We lived in Massachusetts for seven years before moving to California this past fall, and it was a wonderful place to live with kids! Today I want to share some of my favorite kid friendly activities in Massachusetts!
Massachusetts has incredible natural beauty! My kids always enjoyed wandering through Massachusetts woods, often while geocaching, even if we seldom found caches! We enjoyed being back in tree-filled Massachusetts on our trip!
Go to the Beach
This is something I did not do much while we lived in Massachusetts, but on our recent trip my sister joined the kids and I on an outing to Wingaersheek Beach, and it was a lot of fun! This particular beach is fantastic for little kids, because the water stays shallow for ages, and there are no waves. There are several nice tide pools to explore and rock formations to climb. The water is very cold. Several of the local lakes have small beaches on them with warmer water, and the kids and we did visit those while we lived in the area.
Immerse Yourself in History
Massachusetts is full of history! We had a family pass to Old Sturbridge Village when we lived in Massachusetts, and visited often. It was one place the kids and I were super excited to visit again – and one of very few places where I can take the four kids all on my own (Mike was working our entire trip), stay there a full day, and leave with all of us having had a wonderful time and no meltdowns. Old Sturbridge Village is a living history site set in the 1830s with plenty of space for the kids to run around, interesting things to see, and an air-conditioned KidStory area where kids can play and cool down/calm down. Plimoth Plantation is an actual historical site that is also quite child-friendly, as is Walden Pond.
Visit a Farm
Old Sturbridge Village includes farm animals, including the one in the photo above, but we also enjoyed visiting several modern-day working farms. There are usually fruit and berries to pick, fresh produce to purchase, and goats and chickens for the kids to feed. We really enjoyed a visit to Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary on our trip this year, all the more because we met up with my blog friends Cassie from 3 Dinosaurs and Giselle from Kids Yoga Stories there!
City Fun for Kids
Boston has a lot of fun things for kids to do! Splash pads like the one above are spread throughout the local towns! Kids can even splash in the Frog Pond on the Boston Common, as well as visit the Make Way for Ducklings statue! Farmers Markets are often very kid-friendly places to visit in the city as well, with fun activities and samples.
Have you been to Boston? What are your favorite kid-friendly activities where you live?