Whether you’re a local looking for something to do this summer, or traveling from far away to visit historic New England, your family will not want to miss the following Massachusetts attractions.
Plus, none of these popular Massachusetts attractions have to break the bank, with our money-saving tips below.
Massachusetts Attraction #1: Plimouth Plantation, Plymouth, MA
If a historical education is what your family is after, then Plimouth Plantation is the place to go. This living history museum allows patrons to interact with live actors performing as people from 17th century Massachusetts, not long after the settlement of the pilgrims that arrived on the Mayflower. Your family will have the opportunity to travel through a Wampanoag village and meet real Native People, as well as speak with pilgrims that delve into an education on their way of life.
If you are a local resident, your library may offer free or discounted passes to visit Plimouth Plantation.
Massachusetts Attraction #2: Museum of Science, Boston, MA
This museum not only contains a variety of interactive exhibits that will occupy the attention of children and adults alike, but the Museum of Science in Boston also contains an IMAX theater and Planetarium shows. Throughout the day, your family can enjoy a variety of live presentations alongside both permanent and short-term exhibits. This museum is not simply a field trip destination—but fun for the whole family.
Check your local library to obtain free or discounted admission to the Museum of Science.
Massachusetts Attraction #3: Southwick’s Zoo, Mendon, MA
“Southwick’s Zoo, more than a zoo… it’s an adventure” is the tagline that appears on the Southwick’s sign… and for good reason. Along with over 100 different animal species, this zoo has animal rides, train rides, and even a ski lift tour of the zoo from the sky. One of the biggest of the zoo’s attractions is their Deer Forest, where kids can walk amongst deer and feed them right out of their hands.
Since Southwick’s Zoo is privately owned and receives no outside funding, the price of admission helps fund the maintenance of the zoo. However, you can print a web coupon off of their website.
Massachusetts Attraction #4: Six Flags New England, Agawam, MA
If thrills are what your family is after, then Six Flags New England should be your destination. The amusement park boasts some of the best roller coasters in the country, including Bizarro (voted #2 steel roller coaster) and BATMAN: The Dark Knight. Plus, there are tamer rides and a water park for more reserved members of the family.
Looking to avoid paying the high park entry fees? Dunkin Donuts and AAA typically have discounts off admission.
Massachusetts Attraction #5: Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA
Comparable to Plimouth Plantation, Old Sturbridge Village is a living history museum based on American life in the early 1800s. The rural New England town still maintains 40 of its original buildings, making it as much of a museum as an interactive historical experience. Be sure to take a look at their events calendar, as there are always new ways for children to become more involved.
Passes for Old Sturbridge Village may be obtained from your local library.
If any of these Massachusetts attractions sound like they would make for a fun day for your family, turn your visit into a true vacation by staying at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester. Centrally located between all of these Massachusetts attractions, Beechwood Hotel would love to accommodate you while your family tours the state’s best destinations. New England’s second largest city, Worcester, offers a lot of culture and art for your family to enjoy in the evening to help you unwind after day trips to these popular Massachusetts attractions.
Have you ever visited any of these Massachusetts attractions? What was your experience like? We’d love to hear more about your trips in our comments section below!