summercapecodAlthough summer vacation in Massachusetts will start later than usual due to many snow days, it’s time to start planning those summer family vacations in Massachusetts! For a small state, Massachusetts boasts some fabulous summer vacation spots – here are a few of the best, along with some insider tips.

Boston
With all of the attention on Boston recently, it’s bound to be a hotspot this year. Rich in history and culture, it’s a beautiful city to visit with kids. Stay right in the city for the easiest travel and consider booking one of the popular Duck Tours for a great tour of the city. Boston Children’s Museum, the New England Aquarium, the Boston Common, the Boston Museum of Science are definitely must-dos for families. I’d also recommend that you spend a day visiting one of the Boston Harbor Islands which offer excellent children’s nature programs.  You can catch a short ferry right on the waterfront by the Marriott Boston Harbor Hotel.

Tip: Don’t be fooled by some of the hotels that claim to be in Boston – many are in the suburbs. Check the address first before booking.

Cape Cod and the Islands
Between Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, there are lots of options for families looking for a Massachusetts beach vacation. Because this is a peak season for hotels, expect to pay top rates, but you’ll pay less if you stay inland and drive to the beach.

Tip: Look for vacation home rentals where you’ll have lots of space for the whole family. 

The Berkshires
Music lovers will enjoy a visit to the Massachusetts Berkshire Mountains, where you can attend performances at the Tanglewood Performing Arts Center – the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s home for the summer. There’s also a Six Flags amusement park a short distance away, as well as numerous kid-friendly museums, and a large outlet mall.

Tip: This is a great spot to stay for a night or two on the way to Boston or New York City.

Where are you traveling for vacation this summer?