Family vacations in Massachusetts can be rewarding experiences or absolute disasters — it all depends on pre-trip homework. To make planning easier, we've done all the preparation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on traveling with children, here are recommended attractions for those planning Massachusetts family vacations.
Nantucket Children's Beach
Address: Harbor View Way, Nantucket, MA 02554 Phone: 508-228-7213 Hours: Open every day from dawn until dusk Price: The Children's Beach is a public beach and there is no fee for access.
Address: 13 Broad St., Nantucket, MA 02554 Phone: 508-228-1894 Hours: Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday from the end of April to May; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from May through mid-October; from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through the rest of October; from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday from November through mid-December Price: $17 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and older, $8 for youth ages 6 to 17
Boston Children's Museum
Address: 308 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210 Phone: 617-426-6500 Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Thursday; open until 9 p.m. Friday Price: Ticket prices for exhibit halls are $21 for ages 12 and older; $19 for seniors 60 and older; $18 for children ages 3 to 11. Additional charges for Omni, planetarium, Butterfly Garden and 3-D cinema
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a shopping, dining and entertainment experience like no other. Within the indoor and outdoor areas of the marketplace, visitors will find familiar favorites as well as Boston specialties in the form of classic push carts. While enjoying a meal at one of the outdoor cafes, families might catch a juggler's performance or enjoy the songs of a traveling musician.
Address: State and Broad Streets, Boston, MA 02109 Phone: 617-523-1300 Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday Price: No admission fee
Museum of Science, Boston
Address: 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114 Phone: 617-723-2500 Hours: Open regularly from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Thursday and until 9 p.m. Friday; open during the summer (July through August) from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday through Thursday and until 9 p.m. Friday Price: $17 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and older, $8 for youth ages 6 to 17
Franklin Park Zoo
Address: 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121 Phone: 617-541-5466 Hours: Open during the summer from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and until 6 p.m. weekends and major holidays; open during the winter from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily Price: $16 for adults; $13 for seniors 62 and older; $10 for children ages 2 to 12; free for children under age 2. Additional charge for train, carousel and safari jeep.
Six Flags New England
Six Flags New England offers thrill as well as family rides, such as Adventure River and Swiss Family Toboggan. Families will also find great shows like Looney Tunes Dance Off and plenty of great dining and shopping options.
Address: Route 159, 1623 Main St., Agawam, MA 01001 Phone: 413-786-9300 Hours: Open during the summer from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends; closed during the winter. Fall and spring hours vary. Price: Kids price is available for all family members if purchased online for $34.99. Regular general admission, $44.99; children ages 2 and under, free. Season passes are also available.
Have you been to Massachusetts? What are your favorite attractions?
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