With money being tight these days not every family can afford a five star vacation that lasts a week. For those of us that cannot afford a big expensive vacation, here are five exciting day trips from Boston, MA.
1. Cape Cod Scenic Railroad
This trip is for relaxing and taking in the sights. Take a guided tour through scenic Cape Cod in the luxury of a climate controlled passenger car. Travel through Cape Cod and see things like cranberry bogs, woodland and much more all with the aid of helpful staff that narrates the trip. The train tour is about two hours long and tickets are reasonable at about $20 for adults and $14 for children while kids under three ride free. The station is about two hours from downtown Boston.
2. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
This attraction is for the more cultured family. The museum boasts a founding date of 1842 and is home to art from around the world. See sculpture, American art, European art, modern art, and much more. The museum is a great place to spend an afternoon and is the first public art museum in the United States. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 13 or with a college id. The museum is about 1 hour 45 minutes from downtown Boston.
3. Harvard Museum of Natural History
This attraction is great for families with little scientists in them. The museum is dedicated to the preservation of natural history and boasts taxidermy animals, skeletons, galleries from various parts of the world and the world famous glass flowers exhibit that houses flowers that were created as teaching tools in the early 19th century. Admission is about $9 for adults and $6 for children. The museum is located about 50 minutes from downtown Boston.
4. Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History
This museum is just what it sounds like, an entire museum dedicated to postal history. The museum boasts a collection of over 2,000,000 items and is incredibly interesting. Some of the items even belonged to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The museum is one of only two in the country that is devoted solely to postal history and stamps. Admission is around $8 for adults and children under 16 are free. The museum is about 25 minutes from downtown Boston.
5. Witch Dungeon Museum
This is a museum devoted to the Salem Witch Trials. Witness a reenactment of the trial of accused witch Elizabeth Proctor taken directly from the court transcript. Delve into the mania that surrounded the Salem Witch Trials. This museum is sure to leave you breathless as you take in the sights and sounds of this historic place. Admission is $8 per adult and $6 for children under 13. The museum is about 40 minutes from downtown Boston.
Cape Cod Scenic Railroad
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History
Witch Dungeon Museum