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5 day trips to New England to take with the family this summer

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Now that Memorial Day weekend has marked the unofficial start of summer, it’s time to get started on all those activities you have planned with the family.

And you don’t have to go far. By the way, there are plenty of fun options for things to do in RI, MA and all over New England.

There’s no need to pack up the family for a week. And you don’t have to hop on a boat, train or plane to get to an exciting destination.

There are tons of fun things to do in your own backyard.

Here are just a few ideas.

Plimoth Patuxet, formerly known as ‘Plimoth Plantation’, features a live replica of the original early 17th century Plymouth Colony settlement founded by the Pilgrims. The living museum presents two cultures: that of the pilgrims and that of the Indians who were already here when they arrived.

At Plimoth Patuxet, live first-person historical interpreters act and dress appropriately to the period and interact with guests.

The Plimoth Patuxet museums also include Nye Barn, which houses historically accurate types of livestock, a craft center, a cinema showing educational videos, a colonial education site, and a visitors center with various exhibits.

A replica of the Mayflower – the ship that carried the Pilgrims overseas to Plymouth – is located in Plymouth Harbor and is also overseen by Plimoth Patuxet. Visitors can board the Mayflower to see what sea travel was like in the 17th century.

The living Plimoth Patuxet Museum is located at 137 Warren Ave. in Plymouth, Massachusetts. while the Mayflower is located in Water St, Plymouth, MA.

If you enjoy visiting historical replicas, other places to consider are Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts (or their counterpart in Rhode Island, the Coggeshall Farm Museum), Strawberry Banke Museum in New Hampshire, and Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut.

Do you remember the jingle? “Come with your family, come with your friends; that’s the Rocky Point tradition, because it’s summer again.”

Although the amusement park is no longer there, the new life at a Rhode Island State Park is worth taking the whole family for a day.

It features nature trails, a ferry pier, an observation tower, hotels, restaurants, the remains of the old rides and games. One of the sights people visit there is the “1964 World’s Fair Arch in Queens, NY” which was moved to the park.

The park is located at 1095 Ives Rd. Warwick, RI. For more information, visit riparks.ri.gov.

For other state park options where you can see a little of what used to be there, consider taking a trip to Quabbin Reservoir or Boston Harbor Islands in Massachusetts or Gillette Castle State Park in Connecticut.

Try to do something adventurous.

Crap Apple, Zoar Outdoors and Berkshire Whitewater all offer whitewater rafting trips in Western Massachusetts along the Deerfield. There are different levels of rafting trips, from beginner to experienced on Class I-Class IV rapids, as well as family trips.

So get ready to get wet and make memories.

Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence features all the types of animals the whole family will want to see, including African elephants, Aldabra tortoises, alpacas, babirusas, bald eagles, barn owls, wallabies, bison, black vultures, Titi monkeys, cheetahs, flamingos and more.

For other animal options, consider heading to the Southwick Zoo in Massachusetts, New England’s largest zoo, or to the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, which was recently named one of the best aquariums in the country.

Check out an Escape Room

Escape games are games that immerse you in another world where you play a character in a questionable situation.

There are many Escape rooms in the region, where people get the chance to work with a group to solve interactive puzzles and test your teamwork and problem-solving skills. Experiences often last about an hour.