No matter which of the six New England states you're in, you're always close to one of New England's fabulous family day trips. Whether you like sports, the great outdoors or museums, it's all available in New England.
Maine Day Trips for Kids
Catch your own lobster in Maine.
From May to October, kids can do their own lobster trolling with Captain Jack Lobster Boat Adventure. On Captain Jack's 30 foot lobster boat, kids can glimpse porpoise, harbor seals and maybe even a whale during the tour---not to mention hauling lobsters and crabs up from the traps. 130 Thomaston Street, Rockland, Maine 04841. (207) 542-6852, www.captainjacklobstertours.com
The Portland Sea Dogs are the AA Eastern League affiliate baseball team for the Boston Red Sox. Games are played at Hadlock Field in Portland, and the stadium has it's very own "Maine Monster," little sister of Fenway Park's "Green Monster." 271 Park Avenue, Portland, Maine 04102. (800) 936-DOGS, web.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp
New Hampshire Day Trips for Kids
New Hampshire is known for it's craggy mountains and glacial caves.
Many children think that spelunking at Polar Caves in Plymouth is the bee's knees. Kids can explore the caves carved out by ancient glaciers and see if they can eke through crevices with names like "Lemon Squeeze." There are nature trails and gardens for the claustrophobic, and strollers will not fit in the caves. Tenney Mountain Highway, Plymouth, New Hampshire 03264. (603) 536-1888, www.polarcaves.com
Another family favorite is Water Country, New England's premiere water park. Water Country features over a dozen water slides and liquid attractions as well as cabana rentals for a shady retreat. 2300 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801. (603) 427-1111, www.watercountry.com
Massachusetts Day Trips for Kids
The New England Aquarium has awesome views of penguins, sea jellies, harbor seals and other aquatic life. The New England Aquarium has many presentations and shows, hands-on exhibits and even whale watch expeditions. Central Wharf, Boston, Mass. 02110. (617) 973-5200, www.neaq.org
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield isn't just a who's who of Basketball history. There are interactive exhibits like the TV sportscaster desk, physical challenges like rebound and vertical leap, and clinics are regularly hosted here. 1000 West Columbus Avenue, Springfield, Mass. 01105. (877) 4-HOOPLA, www.hoophall.com
Connecticut Day Trips for Kids
The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Conn. Photo courtesy GK tramrunner, Wikimedia Commons.
Fans of circus and performance will flip for The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport. PT Barnum was more than just his circus legacy. Learn about his influence on world arts and culture at The Barnum Museum. 820 Main Street, Bridgeport, Conn. 06604. (203) 331-1104, www.barnum-museum.org
For kids who can't get enough of animals, check out the UConn Animal Barns. You can take self-guided tours of the homes of dairy and beef cows, horses and sheep. To catch a glimpse of UConn's babies, look for foals in June, lambs in March, dairy calves year-round and beef calves in March. Horse Barn Hill, Storrs, Conn. 06269. (860) 486 - 4900, www.canr.uconn.edu/ansci/barntours.htm
Rhode Island Day Trips for Kids
The Roger Williams Park Zoo is the best zoo in all of New England. From giraffes to snow leopards, kids will find all their zoo favorites at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Preservation-minded parents can feel good about visiting Roger Williams Park zoo, too, because it is known as one of the top conservation zoos in the country. 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island 02907. (401) 785-3510, www.rogerwilliamsparkzoo.org
For people who get kick out of seeing how the millionaires live, imagine yourself to be a Vanderbilt at one of Newport's gilded mansions. Choose one of ten mansions open to the public by checking out The Preservation Society of Newport County's website. www.newportmansions.org
Vermont Day Trips for Kids
Don't miss out on the customizable Vermont Teddy Bears, which are little, furry gifts of love that are adored by children. See where the best Teddy Bears in the world are born on the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory tour. Each Made-in-the-USA bear is one-of-a-kind. Route 7, Shelburne, Vermont 05482. (800) 829-BEAR, www.vermontteddybear.com
Heather Mark is a writer-traveler living in Central Florida. Her articles have appeared in Pregnancy Magazine, The Orlando Sentinel, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and she's contributed hundreds of articles to various online publications.