Fantastic Historic New England Towns

You’ll find fun for the whole family at these historic New England towns.

With the warmer weather returning, it’s time to take the family on vacation. Are you looking for an excellent place for kids that will help them learn more about the world around them? Take them to Historic New England! Almost every town is filled with activities that will have kids understanding the history of the United States. Many of them are interactive so that they can be a part of the experience too. Take a visit to these towns and see what fun is in store.

Historic New England For Family-Friendly Visits

Plymouth, MA

The best way to experience Plymouth is at Plimouth Patuxet, a series of museums filled with interactive exhibits. Visitors can talk to pilgrims and Native Americans in a recreation of their villages and learn about what the town was like in the 17th Century. You’ll help farmers with their crops, build a canoe with the staff and watch pottery come to life in the Craft Center. Plimouth Plantation also provides a fantastic, educational way to learn about the historic town. 

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Plimouth Patuxet Interactive Exhibits (Courtesy Plimouth Patuxet Museums)

Montpelier, VT

Montpelier has several activities that teach visitors about local history and fun you can only find in Vermont. The Vermont History Museum hosts exhibits about the town’s local history, ranging from the people that lived there to the wildlife you might find during your trip; if you’re looking for something different to try, learn how to make maple syrup and other parts of Vermont farm life at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks

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Vermont History Museum (Courtesy Ali G.)

Concord, MA

Concord is a town filled with any and every kind of history for people to explore. The Concord Museum is the best place to learn about it since it’s filled with exhibits about the Revolutionary War and other aspects of life there. Visitors can see historical objects such as Paul Revere’s lantern and stone tools from Native Americans. Bookworms will also find something fun in Concord since you can visit the homes of famous writers such as Louisa May Alcott and Henry David Thoreau.

North Conway, NH

North Conway is an excellent spot for kids to learn about nature while also getting the thrill of the railroad. The Conway Scenic Railroad offers tours on old-fashioned trains that take you through the beautiful mountains and rivers of New Hampshire. You can visit a 19th Century train station and find the best way to ride the rails. 

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Train on The Conway Scenic Railroad (©Brian Solomon/Conway Scenic Railroad)

Sturbridge, MA

Sturbridge brings the past to life when you visit Old Sturbridge Village, a living museum that takes you back to the 19th Century. There are multiple exhibits showcasing tools and artwork of the time, but the best part is the interactive exhibits. When you visit, be sure to check out the old-fashioned shops, nature trails and even live animals on the property! 

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Wagon at Old Sturbridge Village (©John Collins Photography/Old Sturbridge Village)

Essex, CT

If you’re looking to take the family on a nautical getaway, visit the Connecticut River Museum. It holds both indoor and outdoor exhibits that teach visitors about how the river helps nature stay healthy and historical events that took place along it. They also offer cruises that will take you along the river, adding new thrills to your experience. 

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Connecticut River Museum (©Ashley Bartek Harris)