Portsmouth, New Hampshire is one of our favorite destinations for a short New England getaway. Each time we visit, we discover something new. During our most recent Portsmouth mini-vacation, we found terrific burger joint, explored the many wonders of Prescott Park, and had a blast at Water Country.
As a seacoast city, Portsmouth is a hot spot in the summertime, and with good reason: The Prescott Park Arts Festival brings world-class live entertainment to New England at affordable prices. The lush gardens in Prescott Park and across the street at the Strawbery Banke Museum are gorgeous oases in the summer months. Water fun abounds, whether at a water park or on one of Portsmouth’s islands. However, the town shines in the colder months too, especially during the holidays. The annual Vintage Christmas celebration is on our must-do list. Whenever you decide to go, there is an abundance of fun for families. These are 25 of our top picks for exploring Portsmouth with kids:
Known as the birthplace of American pizza, the city of New Haven lives up to its reputation as a first class foodie destination. Thanks to Market New Haven, I experienced many culinary delights in the city of pioneering restaurateurs, and I also learned that New Haven is more than a foodie town. It’s a place to explore history and architecture, art and culture. It's where ideas are nurtured and celebrated. Happily, it’s also very accessible to families and is wonderfully walkable. Take the kids for a day trip or a weekend getaway and experience the city for yourselves, with this list as your guide.
I am constantly telling my kids how lucky they are to live so close to New York City—especially in the summer. From beautiful parks and beaches to a variety of attractions and entertainment, all five boroughs are family-friendly stops, whether it’s for a day, weekend or extended trip. And our sponsor NYC & Company is "spreading the news" on everything the area has to offer for parents and kids.
The lines between Massachusetts and Rhode Island are so fuzzy, sometimes we're not sure which state we're in. Lucky us, because Rhode Island packs giant family fun into a tiny package. Travel less than an hour in any direction, and you're in a completely different world.
We love exploring the parks, beaches, nature centers, museums, places to eat, and other things to do with kids in Rhode Island. As we explore, we'll share our finds with you, so take a look at where we've been and keep checking back for even more great places and family adventures in the Ocean State.
One of my favorite holiday activities when I was a kid was going for an evening ride to look at the Christmas lights - and it remains one of my Christmastime pleasures to this day. If a drive in search of neighborhood lights doesn't fit your schedule this season (or even if it does) you may enjoy an armchair peek at some of the most extravagant holiday light displays around the nation - from New York to Los Angeles (with forays into Boston, Connecticut, and Orange County as well). Read on for some Christmas eye candy, featuring the most over-the-top light displays we know!
Portland, Maine is a city filled with history, outdoor recreation, culture, and truly great food. Pack up the car or take the train and bring the kids along for an engaging, relaxing, and sometimes even awe-inspiring New England family weekend getaway.
To plan a memorable trip, take a look at these 25+ things to do with the kids in Portland, one of my kids' favorite places in New England.
Springfield always surprises me with its rich culture, history and capacity for family fun. It is a city of firsts, and learning about its past may inspire your child to become a pioneer of the future. There is much to do in Greater Springfield, from riding roller coasters to enjoying a peaceful meeting with an alpaca. It’s just the right distance for a short getaway from Boston. Read on for 25 fun family activities to do while you’re there, whether it’s for a day or two, or more.
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