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Massachusetts for Families

Planning a family vacation in Massachusetts? Start here if you're looking for family-friendly places to visit, attractions to see, and things to do. See also: Massachusetts Travel Guide.

10 Things I Learned the Hard Way at Six Flags New England
Six Flags New England tips. Visiting Six Flags New England for the first time? These tips will help you navigate New England's largest theme park, save money and make the most of your experience.

Six Flags New England: New England's Premier Theme Park
Here's your complete guide to Six Flags New England, formerly Riverside, in Agawam, Massachusetts. Six Flags New England is the region's largest theme park and a great choice for family fun from spring through fall.

Junior Patriots Cheerleaders Program
The Junior Patriots Cheerleaders Program gives young fans of New England's NFL team a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn from the pros and to take the field at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, for a game day performance.

Baby's First Spa Treatment
The Beach Plum Spa at the John Carver Inn in Plymouth, Massachusetts, has a menu of treatments especially for kids and teens: It was an ideal place for my daughter's initiation to the delights of spas.

The Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield
If you call yourself a basketball fan, you really have to plan a pilgrimage to Springfield, Massachusetts. Fans of all ages can easily lose themselves for hours within the three-story, spherical museum. Here's everything you need to plan your visit, including a virtual tour!

Boston Duck Tours
Tour Boston's roads and waters in a "Duck," a World War II-era amphibious craft. Your tour guide, a.k.a. the ConDUCKtor, will teach you a thing or two about this historic city and tell a few jokes that will quack you up, too.

Fancy Nancy Luncheons at Yankee Candle
Yankee Candle hosts Fancy Nancy Luncheons. If your daughter is a big fan of Jane O'Connor's Fancy Nancy books, then be sure to treat her to one of the Fancy Nancy Luncheons at Chandler's Restaurant at the Yankee Candle flagship store in South Deerfield, Massachusetts.

If I Could Walk with the Animals...
...You can! Hike with llamas in central Massachusetts. I'll tell you how to plan your llama trek, plus why these curious creatures make the perfect companions for a walk in the woods on a perfect spring day.

Little Red Riding Hood Lied
Wolf Hollow in Ipswich, Massachusetts, is dedicated to dispelling myths about much-maligned gray wolves. Visit this unusual attraction for a unique chance to see wolves up close.

Mayflower II Photo Gallery
The Mayflower II, a carefully crafted replica of the four-masted cargo ship that carried 102 religious dissidents to New England's shores in 1620, has been a fixture in Plymouth Harbor since 1957. These photos, taken during the famous ship's 50th anniversary year, provide a glimpse of what visitors experience aboard Mayflower II.

Meet Your Meat
It's the other red meat--bison is lower in fat and cholesterol than beef. And, at Alta Vista Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts, you can not only shop for buffalo roasts, ribs, burgers and hotdogs, you can view these once nearly extinct beasts up close.

Ocean Edge Resort Cape Cod: The Ultimate Family Escape on The Cape
Ocean Edge Resort on Cape Cod is one of New England's largest resorts, a 400-acre property with a 700-foot private beach on Cape Cod Bay that provides luxury, country club-style family getaways. With four outdoor pools, two indoor pools, luxury rental villas, golf, tennis, hot tubs, spa services and a summer children's program, it is the...

Oh, The Place To Go!
Where can you look a Lorax in the eyes, put your arm around the Grinch and tell Sam I Am what you really think of his green eggs and ham? At the Dr. Seuss National Memorial at the Quadrangle in Springfield, Massachusetts, of course! Come along with me on a virtual tour.

Oh, What a Knight!
Hasten to the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts, the only museum in the Western Hemisphere dedicated to arms and armor.

Old Sturbridge Village: Your Time Machine Awaits
Journey to the past when you visit Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated New England community of the early 19th century. I'll take you there on a virtual photo tour.

10 Fun Things To Do at Red Apple Farm in Massachusetts
Want to take your family on a memorable farm outing this fall? Here are 10 reasons you'll all love Massachusetts' Red Apple Farm.

Plimoth Plantation: A Photo Album
From your About Guide, it's 1627 all the time at Plimoth Plantation, the living history attraction in Plymouth, Massachusetts, that recreates the life of the Pilgrims. Come along on a virtual tour of Plimoth Plantation with me.

The 10 Most Memorable Things To Do on the Massachusetts North Shore
The Boston North Shore is a New England coastal region that holds many surprises for visitors. Plan your North Shore vacation with this guide to the 10 most memorable things to do on the Massachusetts North Shore.

A Vacation With and From the Kids at the Red Jacket Beach Resort
What will you do while the kids are involved with free, supervised activities all day? That may be the toughest question you'll have to answer once you make the easy decision to choose the Red Jacket Beach Resort for your Cape Cod family vacation.

Visit the Rock... Plymouth Rock!
From your About Guide, what's the most visited rock in New England? Plymouth Rock, of course.

New for 2013 at Six Flags New England
What's new at Six Flags New England for the 2013 amusement park season? Here's a look at Bonzai Pipelines, a waterslide complex that's set to debut in late spring, and other new developments at New England's largest theme park including a weather guarantee.

What's New for 2012 at Six Flags New England?
If you're a roller coaster enthusiast, you'll be excited to hear the news that a mammoth new thrill ride will debut at Six Flags New England in 2012. Here's a preview, along with news about other developments at the park.

Photo Gallery: Edaville USA Christmas Festival of Lights
Photos of the Edaville USA Christmas Festival of Lights, a New England holiday attraction in South Carver, Massachusetts.

Cape Cod Seal Tours with Chatham Water Tours
Cape Cod seal tours are one of the best family adventures on Cape Cod. Kids of all ages will enjoy a boat ride to Monomoy Island to see the Cape's colony of 1,200 gray seals. Chatham Water Tours offers four seal tours daily. Here is what you need to know to book a seal tour during your visit to Cape Cod, along with a virtual photo tour to give...

You Otter Go... to the Aquarium!
From your About Guide, want to see sea lions smile and penguins play? Then you otter head to the New England Aquarium in Boston, one of the city's perpetually popular family attractions. Here's a travel guide and a virtual tour of the Aquarium, too.

Battleship Massachusetts
Get a group of friends together and visit or even stay overnight aboard the Battleship Massachusetts, docked at Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts.

An environmental museum in Worcester with a focus on wildlife. Also home to a 59-acre park and zoo and a planetarium.

Magic Wings
The 4,000-square-foot Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens at Magic Wings in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, is home to about 2,000 butterflies from all over the world. Magic Wings is open daily year-round.

Hammond Castle Museum
Explore this nifty castle in Gloucester. The former home of one of America's most interesting inventors, the castle exhibits John Hays Hammond's medieval collections.

Minute Man National Historical Park
Social studies comes to life! Relive the opening events of the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord at this National Park Service site in Massachusetts.

Museum of Science
This Boston museum has more than 400 hands-on exhibits from a to z... astronomy to zoology, that is! Fun for the whole family.

Whip City Speedway
Racing every Saturday night in Westfield, Massachusetts--Sprints, Karts, Micros, and Dwarf Cars.

New for 2014 at Six Flags New England
What's new at Six Flags New England for 2014? Here's a look at a new world record-breaking ride and more new additions to the theme park experience.

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