Mommy Poppins Boston and Nantucket Bucket are pleased to offer a series of guest blog posts about things for families to do on Nantucket. Nantucket Bucket is the premier online resource for all things child-friendly on Nantucket - events, activities, camps, classes and more.Happy travels!
When visiting an island with a population that swells from 12,000 to 60,000 in the summer months, one naturally wonders if there are any off-the-beaten-path destinations or activities that can help families escape the crowds and avoid the lines (Note: Juice Bar Ice Cream is ALWAYS worth the line). Well, there are! And below is a list of our 10 favorites. For those looking to check off a few items on their Nantucket Bucket List, check out our previous post.
Peaks Island is located in Casco Bay, three miles from downtown Portland, ME. For such a small place (just 720 acres), the island has quite a story to tell - from its early days as a fishing village, to its era as the “Coney Island of Maine” in the late 19th century, to its time as a WWII outpost, when concrete bunkers and observation posts were set up to help protect Portland in case of German attacks, to its current role as a haven for day trippers and those looking to get away from it all for a week or the entire summer.
For New England families looking for a perfect summertime destination with kids, a 20-minute ferry ride is all that separates them from Peaks Island and the simple pleasures of island life - biking and walking, swimming, kayaking, sailing, beach combing, and even just relaxing.
Read on for our recommendations of the best things to do on Peaks Island.
Taking full advantage of Boston’s location - the Charles River to the west and Boston Harbor to the east - community boating programs provide numerous opportunities for kids and families to learn to sail in Boston. Look a little further to the north and south, and options multiply. From annual memberships to five-day passes to one-day rentals, the following sailing centers offer packages that will fit your budget and schedule. Note that many of the lesson and camp programs fill up fast, so be sure to plan ahead.
Looking for quick relief from summertime heat? Running through fountains and splashing in shallow pools of water are often just the solution for kids in the city. We've rounded up some some of Boston's favorite cooling off spots; most locations are open from the end of June through Labor Day weekend, and all are free. One word of warning - spray pools are not for families looking for a peaceful getaway, as they are frequently very crowded.
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.
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.
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