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Top 10 Family Summer Fun Spots in New England

starry nights Acadia National park
MAINE -- Starry Nights at Acadia National Park

Mount Desert Island, Maine Bar Harbor, ME Phone:

Acadia National Park is “dark sky” territory –little man-made light interrupts the blackness of the night sky, an endless source of entertainment and beauty. Stargazers can easily see a breathtaking view of constellations. The Seawall Campground picnic area near Manset is an almost magically scenic stargazing spot: See the Milky Way and ocean meet. Bring your best telescope, or get a star map from the gift shop. What a thrill for kids and adults! Map
art's dune tours provincetown MA
MASSACHUSETTS -- Art’s Dune Tours

4 Standish Street Provincetown, MA Phone:

These tours, on dune buggies with seasoned guides, travel through the majestic dunes where your guide points out the dune shacks where famous artists and writers became inspired to create their art. You will also pass the remains of the Peaked Hill Life Saving Station and learn how the brave "life savers" saved the lives of thousands from shipwrecks. Access by the public to the dunes is limited, so this is the way to see them. 800-894-1951. Map
boston harbor islands
MASSACHUSETTS -- Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

Ferries depart from Long Wharf North in Boston and Hingham Shipyard in Hingham Boston and Hingham, MA Phone:

Thirty-four islands are located an easy ferry ride from downtown Boston comprise the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Great for day trips, although camping is allowed on four islands (reservations are required). Two islands have great swimming beaches; one is lifeguarded. Wonderful for walking, picnicking, swimming, and fishing. Find a ferry to the islands. Map
boothbay Railway village
MAINE -- Boothbay Railway Village

Wiscasset Road Boothbay, ME Phone:

Your kids (adults, too) will love exploring a time when railroad lines laced the country and whisked people far and wide over the clacking rails. The museum’s exhibits include a coal-fired steam train, antique fire trucks, antique Model T Fords, Stanley Steamers, and a Rolls Royce. The Village includes a restored 1847 Town Hall and a historic fire house. Children love the 20-minute ride on Boothbay Central, a coal-fired narrow-gauge train. 207-633-4727. Map
stamford museum and nature center CT
CONNECTICUT -- Stamford Museum and Nature Center

39 Scofieldtown Road Stamford, CT Phone:

This place is an inspired location for make farm life, the outdoors, nature and the sky a fascinating adventure for young children and families. This science and nature attraction encompasses a working farm, hiking trails, picnic area, a playground, art galleries, and a planetarium with observatory. Many special seasonal events and things to do for families include maple harvest, Easter egg hunts, and fall activities. Open all year. 203-322-1646. Map
Vermont Teddy Bear
VERMONT -- Vermont Teddy Bear Factory

6655 Shelburne Road Shelburne, VT Phone:

Bring your kids to meet Ted E. Bear and take a factory tour by one of our Bear Ambassadors. You’ll see how our Bears are made and kids get to decode a secret Bear message. After your tour, stop in our Bear Shop and let the kids create their own Bear. Then relax outside with a well-earned lunch break at one of our picnic tables and toss a Frisbee around to finish off the perfect family day. Map
block island ferry wind farm tours
RHODE ISLAND -- Block Island Ferry Wind Farm Tours

Ferry departs 304 Great Island Road Narragansett, RI Phone:

Block Island Wind Farm, the country’s first offshore wind farm, is only 3 miles off the coast of Block Island. You have a chance to see it up close and learn about it from a guide and wind farm enthusiast during a narrated cruise on the Block Island Ferry. The ferry leaves Old Harbor every Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. for a one-hour tour. Tour dates in summer 2018 are June 13 to August 29. Map
ECHO Lake Science Center Burlington VT
VERMONT -- ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

1 College Street Burlington, VT Phone:

Inspired by Mister Rogers’ Factory Tours, the new exhibit “How People Make Things” brings manufacturing experiences to life, taking visitors onto the factory floor through hands-on activities in cutting, molding, deforming and assembly. Also at ECHO: a book nook offers space for quiet reading; a classroom and lab that will be used to teach about animals and scientific inquiry. Fun for every style of kid. Open daily. 802-864-1848. Map
Weirs Beach Laconia NH
NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Weirs Beach

Lakeside Avenue Laconia, NH Phone:

Weirs Beach in Laconia offers a wide, sandy beach and lots of summery beach activities for people who aren’t looking for too much serenity. The attached park is landscaped with picnic areas and play areas as well as a jetty for watching an endless parade of boats A real wooden boardwalk jumps with fun: arcades, boat cruises, railroad rides, waterslides, miniature golf, go-carts, balloon flights, a drive-in movie theater, fireworks, live music, and special events. Map. Map.
Seekonk grand prix
MASSACHUSETTS -- Seekonk Grand Prix Go-Cart Track

1098 Fall River Avenue Seekonk, MA Phone:

The longest family track in New England gets you revved up through speedy straight-aways, hairpin curves and tunnels and two of you can now ride the new two-seater go-karts. The Slick Track will test your mettle, and there’s a new Rookie Track for the youngest and Kiddy Track and Beginner Track as they grow - so there’s never a time not to be driving your own cart. Map.