If you live in New England, you are lucky to have a variety of different vacation options available just a short distance away. Planning a weekend getaway with your family? Here are 10 New England weekend getaways for families.
Disclosure: We’ve stayed at some of these locations and hotels at no cost for review. All opinions are my own.
10 New England Weekend Getaways for Families
We traveled to Portland, Maine this past winter, and loved our stay. There is so much to do, including boat trips, shopping, and museums. There are also a number of fantastic restaurants to check out. For our visit, we stayed at the Westin Portland Harborview.
Freeport, Maine is most know for being the world-wide headquarters of LL Bean. The flagship store is definitely worth a visit, especially with kids. You can easily spend several hours there. There are also lots of outlet stores and restaurants to enjoy.
Even if you aren’t a skier, Stowe, Vermont is a great place to visit with kids. We typically visit in the summer, when my kids can enjoy the outdoor activities at the Stowe Mountain Lodge. There are also several fantastic spas (we enjoy the spa at Stoweflake).
Like Stowe, the White Mountains of New Hampshire is a great vacation destination both in the winter and the summer. We like to stay in Lincoln, NH, near Clark’s Training Post, as well as North Conway, NH, near Story Land. You can also stay in one of these spots and drive to the other – they are just an hour apart. There are a number of hotels and vacation homes that you can stay in, including the Red Jacket Mountain View and the Mountain Club at Loon.
Mystic is a great destination for families. I’d recommend staying at the Hilton, which is right across the street from Old Mistick Village and the Mystic Aquarium. It’s also worth visiting Mystic Seaport, especially in the warm weather.
Most people think of New Haven as the home of both delicious pizza and Yale University, but it’s also a great destination with families. We really enjoy the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History as well as the (free!) Yale Art Museum. But definitely don’t forget the pizza – it’s really delicious!
You can definitely spend a weekend in Boston, but you’ll want to return. There’s enough to do that you could easily stay for a week. Our favorites are the Boston Museum of Science, Fenway Park (take a tour if you can’t catch a game), the Boston Children’s Museum (for younger kids), and the Duck Tours.
Cape Cod, MA
Cape Cod is one of the most perfect summer vacation destinations. We love the Sea Crest Beach Hotel, which is right on Old Silver Beach, as well as Ocean Edge Resort. There are also a variety of beach homes available for weekly rentals. On your way down to the Cape, consider stopping in Plymouth for a visit to Plimoth Plantation.
I spent my summers working in Newport, RI, and it’s still one of my favorite places. In addition to restaurants and shops, there are also some really fun mansions to visit. My kids especially loved visiting the Breakers, which offers a kids’ tour. We recommend staying at the Hotel Viking.
Surprisingly, I hadn’t visited Rockport, MA until just a few years ago. It’s such a fun place, with quaint shops, beautiful scenery, and delicious seafood.
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