I belong to a lot of local Seacoast mom and parenting groups on Facebook. It seems like every week somebody posts asking for ideas about what to do and where to take their kids for some fun. There are some places that we visit often (Children’s Museum, anyone?), but I know that I’m often looking to spice it up and branch out from our current stand-bys. After all, just because I have three kids, (and it takes anywhere from 45 minutes to three hours to get out of the house) doesn’t mean I’ve totally lost my sense of adventure!
Here are some places we have found that are less commonly traveled, but each fun and completely unique. If you’re looking for something to do, throw some snacks in a bag (and diapers, and toys, and extra clothes, and…) and check out one of these spots! And the next time someone asks for ideas, you can send them this list.
5 Spots Off the Beaten Path to Visit with Your Kids:
- Brandmoore Farm: You’ll find this little farm down a beautiful winding road in Rollinsford. You can check out their little farm shed where you can buy fresh veggies, meat, and dairy products all on the honor system. You can also wander back to see the cows. And you might even get to play with some goats!
- Hancock Park: This small playground is on Hancock Street in Dover. It’s less well-known, and it’s nestled in a cute little neighborhood just west of downtown.
- Wentworth Greenhouses: Explore the rows and rows of beautiful plants and flowers. And make sure to find the fish pond to marvel at the huge fish and make a wish! My kids and I went here last winter to escape the cold weather doldrums, and we bought one of their terrarium kits to bring some greenery into our home.
- Hamilton House at Vaughan Woods: Vaughan Woods in South Berwick, Maine has some beautiful hiking trails. The first time we went, we stumbled upon the historic Hamilton House and had a great time playing in the beautiful gardens along the river. There’s even a fountain to entice the little ones, as well. You can drive up to the house or use the Vaughan Woods parking if you’re up for a short hike (follow the trail marker for the Hamilton House trail).
- Oyster River Landing: This is a historic little spot in Durham right next to the Three Chimneys Inn. There’s a nice path along the water and some shaded picnic benches, too. You’ll enjoy the old historic homes and your kids will have fun running and exploring. I found this blog post with some more information.
What are some of your favorite spots to visit with your kids on the Seacoast?