Most Popular New England Family Vacations

Acadia National Park, Maine

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Those who have been there know: the Acadia region of Maine is unlike anywhere else in New England -- or anywhere else in the country,…

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Bar Harbor, ME

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Bar Harbor is located in northern Maine, on the east side of Mount Desert Island and is surrounded by Acadia National Park on all sides.…

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Block Island, R.I.

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You can hardly call Block Island "undiscovered" -- thousands of tourists disembark there every year to explore the tiny island off the Rhode Island coast…

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Boothbay Harbor, ME

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Boothbay Harbor, Maine is just one more coastal town we adore for family vacations in Maine (otherwise known as Vacationland), with roadside seafood shacks serving…

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Boston, MA

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As far as cities go, few are more kid-friendly and manageable than Boston. Parents can take comfort in knowing the many activities geared at kids…

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Bretton Woods, NH

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Many towns in New England are built around their ski area the way a college town like Champagne, Ill., is built around the University of…

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Camden, ME

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Camden, Maine is quintessential New England, with waterfront shopping and dining, historic homes (and an interesting library), harbor cruises and its very own lighthouse. The…

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Cape Ann (Rockport & Gloucester), MA

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Having lived in Boston for much of my adult life, I spent my summers on Nantucket, Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, never once considering to…

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Cape Cod, MA

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Shaped like a bent arm with a big bicep, the peninsula that is Cape Cod offers so much more than a great beach vacation. Sure…

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Chatham, MA

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Lately it seems Chatham has received a lot of vacation press as the home of great white sharks found swimming off the beaches in pursuit…

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Coastal Maine

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Coastal Maine Family Vacations

Growing up on the southern coast of Maine, I'll admit I harbor a little prejudice; but from my point of view, it's one of the…

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Eastham, MA

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Eastham's location on the lower Cape and in the Cape Cod National Seashore is a popular spot for families who want to visit Coast Guard…

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Falmouth/Woods Hole, MA

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Located on the upper Cape, Falmouth is secluded from the rest of the Cape, divided by an old military base that is now miles of…

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Freeport, ME

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If you like L.L.Bean, you’ll love Freeport, Maine -- that’s where the company is headquartered! And the expansive flagship store (it’s so big, you could…

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Hyannis, MA

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Hyannis is the largest city on Cape Cod, and the central hub for locals, and as such, its restaurants and hotels are open year-round, unlike…

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Kennebunkport, ME

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Everyone recognizes the name Kennebunkport as the upscale community where former president George W. Bush spent his summers -- but Kennebunkport has a lot to…

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Killington, VT

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Other families will try to dissuade you from venturing to Killington. They'll talk about the four-mile access road to the mountain, a rare strip of…

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Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H.

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It's not officially a Great Lake, but you'll be hard-pressed to believe that standing on the shores of New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesauke, a 70-square-mile expanse…

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Maine's Mid-Coast

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As you make your way further north, there are several towns along Maine's mid-coast that are amenable to a family vacation, many of which you'll…

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Martha's Vineyard, MA

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While Martha's Vineyard may seem like a small island off of the southeastern tip of Cape Cod, don't let its dot on the map fool…

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Mount Desert Island, ME

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Considered the home of Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island is the largest island in Maine. Its situated in the town of Bar Harbor and…

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Mt. Sunapee, NH

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Location, location, location. That's what sets Mount Sunapee apart from similar ski areas in the East. A scant one-and-a-half hours away from Boston, it's within…

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Mystic, CT

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The seaside village of Mystic, Connecticut, may be the Holy Grail of historic vacation destinations -- perfectly catering to families without sacrificing any of its…

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Nantucket, MA

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Named by the native Wampanoag Indians, members of the Algonquin family, named this island 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts "Natockete" --…

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Newport, R.I.

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With its lengthy history as host of the America's Cup sailing race, most people associate Newport with the water. The ocean beckons for families who…

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North Conway, N.H.

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North Conway, New Hampshire has been a resort location since the 1870s, attracting railroad passengers up out of the cities for cooler mountain weather; starting…

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Okemo, VT

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Best known as the home to Okemo Ski Area, Ludlow sits at the base of the Green Mountains in the south-central part of Vermont. A…

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Orleans, MA

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Orleans is one of the larger towns on the Cape and many of its offerings are offered year-round. Located at the elbow of Cape Cod,…

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Portland, ME

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Just north of Maine's southern beaches are Portland and the Casco Bay region. A lot of out-of-staters think Portland is the capital of Maine, which…

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Providence, R.I.

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With the nickname, “Creative Capital of the World,” Providence, Rhode Island, really prides itself on culture, art, history and food. But with this modern, artistic…

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Provincetown, MA

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The very tip of Cape Cod, P-town, as locals refer to it, is an eclectic town where families may stumble across drag queens on parade…

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Rockport, ME

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Has your family seen “Andre”? The movie, released in 1994, is an adaptation of the book, “A Seal Called Andre,” which tells the remarkable true…

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Salem, MA

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The reason so many know the name Salem is the infamous Witch Trials, which took place 400 years ago in the sleepy New England seaside…

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Sandwich, MA

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When crossing the Sagamore Bridge onto Cape Cod, Sandwich is the very first exit, making it an easy destination for families who want to visit…

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Six Flags New England, MA

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Not only is Six Flags New England the oldest among the Six Flags franchise, but it is also the second oldest amusement park in the…

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Southern Coast of Maine

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Southern Maine's beaches rock. The coastal towns of Kittery, The Yorks, Wells, Ogunquit, Kennebunkport, and Old Orchard Beach are all good choices for families. For…

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Stowe, VT

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Most people think Stowe is simply a ski area in northern Vermont. And yes, Stowe is one of New England's finest places to ski, with…

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Stratton, VT

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Stratton, the highest mountain peak in southern Vermont, has come a long way over the years, surpassing each with new state-of-the-art snowmaking capabilities and lifts,…

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Sugarbush, VT

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The drive north on Vermont's Route 100 to the base of Sugarbush is one of the most exquisite stretches of road in New England --…

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Sugarloaf, ME

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Sugarloaf is big -- very big. Okay, it's downright huge. That's likely to be your first impression driving up through the awesome scenery of the…

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Sunday River, ME

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In a word, Sunday River is about one thing: Snow. It's got it -- and often more of it, and sooner, than any other mountain…

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The Berkshires, MA

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If mountains were children, the Berkshires would be just the right size -- big enough to be exciting, but not enough to get into any…

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Wellfleet, MA

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Located on the upper Cape, Wellfleet's long stretch of beach are in the heart of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Its towering dunes are renowned…

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Wells, ME

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Wells, Maine doesn’t feel like a family vacation destination in the way other coastal Maine do. Its stores and restaurants aren’t clustered in a downtown…

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White Mountains, N.H.

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In a region better known for its rolling hills and rocky coastline, the White Mountains thrust violently into the New England landscape. Young in geological…

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Woodstock, VT

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No, this isn’t that Woodstock. If you’re looking for the town that hosted the famous music festival, it’s actually in the Town of Bethel, New…

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York, ME

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If you’ve ever been to Northern Maine, you’ll find that Southern Maine is quite different. It feels like an extension of Massachusetts -- and it…

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