101 Things to Do In New England This Summer

Looking for something fun to do with kids this summer? New England is perfect for outdoor summer adventures. Plan a day trip, or week long trip and visit multiple family attractions throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

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To help you start planning your summer vacation, here are 101 things you can put on your Summer Bucket List.

101 Things to Do In New England This Summer With Kids:

Pack a lunch and spend the day at a Splash Park

Have a water balloon fight.

Create an obstacle course in the backyard

Eat ice cream from an ice cream truck.

Camp in the backyard and make S’mores.

Make a homemade slip n slide.

Collect sea shells on the beach.

Parents vs. Kids game of Mini-golf

Go on a bug hunt

Make a fort with blankets

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Get ice cream for dinner at Kimballs Farm in Westford.

Take the family into the wild to see the big cats, rhinos, and zebras at Southwick Zoo.

Walk the Freedom Trail.

Test your agility and balance at Beanstalk Adventure Ropes Course, a one-of-a-kind indoor ropes course.

Go to a Red Sox game.

Book a staycation at Great Wolf Lodge. Fitchburg

Take a step back into history at Plimoth Plantation.

Suit up for an state of the art game of Laser Tag at Xtreme Craze.

Go on an exploration at Purgatory Chasm, and end it with an afternoon picnic lunch.

Go to The Butterfly Place.

Go out on a Whale Watch.

Explore Thomas Land & take a ride on Thomas the Train at Edaville Family Theme Park.

Visit the Civil War sites in Lexington and Concord.

Go on a Cape Cod lighthouse tour.

Pack a lunch and the bathing suits and spend the day at Walden Pond

Take a ride in the Swan Boats in Boston Public Gardens.

Go on the Boston Duck Tour

Visit the sea life at the New England Aquarium.

Hike up Mt. Monadnock

Explore Fall River’s Battleship Cove.

Visit the Eric Carle Museum.

Take a step back in time and explore life in the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village

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New Hampshire:

Take the half-mile trail to visit America’s Stonehenge in Salem.

Feed the reindeer and play the Elfabet game at Santa’s Village

Take a trip to the summit on the Mt. Washington Auto Road

Take a 3 hour round-trip ride on the Cog Railway to the highest mountain peak in the Northeast

Be amazed by the bear show & Chinese Acrobats at Clark’s Trading Post.

Explore the rugged caves and spectacular waterfalls at the Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves.

Watch your favorite fairy tales come to life at Story Land.

Hike, run, or bike along the scenic trails at Great Glen Trails.

Unleash your inner Tarzan at Alpine Adventures, an aerial forest ropes course.

Visit Cramnore Moutnain Adventure Park.

Take a train ride in Conway

Take a nature walk and see the beautiful waterfalls at The Flume Gorge.

Challenge yourself as you act like a monkey in the trees at Monkey Trunks.

Rent an ATV and “Ride the Wilds” Trail System

Go on a Moose Tour

Take a family photo at Cathedral Ledge – Conway, NH

Discover outdoor fun, bike riding, and navigate the LogJam Maze at Loon Mountain Resort.

Take a trip to Water Country, New England’s largest waterpark.

Fun World, where even parents can unleash their inner kid as they play video games.

Grab a signature stuffed lobster roll and ice cream at The Beach Plum.

See the Fireworks at Hampton Beach.

Take a swim at one of New Hampshire’s swimming holes.

Go for a cruise on the M/S Mount Washington on Lake Winnipesaukee


Climb the obstacle-filled tower  and explore the T. Rex Tower Playscape at The Dinosaur Place.

Touch a shark at the Mystic Aquarium.

Indoor and outdoor activities at the Mystic Seaport Museum

Soar though the air on the Foxwoods HighFlyer Zipline

See history come to life at the Pequot Museum

Visit the US Navy’s Submarine Museum in Groton

Go to Lake Compounce, the Oldest Amusement Park in the USA

Spend the night in a Tipi at Bear Creek

Walk over 80 acres of nature trails at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

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Take the Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour.

Book an overnight trip to Jay Peak, kids will love the indoor water park.

Go on a Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Tour

Take a bike ride around Lake Champlain

Rent paddleboards or take a lesson at Paddlesurf Champlain

Take a Hot Air Balloon ride

Attend the Champlain Valley Fair

Explore the exhibits at ECHO

Warrior course, inflatable pirate ship, arts & crafts station at Smuggler’s Notch FunZone 2.0 Family Fun Complex

Rock climbing for all ages at MetroRock

Attend a Lake Monsters Baseball Game

Go horseback riding at ​Lajoie Stables

Camp at Quechee Gorge


Visit Old Orchard Beach.

Spend the afternoon at York’s Wild Kingdom.

Kayak the Kennebunk River.

Visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Enjoy a movie under the stars at Saco Drive-In Theater

Go on a whale watch.

Hike and camp for the weekend at Acadia National Park

Attend a L.L. Bean Summer in The Park concert

Head to the Lobster Festival.

Kayak to Fort Gorges

Go ice skating.

Eat a Lobster Roll at The Clam Shack.

Tour Battery Steele on Peaks Island

Travel back in time to vintage Vacationland in a recreated village at Boothbay Railway Village.

Learn about the Maine State Government at the Maine State House.

Go to a Portland Seadogs game

Rhode Island:

Visit the Roger Williams Park.

Go to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame

Visit Adventureland for mini-golf, bumper boats, batting cages, go-karts, and more.

Lace’n up the roller blades for skating at United Skates of America

Stroll the Cliff Walk in Newport

See a show at the Providence Performing Arts Center

Visit the beachfront Exploration Center & Aquarium

Attend WaterFire

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  1. Elena says:

    Looks like a fun place to visit