Summer is a great time for a day trip. If you, like me, live in the Northeast, there are so many options for New England day trips, including a bunch of quaint New England cities and towns. Here are some great ideas! If I’ve missed your favorite, leave me a comment below.
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New England Day Trips
Learn About History
The New England area is filled with historical attractions, so head out and do some learning. Of course, Plimoth Plantation is a popular spot, as is Old Sturbridge Village. You can also check out the Freedom Trail in Boston, as well as the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum. For something a little different, head south to Fall River, MA to Battleship Cove, where you can explore the USS Massachusetts.
Visit the Beach
Beach days are always fun, and New England is filled with dozens of them. Whether you visit a saltwater ocean beach, like Horseneck Beach in Westport, MA or Nantasket Beach in Hull, MA, or a pond or lake, it’s a great way to cool off in the heat. Remember that the most popular beaches can fill up in the summer months, so arrive early and check online to learn about what facilities are offered.
Go to a Museum
New England, especially the Boston area, is home to numerous fantastic family museums. With younger kids, check out the Boston Children’s Museum in Boston, the Children’s Museum in Easton, MA or the Discovery Museums in Acton, MA. Art lovers will enjoy the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, CT, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, or the Portland Museum of Art in Maine.
For more of a science and/or natural history experience, there are options in Cambridge, MA (the Harvard Museum of Natural History), Boston (the Boston Museum of Science), New Haven, CT (the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History), and the Montshire Museum of Science in Vermont.
Get Great Prices While Outlet Shopping
With back to school season coming up, it may be a good time to start shopping. There are lots of outlet malls in the New England area. My favorites are Settlers Green in North Conway, MA, the Wrentham Premium Outlets in MA, and the Merrimack Premium Outlets in NH.
Visit a Theme or Water Park
Story Land (Glen, NH), Six Flags (Agawam, MA), Santa’s Village (Jefferson, NH), and Canobie Lake Park (Salem, NH) are just four of the theme/amusement parks that you can visit with your kids this summer. There are also several outdoor waterparks, like Water Country (Portsmouth, NH), Whale’s Tail (Lincoln, NH), and Water Wizz (East Wareham, MA).
Shop at Boutiques
My daughter and I love shopping at small boutiques, and there are lots of quaint shops throughout New England. Some of our favorite places to walk around and shop are Portsmouth, NH, Portland, ME, Rockport, MA, and Newport, RI.
Have an Outdoor Adventure
New England is home to so many fantastic places for outdoor adventures. I love Purgatory Chasm State Reservation in Massachusetts, and the many hiking locations in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In the summer, you can also take a boat ride or a Whale Watching tour.
What is your favorite New England day trip?
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