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101 Family Day Trips from Boston


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Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Boston. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Get Wild on a Hike

Rocky Woods
  Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
  Charles W. Ward Reservation
  Harold Parker State Forest
  Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary
  Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Rockery Trail
Lynn Woods Reservation Dungeon Walk Trail
Middlesex Fells Reservation


Time Travel Today

Museum of African American History
Boston Teaparty Museum and Ships
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnolgy
  Old Sturbridge Village 
Historic Deerfield
Strawberry Banke Museum
Plimoth Plantation
Mystic Seaport


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

Bish Bash Falls
Cascade Falls at Middlesex Fells Reservation
Danforth Falls
Doane's Falls
Royalston Falls
Spirit Falls at Jacob's Mill
Waterfall at Beaver Brook Reservation


Splash Around at the Beach

Castle Island Beaches
Coast Guard Beach
Constitution Beach
Crane Beach
Green Harbor Beach
Misquamicut State Beach
Rexhame Beach


Spend the Day at a Museum

  Boston Children's Museum
Discovery Museum
Dr. Seuss Museum
Eric Carle Museum
Harvard Museum of Natural History
  Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
MIT Museum


Explore These Cities

  Hartford, CT
Providence, RI
Portsmouth, NH
Kennebunkport, ME
Mystic, CT


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  Boston Fire Museum
Boston Sailing Center
Bay State Model Railroad Museum
Cape Cod Central Railroad
  USS Constitution Museum
New England Air Museum
Seashore Trolley Museum
Whaling City Expeditions


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Cider Hill Farm 
Drumlin Farm
Parlee Farms
Lookout Farm
Hornstra Dairy Farm
Holly Hill Farm


Play Ball!

  Sacco's Bowl Haven
Boston Bowl
Extra Innings
Boston Table Tennis Center
Bocce at Langone Park
Westford's Kimball Farm Mini Golf
Mini Golf at Castle Creek Adventureland


Treat Yo' Self

Boston Ice Cream Factory
Puritan Ice Cream
Christina's Homemade Ice Cream
Crescent Ridge Dairy Bar
Dairy Freeze
Dairy Joy
Emack and Bolio's
Forage Bakery's Ice Cream Parlor
Gracie's Ice Cream Bar
J.P. Licks
Tipping Cow


Connect with Nature

The Gardens at Elm Bank
  Blue Hill Observatory
Endicott Park
The Butterfly Place
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Lyman Estate Greenhouses
Kelleher Rose Garden
Treetop Adventures


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Edaville Family Theme park 
  Canobie Lake Park
  Six Flags New England
  Lake Compounce


Talk to the Animals

  Chip In Farm
Great Brook Farm State Park
Winslow Animal Farm Sanctuary
Franklin Park Zoo
Unity Farm Sanctuary
Southwick Zoo
New England Aquarium
Mystic Aquarium
Roger Williams Park Zoo


Explore the Globe Close to Home

  Boston Chinatown
St. Anthony Feast
Armenian Museum of America
Museum of Russian Icons
Japanese Garden at the MFA
Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture


Get Active Indoors

  Play Union
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Jam Time
Rock Spot Climbing
Central Rock Gym
Bean Stalk Adventure Ropes Course
Altitude Trampoline Park

Sky Zone Trampoline Park


Challenge Yourself

  Institute of Contemporary Art 
Mass MoCA
Boston Pops at Tanglewood
Harlequin Stables
Porrazzo Skating Rink
Zoar Outdoor
Trapology Boston
Boxaroo Adventures


Shop Your Heart Out

  The Children's Bookshop
The Blue Bunny Bookstore
An Unlikely Story
Barefoot Books
Porter Square Books
Boing! Toy Shop

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Boston. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away