Great Bay State spots to make the vacation week a memorable one

Are we really back to think about adventures closer to home for a while?

Thanks, omicron.

But we New English people are savvy, creative and tough.

We also happen to live where there is plenty to do, see and explore within driving distance.

This holiday week, consider those excursions that will keep the kids busy and the adults entertained as well. All of them make great day trips, are easy to get to, and can make a week’s vacation memorable.

Discover your indoor paleontologist: No need to book a passage to the Sahara to discover the dinosaurs and their history: Faneuil Hall is where it’s going with Dino Safari Boston: A Walk-Through Adventure (

Dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages have the chance to learn about the evolution of dinosaurs over time as well as the discoveries paleontologists have made about their behavior.

While he impresses from start to finish, he also possesses serious scientific credibility. The exhibition advisor is world renowned paleontologist Dr Gregory M. Erickson.

You will see fossils, many varieties of advanced animatronic dinosaurs, and be invited to play interactive games.

The tour lasts about an hour and costs $ 20; children 2 and under are free. And since it’s right in the heart of Boston, you can follow up with a quick lunch at Faneuil Hall or a visit to the Boston Public Market right across the street.

Pro tip: Tickets sell out quickly. Book now for your adventure.

A walk through the Berkshires on the way to or to the Mohawk Trail State Forest offers plenty of opportunities to experience other hikes or just take in the beautiful scenery. (Photo courtesy of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism)

Get out, get moving: Winter hikes are a lot of fun and a great way for kids – and adults – not only to get out, breathe the fresh air, and get moving, but also to learn.

Massachusetts (and the surrounding states) has countless hiking spots with trails suitable for most ages, as well as more difficult trails if that’s what gets you going.

A great choice to please all family members is the Mohawk Trail State Forest in Charlemont (

First of all, a day trip to the Berkshires is a snap. Mostly on the freeway and rarely in a traffic pattern, you can get there easily and instantly feeling transported.

The Mohawk Trail State Forest spans 6,000 acres and has many trails. You will come across streams, ponds and rolling meadows; all beautiful in winter.

Hiking shoes (waterproof, that’s smart) work the best. If it’s a deep snow day, you might want to consider snowshoes.

A pre-trip project for the family might include studying the flora and fauna of the area, creating a “winter sightings” bingo card, and then researching the things you hope to see on your hike. .

You can enjoy a hearty lunch at one of the many nearby restaurants, then return home, your well-nourished adventurer soul.

In this archive photo from Thursday, March 11, 2010, empty frames from where thieves took “Storm over the Sea of ​​Galilee”, left background, by Rembrandt and “The Concert”, right foreground, by Vermeer , remain on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The paintings were among more than a dozen works stolen from the museum on March 21, 1990, in what is considered the largest art theft in history. (AP Photo / Josh Reynolds, file)

Solve a mystery: Or at least learn one. If you and your kids haven’t read about Boston’s famous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Flight (, now is the time.

The museum’s website has a section on theft (still unresolved), and for kids old enough to be fine (or if you just want to watch it yourself), the Netflix series “This Is a Robbery” takes the plunge. deep in the junkyard.

Once in the know, visit the museum, one of the most unique in Boston. There you can see the places, still empty, where the artwork hung before the breakage.

It’s also fun to discover Isabella herself, her interesting and unique life and what motivated her to create this collection and this museum. (Bonus: Anyone named Isabella gets one free entry).

After your visit, head to a nearby restaurant to review your notes, share your theories, and – if you solve the crime – plan how to use the millions you can raise from the reward.

Nantasket Beach is a great place for winter walks, with few people and unobstructed views. (Photo Moira McCarthy)

Winter sand castles: The beaches are cool in winter. OK, maybe cold. But you can get the whole family together and take a stroll on one of Bay State’s many beaches.

Take out the summer toys that the children have forgotten (shovels, buckets, etc.) and build a sand castle in the middle of winter. Sure, you’ll need mittens that you don’t mind ruining, but the photoshoot itself is well worth it.

The best spots include Nantasket Beach in Hull, where (and you’ll want to time your walk around the daily tide chart), low tide provides a wide, beautiful beach with magnificent views; north of Boston, check out Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, where at low tide you can even walk to a small island.

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