We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Young children in June

Level Contributor
35 posts
1 review
Young children in June


We've rented a cottage in Wells in mid June and are looking for things to do with our very active 14 month old and our almost 3 year old.

Best beach?

Children's museum?

Nature center?

Splash pad?

Nature center?

We're willing to drive all the way to Newburyport from Wells.

Thank you!!

2 replies to this topic
North Shore, MA
Destination Expert
for Salem
Level Contributor
6,055 posts
183 reviews
1. Re: Young children in June

One idea for Newburyport is the Rail Trail, which runs between the commuter rail station and the waterfront. Public art, some of which will likely interest small kids, is installed along the trail, and there is also a playground. It seems like a long drive just for this, though. Plum Island/Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport is a beautiful beach, but as there is a strong undertow, it's not a good spot for little ones to swim or even splash.

I think the best MA beach north of Boston for small kids is Wingaersheek in Gloucester because of its sheltered location; this means somewhat warmer water temperatures, gentle waves. It has great tide pools, too. However, that will be quite a drive for you!

Closer to Wells, how about the Seacoast Science Center in Odiorne State Park in NH. I think it has exhibits that your 3 year-old will enjoy. And to your north, you could visit the children's museum in Portland (I've never been, so cannot really recommend, those on the Maine Forum can offer more information).




Boston, MA
Destination Expert
for Boston
Level Contributor
26,650 posts
67 reviews
2. Re: Young children in June

What about The zoo/amusement park in York ? Haven't been in a very long time, but it has been around "forever"


Reply to: Young children in June
Get notified by e-mail when a reply is posted
Get answers to your questions about Newburyport