Day Trips for Families

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Now that the winter is behind us and children are beginning to wind down from school, parents start to think about what we can do this summer.   Not every family has the money to plan a weeklong vacation.   However, there are many places for day trips, or even weekend trips throughout New England.  You can take a day trip that will not break the bank or empty your purse. Here are some suggestions on some places you can visit with your family this year.


· Take a trip to Sorres Connecticut to try the Adventure Park where adventure is in the trees.  This is a zip line park with many different trails and different skills.  Ages seven to adult can do the trails.  They even had a eighty- four year old person do the trails. Prices are reasonable and fun for the whole family.

· If you are looking for a little more adventure, you might want to try Brownstone Exploration.  This park also has zip line, anything you can think of to do on water, climbing, water slides and children under twelve they have an obstacle course they can do.   Located in Portland Connecticut.

· Take a trip to Maritime Aquarium in the Long Island Sound.  Trips are taken year round on a cruise to experience animals in their natural habitat.  They have hand on tanks and an IMAX theater.

· Kid City Children’s Museum located in Middle Town.  They have a giant imagination playground with three levels of exploring. This museum is for children up to eight years old.

Rhode Island

· Watch Hill in Westerly RI has a charming village with Antique carousel with a small beach and gentle surf. 

· Right next to Watch hill is Misquamicut State Beach.   This beach has a strip of many things to do, water slides, arcade, the beach and many more.

· Downtown Providence has so many things to do.  You can visit RISD art museum, take a tour of historical Providence, gondola ride, water fire, and then take a walk over to the Children’s Museum where your child can explore and play.

· In Westerly RI is the fantastic umbrella company.   There have little shops to look around in, and you can feed animals and visit with them.

· Spring Lake in Burriville RI brings you back in time.  They have an old fashion arcade and a lake with slides, a nice beachfront, snack bar. It is not that far to spend a day relaxing.


· Take the train to the Boston Children’s Museum.  It is less than a block away.  Do not have to worry about parking, and the museum has three levels and so much to do, even adults enjoy it.

· How about trying to walk on water, take a trip down to Cape Cod where you can stand up and paddle.  It feels like you are walking on water.  If you have some balance then this is a fun sport to do for the day. Check them out at

· While in the Cape, go down to Hyannis, take a Wale Watcher Cruise, and maybe see a whale.  This is sure to spark conversation.

Weekend Trips

· Coco Key Water Park is located in Connecticut and Massachusetts.  This park has hotel and fun water activities for the whole family.

· Great Wolf Lodge in Massachusetts Similar to Coco key, but has theme rooms to stay with your family.

· Hike with the llamas, yes llamas in Central Mass Mount Holyoke Ranch. They really hike with you and your children. Best part they carry your stuff

· Stay at Tyler’s Place family Resort that is all-inclusive, this also includes all your water sports and activities, canoeing, waterskiing, biking, indoor/outdoor pools.

· Similar to Tyler’s Place is Wild flower also located in Vermont.

· Looking for weekend adventure, stay at Sky Venture in Nashua NH state of the art vertical wind tunnel, just like flying.

Think outside the box this summer and have a blast!

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. 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.