New England plays host to some of the most incredible beauty the United States has to offer. It also is a region packed with unlimited opportunities for families to have fun together.
Consider the family-fun options below as a starting point to your next New England family adventure.
Dinosaur State Park (Connecticut)
Dinosaur State Park transforms every guest into a dinosaur expert and hunter. As one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America, Dinosaur State Park treats visitors to a prehistoric world and an incredible collection of 200 million year-old Jurassic fossil tracks.
In addition to the extensive Exhibit Center, the Dinosaur Park also features 2 miles of nature trails and the Dinosaur State Park Arboretum, which recreates the foliage world present during the Age of Dinosaurs. In addition to the katsuras, magnolias and ginkgoes, guests can marvel at more than 250 cultivars and species of conifers.
Mystic Aquarium (Connecticut)
The Mystic Aquarium is a water wonderland filled with incredible creatures like sharks, harbor seals, sea lions, stingrays, jellies and more. The Mystic Aquarium is home to thousands of brightly colored fish, more than 35 resident African penguins and 30 different species of frogs, as well as one inspiring green sea turtle named Charlotte. The aquarium’s Ray Touch Pool offers a chance for an up-close and personal experience with mellow sea creatures.
If that wasn’t enough, the Mystic Aquarium also features the leading outdoor beluga whale exhibit in America. Guests will be mesmerized as they view the magnificent beluga whales through 20-foot-long underwater windows.
Funtown Splashtown U.S.A. (Maine)
Funtown Splashtown U.S.A. offers families a thrilling combination of amusement park rides and games in Funtown Ride Park and water park adventure in Splashtown Water Park.
Excalibur, Maine’s only wooden roller coaster, will delight guests. Thunder Falls, New England’s tallest and longest log flume, will thrill guests with adventurous spirits. Dragon’s Descent, a 220-foot-tall drop tower, offers quite a jaw-dropping experience.
Splashtown Water Park features incredible slides such as Amphitrite’s Challenge, the Corkscrew, Liquid Lightning, Mammoth, Poseidon’s Plunge, Triton’s Twist and the Tornado. Families can enjoy water play at the Pirates Paradise AquaPlay, Family Fun Lagoon or in a classic swimming pool.
Biomes Marine Biology Center (Rhode Island)
As New England’s only private marine education facility, the Biomes Marine Biology Center is also the “most hands-on aquarium in the region.” The Biomes Marine Biology Center is home to more than 120 species of area marine life, and it was the first to present a shark-petting tank in New England. Guests will be surprised by one of its more distinct galleries, the fiddler crab colony.
The Biomes Marine Biology Center also offers family and in-school programs, plus it hosts birthday parties, pre-school classes and Scout programs.
Jay Peak Pump House Indoor Waterpark (Vermont)
The Jay Peak Pump House Indoor Waterpark is more than just an indoor waterpark—albeit an incredible year-round indoor waterpark. It is a four-season resort that showcases an ice arena, a world-class golf course and unparalleled opportunities for snowboarding and skiing.
The waterpark features thrilling rides and slides such as the Double Barrel Flowrider and La Chute. The Big River will keep guests guessing with rapids around several turns, and the younger guests can get their feet wet in the Mill Pond Kids Play Area. For some much-needed relaxation, guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor hot tubs, and for a break from the water, the whole gang can enjoy game time in the Elevation 1851 Family Arcade.
New England offers a diverse and breathtaking landscape, and with so much family fun to be had, New England is the perfect place to make memories your family will remember always.
This article is presented by Colonial Honda of Dartmouth in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.