We went to Water Country for opening weekend of the park's 30th anniversary year and had a blast. Water Country is reminiscent of one of our other favorite theme parks, Story Land. However, instead of having to make the trek to Mount Washington Valley, we made a quick jaunt 35 miles north of Boston to Portsmouth, a small city on the lovely New Hampshire seacoast. Hello, perfect daycation! Keep reading to find out what we liked most about Water Country and some tips for making the most of your visit.
We've rounded up some of our favorite theme parks for kids in the area, all less than a two-hour drive from downtown Boston. You may even want to make your theme park visit a daycation or a weekend getaway.
Before you hop in the car, make sure to check the parks' official websites to confirm hours - they change by season and also may vary due to weather. And check for prices, too. Many offer online-only ticket specials that you can take advantage of from home. Also, if you plan to visit a particular park more than once, consider buying season passes as that may be more economical.
Even if your kids haven’t seen Night at the Museum or read The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the appeal of staying overnight in a museum or a zoo seems to be universal. For a night your child will be talking about for a long time, read on: I’ve found 8 really cool sleepovers at favorite destinations within an hour’s drive from Boston. Start planning your family or group slumber party with knights in shining armor, among science exhibits, with nocturnal animals, on a battleship, in a baseball stadium, or adjacent to a water park.
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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