20 Places We Love in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is my home state and I am proud to be a Bostonian and loyal Red Sox- Patriots- Celtics- Bruins fan (although, truth be told, I really only follow baseball). Growing up, my family explored many parts of Massachusetts, but over the past 30+ years many new places have opened. Whenever we visit my family, or my husband’s extended family who lives in the western part of the state, we find a new spot to enjoy. I hope to keep adding to this list over time, and expect to create a list for each New England state (eventually, maybe EVERY state!)

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5 reasons to visit LegoLand Discovery Center this fall:

Legos continue to be one of my children’s favorite toys and one of their favorite ways to play. Even though he’s almost 10 years old, our son will pour over his collection and come out of his room after an hour (sometimes more!) of building to present us with a “masterpiece” of his imagination. Last year, we visited LegoLand Discovery Center in Boston, Massachusetts (technically, it’s in the city of Somerville, but it’s literally a five minute drive from downtown Boston) and had a blast! You can read about our adventures- and 12 things everyone should do when they visit- here.

When LegoLand invited us back to celebrate the Halloween season this week, we jumped at the chance to visit! They even let us bring our friends (who are even BIGGER Lego fans, if that’s possible!), so you’ll see some new faces on the blog.

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Crown Center in Kansas City, MO

My favorite, major family trip (to date) was the first one we took in the summer of 2012. We logged 5700 miles in our trusty Chevy Equinox, driving from Connecticut to Phoenix, Arizona and back to Connecticut. On the back end of the trip, we spent a few days in Kansas City, Missouri. And we.loved.it. Love the people. Loved the food. Loved the family friendly places to explore. I blogged about our stay for Kidventurous here, but I thought I would revisit some of these suggestions and elaborate on them. Note: I did fact check as of June 2017.

Today I want to focus on the Crown Center & Union Station area of the city. My suggestion for parking is to go to Crown Center.  There are two parking garages; I would park in the one labeled “Seal Life and Lego Land” which is on the East side of Grand Avenue. You can park on all day and walk to some of our favorite spots:

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