Family-Friendly Travel In Massachusetts
With endless family memories to be made, explore all Massachusetts has to offer for travelers of all ages. The Bay State welcomes visitors with all interests to experience our museums, nature exhibits, and interactive activities. For families looking for an activity for a rainy day or to continue their learning over school breaks, each region has something special to offer. For those who want to travel as a family, here’s where to learn about family-friendly attractions, activities, dining, and lodging in Massachusetts. Plan the ultimate family road trip in Massachusetts, any time of the year.
- Western Massachusetts
Explore the outdoors, museums, and historic destinations with the whole family.
- Central Massachusetts
Explore historic villages, quaint towns, and nature escapes.
- North of Boston
Explore family-friendly beaches, historic landmarks, and seafaring activities.
- South of Boston
Explore historic activities, thrilling adventures, and ocean escapades.
- Cape Cod & The Islands
Explore beaches, marine life, and charming seaside towns.
- Greater Boston
Explore the history, food, and culture of this world-class region.
Cape Cod & The Islands
There’s more to the Cape and Islands than endless beaches and delicious seafood! Explore history and art museums, learn about regional marine life and pirates, test your skills at local mini-golf and activity parks, and don’t forget to try local taffy and fudge!
Cape Codder Resort and Spa
1225 IYANNOUGH RD, HYANNIS, MA 02601
This family-friendly resort offers a fantastic experience for kids where they can splash and play in the indoor and outdoor pools or enjoy the excitement of the waterpark. If parents are looking for some vacation relaxation, the spa is the perfect place to unwind. With a lively restaurant, an arcade for endless entertainment, and even movie options, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
Red Jacket Resorts
1 S SHORE DR, SOUTH YARMOUTH, MA 02664
Located on the Yarmouth shores of Cape Cod, Red Jacket Resort collection offers five spectacular resorts that are perfect for families. The collection consists of four properties with private beaches, and one overlooking a championship par 3 golf course. Guests are invited to step outside and discover the boutique shops, walking and biking trails, boating excursions, and more.
White Elephant Nantucket
50 EASTON ST, NANTUCKET, MA 02554
Sitting serenely on the Nantucket Island waterfront, White Elephant Nantucket offers a plethora of world-class services and amenities, from pre-arrival concierge services to complimentary Priority Bicycle beach cruisers to courtesy cars for rides into town. Go for a dip in the pool, reserve a cabana for a full day of relaxation, enjoy poolside treats, and reserve boogie boards and beach toys. Plus, the hotel offers accessories for families, including pack n' plays, diapers, and strollers.
Winnetu Oceanside Resort
31 DUNES RD, EDGARTOWN, MA 02539
With morning and evening programs for children, parents can take some much needed time to themselves while their kids get to explore to beach, play games, and visit nearby farms. The property comes with outdoor swimming pools, ping pong, foosball, and complimentary s'mores.
Hearth N’ Kettle
1225 IYANNOUGH RD #3, HYANNIS, MA 02601
Serving hearty, wholesome, great tasting meals at reasonable prices, Hearth N' Kettle has entrees by land and sea, plus a dedicated kids menu with family favorites. The family restaurant is open all day so it is the ideal spot for fluffy pancakes or delicious pastas.
The Wharf Restaurant and Pub
3 MAIN ST, EDGARTOWN, MA 02539
Owned and operated by the Coogan family since 2004, The Wharf Restaurant and Pub is located at the bottom of Main Street in downtown Edgartown. They enjoy the tradition of connecting locals and tourists with televised sporting events, local seafood, and live music. Open seven days a week, year-round, The Wharf serves up lobster rolls, chicken wings, salads, and a dedicated kids menu.
Atlantic White Shark Conservancy
235 ORLEANS RD, CHATHAM, MA 02650
Great White Sharks are perhaps the Cape’s most famous visitors and also the most misunderstood. The Chatham Shark Center offers interactive exhibits, videos, displays, and virtual-reality experiences to teach visitors more about these captivating creatures. There are two locations on Cape Cod, both in Provincetown and Chatham.
Cape Cod Children’s Museum
577 GREAT NECK RD S, MASHPEE, MA 02649
This museum is fully dedicated to the children's experience and consistently offers new and exciting exhibits to keep families entertained. The museum even offers specialty events with fan-favorite "Night at the Museum" where families can stay late, enjoy arts and crafts, and play games.
Discovery Playground at Nantucket’s Maria Mitchell Museum
54 OLD SOUTH RD, NANTUCKET, MA 02554
The Discovery Playground is an inclusive, STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics), outdoor play, fitness, and gathering space for all ages. The playground is located at the Maria Mitchell Association which offers many exciting activities for the whole family.
Woods Hole Science Aquarium
166 WATER STREET, WOODS HOLE, MA 02543
The Woods Hole Science Aquarium displays approximately 80 species of marine animals found in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S. waters. The aquarium is designed for self-guided tours of the main exhibits and a behind-the-scenes look at aquarium operations.
Whydah Pirate Museum
674 MA-28, WEST YARMOUTH, MA 02673
Cape Cod’s newest interactive science museum featuring real pirates and real treasures. The Whydah Pirate Museum combines artifacts of the slave trade and the pirate’s life, early maps of the Atlantic and the Caribbean, and imagery of the 18th-century world.
250 CORPORATION RD, DENNIS, MA 02638
The curve of this beach creates a tidal pool that is perfect for children who want to explore the ocean in shallow water. The receding tide leaves large flats to explore in its wake, including sea life such as snails and crabs.
Island Alpaca Company
1 HEAD OF THE POND RD, VINEYARD HAVEN, MA 02568
Island Alpaca Company of Martha's Vineyard began in 2004 with the purchase of 19 acres of land and an antique post-and-beam barn and today has a select herd of over 50 colorful Huacaya alpaca. The goal of the breeding program is to produce alpaca with the highest quality fleece, diverse in color, and with excellent conformation, while still providing an excellent quality of life for the animals and for visitors to pet and enjoy.