slides: Getting Out: Family Outings Before The Kids Go Back To School
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Whether you have college kids who will soon be away for months at a time or younger children who will still be home but, nevertheless, far busier, you only have a few days left to spend some much needed quality time with the whole family.
Whether you want to relax together or be a bit more adventurous, there are plenty of opportunities in the Central Massachusetts area you can take advantage of. Below are just a few.
Mini Golf & Batting Cages
If your family enjoys some (most of the time) friendly competition, than there is nothing better than a game of miniature golf.
Depending on what you are looking for, mini-golf courses in Central Mass can offer a lot of wacky fun involving windmills and trick shots or a legitimate challenge with realistic roughs and bunkers. And don't forget, a mini-golf course often comes with much more, perhaps some great ice cream and food, and of course, batting cages.
Crystal Caves in Auburn is one fine establishment that has all of the above.
150 Royal Plaza Drive
There is still time to get wet this summer and there is no better destination for the whole family than CoCo Key Water Resort.
This massive 55,000 square foot indoor paradise is one of Central Massachusetts’s top destinations for fun. Whether its a rainy late summer day or a scorcher, the best thing about CoCo Key is it is 84 degrees any day. Complete with an indoor/outdoor spa, lazy river, water slides and palm trees.
Central Rock Gym
299 Barber Avenue
Thrill, fun, exercise and family. Is there any better combination? You can experience it all at Central Rock.
The Worcester location has 13,000 square feet of climbing area divided between the great lead cave, a bouldering area, tons of top-roping, and a smaller cave for beginners. Also visit other Central Rock locations in Watertown, Hadley and Glastonbury.
Museum of Science
11 Science Park
The Museum of Science in Boston is one of the funnest ways to learn in New England and it is well-worth the trip for the whole family.
Enjoy the live animal exhibits, the live presentations, the famous IMAX Theater, the Planetarium, and the constantly updated awe-inspiring and educational exhibitions.
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10 Lake Avenue North
Take a day-long sail at Regatta Point Community Sailing on Lake Quinsigamond. There are a range of activities the whole family, from the youngest to the oldest, can take advantage of and it's not just sailing either.
Experience the beautiful and pristine water on a kayak or a paddleboat as well. Or simply relax in the breeze.
For the more "extreme" families out there, paintballing is always a good choice. Have a good natured-competition and get the heart racing and adrenaline pumping at the same time.
There are numerous opportunities to show off your skills in front of your family in Central Mass and beyond including at X Fire Paintball in Auburn, All Starr Paintball in North Oxford, and Fox 4 Paintball in Auburn.
If your family's idea of having a good time is simply sitting around and having a nice long conversation, there is no better choice than having a nice long three-course meal.
Italian restaurants usually have the biggest portions and the best combination of appetizer, main course, and dessert, and If your kids are of age, indulge on a few glasses of fine wine as well.
New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston; Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT
Luckily for all of us, New England has two of the finest aquariums in the country.
The New England Aquarium has thousands of animals and not just the fish including sharks and beautiful reef creatures, but also check out the famous sea lions, penguins, seals and even snakes. Also check out the whale watching schedule.
At the Mystic Aquarium, check out the species of the month, plus belugas, penguins, exotic birds, and the Titanic exhbit and Nautilus Live Theater.
Want to cross things off your bucket list? Worcester Skydiving will give you and your family the adventure of a lifetime.
The network drop zone near Worcester uses the best modern equipment, safe aircraft and the best skydiving instructors in Massachusetts. Take the chance to go skydiving, while you can.
Go to the Zoo
2 Southwick Street
Southwick's Zoo is Central Mass' premier zoo and one of New England's favorites. It is truly fun for all ages. As they say, "it's more than a zoo, it's an adventure."
Go on a Safari or experience and check out the hundreds of exotic animals on your own time. These include tigers, lions, monkeys, giraffes and so much more.
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