5 Boston Area Day Trips, Canobie Lake Park And Others

Boston From Above
Boston From Above

There are great desitinations for day travel from Boston

Boston and the New England area often get a bad rap because of the harsh winters and inconsistent weather. However, anyone who has been to Boston in the summer knows that there is plenty to do inside the city. There are also numerous, family fun activities that can be enjoyed in under a day around the entire area. Whether you travel east, west, north or south New England fun is happening all summer long!

Go on a Whale Watch!

Yankee Fleet Corp.

Gloucester, MA. (37 miles north of Boston)


Families can spend the day in the historic fishing port of Gloucester with the Yankee Fleet.  Groups can either go deep sea fishing or whale watching-or both!  Fishing trips start early in the morning with the first boat leaving the dock at 8 a.m.  A half day fishing trip will get you back into dock early enough to go out on an afternoon whale watch with time in between for lunch! 

As a native of Gloucester, I have been on numerous whale watches and nothing takes your breath away like a 45 foot whale breeching in the ocean nearby.  I was also able to go on a deep sea fishing trip with my son on Father's Day of last year.  We caught haddock, and ate it that night.  It’s a day I will never forget.

Whale watch tickets start at $45 for adults, $29 for children 4-16 and children under 3 go FREE!  Call the toll free number or book online!

Canobie Lake Park Salem, NH. (33 miles north of Boston) 603-893-3506

Canobie Lake Park is an amusement park that sits on a beautiful, picturesque lake.  The park features over 50 rides, including roller coasters, a log flume, a hand-painted antique carousel, a steam train and a beautiful cable car ride that travels the length of the park. 

Parking is on site and there are food vendors, restrooms, and eating areas at the park.  Parking is free and patrons under 48" are admitted for $22 while taller folk are charged $32.

My younger brother and I looked forward to our yearly trek to Canobie Lake Park, usually brought there by our father.  My dad died in 2003 and these kinds of memories are nice to have.  I can still remember my brother crying at some of the larger rides!

Salem Witch Museum Salem, MA. (10 miles from Boston) 978-744-1692

The Salem Witch Museum brings you back to Salem, 1692. Visitors are given a dramatic history lesson using stage sets with life-size figures, lighting and a narration - an overview of the Witch Trials of 1692.

For the amount of history you will learn the price is a bargain at $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for children.  The museum is across from the famous Salem Common and regular metered parking rates apply at numerous public lot rates starting at 25 cents for 45 minutes.

When done with your tour of the Museum head over to the House of Seven Gables made famous by the Nathaniel Hawthorne story about old Salem.  Tours are $12.50 for adults and $7.50 for children and offered from 10 a.m to 7 p.m.

Old Orchard Beach Maine (96 miles from Boston) Chamber of Commerce: 207-934-2500

A person will find it hard NOT to find fun at Old Orchard Beach.  The beautiful beaches make it a spot favored for sun-tanning, swimming and relaxing with friends.  Food for the kids is not too far away and they can explore the many different vendors along the boardwalk for fries, burgers and hot dogs.  There are also many family restaurants to choose from if you feel like doing that instead.  Arcades, amusement park style rides and ice cream top the experience off!

I went to the "OOC" with my wife and a group of friends in 1995.  After spending the day on the beach the night life took me by surprise.  Ocean front pubs and bars dot the entire expanse and it is hard not to find live music and a fun crowd!

Plimouth Plantation Plymouth, MA. (40 miles from Boston) 508-746-1622

Plimouth Plantation is a not-for-profit organization that brings visitors back to pre-colonial New England and the days of the first settlers.  Visitors can see a replica of the original ship on the Mayflower II and visit and take pictures of Plymouth Rock.

Day tickets prices are $29 for adults and $19 for children.  The plantation has a main lot, overflow lot and a bus parking area that provides plenty of free parking.  Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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beth Gibbs 5 years ago

Check out the Adventures of Scuba Jack. Awesome fun for Preschool age Children!

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