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Top 5 Fun Activities for Kids in New England


The sun is shining, and New England is bursting with adventures for curious young minds! This region offers a treasure trove of activities guaranteed to ignite your little one’s imagination and create lasting warm-weather memories. Join us as we explore the best things to see and do in New England with kids, from action-packed days to laid-back escapes, all perfect for fueling summer smiles and laughter!

See Plymouth

Explore history in “America’s Hometown” with help from See Plymouth! Kids can climb aboard the Mayflower II and peek at Plymouth Rock. Plimoth Patuxet Museums bring history alive with interpreters, allowing children to play with replicas and learn about Wampanoag life. See corn ground at the Grist Mill, or set sail on a harbor cruise, pirate adventure, or whale watching tour. For more fun, explore arcades, ice cream shops, family restaurants, or the nearby Edaville Family Theme Park. Plymouth offers something for everyone! PLAN YOUR TRIP

The Dinosaur Place

Welcome to The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village in Oakdale, CT! Embark on an adventurous trail, where you’ll encounter more than 60 life-sized dinosaurs. Kids from 2 to 10 will ROAR with excitement at the T-rex Tower, and families will have a great time venturing into the dino-themed maze, sliding through the giant mouth of a T-rex to find your way out. For a splash of fun, head to the Splash Pad, a zero-depth water playground with a lot of features! You’ll have to experience the Vortex Super Wheel, an impressive giant spinning wheel that dumps thousands of gallons of water down on everyone below! The Dinosaur Place is a haven of thrilling activities for all ages. PLAN YOUR TRIP

Essex Steam Train

Choo choo! Climb aboard Connecticut’s Essex Steam Train for a fun ride through time! The steam locomotive pulls coaches through quintessential New England towns, and near the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek, where you might see cool animals like herons, egrets, swans, and maybe even bald eagles! Take a train ride or hop off at Deep River Landing and board the Becky Thatcher, a Mississippi-style riverboat, for a cruise like Huck Finn! Want a fancy train dinner?  The Essex Clipper is a train ride with yummy food – perfect for grownups and little train fans, too! PLAN YOUR TRIP

Southwick’s Zoo

Get wild at Southwick’s Zoo, New England’s Largest Zoo! Located in Mendon, MA, the zoo offers a long list of unique experiences – a petting zoo with pygmy goats, 35-acre walk through deer forest, bird shows and presentations, and keeper talks and chats at the EARTH Discovery Center. Soar above the African Plains on the Skyfari Sky Ride or zip through the trees on the Soaring Eagle Zip Line. With over 850 animals, thrilling rides, and an all-new Within the Wild Carousel, Southwick’s Zoo offers a full day of family fun! PLAN YOUR TRIP

Old Sturbridge Village

Step back in time at Old Sturbridge Village! This living history museum in Sturbridge, MA, immerses you in 1830s New England life with plenty of fun spring activities! Watch demonstrations by blacksmiths and printers, learn how meals were prepared at the hearth, and even help with chores at Freeman Farm. Kids will love meeting heritage-breed animals and seeing historic schoolhouse desks. Explore nature walks, covered bridges, bakeries, and shops. Refuel at the Bullard Tavern or Ox & Yoke Café, and top it off with ice cream at the Village Scoop Shop! PLAN YOUR TRIP


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