Family Holiday Fly Drive Southern New England
New England is family-friendly in the best possible way, from outdoor adventure to lively hands-on museums, accommodating hotels and affordable restaurants. This family-friendly holiday explores the southern part of the area, if you would rather visit the mountains and Maine, please look at the North New England holiday.Print this itinerary
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Fly into Boston for a three night stay
Boston is a splendid city for adults and children alike. Not only are there the museums such as Children’s Museum, the Science Museum, the Boston Aquarium and the Franklin Park Zoo — all of which are wonderful but there are carousels, the famed Swans to ride on Boston Common and Castle Island to explore as well.
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Boston to Mystic
Collect your car and head out of town towards Mystic in Connecticut for 3 nights. This two hour drive cold be split in Providence, the capital of Rhode Island. In Mystic, there is lots to see and do. Mystic Seaport is a living history recreation of a 19th-century whaling port and home to the Charles W Morgan, the last wooden whaleship in the world. Watch as sails are rigged on tall ships and newspapers are printed; help make a rope or dip candles. Nearby are Mystic Aquarium and the deep-sea Institute for Exploration.
TIP - Buy a Mystic Pass Card to save time and money. In nearby Groton, go aboard USS Nautilus at the Submarine Force Museum on the Thames River: the world’s first nuclear powered vessel, the first ship to go to the North Pole, the first submarine to journey ‘20,000 Leagues under the sea’ and in Ledyard, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum is the USA's largest Native American museum, with interactive exhibits that bring the tribe's heritage and culture to life.
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Mystic to Newport
Take the curvy south coast road along South County to Newport RI to spend another 3 nights. Take the high-speed ferry across to Block Island, explore Fort Adams, designed by Simon Bernard who had worked for Napoleon Bonaparte, sail around the harbour on an America’s cup schooner and for the tennis mad children (or parents) the International tennis Hall of Fame where you can actually play on the hallowed grass courts.
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Exploring the coast of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket.
Five days will never be enough to explore all that Cape Cod and the Islands have to offer but will be enough to whet the appetite and to relax before having to return home.
There are lots of accommodation options on the Cape many of which have wonderful family facilities.
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