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I'm currently compiling a 'Day Trip List' and notebook for this coming summer.  I often find myself last minute trying to find a fun activity to do with my family on the perfect Saturday - I often get comments from my husband and kids, "So, what are we going to do today?"  Yikes, my mind goes blank and I get frustrated, because I know we have so much fun stuff to do right around us but just don't have the ideas at my fingertips. 

This summer will be different.  I already have 10 things listed, just like I would have on a family vacation...I decided to have the list of places to visit with addresses, maps already printed out and websites associated with it so we can just GO.  The kids and my husband can then pick from the treasure trove of ideas because I've already done my homework! :)

On top of our list:  America's Stonehedge, Eric Carle Museum and Gallery, Freedom Trail, Swan Boats, Kayaking around Thatchers Island and Shelling on Islands off Portland, Maine.   (all of these places are less than 2 hours from our house!) 

Thank you all for you wonderful comments on this post! Now that April Vacation is around the corner, my list is coming out again!
Barbara T.
Babs928-These are all wonderful ideas!! I am also inspired! Thank you all for the tips, the planning out ahead of time is exactly what I need!! Wow!! Won't my grandkids be surprised!! The parents will be too!! YEAH!!!
I'm a list maker and a planner. And when my kids were toddlers, I had the same problem. I started a spreadsheet list with all the local places, going as far as an hour and a half away. My list now includes: NE Aquarium, Boston Science Museum; Ecotarium (Worcester); local festivals at Mt Wachusett, Southwicks Zoo, Roger Williams Park & Zoo (Providence); Davis Farmland; our own Public library; apple orchards; Hebert Candy Mansion; Chuck E Cheese (for a quick game fix on a rainy day). Also, Bowling (candlepin in Northboro, Leominster & Natick); Mystic Aquarium & Old Mystick Village shops & duck feeding; Green Hill Park in Worcester (picnic, farm animals, playground); Kimballs (Westford, MA) has great ice cream, farm animals, country store & mini-golf, bumper boats and more.
Nicole S.
Here is a relaxing thought, if you have a state park near you, some have beaches, or walking trails, I believe that you can buy a summer pass to the parks, for $30-$40. We are looking into it for this year for biking and walking. Walden Pond in Lexington is my favorite. It has history, a beach, a walking trail and then you can adventure into the town of Lexington itself. Have a good day! Nicole
What a great idea! You have inspired me!!
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