Northeast Family Vacation Ideas

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    Northeast Family Vacations

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    Northeast family vacations whisk you away to life without cars in Amish country or to big city adventure in one of the world's most famous states. Find your next destination in the Northeast with this complete list of fun activities.

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    New Jersey | New York (A-M) | New York (N-Z) | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | Vermont | Washington, D.C.

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    Connecticut for Kids

    Connecticut travel destinations defeat any "I'm bored" complaints from the kids. Animal, science and nature lovers will be thrilled at all there is to see and do throughout the state...and so will anyone who simply loves to play. Have you visited attractions in Connecticut for kids? Rate your visit.

    Attractions in Connecticut for Kids:

    • Beardsley Zoo
      Visit more than 300 animals in Bridgeport. Some of the residents include the Siberian tiger, red wolf and golden lion tamarin.

    • Children'...MORE;s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut
      Especially geared toward little hands who want to touch everything, this museum features various exhibits that help kids learn through play. Located in Niantic.

    • Connecticut Science Center
      Featured exhibits help kids discover the power of motion, the fun of lasers and the intrigue behind lifelike robots. Located in Hartford.

    • Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
      Penguins, seal feedings, an adventure ride film and more family-friendly fun await at this aquarium with more than 177,000 gallons of water. An IMAX theater is also on-site.

    • Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration
      Brave family members can touch a shark. Those who prefer a hands-off approach can watch the jellies in motion. You'll also see beluga whales, sea lions, African penguins, sea horses and a variety of other water-loving wildlife at this aquarium in Mystic.

    • Stepping Stones Museum for Children
      Rotating exhibits show kids everything from how the brain works to how to build a new home. Located in Norwalk.

    • Theme Parks
      Ride. Scream. Eat. Play. This list of theme parks covers the state of Connecticut.
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    Delaware for Kids

    From a tall 1600s ship you can sail to the largest collection of steam autos, Delaware travel destinations give families a treasure chest full of attractions to visit. Have you visited attractions in Delaware for kids? Rate your visit.

    Attractions in Delaware for Kids:

    • Brandywine Zoo
      In Wilmington, visit about 150 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. You'll see everything from honey bees to a clouded leopard.

    • Delaware Children's Museum
      What will your children discover within the 37,000...MORE square feet of interactive space? Exhibits explore the environment, anatomy, the art of design and more.

    • Kalmar Nyckel
      Known as "The Tall Ship of Delaware," the Kalmar Nyckel will take everyone back to colonial times with its beauty and charm from the 1600s. The ship ports in Wilmington, but make sure it's not out visiting another city before you make the trip.

    • Marshall Steam Museum
      The power of steam automobiles comes alive at the Auburn Heights Preserve. On the grounds of the Marshall family mansion in Yorklyn, you'll see the world's largest collection of steam autos as well as toy trains and a mini steam locomotive you can ride.

    • Water Parks
      Pack up the bathing suits and the sunblock. This list of water parks in Delaware covers the whole state.
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    Maine for Kids

    Maine is for kids and parents who want variety in a family-friendly getaway. Young and old can play, have fun and learn something new while on vacation. Have you visited attractions in Maine for kids? Rate your visit.

    Attractions in Maine for Kids:

    • Children's Discovery Museum
      Budding musicians, entrepreneurs, bankers and engineers can play in their world. Every hands-on exhibit challenges and teaches young minds. Located in Augusta.

    • Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine
      Four floors of fun...MORE in Portland! Amazing exhibits let the kids dress up like astronauts and get inside a space shuttle, learn survival skills for their pretend camping adventure, nurture their compassion as a pint-sized veterinarian and so much more.

    • Maine Discovery Museum
      Visit Booktown, learn about a 20-foot ecosystem or make wall art. The largest children's museum in Maine is located in Bangor.

    • Maine State Aquarium
      Touch underwater creatures, such as a shark, sea star, horseshoe crabs, sea urchin and scallop. Located in Boothbay Harbor.

    • York's Wild Kingdom and Amusement Park
      In York Beach, there's one stop that's a carnival of fun for the whole family. Look at bears, monkeys, birds and other exotic animals from around the world. Ride the bumper boats, see an elephant show or scream your way down a 90-foot slide.
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    Maryland for Kids

    Maryland has indoor and outdoor attractions designed for kids and kids at heart that make traveling to the state a great option no matter what time of year you plan to visit. Have you visited attractions in Maryland for kids? Rate your visit.

    Attractions in Maryland for Kids:

    • National Aquarium in Baltimore
      Wow the kids with more than 16,500 specimens. Dolphins, birds and other gorgeous wildlife take up four floors of the aquarium.

    • Salisbury Zoo
      Which one will be your child's favorite -- the...MORE macaw, the river otter, the spider monkey or another one of the zoo's many animals? Find out without paying a dime. Zoo admission is always free.

    • Theme Parks
      Get your thrills at several theme parks in Maryland. This list covers the entire state.

    • Water Parks
      Dive into a day or weekend of fun at a water park. All Maryland water parks are featured in this list to help you plan your trip.
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    Massachusetts for Kids

    Pack up the kids for Massachusetts travel plans that include a trip to the oldest Major League Baseball stadium still in use or a weekend spent relaxing on Martha's Vineyard. With so many age-appropriate options, everyone in your family will be happy. Have you visited attractions in Massachusetts for kids? Rate your visit.

    Attractions in Massachusetts for Kids:

    • Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum
      Take a 90-minute train ride aboard one of the 1920's passenger cars. A vintage diesel-electric...MORE train takes you on this 20-mile round trip between Lenox and Stockbridge.

    • Boston Children's Museum
      What's going on today at the PlayLab or in the Construction Zone? More than 15 different exhibits challenge young minds while they play.

    • Fenway Park Tour
      Ted Williams swung for the fences at Fenway Park. Red Sox rookie Babe Ruth pitched his first major league victory here. Tour the famous baseball stadium that continues to make history today.

    • Franklin Park Zoo
      Walk among the kangaroos or pet a goat in this zoo home to hundreds of animals. Located in Dorchester.

    • Martha's Vineyard
      There's plenty of family fun on Martha's Vineyard. Ride the Flying Horse Carousel, visit Gus Ben David's World of Reptiles and Bird Park or take a sail around the island. There's even a concierge service who can help with the kids if mom and dad want to spend some time alone.

    • New England Aquarium
      In Boston, dive into this massive aquarium featuring 20,000 animals of 600 species. Penguins, seals, whales, jellyfish, sea turtles are waiting for you to come watch them swim.

    • Skywalk Observatory
      Up, up, up you go to the top of the 50-story Prudential Tower in Boston. Two self-guided audio tours are available, one for kids and one for adults.
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    New Hampshire for Kids

    You'll find plenty of activities in New Hampshire for kids, but the whole family will have fun together. This jewel of the Northeast features relaxation time for mom and dad, plus adventure even the tiniest members of your family will enjoy. Have you visited attractions in New Hampshire for kids? Rate your visit.

    Attractions in New Hampshire for Kids:

    • Charmingfare Farm
      You'll find traditional farm animals as well as birds of prey, cougar, otters and other wildlife. Guided horseback tours...MORE are available and so are seasonal hay and sleigh rides. Located in Candia.

    • Hampton Beach
      The whole family will enjoy a day or weekend trip to Hampton Beach. Special "children only" events feature free activities just for kids.

    • Kaleidoscope Children's Museum
      Put on a puppet show at the theater. Bake your own play pizza in a brick oven. Play pit crew, changing the tire of a race car. About 10 different play areas are within the walls of this Manchester museum for kids.

    • Meredith Children's Museum
      Housed in a retired elementary school, this 8,000 square foot museum features a bubble room, fire truck, grocery store, log cabin and other kid-friendly play activities. Located in Meredith.

    • State Parks
      This list of New Hampshire's best state parks helps you narrow down your list of vacation destinations. Or find a New Hampshire state park that's best seen in the winter.

    • Theme Parks
      There are many theme parks scattered throughout New Hampshire. This list shows you every theme park in the state, including the fairy tale theme park Story Land.
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    New Jersey for Kids

    Your New Jersey travel itinerary is packed with fun things to do for kids. Family-friendly activities spread throughout The Garden State. Have you visited attractions in New Jersey for kids? Rate your visit.
     

    Attractions in New Jersey for Kids:

    • Adventure Aquarium
      With more than 2 million gallons of water, kids can see seals, penguins, hippos and a huge variety of aquatic life. Older kids can even swim with the sharks! Located in Camden.
       
    • Cape May County Park and Zoo
      The zoo is open year-round and...MORE features 250 different species and more than 550 animals to take pictures of on your visit. Free admission! Located in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.
       
    • Insectropolis
      The kids will bug you to take them to this insect museum. Thousands of bugs are on display and you can even touch some of them. Located in Toms River.
       
    • Jenkinson's Boardwalk
      Hit the beach. Ride the train. Visit the aquarium. There's more to this boardwalk than a crowded walk alongside the ocean. Located in Pleasant Beach.
       
    • Liberty Science Center
      Exhibits center around science and technology with live science demonstrations too. An IMAX theater is also on-site. Located in Jersey City.
       
    • Meadowlands Environment Center
      Let the kids learn about the ecosystem through hands-on program. An observatory is also on-site. Located in Lyndhurst.
       
    • The New Jersey Children's Museum
      Play on a 1954 fire truck, pilot a helicopter or pretend you're a famous news anchor in the TV studio. About 20 hands-on exhibits encourage learning through play in Paramus, NJ.
       
    • Theme Parks
      For the thrill-seeking family, check out this list of theme parks located throughout New Jersey.
       
    • Tuckerton Seaport Museum
      Visit a real maritime village in action. Other attractions include historic houseboats, a sawmill, boatworks, lighthouse and more. In Tuckerton.
       
    • Water Parks
      Find your next water adventure. This complete list of water parks covers the entire state.
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    New York for Kids (A-M)

    New York family vacations plant unique, lifetime memories in every visitor. But with all you can do in New York, it's easy to get overwhelmed when trying to choose what attractions you should visit. All it takes is a little planning for you and your family to pack a lot into The Big Apple and beyond. Have you visited attractions in New York for kids? Rate your trip.

    Attractions in New York for Kids:

    • American Museum of Natural History
      Kids familiar with the Night at the Museum movies will love...MORE seeing the location where the books are based. There are more than 32 million specimens housed in the museum. Time your visit just right and your family can spend the night inside to go on an adventure just like in the movies. Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

    • Atlantis Marine World Aquarium
      The aquarium's theme is the "Lost City of Atlantis" and with more than 1 million gallons of water, your family will get to explore beautiful indoor and outdoor exhibits. Be sure to take grandma for a sea lion kiss. Located in Riverhead.

    • Broadway Shows for Families
      Broadway shows aren't just for grown ups. The kids can come along too. This list of family-friendly Broadway shows helps you choose the right one to see when you're visiting New York City.

    • Bronx Zoo
      It's close to impossible to see all of the 4,000 animals at the Bronx Zoo. Take comfortable walking shoes because you'll be traveling over 265 acres to see the various wildlife.

    • Brooklyn Children's Museum
      The first museum to cater to children puts the kids' bodies and imaginations in motion. Children learn about nature, other cultures and science with both permanent and rotating exhibits to keep the activities fresh every time you visit.

    • Central Park Zoo and Tisch Children's Zoo
      In the heart of Manhattan, you'll feel like you're taking a trip out of the country to visit animals from across the globe. Feeding demonstrations and educational shows daily. Children 6 and under can get up close with petting zoo animals in the Tisch Children's Zoo, which is included in the Central Park Zoo's admission price.

    • Children's Museum of Manhattan
      Hands-on exhibits help kids learn by doing. An exciting list of current and future exhibits helps you plan your family's trip in advance.

    • Empire State Building
      Don't leave New York City without a visit to this world-renowned landmark. Zoom up 102 floors in high-speed elevators for a grand view of the city.

    • FAO Schwarz
      A trip to the famous toy store in New York City is always worth a visit if you can convince the kids they won't be leaving with thousands of dollars worth of toys. Just looking at the variety of toys and the decor can take up an afternoon.

    • Hershell Carrousel Factory Museum
      Visit an original carousel factory that's now a historic building. Inside, you can ride a 1916 carousel, view a large collection of hand-carved carousel animals and see how carousel animals have changed over the years. Located in North Tonawanda.
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    New York With Kids (N-Z)

    The list of New York vacation destinations continues. Pick out your next stop for a family-friendly getaway. Have you visited attractions in New York with kids? Rate your trip.
     

    Attractions in New York With Kids:

    • National Baseball Hall of Fame
      Hit a homerun with the baseball lovers in your family when you take them to see everything from Lou Gehrig's locker to a collection of 135,000 baseball cards. Located in Cooperstown.
       
    • New York Aquarium
      Near the Coney Island boardwalk, you'll find...MORE hundreds of aquatic wildlife swimming around. Within the aquarium's 14 acres, you can see everything from walruses to moon jellies. Located in Brooklyn.
       
    • New York Hall of Science
      Over 450 permanent exhibits and a variety of rotating exhibits give kids a hands-on science and technology experience. Located in Queens.
       
    • Niagara Falls
      It doesn't matter if you're standing on the New York side or the Canadian side of America's oldest state park. Everyone marvels at the wonder of Niagara Falls. Ride a boat into the mist, see the falls from the 282-foot tall observation tower and let everyone take a load off on a scenic trolley tour.
       
    • Rockefeller Center
      If you've never seen Rockefeller Center in person, you've undoubtedly seen it as a backdrop in your favorite TV shows and movies. Ice skate, take a tour and see the inside of Radio City Music Hall.
       
    • Statue of Liberty
      You can see Lady Liberty from afar. But plan to take the ferry so your family can walk up into this crowned jewel of New York.
       
    • Strong National Museum of Play
      In Rochester, there's one stop that will give the family triple the fun. At the museum, kids can play with hands-on exhibits. Then there's the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame and the world's largest collection of toys, dolls and games to see.
       
    • Theme Parks
      Spend a day at one of the many theme parks in New York. This guide gives you details on every theme park in the state.
       
    • Times Square
      Eye-candy galore is what you'll find in Times Square. Really give the kids a treat when you take them to Toys 'R Us and let them ride the indoor ferris wheel or see the towering T-rex and the 4,000 square feet Barbie house.
       
    • Water Parks
      Indoor and outdoor water parks are scattered throughout New York. Use this list to choose which ones you'll be visiting on your day or weekend trip with the family.
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    Pennsylvania for Kids

    Pennsylvania attractions for kids take the family back in time to where history was made, to a more simple life with horse and buggy as the preferred method of transportation or to modern day fun with roller coasters that move you more than 60 miles per hour. Have you visited attractions in Pennsylvania for kids? Rate your visit.

    Attractions in Pennsylvania for Kids:

    • Amish Country
      No visit to Pennsylvania is complete without a visit to Amish country. Families can take in a horse and buggy ride, eat...MORE shoofly pie, visit a one-room school house and so much more.

    • Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
      What isn't there to do at this farm with 50 activities? Explore the corn maze, ride the pedal kart tracks and visit the hatchery to watch baby chicks get their first look at the world. Located in Ronks.

    • The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
      Touch everything! It's okay to get into the action at this children's museum, which features a garage workshop, water play area and rotating exhibits.

    • The Crayola Factory
      See how crayons are made and let the kids explore their creativity with hands-on exhibits. Located in Easton.

    • Hershey Park
      A hub of family-friendly activities in one location. Visit the amusement park, zoo, chocolate world and interactive museum in Hershey.

    • Independence Hall
      In Philadelphia, a lesson in government awaits as you tour the inside of Independence Hall. You never know what you'll see outside of Independence Hall. Actors in costume take to the streets to recreate conversations from the 1700s and Colonial-era musicians come marching by playing their instruments.

    • The Liberty Bell
      In the heart of Philadelphia, kids will enjoy seeing a part of history. Interactive exhibits and a History Channel film tell the tale of the Liberty Bell's crack.

    • Monongahela Incline
      Built in 1870, the oldest and steepest incline in the U.S. is 635-feet long and goes up almost 370 feet. Located in Pittsburgh.

    • Philadelphia Zoo
      Known as America's first zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo has more than 1,300 animals living on 40+ acres. Prepare for a long walk to see everything at this zoo.

    • Strasburg Railroad
      Catch the train in Lancaster to ride the oldest short-line railroad. Restored passenger cars, lunch and dinner on-board and a mini version of the coal-burning steam train are a few of the activities to enjoy with your family.
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    Rhode Island for Kids

    Rhode Island may be small but the fun is big for kids. The state is perfect for families who want to get away from it all but still enjoy the attractions larger states have to offer. Have you visited attractions in Rhode Island for kids? Rate your visit.

    Attractions in Rhode Island for Kids:

    • Easton's Beach
      There's more to do at Easton's Beach than to park your family on a beach blanket for the day. There's a carousel, playground and water slide to entertain the kids. Located in...MORE Newport.

    • Newport Butterfly Farm and Zoo
      Walk among the butterflies within lush landscaping. Be sure to have the camera ready for the perfect shot of butterflies landing on your children.

    • Providence Children's Museum
      Outdoor play areas and indoor exhibits give the kids plenty of hands-on play time while they're learning. Special activities include encounters with snakes, turtles and worms.

    • Roger Williams Park Zoo
      More than 1,000 animals from all over the world can be found at one of the oldest zoos in the country. Located in Providence.

    • Water Wizz
      Ride, slide, tube or relax under an umbrella at the in-park beaches. Located in East Wareham.
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    Vermont for Kids

    You can try to prepare the kids for how much fun they'll have when you travel to Vermont. But no amount of preparation will top the looks on their faces when they see what all the state has in store for them. Have you visited attractions in Vermont for kids? Rate your visit.

    Attractions in Vermont for Kids:

    • Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour
      One of the yummiest tours your family will ever enjoy together takes you through the ice cream-making process and a room to sample the flavor of the day....MORE Located in Waterbury.

    • Montshire Museum of Science
      Explore over 100 acres of trails and 60 exhibits. Located in Norwich.

    • Stowe Mountain Resort
      The powder is perfect in the winter. But there's plenty of summer-themed activities too.

    • Trapp Family Lodge
      The same family The Sound of Music is based on is behind this lodge in Stowe. Austrian decor, swimming pools, skiing and afternoon tea and cookies are some of the lodge's family-friendly features.

    • Vermont Teddy Bear Factory Tour
      See how the famous teddy bears come to life. The factory tour shows you how the teddy bears are handcrafted and delivered around the world. Located in Shelburne.
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    Washington D.C. for Kids

    Washington D.C. vacations aren't just for political junkies. Of course, you'll want to take your family to visit D.C.'s finest monuments, but the nation's capital is also home to museums unlike others in the world. Have you visited attractions in Washington, D.C., for kids? Rate your visit.

    Attractions in Washington, D.C., for Kids:

    • Ford's Theater Museum
      Recount Lincoln's time in the White House with a look at artifacts, videos and even the deringer used to assassinate him....MORE You'll also see Lincoln campaign buttons, playbills and documents reliving Lincoln's presidential speeches.

    • International Spy Museum
      How does invisible ink work? What does it take to be a spy? See hundreds of spy gadgets and artifacts while time traveling to learn the history of spies.

    • National Monuments
      D.C. is rich with history and architectural beauty. Seeing these monuments in person is very moving and a good lesson for the kids about the United States. Plan your trip with this list of monuments to see with your family.

    • National Museum of Natural History
      A photo tour gives you a glimpse of some of the 125 million natural science specimens and cultural artifacts on display. Another perk is free admission.

    • Smithsonian National Zoological Park
      More than 2,000 animals grace the grounds of this zoo, which is more commonly known as The National Zoo.

    • Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
      Hundreds of artifacts are on display that document the history of flight and space travel. Children of all ages will enjoy exploring the largest collection of aircraft and spacecraft in the world. An IMAX theater is also on-site.

    • Three Houses of Government
      Ask adults who visited Washington, D.C. when they were kids what they remember about their trips. No matter how old they were, they'll all say seeing the White House tops their list. Add to your own kids' memories with a look at the White House, the Capitol and the U.S. Supreme Court.