Got a case of wanderlust that won’t quit? Your next family holiday is a click away. Our moms have bounced around the globe testing out family vacation spots from campgrounds to African safaris and they’re dishing the dirt on what works, what doesn’t and what you need to know before you go. Get all the Northeast family travel information essentials you need (from a traveling mom's perspective, natch!) to dive into your next family vacation adventure.
Here you'll find Northeast family holiday ideas for Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode island, New Hampshire, and Maine.
With all of the attention on Boston recently, it's bound to be a hotspot this year. Rich in history and culture, it's a beautiful city to visit with kids. Stay right in the city for the easiest travel and consider booking one of the popular Duck Tours for a great tour of the city. Boston Children's Museum, the New England Aquarium, the Boston Common, the Boston Museum of Science are definitely must-dos for families. I'd also recommend that you spend a day visiting one of the Boston Harbor Islands which offer excellent children's nature programs. You can catch a short ferry right on the waterfront by the Marriott Boston Harbor Hotel.
Tip: Don't be fooled by some of the hotels that claim to be in Boston - many are in the suburbs. Check the address first before booking.
Cape Cod and the Islands
Between Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket, there are lots of options for families looking for a Massachusetts beach vacation. Because this is a peak season for hotels, expect to pay top rates, but you'll pay less if you stay inland and drive to the beach.
Tip: Look for vacation home rentals where you'll have lots of space for the whole family.
Music lovers will enjoy a visit to the Massachusetts Berkshire Mountains, where you can attend performances at the Tanglewood Performing Arts Center - the Boston Symphony Orchestra's home for the summer. There's also a Six Flags amusement park a short distance away, as well as numerous kid-friendly museums, and a large outlet mall.
Tip: This is a great spot to stay for a night or two on the way to Boston or New York City.
Where are you traveling for vacation this summer?
Nooks, crannies and peninsulas extend Maine's rocky coastline into zigzags of discovery, perfect for seeing from a sailing schooner.
Equally wonderful are surprises in two little towns harboring the fleet of Maine Windjammers.
Many will mark the day with free admission and special events for schools, families and thousands of visitors to explore and discover their local public garden, while learning about each garden's commitment to education and environmental preservation.
Located approximately 25 miles northeast of Boston, at the tip of the Cape Ann peninsula, Rockport is reachable with less than an hour of driving and offers miles of beaches, boulders to climb, plenty of wooded trails, and what the locals refer to as a “magical light” that has inspired painters through the years. Much of that "light" can be seen captured in works found at the Rockport Art Association, which is home to a lovely gallery space as well as art from locals and others around the country.