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Where do you recommend for summer day trips or overnights for a family with children?

Gary Jaffarian recommends both fun and educational places to visit as a family.

Though you didn’t indicate how old your children are, I’d be happy to highlight a few different places to travel around New England with children of various ages. Before you leave for an extended road trip, please be certain to be up-to-date on your vehicle maintenance. If you are not sure, please come see us at Jaffarian Volvo Toyota’s Service Department. You can even book an appointment 24/7 on line.

I’ve chosen one place in each of the six New England states:

Be a Boston tourist—There is so much to do in our great City of Boston! People spend so much money traveling all over when there is so much to see right here! My suggestions for Boston day trips include:
JFK Library and Museum
Boston Children’s MuseumCharles River
Museum of Science
Walk the Freedom TrailBoston Duck Boats
Ride the Swan boats
Take a Duck Tour
New England AquariumNE Aquarium model-shark-1260x900
• Walk along the Charles River

There is so much history and so much to learn in Boston and summer is the best time to visit. Millions of people from all over the world visit Boston every summer. There are a lot of low-cost and free things to do in Boston! You can also visit Old Ironsides docked at the USS Constitution Museum.

New Hampshire
Storyland is in New Hampshire’s White Mountains on Route 16, six miles north of North StoryLandConway in Glen and 150 miles from Boston and about 124 miles from the Haverhill area. There are loads of fun rides for young children including an antique German carousel, Alice’s Tea Cup, Roar-o-Saurus, Bamboo Shoots, a water ride, Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach, the Crazy Barn, a Buccaneer Pirate Ship and my favorite—Antique Cars!

Portland—a beautiful area to visit for a day trip or to vacation. The Portland Waterfront offers so much including great food, shopping in the Old Port area and ferry rides out to local islands. There is a Children’s Museum and Theatre where they are currently showing Dorothy and The Wizard of Oz. There is also an Arts District, a Museum of African Culture; and the nearby Casco Bay Lighthouse. Just south of Portland, you can visit Palace Playland at Old Orchard Beach which is a beautiful beach with plenty to entertain kids of all ages. Greater Portland offers plenty of outdoor adventure, parks, and hands-on fun that suits every family member. You can plan a family outing that includes a day trip to a wildlife park, a visit to one of the state’s many fairs and festivals that cater to active kids and family entertainment, or a trip to one of the coast’s many sandy beaches where kids can play and cool off in the ocean waves.

Rhode Island
Block Island—a secluded island with a great beach and two light houses along with Block Islandsome quaint shops and inns—can be accessed from a regular or high-speed ferry ride from Narragansett or Newport—both great places to visit. This is a perfect weekend trip. Southern R.I. has some of the best beaches, without the crowds of the Cape. Block Island is a great place to rent bikes or mopeds to tour a beautiful, scenic island 12 miles off the R.I. coast. This kidney-shaped island has been designated by the Nature Conservancy as “one of the 12 last great places in the Western Hemisphere.”

Mystic Seaport—This is an easy day trip to the place made famous by Julia Robert’s first Mystic Aquariummovie “Mystic Pizza” and the restaurant is still there. This quaint seaport town is known for its shops and restaurants and its great Mystic Aquarium. You can board the largest Viking Longship or the Sabino Steamship. You can rent a row boat or sailboat to sail around the harbor. My favorite place to visit is the Olde Mistick Shopping Village off Route 95 before you get into the downtown area. It’s a shopping village that is set up like a quaint village from years ago. A lot of the shops are so unique—you never know what you’ll find there.

Stowe—Lots for families to do including taking a guided tour of the Ben & Jerry’s ice Stowe-kayakcream factory and sample the flavor of the day; visit the Trapp Family Lodge from the Sound of Music fame; watch the colorful balloons take to the air during the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival held in July; take a dip in Foster’s natural swimming hole; hit the “links” at the Stowe Golf Park, a beautifully landscaped and contoured miniature golf course; or tour the nearly 600-foot granite quarry, watch artisans carve stone, and try your hand at sandblasting your own stone souvenir at Rock of Ages. Who knew you could have so much fun in Stowe when it’s not ski season!

Wherever you decide to go, please post a photo and share with us on our Jaffarian Automotive Facebook page. We love to see where you and your family explore during these summer months (and don’t forget to include your pets and your vehicle in the posts!) Hope you have fun and safe travels for the rest of the summer! Oh boy, it does go by so quickly! Make every day of summer family time count.

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