Whether you want to hit the beach or you’re looking for an action-packed city to explore, you’ll find the perfect place to plan your next getaway on the East Coast. Check out the five best spots for a family vacation in the Northeast United States.
If you’re raising a family of history buffs, there’s no better place to experience American history than Boston. Walk the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile path that winds through downtown Boston and stops at some of the city’s most important sites, such as the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, and many more. Keep the theme going by grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many stands in historic Faneuil Hall and grab dessert at one of the many old-fashioned shops in the charming North End.
A few hours south of Boston, Mystic has long been an important seaport. Today, the whole family will love learning about the area’s past and discovering its contributions to maritime science. You’ll want to spend at least a half day at the Mystic Seaport, a massive living history museum where the kids can see huge ships up close and wander through a 19th-century village. Don’t miss the impressive Mystic Aquarium or its adorable beluga whale residents, either.
Ocean City, New Jersey
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When you just want to relax on the beach, make a beeline for Ocean City. Though it’s only a short drive south of nightlife-heavy Atlantic City, Ocean City is the ultimate family-friendly destination on the Jersey Shore. Not only is Ocean City a dry town that forbids drinking alcohol in public, but it’s also home to beautiful stretches of sand, a buzzing boardwalk, and a classic amusement park that’s perfect for kids. Check out family-friendly hotels in Ocean City and find the perfect place for your crew to stay after a fun day on the boardwalk.
Acadia National Park, Maine
If your family can’t wait to get out and explore the great outdoors, head north to Acadia National Park. With over 100 miles of hiking trails, nearly 50 miles of roads designed for carriages, and views of both the mountains and the sea, this national park has a little of everything. Choose challenging or easy trails, or bike along the historic carriage roads as you soak in the natural beauty. Pets are welcome here, so bring your furry friend along.
New York, New York
From Manhattan to Staten Island, New York is home to an endless list of kid-friendly activities and attractions. Take the kids to the Central Park Zoo, spend the afternoon at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and fuel up at The Pennsy NYC or another of New York’s many vibrant food halls. Explore further with an epic walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or hop on the Staten Island Ferry to get a great view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island without having to brave the crowds.
Whether your family loves the great outdoors or prefers the city, one of these destinations is sure to fit the bill. Start packing your bags and plan the ideal family getaway on the East Coast.