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I am planning a trip this summer with a friend and her 2 children along with myself and my 2 children. Children's ages are a girl (8) and boy (6) another boy (4) and another girl (3).<br><br>
We are wanting to travel up the east coast, starting around Charleston, SC and ending in Boston, MA We both want this to be a fun, educating, but mostly an experience our kids (the older ones anyways) will never forget.<br><br>
I guess I am looking for suggestions on how to do this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I am looking for advice on places to visit, what sites to see and what NOT to miss. Also, if there are things that aren't maybe worth the money.<br><br>
Thanks in advance!!<br><br>
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In Boston I would check into:<br><br>
museum of science <a href="http://www.mos.org/" target="_blank">http://www.mos.org/</a><br>
New england Aquarium <a href="http://www.neaq.org/" target="_blank">http://www.neaq.org/</a><br>
Duck Tours <a href="http://www.bostonducktours.com/" target="_blank">http://www.bostonducktours.com/</a><br>
Walking tours <a href="http://www.bostonbyfoot.org" target="_blank">http://www.bostonbyfoot.org</a><br><br>
My kids have done all these except the walking tour and that's on the list for next time.<br><br>
I would also consider going just a wee bit furthur north and visiting historic Plymouth. There I would consider:<br><br>
Plimoth Plantation and Mayflower II <a href="http://www.plimoth.org/" target="_blank">http://www.plimoth.org/</a><br>
Pilgrim Hall Museum <a href="http://www.pilgrimhall.org" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF;">www.pilgrimhall.org</span></a><br>
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subbing -- we hope to travel in the same area soon & are looking for ideas.
 

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ditto the above.<br><br>
In CT:<br>
*Mystic Aquarium. Lordy dont miss this! Too much fun.<br><br>
In RI:<br>
*Roger Williams Park Zoo<br>
*Providence Children's Museum<br>
*Newport (boating city, lots to see and do).<br><br>
In MA: (I'm from Boston!)<br>
see above post...excellent suggestions.<br>
*Boston Children's Museum (if you do nothing else in MA, I really really suggest this!!)<br>
*Prudential Center (a biiiiig skyscraper where you can have a meal, shop and look at the city from the Observatory)<br>
*The Walking Tour/Freedom Trail is awesome but it's hard on little kids. Just an FYI.<br><br>
See if you can get the following book from your library (or even buy it)...it's full of great stuff plus discounts and coupons!<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FFamilyFun-Vacation-Guide-New-England%2Fdp%2F0786853042%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1205114199%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/FamilyFun-Vaca...5114199&sr=8-1</a>
 

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ditto the above.<br><br>
In CT:<br>
*Mystic Aquarium. Lordy dont miss this! Too much fun.<br><br>
In RI:<br>
*Roger Williams Park Zoo<br>
*Providence Children's Museum<br>
*Newport (boating city, lots to see and do).<br><br>
In MA: (I'm from Boston!)<br>
see above post...excellent suggestions.<br>
*Boston Children's Museum (if you do nothing else in MA, I really really suggest this!!)<br>
*Prudential Center (a biiiiig skyscraper where you can have a meal, shop and look at the city from the Observatory)<br>
*The Walking Tour/Freedom Trail is awesome but it's hard on little kids. Just an FYI.<br><br>
See if you can get the following book from your library (or even buy it)...it's full of great stuff plus discounts and coupons!<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FFamilyFun-Vacation-Guide-New-England%2Fdp%2F0786853042%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1205114199%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/FamilyFun-Vaca...5114199&sr=8-1</a><br><br>
I live in the area so if you need hotel recommendations or whatever, let me know!<br>
Heather
 

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What a huge opportunity! I have lived my whole life in states between NH & NC, and vacationed at so many places as a kid, and as an adult with kids and can think of so many things you could do.<br><br>
This isn't exactly educational, but it's the most fun place on the east coast to take kids IMO, and the place I'd most like to stop if I were doing an east coast drive ... <a href="http://www.dutchwonderland.com/index.asp" target="_blank">http://www.dutchwonderland.com/index.asp</a>.
 

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this is a favorite site of ours for info: <a href="http://www.fieldtrip.com/" target="_blank">http://www.fieldtrip.com/</a><br><br>
Is there anything in particular that you're interested in? There's so much to choose from, it's hard to narrow it down.<br><br>
We love Old Sturbridge Village in MASS.<br><br>
In NJ there is the NJ State Aquarium, The Liberty Science Center, The Statue of Liberty, The Newark Museum, NJ Children's Museum (especially for the little ones) The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Popcorn Park Zoo, Space Farms Zoo & Museum, The Raptor Trust (this is on our list of places to go and I've heard good things about it.)<br><br>
The Franklin Mineral Museum or the Sterling Hill Mine (at the former, you can search through the mine's "dump" for minerals to take home, at the latter, you can tour an actual --although no longer working!--mineral mine.<br><br>
Sandy Hook (for the beach) and a visit to the Twin Lights Lighthouse Museum, (you can climb of of the lighthouses for a wonderful view.)<br><br>
In NY, the Museum of Natural History, The Bronx Zoo, Central Park.<br><br>
The link I gave has details about all these places plus many more.
 

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If you go through Virginia, near Williamsburg, I highly recommend Colonial Jamestown. There are two, so don't get confused. One is an archaeological dig. The other, which I am talking about, is a living village and museum. My kids, then 5 and 3, LOVED it. Colonial Williamsburg was a bit much for them, but the Colonial Jamestown museum was more suited for their young ages. We were able to go on several replica ships and see a canon demonstration. The living village has both the English and the Native American settlements. And then there was an inside museum with lots of interactive things. It was great!
 

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The DC museums and monuments are free (well, tax money- free) and the zoo there is really nice...if you like zoos. The Air & Space museum on the mall is always a hit with my kids.<br><br>
Maybe a stop in NYC as well. Maybe ride the carosel in Central Park,, check out the Lennon memorial etc<br><br>
If you venture from Boston, Plimouth Plantation and the Wamapnoag village is really worth trip. From there, you could skip over to a Cape Cod beach...or take a ferry ride to Martha's Vineyard for the day from Hyannis.<br><br>
In Boston, a walk around Chinatown for Dim Sum and/or the North End for coffee and pastry is fun.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">In Boston I would check into:<br><br>
museum of science <a href="http://www.mos.org/" target="_blank">http://www.mos.org/</a><br>
New england Aquarium <a href="http://www.neaq.org/" target="_blank">http://www.neaq.org/</a><br>
Duck Tours <a href="http://www.bostonducktours.com/" target="_blank">http://www.bostonducktours.com/</a><br>
Walking tours <a href="http://www.bostonbyfoot.org" target="_blank">http://www.bostonbyfoot.org</a><br><br>
My kids have done all these except the walking tour and that's on the list for next time.<br><br>
I would also consider going just a wee bit furthur north and visiting historic Plymouth. There I would consider:<br><br>
Plimoth Plantation and Mayflower II <a href="http://www.plimoth.org/" target="_blank">http://www.plimoth.org/</a><br>
Pilgrim Hall Museum <a href="http://www.pilgrimhall.org" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF;">www.pilgrimhall.org</span></a><br>
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There ya go. I can now delete my post. lol <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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And you know what is unbelievably skippable? Hershy Park. In case you were considering a stop going through PA. Instead, pull into a CVS and get some bags of Hershy candy and you're done.<br><br>
But the Liberty Bell...worth a stop. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Says she who likes that sort of thang.<br><br>
I would not go out of my way for the Prov Children's Museum. It's small. But the Boston Museum is an event...and for what you get...a great bargain. Mystic Aquarium in CT is great. We prefer it over the NE Aquarium.
 

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If you are going through Virginia between May 17-June 15 (weekends only), come visit the <b><a href="http://www.varf.org/" target="_blank">Virginia Renaissance Faire</a></b> out at Lake Anna Winery. No need to dress up, but do come prepared for interactive improv history and fun for the whole family. There is a Poppets Guild, where children and their escorts (adults that are with them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">), get to learn different things that children of the Elizabethan times would have done. There is also a time when children get to be Knighted (girls are called Dames) by Queen Elizabeth , too.
 

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And speaking of aquariums....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> The Baltimore one is wonderful.
 

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The Zoo in DC is great, and my kids liked the Natural History Museum, too. I've been to both the Air & Space Museum in the city and the Annex out by the airport, and I think the Annex is MUCH more interesting to kids (well, to mine at least). They have a real space shuttle in there (interesting note, it's the Enterprise, which is fully functional but has never actually been in space) as well as the Concord, a stealth bomber thingy and a whole bunch of other neat stuff.<br><br>
You guys covered my city (Boston) pretty well, but I'd mention that the trolley tours are a lot of fun, too, and are probably cheaper than the duck tours. I think the walking tours would be way too much for the little ones.
 

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yes I wanted to add: skip the New England Aquarium. It has not been updated in 30 years and it not set up well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Personally, I would not go to Plimouth Plantation with kids under 8ish. My kids HATED IT before that age...they were restless and bored. I can see that some people feel differently but wanted to throw that out there.<br><br>
If you happen to stay in RI overnight, check out WaterFire (Saturday nights) in Providence. It's beautiful.
 

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Mystic over NE Aquarium, for sure. But we went to Plimouth Plantation multiple times (we had a membership) the year my youngest was 3. She loved the cooking fires in the Wampanoag Village and she loved the chickens in the 'plantation'. Oy, so many places, so little time, so many opinions!
 

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Stop somewhere in the Outer Banks. It's gorgeous there. There are quite a few things in Hampton Roads, VA -- Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, the shipyards, tons of stuff.
 

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you forgot and come visit me!!<br>
NJ is awesome for educational stops. some of those on the above list, though are not really near the coast so unless you plan on travelling inland a bit you may have to skip some.<br>
If you stay coastal go the NJ state Aquarium..we haven't actually been but it is supposed to be the best aquarium in the country.<br>
check any museum/zoo memberships you have b/c you may get reciprocity in other states.
 

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If you go through PA/NJ be sure and visit the museums there. I'd take them to NYC if at all possible. We went on a trip up that way last year and had a blast with our kids. The Museum of Nat History was great. They loved the cities we visited! The liberty bell was on one of our stops too, however, don't go on a Monday. The area that we visited had some places that were open and some that were closed on Monday so we missed a lot there. We didn't make it to DC but wanted to go there as well. The Adventure Aquarium in NJ was fun. They had a treasure hunt for us to do. There are so many museums in the areas of and surrounding NYC and DC. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We also drove along the coast up there and visited some beaches. NC/SC beaches are great.<br><br>
eta: There was also a boat museum we visited while in NJ (or was it PA?) and it was really interesting if your kids like that sort of thing. They were on the water between PA and NJ and had a submarine that we were able to tour.
 

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In the Philly area, you might want to consider the Franklin Institute-- really a science museum. I haven't been, but dh loved it as a kid.<br><br>
Skip the Please Touch Museum, though. The 3 yo would LOVE it, but anyone over 5 will be bored.<br><br>
The Adventure Aquarium is practically in Philly; just across the river in Camden, NJ; it ROCKS for all ages! I've been to the Baltimore aquarium too, and this is in the same league-- both great.<br><br>
Right next to the aquarium is the Battleship New Jersey. This may be what Mommy68 was remembering. I've never been, but they take you all through the restored WWII era battleship. It'll be a day trip for us in a few years.<br><br>
I think this sounds like a wonderful trip! Can I come? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 
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