorkeling, clamming, surfing, paddle boarding or fishing. Go horseback riding or parasailing! And don’t forget activities in your departure port — those astonishing mansions or the Car Museum in Newport, the beaches and clam chowder in Galilee, home of Point Judith.
Trolley Tours - Greater Boston CVB - Boston, MA
Meet Boston

Information Centers on Boston Common and Prudential Towers (Center Court) Boston, MA, 02116 Phone: 888-733-2678

Family-friendly Boston has something for everyone – and it’s all a short walk away

Families love Boston, and it’s no secret why: It’s so walkable, and there’s so much to do, everyone leaves happy. See tea tossed overboard at the Tea Party Ships & Museum, then take in the Children’s Museum practically next door. Visit the Paul Revere House and the USS Constitution on the exciting Freedom Trail, catch a game at Fenway or take a relaxing trip on the famous Swan Boats in the Public Garden (don’t forget to visit the “Make Way for Ducklings” statues while you’re there). There are plenty of playgrounds, a classic carousel, trolley and duck boat tours, street performers at fun Faneuil Hall, seals, penguins and sharks in the New England Aquarium – and you can watch a lightning storm happen indoors in the Museum of Science.
Children Waving - Island Queen - Falmouth, MA
Island Queen

75 Falmouth Heights Road Falmouth, MA, 02540 Phone: 508-548-4800

Beginning, middle and end: Every part of this voyage from Cape to Vineyard is a blast for kids

It’s hard to predict which your kids will love more: their time on the Cape, their time on the Vineyard, or their time on the Island Queen, the passenger ferry taking them from one place to the other. They’ll love hanging out on the deck during the 35-minute trip. And they like being able to bring their bikes and paddle boards – and pets! In Oak Bluffs, MA. they can ride the Flying Horses carousel; in Edgartown, MA, there are fun shops to explore; and Martha’s Vineyard’s bike trails and harbors are spectacular. Back in Falmouth, MA, there’s the Shining Sea Bikeway, an aquarium, a Cape Cod Baseball League team, a county fair and beautiful beaches. The ferry has a snack bar and restrooms, and kids 4 and under travel for free.
Children on Swing - Liberty Hill Farm Inn - Rochester, VT
Liberty Hill Farm & Inn

511 Liberty Hill Road Rochester, VT, 05767 Phone: 802-767-3926

Learn about daily life on a working dairy farm with tours that are educational – and fun!

If your kids think milk’s journey begins at the grocery store, it’s time to book a fun farm tour at the Liberty Hill Farm & Inn. The inn, which has been welcoming guests since 1984, has an award-winning herd of 270 Robeth Holsteins, and visitors can watch the milking process as well as try their own hand at milking. Adults and children can also bottle-feed newborn calves, offer some hay to friendly cows and cuddle with kittens in the barn. Tours are scheduled to coincide with daily chores so everyone can experience the daily life of a working farm. And all proceeds from the tour go directly to the nonprofit Liberty Hill Center for Agricultural Education. Come see why families return to Rochester, VT to take the tour year after year.
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Battleship Cove

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

Battleship Cove is now open from 9am-5pm daily! Please remember to follow our safety & social distancing guidelines!
America’s naval history inspires the whole family at this world class heritage museum in Fall River. 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, overnights, and family nautical nights with affordable camping on site. Whether a casual visitor, history buff, student, teacher or scout leader, everyone learns. Special exhibits honor our men and women in uniform then and now.
Ticket Please - Railroad Museum of New England - Thomaston, CT
Railroad Museum of New England

242 East Main Street Thomaston, CT, 06787 Phone: 860-283-7245

Seeking family fun? You’ll get everyone on board with a trip to this railroad museum

Looking for a fun activity for the whole family? It’s time to make tracks to the Railroad Museum of New England, where kids can explore steam and diesel locomotive passenger and freight cars, a crane, a plow and cabooses. (One is bright red!) There are educational exhibits at the historic Thomaston, CT Station, too. And the highlight, of course, is stepping aboard a vintage train for an excursion up the Naugatuck River Valley, over the famed Thomaston Dam, through woods and over the river. Special excursions to delight children of all ages are the Easter Bunny Express, the Pumpkin Patch train, the Santa Express and the Northern Lights Limited. The latter two trains, decorated for the season, include visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Evening View of the Lowell Summer Music Festival - Lowell, MA
Greater Merrimack Valley

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

Activities from art museums to escape rooms will engage every member of your family

Visit the Concord Museum to see the “one if by land” Paul Revere lantern or Thoreau’s writing desk. Marvel at the intricacies of the model ship collection at the Addison Gallery of American Art. Climb up the crow’s nest on the Discovery Museum’s. Just-for-kids ship, or make pinch-pot clay animals and trinket dishes at the Pottery Mill Clay Studio. Go on a winter walk or explore the Native American and Shaker collections at the Fruitlands Museum. Or step into your own private escape game, cracking codes and solving puzzles, at Escapology. There are so many activities to delight families in the Merrimack region, from trampoline parks and bowling alleys to museums with astonishing art and activities that engage even the youngest visitors.
Sunflowers - Plimoth Patuxet - Plymouth, MA
Plimoth Patuxet Museums

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

Families can travel back in time to the 17th century with this interactive, engaging museum

Take your kids on a journey back in time, to see how Indigenous and Pilgrim children experienced life in the 17th century. At Plimoth Patuxet Museums, contemporary interpreters at the Historic Patuxet Homesite and 17th-Century English Village engage visitors in everything from cooking lessons and muster drills to how to create a dugout canoe. There’s a Craft Center, cinema and quick-service cafe. In Plymouth Harbor, MA, you are welcome to step aboard Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the original famed tall ship. A pleasant stroll on the path along Town Brook (in the spring, watch for herring) takes you to the Plimoth Grist Mill, where you can learn how cornmeal is ground. Named the Best Open Air Museum in the United States by USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards!
Rafting Group - Crab Apple Whitewater - West Dover, VT
Crab Apple Whitewater (VT)

289 Handle Road West Dover, VT, 05356 Phone: 800-553-7238

No surprise that family-owned and operated rafting company is a hit with other families

Crab Apple Whitewater has been family owned and operated since 1983, and family members join every rafting trip to make sure it’s an exceptional experience. So it’s no surprise that families come back year after year to conquer the rapids and just have a blast. In Vermont, that means facing the exciting mix of Class II to IV rapids in the West River, a true Vermont gem. It’s a mix that’s ideal for experienced rafters as well as beginners, so it’s perfect for families. Helmets and lifejackets of all sizes are provided, guides are dedicated and experienced, and the scenery is breathtaking along the 8-mile trip. The minimum age is 11, and self-bailing Hyside rafts typically hold six to seven paddlers.
Aquarium Boy - Save The Bay - Narragansett Bay, RI
Save The Bay

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

Have fun while learning something? Save The Bay can help you do that!

For Save The Bay's educators, learning and having fun go hand in hand. And this nonprofit environmental organization offers plenty of opportunities to do just that at their year-round locations in Providence and Newport. At its Bay Center in Providence, you can explore shoreline trails, enjoy the fishing cove and public dock, or even hop onboard a Lighthouse Tour (June through October). In Newport, you can stop by their interactive Exploration Center and Aquarium to check out sea urchins, horseshoe crabs, skates, sharks and more. Or, you can take a seal tour from Bowen's Wharf from November through April.
Boat tours depart from Newport, Westerly, and Providence RI.
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Blackhawk Sport Fishing

Sailing from the Niantic Bay Marina Niantic, CT, 06357 Phone: 860-448-3662 Toll-Free: 800-382-2824

Families, kids of all ages are more than welcome aboard this sport-fishing and specialty cruise boat

Is there such a thing as being too young to fish? Not according to Blackhawk Sport Fishing, where kids are more than welcome. (They might even get to honk a boat horn or win a T-shirt!) Bring your own gear or rent a rod and reel, then settle back as an experienced captain and crew head out in pursuit of everything from stripers to fluke. Or, choose a fireworks, sunset or nature cruise, or a seal or eagle watch cruise. Private charters are also available for family gatherings or reunions. There’s a galley with burgers, hot dogs, snacks and beverages. Check the website for specialty trips: last-minute day trips, seal watches and fireworks cruises. Come see why Blackhawk was voted Southeastern Connecticut’s number one party boat.
Visit the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts - Family Activities NE/MA
Visit the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts

The Berkshires is for Kids of Every Age!

Ask anyone and they will tell you that the Berkshires is definitely for kids. After all, aren’t we all kids inside? Set your compass for the Berkshires with the family for some sun, fun, and adventure. Natural resources abound with options for every ability. Swim, boat, and fish in myriad mountain lakes. Hiking trails can be found in state parks as well on the grounds of many historic museums, some that challenge even the most experienced and many for the casual day hiker. Enjoy outdoor music next to a park or playground, or find hands-on art activities at a local museum. Looking for something more curated? The Berkshires has guided hikes, adventure parks, and water activities at the ready. Whether you want to enjoy an outdoor family meal followed by a good book under a shady tree, or you crave all-day excitement, the Berkshires can fill every kid’s agenda. To learn more visit us at berkshires.org.
Alpine Super Slide - Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort - Hancock, MA
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

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

Family vacations always end way too soon at this exciting four-season mountain resort

All year-round, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the place where vacations end way too soon – because there is so much to do! Winter, of course, means first-class skiing over 45 trails and snowboarding in three terrain parks. There’s also a network of snowshoeing trails and excellent night skiing. When it’s not ski season, it’s still fun season in the Mountain Adventure Park, with an alpine slide, mountain coaster, giant swing, rock-climbing wall, trampoline, scenic chairlift rides, a zip line and a playground with a bounce house. Over at the Aerial Adventure Park, climb and zip through the trees as you conquer various challenges like rope bridges, swinging logs and cargo nets. And, you’ll find superior mountain biking and hiking trails as well as loads of different dining options.
Ice Castles Aurora Lincoln NH
Ice Castles

24 Clark Farm Road North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: Toll-Free: 888-407-4054

A spectacular frozen fantasy for the young – and young at heart

Ice Castles in North Woodstock is a fun-filled winter activity that has everything a child – or a child at heart – could fantasize about: ice slides, mazes of tunnels, crawl spaces, frozen fountains, thrones and towers of cascading ice. This frozen fortress is the perfect place to make unforgettable memories as a family. But the fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down. In fact, there’s always a spectacular light show at night, as LED lights embedded inside the ice turn the castles from brilliant shades of blue, to vibrant red, purple, and green. Families are advised to buy tickets online in advance (you can spend as much time as you like once you’re inside), to dress warmly with boots, and to consider a small sled instead of a stroller for really little ones. There’s also a concession stand with hot chocolate, cider, and warm treats.
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Crab Apple Whitewater (MA)

2056 Mohawk Trail Charlemont, MA, 01339 Phone: 800-553-7238

Members of rafting company’s family join trips to make sure they’re fun, comfortable for all families

At Crab Apple Whitewater, members of their family join every rafting trip to ensure a comfortable, exceptional experience for members of your family. In Massachusetts, there are trips just perfect for families. The Fife Brook section of the Deerfield River features Class I to III rapids, exciting but family-friendly, through mild whitewater for 2.5 hours followed by a hearty meal at the Mohawk Trail base camp, with a patio overlooking the river. And kids love the Funyaks option, where they can fire giant squirt guns from inflatable kayaks as they float through five miles of the lower Deerfield River. The Funyaks hold one or two; the self-bailing rafts hold six to seven paddlers. Spend the night in a nearby hotel or motel recommended by Crap Apple.
Funtown Splashtown USA Water Park Saco ME
Funtown Splashtown USA

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

Earn your kids’ undying affection and make family memories at this amusement and water park

Want to be a hero with the kids? Tell them you are going to Funtown Splashtown USA, where 50 rides await, from roller coasters to corkscrew water slides. At Funtown, they can plummet down New England’s longest and tallest log flume, sit and spin in a tea cup, zip through hairpin turns on a roller coaster or ride the carousel. Kiddie rides include boats, cars, swings, helicopters, canoes and planes. At Splashtown, thrill-seekers can plummet down a 60-foot-high slide feet first or race down a 45-foot slide head first on a mat. There’s also a swimming pool, and private cabanas for rent that seat eight. Dining options include cafes, a tiki bar with fruit smoothies, ice cream shops and a beer garden. A family owned and operated business, Funtown Splashtown puts guest safety first. Please review our health safety guidelines prior to your visit.
Seekonk Grand Track Tunnel Seekonk MA
Seekonk Grand Prix

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

Family fun is almost endless from Grand Prix racing to rock-climbing wall, mini golf, ropes course

There’s no end to the family fun at Seekonk Grand Prix, so race on over! Navigate the family track, the largest of its kind in New England, with hairpin turns and tunnels, or the rookie or kid’s track. Try the heated bumper cars or play a round of miniature golf that takes you through caves and across streams. There’s a rock-climbing wall and a challenging ropes course. And the game room has all the popular games as well as some old favorites, from the hoops challenge and classic movies to air hockey and the Sweet Stuff Candy Crane. Cash in those points for prizes. Check the website for special character events. And if you’re planning a birthday party, they have a variety of special packages.
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Riddle Room Escape Games

1150 Bald Hill Road Warwick, RI, 02886 Phone: 401-398-8177

If you haven’t got a clue how to entertain the kids, these riddle rooms offer a solution

If you’re looking for a clue on how to entertain your family, here it is: Head to the Riddle Room Escape Games in Warwick, RI. Each game-space experience is like living inside an adventure movie – and what kid wouldn’t love that? The four escape games include a replica of a modern-day vision of Rocky Point Park, a haunted hotel where the guests keep vanishing, a Land of Imagination where the Resistance is trying to restore peace, and a forest where your friend Justin is lost — with a huge pile of treasure. Rooms ask you to solve interactive puzzles, hunt down clues and reveal secrets. No worries about doors actually being locked. (They aren’t.) : As for ages, adventurers from 7 to 102 have already enjoyed the experience. Reservations are required.
The Steamship Authority - Woods Hole and Hyannis to Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket, MA
The Steamship Authority

Ferries from Cape Cod bring you to your island vacation on Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard

Your fun family vacation to the exciting islands off Cape Cod begins with a comfortable, scenic trip on one of the Steamship Authoritys ferries. Enjoy the sea breezes, food and beverage service and wifi (pets are permitted). Once you dock at Oak Bluffs, MA on Martha’s Vineyard or at Nantucket, your adventure begins. Take a sightseeing tour, or explore your island on beautiful biking and hiking trails. Go kayaking, stroll cobblestone streets with unique restaurants and shops, book a sunset sail. There are movies at Children’s Beach on Nantucket, and the Flying Horses carousel in Oak Bluffs on the Vineyard. Don’t miss the amazing red clay cliffs at Aquinnah, MA or windsurfing off Nantucket. And look for special festivals, honoring film, food and wine – and daffodils! For more information visit SteamshipAuthority.com.
Gallery Girl - Connecticut River Museum - Essex, CT
Connecticut River Museum

67 Main Street, Steamboat Dock Essex, CT, 06426 Phone: 860-767-8269

Families who visit this river museum learn about history, experience outdoor adventures

Bring the family to the Connecticut River Museum and prepare for a day that is both fun and educational. Through artifacts and artwork, you’ll learn about the river’s history and its Native American communities, explore the memorabilia and vintage racing motors of the speed-racing era on the river from 1900 to 1940, trace the river in a vertical mural that winds up and down three floors, or step inside a replica of the Turtle, the first submarine to be used in combat in 1776. You can take a cruise on the Onrust, a re-created 1614 sailing vessel or on the eco-tour boat RiverQuest, perhaps seeing an eagle or osprey. There’s a great drop-in Summer Fun Days program for kids 6 through 12.
Atractions Outdoor Adventure - The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village - Oakdale CT
The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village

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

Something fun for everyone, from a Splash Pad to a dinosaur trail, at this adventure park

From the tiniest tots to young-at-heart adults, there is something for everyone to do, and love doing, at The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village. At the Splash Pad, a zero-depth water playground, there’s a separate area for infants to toddlers, while older kids will love the water cannons, dino rib cage waterfall and dumping buckets. Over at T-rex Tower, obstacles include zip lines, slides and bridges. There’s also a tricky dino maze and, of course, the 50 life-sized dinosaurs who inhabit 1.5 miles of easy-to-travel trails (and caves!). Adults will also enjoy Copper Creek Mini Golf and the variety of shops, from those selling fossils and minerals to an ever-changing antiques marketplace.
Edaville USA Carousel - See Plymouth, MA
See Plymouth

4 North Street Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-747-0100 Toll-Free: 800-872-1620

Interactive history museums, boating excursions, kid-friendly dining and lodging make Plymouth a must for families

A walk through the streets of picturesque Plymouth will show you right away why it’s a family-favorite vacation spot. Kids love going on board the Mayflower II and leaning over the nearby barrier to get a peek at Plymouth Rock. At the Plimoth Patuxet Museums, interpreters are happy to answer questions as you explore life in a 17-century English village and a Wampanoag homesite. Sometimes children can help scrape out a dugout canoe or play with a Pilgrim child’s toy. At the Plimoth Grist Mill, you can see how corn was ground. At the harbor, go on a pirate cruise, whale-watch, or take a harbor cruise aboard a paddlewheel boat. There are arcades, ice cream shops, family-friendly restaurants and the Edaville Family Theme Park a short drive away. 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.
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Salem Witch Museum

19 1/2 Washington Square North Salem, MA, 01970 Phone: 978-744-1692

Salem witch trial story, and the evolution of scapegoating through history, among museum highlights

Salem is a town designed for exploration by children and adults alike, and there’s no better place to start than the Salem Witch Museum, where light is shed on one of the country’s darkest moments: the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. The lives of those found guilty during the trials, as well as the lies and intrigue leading up to the trials, are brought to life through 13 life-size stage sets, figures, dramatic lighting and narration. A second exhibit looks at the meaning and evolution of the word “witch,” from European witch trials up to modern times. Visitors learn about scapegoating and stereotyping through time. The museum gift shop has a large assortment of apparel, spell books, tarot cards and locally made treats. Parking garages are nearby.
Pick Your Own - Scott Farm - Dummerston, VT
Scott Farm

707 Kipling Road Dummerston, VT, 05301 Phone: 802-254-6868

Farm’s growing reputation as a fun place to visit makes it a must-see for families

Fresh air and family fun and plenty of both: That’s what you’ll find at the Scott Farm, a 571-acre farm owned by The Landmark Trust USA. The farm, which dates back to 1791, offers movie nights and concerts (check the website for specific times and dates), and a farm store with everything from cider donuts to plump pumpkins and Vermont-made gifts. Sample baked goods or sandwiches at Pippin’s Cafe. Starting next year, the farm, a favorite with locals and visitors, will again offer pick-your-own apples, peaches and pumpkins. Turn your day trip into an overnight vacation by staying at one of the Trust’s historic properties, from a rustic farmhouse to Rudyard Kipling’s Naulakha (which sleeps eight) or its Carriage House (which sleeps four).
Corn Maze at Morris Farm - Warwick Office of Tourism - Warwick, RI
Warwick Office of Tourism

3275 Post Road Warwick, RI, 02886 Phone:

Outdoor and indoor activities engage every member of your family in Warwick

Indoors and out, Warwick, RI has enough activities to keep every member of the family entertained. Picturesque parks have beaches, nature trails, paddling, boat ramps, ballfields – and a public golf course! In Goddard Park, you can even arrange to go horseback riding at C and L Stables. Freshwater ponds have great swimming and fishing. There are kids’ programs at the Warwick Public Library, and pick-your-own blueberries at Rocky Point Farm. Greet the animals or pick pumpkins at Morris Farm or soar in the air at Launch Trampoline Park. At The Impossible Dream Playground, children of all physical abilities can join in the fun. There’s fun shopping at the Warwick Mall, movie theaters and an art center with family-friendly improv theater nights.
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Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

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

Something for everyone when you experience this train ride, riverboat cruise combination

Some of the family loves the idea of a train ride; others want to experience a river cruise: Essex Steam Train & Riverboat to the rescue! Hop on the train at the historic Essex Station for a narrated round trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley. Your vintage cars (including caboose seats!) will be pulled by steam locomotives through quintessential New England towns. Get off at Deep River Landing and board the Becky Thatcher, a Mississippi-style riverboat, for a cruise along the river, with its coves, inlets, rocky shoreline and wildlife visible from multiple decks. The train, which also has a dinner train featuring 1920s Pullman-made dining cars, also offers a variety of special excursions, from Thomas the Tank Engine extravaganzas to a murder mystery dinner train. Please check our website for current train & riverboat schedules.
Waterfront View - Goddard Memorial State Park - Warwick, RI
Goddard Memorial State Park

1095 Ives Road Warwick, RI, 02818 Phone: 401-884-2010

Plenty of activities, from bridle trails to sandy beaches, at this expansive park

Stroll, swim, see an equestrian show: There are plenty of fun family things to do at Goddard Memorial State Park. The 472-acre park has 355 picnic tables, so definitely bring a lunch! There are 18 miles of bridle trails and 11 game fields, spacious lawns and forested areas and an expansive sandy, saltwater beach for swimming (there’s a seasonal lifeguard) and fishing. Launch your kayak or canoe from the boat ramp. Equestrian shows, concerts and other events are held in the pavilion. There’s also a par-36, nine-hole public golf course. (Call for a tee time, since walk-ins are not allowed.) This four-season park along the shores of Greenwich Cove and Greenwich Bay is a great place to spend the day. - Park Map (PDF)
Lion Cubs - York's Wild Kingdom - York, ME
York's Wild Kingdom

Route 1 - Animal Park Road York, ME, 03909 Phone: 207-363-4911

New England's Only Zoo AND Amusement Park

See African lions, a Bengal tiger, ring tail lemurs, and so much more at York’s Wild Kingdom! We have a wide range of animals in beautifully landscaped exhibits, just walking distance from the quaint beach town of York Beach. Here at YWK you can feed African pygmy goats, deer, ducks, and a flock of parakeets all by hand. Enjoy some rides in our amusement park or play a round on our mini golf course. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch or feast from our snack bars.
York’s Zoo will be open daily from 10am-5pm till 9/24/23 Our Amusement Park is open daily (weather permitting) from 11:30am-5pm till 9/4/23. Then only on weekends till 9/17/23.
Pied Piper - Concord Museum - Concord, MA
Concord Museum

35 Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Road Concord, MA, 01742 Phone: 978-369-9763

Interactive exhibits, Revolutionary War artifacts get children involved at Concord Museum

At the Concord Museum, there are several ways children are encouraged to experience the thrill of discovery as they move through the galleries. There are scavenger hunts, interactive stations and close-looking prompts that encourage involvement. And the exhibits themselves are intriguing for children: Paul Revere’s “one if by land, two if by sea” lantern, for example; or the kettle used by Louisa May Alcott while serving as a nurse for the Union Army in Washington, DC during the Civil War. The April 19, 1775, gallery is also popular with families, featuring many items from the Revolutionary War and a digital map that takes viewers step by step through the events of that historic day. Strollers are allowed in the museum. Check the website calendar for special events and programs.
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Crab Apple Whitewater (ME)

3 Lake Moxie Road The Forks, ME, 04985 Phone: 800-553-7238

Guided family rafting trips down Maine’s rivers will create memories to last a lifetime

Create some family memories that will last a lifetime when you book a rafting trip with family owned and operated Crab Apple Whitewater in Maine. Experienced guides will lead you on extraordinary journeys on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers, from dramatic plunges and huge rolling waves to smaller rapids where you can get out and float next to your self-bailing raft. At the base camp on the Kennebec River, you’ll find a heated outdoor pool, paintball fields and a conference room where you can watch video of your day’s adventure. Lodging at the base camp runs from bunk-style rooms to suites with whirlpool tubs, and there’s a welcoming pub and restaurant. Stay over two nights and spend a day hiking to Maine’s highest waterfall, Moxie Falls.
Beach - Rocky Point Park - Warwick, RI
Rocky Point Park

1 Rocky Point Avenue Warwick, RI, 02889 Phone:

From amusement park to state park, Rocky Point has been a favorite with families for decades

Rocky Point has been a favorite gathering place for families for almost two centuries, first as the Rocky Point Amusement Park and, since 2014, in its reincarnation as a multi-use state park. Rocky Point State Park, set on 124 acres in the upper part of Narragansett Bay, features hiking and biking trails and, in the highlands, wide open fields for recreation. It’s a great spot for family picnics and walks along the craggy beach, exploring tidal pools and seeking out shells and sea glass. A public fishing pier consists of a long wooden walkway from the blacktop path out to a main deck 13 feet above the water. Leashed dogs are permitted in the park. Movies are shown on the lawn in the summer.
Giraffe - Southwick’s Zoo - Mendon, MA
Southwick’s Zoo

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

Fun and exciting adventures await for the whole family at Southwick’s Zoo

A day at Southwick’s Zoo brings fun and adventure for the entire family! Discover the over 850 animals that call Southwick’s Zoo their home. Dine at one of the many food venues in the park or make your reservation at Galliford’s Restaurant & Tavern, the full-service restaurant here at the zoo.
After lunch, continue exploring the zoo! Visit the EARTH Discovery Center to hear from one of our Earth Educators about the many ambassador animals. Explore the 35-acre Deer Forest and feed the fallow deer, journey through the North American Exhibit on the Woodlands Express Train to see the elk forest, and glide high above the sky on the Soaring Eagle Zipline! So much, so close…Your adventure begins at Southwick’s Zoo!
Meet a Spring Lamb - Old Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge, MA
Old Sturbridge Village

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

Family fun is around every corner in this re-created 19th-century New England village

Everywhere you turn at Old Sturbridge Village in historic Sturbridge, MA, there is a shop, store, farm or home designed to draw families into life in a rural 1830s New England village. Watch the blacksmith or printer at work, see how food was cooked at a kitchen hearth, help with animals at the Freeman Farm. See how wool was prepared for spinning and how lumber was cut for the village in the sawmill. Kids will love visiting heritage-breed chickens, cows and pigs, riding in a horse-drawn wagon and checking out the graffiti on the original schoolhouse desks. There are nature walks, covered bridges, bakeries and souvenir shops, and dining is casual and delicious at the Bullard Tavern or Ox & Yoke Cafe. (Afterward, stop by the Village Scoop Shop across from the playground.)
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IT Adventure Ropes Course

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

An adventure for everyone in the family at this fun, challenging ropes course

An adventure awaits family members of all ages at the It Adventure Ropes Course inside Jordan’s Furniture. The world’s largest indoor ropes course includes more than 100 exciting challenges, from crisscross angled rope ladders and zig-zag swinging beams to cargo nets and tricky bridges. And, zip rails that sit at heights up to 56 feet let you fly over a liquid fireworks water show from one end of the course to the other. A full-body harness and sling line keeps you connected the entire time. For children under 48 inches tall, there’s the fun Little It course, with platforms less than three feet above the ground and adult chaperones nearby to lend assistance if needed.
ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center - Burlington, VT
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

One College Street Burlington, VT, 05401 Phone: 802-864-1848

This maritime-oriented science museum is located right on the shore of Lake Champlain, and its expertise is to study and enjoy the natural history of the Lake Champlain Basin. A visit to ECHO is a wonderful science and ecology expedition for children and families. Lots of expert work has gone into creating permanent exhibits about the ecology, wildlife, plant life, and Native human inhabitants of the region. Plenty of changing exhibits and fun seasonal activities to encourage kids to get involved in this fascinating maritime world. ECHO is open year round, 10am - 5pm daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day.

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