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New England/North East Mini-Road trip ideas?

bbqnjl 138 52 March 28, 2016 at 07:51 AM in Travel
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I'm in NYC.
Friend getting married end of July (on a Saturday) in Georgetown, Maine.
I have a 2 yr old toddler that has never been in a car for more than 3 hrs tops.
I think for sake of sanity, our best plan would be to break up the 6-7 hr drive into 2 portions, with either a long break somewhere in the middle, or even an overnight stay.

The only places I can think of en route that would be good places to stop (keeping my 2 yr old in mind) was Mystic, CT, and Boston, MA.

Are there any other destinations I should look into that wouldn't take us too far out of the way on our way to Georgetown?

Thanks in advance for any ideas!

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Traffic along the 95-495 corridor is pretty nasty on summer weekends with all the beach traffic. Portland, Maine is about an hour south of Georgetown and is a great city -- good food and lots to explore. Portsmouth, New Hampshire is probably about an hour past Portland, continuing south. (Half way between Portland and Portsmouth is Wells, ME and the Rachel Carson Preserve -- there's a nice manageable trail for a toddler. Our little one who was younger than 2 at the time walked almost all of it.) Boston is a little over an hour from Portsmouth -- great museums -- Boston Aquarium and a Children's museum. Another hour south is Providence, RI with Roger Williams Park -- which is a green space and a zoo. An hour south on 95 -- but actually west is Mystic -- great place for a toddler to stretch -- there's the Seaport and the Aquarium and there's also a nature preserve right near the aquarium exit.

If you want to avoid beach traffic, you could head inland from Portland to the White Mountains of NH or the Green Mountains of Vermont. Here's a link to some New England with Kids books at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb...+with+kids
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Thanks so much! I'll definitely look into those places you mentioned.
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Thanks so much! I'll definitely look into those places you mentioned.
Also check out "Things to Do" on tripadvisor.com for those places, you may find more suggestions for things I didn't think of. Hope you find time for the wedding.
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Roger Williams zoo is very good. Boston has a lot to offer when walking around for free or paid. They have a children's museum and a decent amount of historic stuff. Good food too.
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Roger Williams zoo is very good. Boston has a lot to offer when walking around for free or paid. They have a children's museum and a decent amount of historic stuff. Good food too.
Just don't leave ANYTHING in plain view in your car.

There is also Southwick's Zoo, a short ride off of 95. Mystic Aquarium is directly off 95 if you want easy access.
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Traffic along the 95-495 corridor is pretty nasty on summer weekends with all the beach traffic. Portland, Maine is about an hour south of Georgetown and is a great city -- good food and lots to explore. Portsmouth, New Hampshire is probably about an hour past Portland, continuing south. (Half way between Portland and Portsmouth is Wells, ME and the Rachel Carson Preserve -- there's a nice manageable trail for a toddler. Our little one who was younger than 2 at the time walked almost all of it.) Boston is a little over an hour from Portsmouth -- great museums -- Boston Aquarium and a Children's museum. Another hour south is Providence, RI with Roger Williams Park -- which is a green space and a zoo. An hour south on 95 -- but actually west is Mystic -- great place for a toddler to stretch -- there's the Seaport and the Aquarium and there's also a nature preserve right near the aquarium exit.

If you want to avoid beach traffic, you could head inland from Portland to the White Mountains of NH or the Green Mountains of Vermont. Here's a link to some New England with Kids books at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb...+with+kids
I vote for the drive up Mt. Washington. Highest peak in the northeast and my back yard.

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Background info:

I'm in NYC.
Friend getting married end of July (on a Saturday) in Georgetown, Maine.
I have a 2 yr old toddler that has never been in a car for more than 3 hrs tops.
I think for sake of sanity, our best plan would be to break up the 6-7 hr drive into 2 portions, with either a long break somewhere in the middle, or even an overnight stay.

The only places I can think of en route that would be good places to stop (keeping my 2 yr old in mind) was Mystic, CT, and Boston, MA.

Are there any other destinations I should look into that wouldn't take us too far out of the way on our way to Georgetown?

Thanks in advance for any ideas!
Feed him good healthy filling meals. He'll sleep. Not much stop and go traffic here. My kids are out for hours.
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I am interested too, planning a road trip from nj to Rhode Island and new hempshire

would love the suggestions and tips, have kids 6 and 4
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Thanks so much! I'll definitely look into those places you mentioned.
We are going to Southwick Zoo on Saturday. It is closer to Worcester than to Boston and not so far off your route. I completely forgot about it -- haven't been in a few years. It is about 3 to 3.5 hours from Georgetown on a good day -- but between NE traffic and road construction, there aren't too many good days.

They just opened for the season last weekend so their website is up and running. It's in Mendon, MA.
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