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Boston Daytrips for Families with Kids

Day trips from Boston are diverse and plentiful. Boston is a great central point to access unique venues all over New England. New England offers everything from small quaint historic towns, camping and the great outdoors, to amusement parks, ski resorts, amazing beaches, &  whale watching in Boston Harbor. You can get to the beach, the mountains, the big city, a country town all within an hour or two.

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Boston Harbor Islands National Park AreaBoston
The Boston Harbor Islands offer countless opportunities for visitors to tour historical sites, observe wildlife, and participate in recreational activities.
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Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book ArtAmherst, $
Features rotating exhibits of over 1200 pictures by the children's book author and artist and others. Drawings are hung at children's eye level. The large art studio hosts almost daily art-making activities.
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Mystic AquariumConnecticut, $$$
Experience Mystic Aquarium's marine creatures in their underwater world. A good New England day trip from points south and west of Boston.
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Mystic SeaportConnecticut, $$$
A stroll through Mystic Seaport provides a glimpse of life, from blacksmithing to whaling, in an authentic 19th century seafaring village.
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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of FameWestern Mass, $$$
Located in Springfield, MA., the birthplace of basketball, the Basketball Hall of Fame is a 48,000 sq. ft. museum with 3 levels of entertaining and educational
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Newport MansionsRhode Island, $$$
View two centuries of American architecture, history and decorative arts in the grand villas of the powerful men and influential women who made Newport America's leading resort and a center of the arts and architecture.
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Old Sturbridge VillageSturbridge, $$
The Sturbridge Village museum re-creates the daily work activities of a rural 19th-century town in authentic, living history. An easy Boston area day trip.
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Magic Wings Butterfly ConservatoryWestern Mass, $$
Open 7 days a week - year round - this magical butterfly conservatory is relaxing and fun for all ages. See exhibits, live butterflies, beautiful gardens, moths and tropical vegetation.
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Roger Williams ParkRhode Island, $
The award-winning Roger Williams Park, designed by Horace Cleveland in 1878, attracts more than 2 million visitors per year. Enjoy a covered Victorian carousel, boating, botanical gardens, zoo and natural history museum.
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Beech Hill Farm and Ice Cream BarnNew Hampshire, Free
The Kimball family invites you to their 9th generation historic family farm on Beech Hill Road in beautiful Hopkinton, New Hampshire.
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Ben & Jerry's Factory ToursVermont, $$
Ben & Jerry's Ice cream factory tours are 30 minutes long. Sign-up is on a 1st-come, 1st-served basis. Day trip tours fill up quickly, so please plan accordingl
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Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst CollegeAmherst, Free
Amherst College's collections include fossil skeletons of a mammoth, mastodon, dire wolf, saber-toothed cat, Irish Elk and cave bear; the world’s largest collection of dinosaur tracks, and skulls of a Tyrannosaurus rex...
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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & ArboretumRhode Island, $
Blithewold, located in Bristol, RI, is 33 acres of lawns, gardens, specimen trees, and historic stone structures. Blithewold provides a wide array of educational programs for adults and children.
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Cabbage Island ClambakesMaine, $$$
Cabbage Island has been the home of traditional clambakes since 1956! Take a cruise around Boothbay Harbor en route to Cabbage Island, where you will be greeted by a feast of Maine lobsters, clams, and all the...
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Cape Cod Scenic RailroadCape Cod, $$$
All aboard! The Scenic Excursion Train winds past cranberry bogs, lush marshes, and natural woodlands on it two-hour journey between Hyannis and the Cape Cod Canal.
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Center Church Crypt Tours - New HavenConnecticut
Tour a fascinating crypt tucked away in the subterranean underworld of neighboring Center Church, where you can see tombstones dating back as far as 1687.
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Children's Museum & Theatre of MaineMaine, $$
Located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine features a wide variety of interactive exhibits and activities for children and families!
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Children's Museum of New HampshireNew Hampshire, $
The Children’s Museum of Portsmouth is now The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover. With triple the space, several new major exhibits, and enhanced visitor amenities, the museum is is a great destination for...
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Dinosaur Dome ParkConnecticut, $
One of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America. Beneath the dome you'll find rich displays of Jurassic fossil tracks made 200 million yrs. ago.
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Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture GardenWestern Mass, Free
The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is located at the Quadrangle in Springfield, MA, the city where Theodor Seuss Geisel was born.
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Essex Steam Train & RiverboatConnecticut, $$$
A coal-fired locomotive pulls restored railroad cars past forests and streams, lovely vistas and nostalgic towns, farms and millponds, and tidal wetlands.
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Forest Park ZooWestern Mass, $
The Forest Park Zoo in Springfield, MA, features exotic and indigenous animals representing a large variety of species found throughout the world and in North America.
Foxwoods Resort & CasinoConnecticut
Enjoy just about anything you can imagine on a day trip to the entertainment mega-center at Foxwoods Resort & Casino. Features Concerts, Shopping, Dining, Danc
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Gloucester WaterfrontGloucester, Free
Walk along the boardwalk and watch the boats and catch the ocean breeze. A nice day trip from points west and south of Boston and Cape Cod.
Great Falls Discovery CenterCentral Mass, Free
Great Falls Discovery Center is an educational visitor center about the Connecticut River Watershed's rich natural, cultural and industrial history. Exhibits highlight various habitats found in the watershed. Timelines put perspective on today's view of the threats to...
Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentAmherst, $
The Hitchcock Center for the Environment on the Larch Hill Conservation Area in Amherst, Massachusetts offers natural history programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.
KidCity Children's MuseumConnecticut, $
KidCity is a two-story house that has been converted into a multi-activity center for kids. This is a good daytrip from points west of Boston.
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Lupa ZooWestern Mass, $$
This family-friendly, non-profit wildlife facility is dedicated to promoting appreciation and respect for the conservation of animals and their ecosystems.
Marblehead is an easy day trip from Boston. Enjoy charming shops, coastal dining, boating and beaching here. State Street Landing is fun for boat watching.
Mount Washington ObservatoryNew Hampshire, Free
The Mount Washington Observatory operates on the summit of Mount Washington and in North Conway Village.
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Museum of Natural History & PlanetariumRhode Island, $
For more than a century the Museum has served as a unique educational, scientific and cultural resource by offering exciting exhibitions, workshops and presentations that provide ways for children and families to learn...
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Norman Rockwell MuseumWestern Mass, $$
The Norman Rockwell Museum houses the world's largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art.
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Plum IslandNewburyport
Plum Island is an 11 mile long barrier Island off the shore of Newburyport and Newbury. The island has many residences, a national wildlife refuge, small shops and restaurants, and of course miles of beautiful sandy...
Portsmouth, NHNew Hampshire
A beautiful little town about an hour north of Boston. It's a college town without a college.... great little shops, restaurants and seafood!
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Providence Children's MuseumRhode Island, $$
Providence Children's Museum is a hands-on place where kids and grown-ups play and learn together. Come see how much fun learning can be!
ProvincetownCape Cod, $$$
Provincetown offers fabulous stretches of pristine beaches that are just steps from the town's trendy restaurants, shops, galleries, and clubs.
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Rockport, MARockport
Just an hour north of Boston, visitors can enjoy a leisurely day in this quaint, shoreline town. It's wonderful to stroll main street and Bear's Neck to poke around in all the unique stores.
Salem, MASalem, $$
Just 16 miles North of Boston, Salem is a excursion rich in American heritage and international culture. Our museums, attractions, restaurants and tours are family friendly. Visit to learn how to get the most out of Salem!
Schooner FameSalem, $$$
Sail on the schooner Fame of Salem, an authentic replica of the successful privateer from the War of 1812. FAME sails every day -- weather permitting -- from M
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SkyVenture New Hampshire Vertical Wind TunnelNew Hampshire, $$$$
SkyVenture completely immerses visitors in the world of high adventure skydiving, without ever having to pack a parachute, pull a ripcord, or jump out of a perfectly good airplane.
Squam Lakes Natural Science CenterNew Hampshire, $
Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, and lake cruises, the Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors for forty years about the importance of our natural world.
Stonewall Farm Learning Center & Discovery RoomNew Hampshire, Free
Stonewall Farm is the only working dairy farm and education center in the region open to the public with a Learning Center that draws 20,000 visitors per year, as well as classes and camps.
The Paper HouseRockport, $
If you drive up Pidgeon Hill Street in Rockport, you may not notice anything unusal about the house at #52. The only giveaway is the sign on the front: 'Paper House'.
Vermont Teddy Bear FactoryVermont, $$
Besides the fuzzy factory tour, you can help stuff, sew and dress your very own 13 inch bear in the Make a Friend for Life room.
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Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of ArtConnecticut, $$
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is dedicated to outstanding collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, Pick up a Family Artpak and check the schedule for free family days and other events.
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Worcester Art MuseumWorcester, $$
Experience magnificent artwork from five millennia of world cultures. View paintings by Cassatt, Gauguin, Goya, Monet, Sargent and Whistler; admire cutting-edge contemporary art; and discover the Museum's many other...
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Yankee Candle Company Flagship StoreWestern Mass, Free
Each year, millions travel to the flagship Yankee Candle Store in South Deerfield, MA. Shop, visit the museum, dine, picnic, and more!
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