Looking for a great day trip this summer?
Here is a list of 10 fun places to visit throughout Massachusetts!
1.Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort located in Hancock, Ma. Jiminy Peak is the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England, summer home to the Mountain Adventure Park and the only mountain resort in North America to generate its own energy using alternative wind power. Jiminy Peak’s Mountain Adventure Park has something for everyone. Jiminy’s Mountain Coaster was the first of it’s kind on the East Coast. The coaster is thousands of feet of twisting turning fun through the woods with speeds of up to 23 mph. But don’t worry you control your speed. You can also try the Alpine Slide, Soaring Eagle, Giant Swing, take a Scenic Chairlift Ride, reach new heights on the Rock Climbing Wall, bounce on the Euro Bungy Trampoline, jump in the bounce houses, take a climb through the Kid Climb ropes course, or go for a hike.
The Aerial Adventure Park is an aerial forest ropes course consisting of 6 individual, elevated courses for different ability levels consisting of over 70 elements that will challenge you to new heights! Each course varies in terms of elevation and the strenuousness of the challenges. Elements include rope bridges, ladders, cargo nets, zip lines and more. All courses are self guided and every person is snapped into a guide line.
2. Look Memorial Park located in Florence, Ma. Open Saturdays and Sundays starting in April and 7 Days per week Memorial Day – Labor Day, Look Memorial Park if full of family fun! Ride the Steamer Train, Bumper Boats or Pedal Boats. Play a round on our 18-hole Mini-Golf course. Grab a terrific hamburger or hot dog at the Park Grill & Sweet Store, or pack a picnic lunch and just spend the day in a great family environment. Take a stroll though the 1.2 mile Walking Path, visit the animals at the Christenson Zoo, or splash in the 5,000 sq. foot Spray Park. Look Park also offers unlimited ride packages that allow access to all of their wonderful attractions all day long for one low fee! Remember, not only are you enjoying affordable family fun, you are also supporting a local non-profit organization. Be sure to check out their Special Events page for upcoming events and performances.
3. Edaville USA located in Carver, Ma. Have a train lover in your family? Edaville USA was founded over 65 years ago on a 1,800 acre cranberry farm. With lots of exciting events throughout the year such as Day out with Thomas, Red, White and Blue Days, Dinoland, Pumpkins Aglow, The Polar Express and much more; Edaville is the perfect place to day trip to anytime of the year. You can purchases season passes and tickets one the Special Events page.
4. Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum located in Boston, MA. The Boston Tea Party Museum is a new kind of museum experience where you’ll not only view artifacts of historical importance, you’ll also have a all-encompassing, multi-sensory experience. You will be transported back in time and take part in an event that forever changed the course of American history. Live actors, high-tech interactive exhibits and authentically restored tea ships are just a taste of your experience! Your tour will last approximately 1 hour as you visit a variety of exhibits. Click here for special offers and discounts!
5. Old Sturbridge Village located in Sturbridge, Ma. Old Sturbridge Village is a living, breathing, vibrant village depicting life in New England from 1790-1840. Visitors can meet historians in costume and tour 40 antique buildings, including a country store, school, and water-powered mills. Spend the day viewing the collection of more than 50,000 artifacts made or used in early New England includes quilts, clocks, pottery, and fine furniture. Also learn where food comes from at Freeman Farm, the importance of the harvest was to early New England farmers – and how much work was involved in preserving food to last through the winter. Visitors can meet heritage breed cattle, oxen, sheep, chickens, and pigs, and see the seasonal rhythms of work on a 19th-century farm! Visit the special event page here.
6. The Springfield Museums located in Springfield, Ma. The Springfield Museums, located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, is comprised of five world-class museums; the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts., the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum and the Museum of Springfield History. The Museums Association is proud to be home to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, a series of full–scale bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss’s whimsical creations, honoring the birthplace of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. Each Museum is different and there is plenty to see, experience, and appreciate all in one day! Along with our permanent collections and galleries, we host major traveling art, history and science exhibitions. You’ll always find something new! Five museums. One admission price. Endless fun! Visit the calendar of events here.
7. Purgatory Chasm State Reservation located in Sutton, Ma. A unique natural landmark, Purgatory Chasm runs for a quarter of a mile between granite walls rising as high as 70 feet. Popular with picnickers and rock-climbers alike, the Chasm is believed to have its origin in the sudden release of dammed-up glacial meltwater near the end of the last Ice Age, approximately 14,000 years ago. Trails lead to a wide variety of rock formations, with such romantic names as The Corn Crib, The Coffin, The Pulpit, Lovers’ Leap and Fat Man’s Misery. An adventurous playground, equipped with a play structure, swings and a merry-go-round, is now located near the visitor center. Please be aware chasm rocks and slopes are slippery and deceiving. Wear rubber soled shoes or hiking boots. Please stay away from the edges of the chasm. It is not recommended to hike the chasm after or during inclement weather due to extremely slippery rocks. Well behaved dogs are welcome, but must be leashed at all times. Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch! Purgatory Chasm is located at 198 Purgatory Rd., Sutton, Ma 01590. Daily Parking Fee: $5 MA Vehicle, $6 non-MA Vehicle.
8. Heritage Museum and Gardens located in Sandwich, Ma. Heritage Museums & Gardens is comprised of three galleries and expansive gardens located in historic Sandwich, Massachusetts. It includes galleries for American Folk Art, a vintage carousel, automobiles and traveling exhibitions. The gardens feature a collection of thousands of rhododendrons, including a collection of the world-renowned Dexter variety. Their typical bloom time is from Memorial Day Weekend to mid-June. Other horticultural areas of interest include: holly, daylily, herb, hosta, and heather gardens, as well as more than a thousand varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers. The grounds also include the Old East Mill, a windmill built in Orleans, Massachusetts in 1800, and extensively restored in 1999-2000. In 2002, a labyrinth was also added to the grounds, designed by Marty Cain, one of the best-known labyrinth designers in North America. Also located on the grounds is the Hart Family Maze Garden and the Cape Cod Hydrangea Garden.
9. Yankee Candle Village located in South Deerfield, Ma. One of New England’s most popular destinations! Yankee Candle Village offers a unique shopping, entertainment and dining experience. Stroll through the Bavarian Christmas Village, the Nutcracker Castle, and our home store. Enjoy fabulous candles, home decor and holiday shopping. Savor freshly-made fudge and other sweet treats in our fudge shop. Dip your own candles and watch history brought to life in our candlemaking museum. Visit the calendar of events here.
10. Breezy Picnic Grounds & Waterslides in Douglas, Ma. A family-owned recreational facility nestled in the heart of the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor in south central Massachusetts. Breezy has been catering to families from Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts since 1953.
Children, as well as their parents and grandparents, can have a full day of family fun at Breezy. Just pack a lunch for a picnic … or visit our snack bar. Everyone will enjoy swimming in crystal-clear Whitins Reservoir, riding our waterslides (with unlimited rides!), and relaxing in our clean, well-groomed grounds. With three 300′ waterslides with unlimited rides, spacious immaculately maintained picnic grounds, large tables by the water and throughout the grounds, lake swimming with sandy areas for the kids, a snack bar, game room, certified lifeguards at the beach and slides, clean restrooms and changing facilities, and ample free parking, you will be sure to have a great day at Breezy Picnic Grounds & Waterslides.
What’s on your summer bucket list?