New England is a popular destination in the summer or for that matter, any time of year. There are six fabulous New England states to choose from. In any or all of them, you will find fun things for you and your family to do.
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Mass.
In Sturbridge, the year is 1828 and in this created village you will get to visit authentic buildings moved here from all over New England. Villagers in costumes will share information about what life was like and what they would have done on a daily basis. You can visit stores, businesses, homes, a school, and a church.
You can sit in the school house and learn what school would have been like, watch a blacksmith or a cooper as they perform their tasks, take a wagon ride through the village or walk the lanes to a farm where the crops are being tended. This living history lesson will be enjoyed by every member of the family.
Lake Compounce Amusement Park Bristol, Conn.
Known as New England's Family Theme Park, Lake Compounce is the oldest continually operating amusement park in the country. They have expanded their small town park and fresh water lake to include a water park and state of the art rides. It is a family destination where you can spend a whole day or a whole week enjoying the small-town feel.
Boston's Freedom Trail
Boston makes a great summer vacation destination and one of the things that many families want to take part in is walking the Freedom Trail. It is a 2.5-mile brick trail that takes you to the places that are important in the road leading up to the American Revolution. Other popular things to do are take a duck tour, visit Quincy Marketplace and head to the Aquarium.
In the late 19th Century, a few of the richest men in the United States decided to make Newport, Rhode Island their summer vacation destination. They built 'cottages" so that they could entertain and be entertained. Today you can tour these magnificent cottages and see how the other half vacationed.
Stop at the Visitors Center at 23 Americas Cup Ave to find out what is going on and to pick up maps and brochures. You will enjoy the quaint shops and the waterfront dining as well.
Attitash Mountain, N.H.
This wintertime ski resort doesn't stand idle in the summer; they have an alpine slide, water slides, a Euro-bungee trampoline, mountain biking, scenic sky ride and lots of other outdoor activities to keep the sports-minded family happy. Attitash Mountain provides a great family getaway in the state of New Hampshire.
Burlington, Vermont is a popular vacation destination. You have all the water activities that are available on Lake Champlain and also the downtown marketplace in Burlington is a great place to browse.
Rollerblade or bike in the designated area along Lake Champlain and enjoy the crisp mountain air. Nearby Shelburne Farm, Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory and the Vermont Teddy Bear Company are also very family friendly.
Did you know, Freeport, Maine is home to the only desert in New England? Yes, a desert, take a tour it will be a unique experience that the whole family will enjoy. While you are in Freeport, you can visit the flagship LL Bean Store which brings many people for Freeport on its own.
Cape Cod, Mass.
Cape Cod is the quintessential summer vacation experience but be prepared for crowds. You can visit the National Seashore, The John F. Kennedy Museum in Hyannis, The Race Point Light House, Sandwich Glass Museum, The Heritage Museum and the Oceanographic Institute in Woods Hole. There are ferries that will take you to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. But the biggest attraction is miles and miles of great sandy beaches.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Come to Bar Harbor for New England’s only National Park. Acadia National Park has a wide selection of outdoor activities in a pristine setting. The town of Bar Harbor has been a vacation location for generations of wealthy New Englanders and while the wealthy have moved to other small towns in the area, the charm of the city as a vacation destination has not diminished.
Mystic Seaport Mystic, Conn.
Mystic Seaport is a former whaling village complete with sailing ships and plenty of fun for ocean lovers. You can climb aboard a whaling vessel and walk through the recreated whaling village. It is a history lesson at every turn.
New England is a popular and ideal summer vacation destination. There are activities for the entire family to enjoy.