Updated: Sep 6
Are you a parent or caregiver of little ones living in or visiting New England? Are you looking for ideas on easy, yet fun activities to do with your kids? As a mom to three, including twins, these day trips and outings have been manageable and great experiences for our family.
In this blog post, we will explore some amazing things to do in Massachusetts, Rhode Island & Connecticut that will create lasting memories and provide entertainment for the whole family. In New England, the states are so small and close together that most of the time these activities can be done on a day trip or a weekend no matter where you are in New England.
1. Zoos in New England
New England is home to SO many great Zoos! Here are some of our favorites:
The Franklin Park Zoo- Boston, MA: This is one of the oldest zoos in the United States and is home to a wide variety of animals. Take your kids on a fun-filled adventure where they can see lions, tigers, giraffes, and many other exotic animals up close.
World War I Memorial Park & Zoo: North Attleboro, MA -This zoo has much more to offer than just animals, it also has multiple playgrounds, a walking path and even a giant sandbox for kids to play in. The best part is that it’s completely FREE! If you are not from the surrounding area, it’s definitely worth the drive.
Roger Williams Park Zoo: Providence, RI: Head to Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence to see a diverse range of animals and engage in educational activities designed for young visitors. The zoo's beautifully landscaped grounds add to the enchantment. It is home to New England’s only Komodo Dragon! Definitely bring your walking shoes and stroller for your little ones. This zoo is massive and may take a few hours to walk through in its entirety.
2. Aquariums in New England
The New England Aquarium- Boston, MA: The New England Aquarium is a great place to take your twins for an underwater adventure. Marvel at the incredible variety of marine life, learn about conservation efforts, and even touch some sea creatures in the interactive exhibits.
The Mystic Aquarium: Mystic, CT: The Mystic Aquarium is located just about an hour south of Providence, RI. It’s much smaller than the New England Aquarium, but still offers so much to see. They have lots of outdoor exhibits, so you’ll want to check the weather before heading out the door.
3. Children's Museums in New England
The Boston Children's Museum: Boston, MA: This museum offers countless interactive exhibits and activities designed to engage children of all ages. Your kids will have a blast exploring the different exhibits, building blocks, playing in the water area, and even experimenting in the art studio.
Children’s Museum of Easton: Easton, MA: This museum is much smaller than the Boston Children’s Museum. It’s filled with fun activities and pretend play that will entertain your children for hours.
4. Beaches in New England
Have a fun-filled day at a beach on Cape Ann – Gloucester, MA: If you’re from New England, then you’ve probably heard of the “Cape”. However, being originally from the Northshore of Massachusetts, my family typically visits the beaches of “Cape Ann”, not “Cape Cod”. Both Cape Ann & Cape Cod are beautiful and full of lovely beaches!
On a nice summer day, pack lunch and head to Wingaersheek, Good Harbor Beach or Long Beach in Gloucester, MA located on Cape Ann. If you go in June, be sure to check online for the “St Peter’s Fiesta” schedule that typically takes place near the end of June. There are always lots of fun carnival games, food, and music to enjoy at this annual feast sponsored by the Italian/American Fishing Community of Gloucester.
Take a trip to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Somerville, MA: If your kids love building and creating, they will be thrilled to visit the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. They can enjoy hands-on LEGO play, take a factory tour, ride on a virtual roller coaster, and even watch a 4D LEGO movie.
6. Shopping in New England for kids and twins
Keeping Pace with Multiple Miracles: Bridgewater, MA: Keeping Pace with Multiple Miracles is a state-wide non-profit support network for families and families-to-be of multiple birth children. Not only do they have a 10,000 square foot resale boutique, they also offer several play groups, classes and support groups for parents of multiples. It’s a very unique concept, started by two mothers of triplets. Check out their online schedule and sign up for our Tweet Dreamzz Sleep Class that we are offering Sept 23, 2023!
There are so many incredible things to do in New England as a young family. From educational experiences to hands-on adventures, this state offers something for everyone. Be sure to check the weather, plan your meals and bring anything extra you might need. Most importantly, have fun!
Stellina Ferri is the author of this article. Stellina is a certified pediatric sleep consultant and mom of three.
She supports families through the journey of better sleep as a consultant with Tweet Dreamzz Sleep Consulting. She lives in the Boston, MA area with her family. Learn more about Stellina!