Day Trips Around New England

If you’re the type of person who likes to hibernate during the winter, it is now time to get out and take some day trips. Rhode Island may seem small with loads of things to do. It boarders states that are also filled with things to do with your family.

Some places to start in Rhode Island

Newport Rhode Island

The summer is very busy, but in the spring there is still a lot to do without too many crowds. Take a tour through the mansions and take a trip back in time and tour these homes where some of us could only imagine what it might have been like to live in these grand homes. Once you have taken a tour of one of the many mansions to choose from,  you can take a walk down on the cliff walk and look at the spectacular views, or maybe go into town and have a bite to eat at many bistros, tavern, restaurants, and some window shopping. Pack a picnic basket and sit down near the water. Newport is full of so many things to do for the whole family.

Block Island

Block Island is not that far away and a fun filled day with the family.  The island is only 7 miles long and very easy to see the island by foot or by bicycle; you can bring your own on the ferry or rent one. There are several places that offer rentals. You can pack a picnic basket or pick one of the many places to eat. It is a great day out in the spring and again not too crowded.

Westerly’s Rhode Island Chocolate factory (Hauser Chocolates)

They have a viewing area where you can see the chocolate being made or look at the museum room. It’s a nice day trip to go see and taste some really good treats. When you finish touring this factory take a short ride over to Watch Hill. It is surrounded by ocean. There are some quant shops and restaurants to eat at and then some areas where you can go hiking. Not too far away but a place that most people wouldn’t think to do.

Some places to visit in Massachusetts

Blue hills Reservationis minutes away from down town Boston and a great place for picnics and hiking. The great blue hill reaches of 635 feet. When you climb the Rocky summit you can see the whole metropolitan area. While there you can visit the Blue Hill trailside museum. They have natural history exhibits and live animals this is a great day trip for the whole family.

Visit Belkin Family Look out farm. This is one of the oldest working farms that were established in 1651. They have a children’s area, a train ride, farm animals and many other activities. In the summer you can pick your own fruit. What a great way to spend the day.

Take a trip toYankee candle factory in Deerfield. Santa’s wonderland is the main attraction where snow falls from the ceiling year round.  Kids can make their own candles and great shopping and looking around. There is 90,000 square feet of fun and they are open 363 days out of the year.

Places to visit in Connecticut.

Gillette Castle state park in Southbury Connecticut

From April to late November you can take a ferry over to the 19th century castle. There is hiking a picnic area, shops castle tours and beautiful views. 67 River roads in East Haddam. It is something different to do with the whole family.

Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk

This is a fun filled aquarium for the whole family.  They have great exhibits, IMAX Movie Theater, children activities, and shopping. Prices are a little bit lower than your larger aquariums but definitely worth the trip.

So get out of the house, take some day trips and think outside the box. Look up places you haven’t been and have a great time exploring something new. 

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Tracy Martin-Turgeon has been in the field of early childhood education for 22 years.  She started with The Children's Workshop in September 1999 as an assistant director for and has since served as director, regional, and currently as a VP regional overseeing seven facilities throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Tracy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Early Childhood education from the University of RI. on Fox Providence’s morning television show, The Rhode Show.  In her role, Tracy enjoys most supporting and helping the staff, families, and children she works with every day. When she is not working, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband and children.