Planning your next trip? There are plenty of destinations in each state where family fun and learning meet! Please be sure to follow all state and local public health guidance while visiting. We also suggest researching Covid related restrictions and closings at all locations before you travel.
A destination for kids of all ages, Mystic Aquarium provides families the opportunity to learn about their ocean planet while having fun! With thousands of marine animals, including beluga whales, penguins, seals, fish, frogs, alligators, and more –everyone will have their own Aquarium favorite. Hands-on exhibits welcome curious children to touch sharks, stingrays, and even some exotic reptiles.
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.
Having just celebrated its 50th year, the Rachel Carlson Wildlife Refuge, located in Wells, is a great place to start the conversation about conservation. This 50 mile stretch of land, spanning the coastline between York and Cumberland Counties, is inhabited by more than 250 species of birds who have made their home amongst the salt marshes and estuaries. Due to the close proximity to the coast, it is also home to some of the rarest species of plants and animals in Maine.
Looking to let your inner child take over for the day? The Children’s Museum & Theater of Maine in Portland has three floors of interactive learning plus a kid-friendly theater in the basement with costumes on hand for impromptu play. In addition to offering one-of-a-kind, hands-on exhibits, the Museum & Theatre leads daily educational activities for all ages. It produces fully-staged theater productions featuring youth actors.
Experience hands-on exhibits and make new discoveries, indoors and outdoors, at the EcoTarium in Worcester. The EcoTarium offers three floors of interactive exhibits, exciting shows in the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater, daily Science Discovery programs, live animal habitats, nature trails through forest and meadow environments. To complete your visit, take a trek through the treetops on the Tree Canopy Walkway (seasonal).
America’s naval history inspires the whole family at Battleship Cove 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.
Since the late 1800s, reaching the summit of Mount Washington has been on the must-do list for most travelers to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s oldest and continuously operating attraction. The 7.6-mile journey can be traveled by private vehicles, and there are also guided tours in vans, called stages. If you take your own vehicle, be sure to get your “THIS CAR CLIMBED MT. WASHINGTON” sticker!
See your favorite fairy tales come to life at Story Land located in Glen. Founded in 1954, Story Land has thrilled and delighted both young and young-at-heart visitors for more than 60 years. Attractions include meeting real-life storybook characters, riding the thrilling Roar-O-Saurus roller coaster, having dinner with Humpty Dumpty and friends, or sitting with Cinderella at TeaTime.
The Providence Children’s Museum is a hands-on museum for children and adults. Exhibit areas include a time-traveling adventure through the state’s multi-cultural history, a wet and wild exploration of waterways, an active celebration of the power of play, two imaginative outdoor play, and learning environments.
The Audubon Environmental Education Center is a state-of-the-art natural history museum and aquarium in Bristol offering many natural wonders to explore. See our habitat displays, look inside a 33-foot life-size Right Whale, discover life in a tide pool, observe Narragansett Bay’s marine life, visit our rare orange lobster, or even explore a cornfield at night. The Center’s interactive exhibits feature local habitats and offer many fun ways to enjoy nature.
Shelburne Museum is a super-cool museum on the edge of Lake Champlain filled with unusual attractions that entertain every person in the family. Kids and parents will love the authentic paddlewheel steamboat Ticonderoga, a passenger, and cargo transportation on the lake for decades in the 19th century. It is one of the nation’s most eclectic museums of art, Americana, and design, displaying 150,000 objects on 45 acres in 25 historic New England buildings.
Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks is a farm with 200 years of experience. The whole family will enjoy scenic views, four-season fun, and lots of maple syrup, jams, jellies, and other goodies to discover. Learn about the farm in many ways, whether it’s showing you their maple syrup process or presenting displays and artifacts. There are monthly events. A nature trail, a country store filled with local crafts and gifts, and an outdoor farm life museum. Once the sugarin’ time comes around in March, take part in their annual maple tastings!