With its hard-working, stoic ethos, droll New England sense of humor and unwavering love of its sports teams, Boston is a beloved city with a distinct personality as a historically rich, yet forward-thinking metropolis. Ask anyone what they think of when they imagine Boston and you’ll likely hear variations on the Red Sox, Freedom Trail, the Kennedys, Harvard University, the Red Sox and that unmistakable accent. But there’s oh so much more. This is a city with no shortage of iconic experiences, where you can spend a morning touring the centuries-old USS Constitution, then tuck into a fresh seafood lunch in lively Faneuil Hall. Spend the afternoon at a baseball game at Fenway Park and then enjoy an evening with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, one of America’s “Big Five” orchestras.
It’s easy to add on to a Boston family vacation with ventures into neighboring Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Newport. There are hundreds of miles of coastline in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, home to countless white-sand beaches and photogenic lighthouses. Providence and Newport brim with top-notch museums and gorgeous historic homes. Clam shacks, gentle hikes and historic Revolutionary War sites make for a quintessential New England visit.
A Boston and New England Coast family vacation has something for everyone and is easily accessible. These small states are easy to traverse – Rhode Island alone can be crossed by car in 45 minutes – and every mile reveals another historic site, placid pond, cute-as-a-button country village or dynamic city.