Minute Man National Historic Park Lexington & Concord, MA

Concord and Lexington Massachusetts are two towns located northwest of Boston steeped in the history of the “birth” of America. The National Park Service has done a wonderful job of preserving many important sites in these towns associated with the battle of April 19, 1775, when colonial milita fought British troops (called “regulars”) in a battle that began the American Revolution. Collectively, these sites are known as the Minute Man National Historic Park. It’s well worth your family’s time to spend a day (or two or three!) visiting the area. Here are my top picks:

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Nat’l Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame, Saratoga Springs, NY

Day 3 in my week long series about Saratoga Springs New York:

Along with tens of thousands of racing fans, my family recently made the short pilgrimage to Saratoga Springs, New York for the first week of the Saratoga races. We attended the races on a Wednesday (they race six days a week- Tuesdays are “dark”) and you can read all about our adventures at the Saratoga National Historic Site here and the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame here.

There was a break in the action between our morning tours and when our table at Turf Terrace was available, so we took a walk across the street to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. It’s a small museum, but it was the perfect way to spend about an hour and a half learning about the history of racing. Score: children will definitely be entertained.

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Nat’l Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame, Saratoga Springs NY

Day 2 in my weeklong posts on Saratoga Springs, New York.

As a child, I spent fourteen years in ballet and tap classes. I even considered going to Skidmore College because I was so passionate about wanting to dance, but ultimately decided to follow a different career path to teaching. However, my love for dance has never ceased. So when I was planning a family trip to Saratoga Raceway and saw that the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame was five minutes away from the track, I knew we needed to make a stop. After spending the morning at Saratoga National Historic Site (read about my tips here) it was a quick 15 minute drive into town to the museum.

The museum and Hall of Fame are located inside the Saratoga Spa State Park, which is home to performing arts centers, museums, pools, a golf course, and a resort and spa.  From the outside, I must admit I thought the museum looked a little dated. However, once inside, I noticed that is beautifully maintained and full of really fun, unique exhibits. It’s definitely worth a stop for a couple of hours before you head to the race track.  Bonus: Admission is free on Tuesday, when we visited. The museum is closed Sunday and Monday.

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EcoTarium, Worchester, MA

During a recent trip to visit my dear friend, Sandy, and her family in Natick, Massachusetts, we spied rain in the forecast. Sandy found a great spot for us to meet in nearby Worchester, Massachusetts (more on family fun in Worchester coming soon!): EcoTarium.

EcoTarium participates in the Association of Children’s Museums and the Association of Science-Technology Centers reciprocity programs. This means that my friend’s membership to her local science center (or I could have used my membership to our local children’s museum) allowed her to bring us as guests- for free. This is a wonderful program that my family has taken advantage of dozens of times. Look for an upcoming post about all the benefits. 

Part science center, part zoo, part outdoor classroom,EcoTarium also has a planetarium, outdoor train ride, plenty of hands on exhibits, and is tons of fun for toddlers, children, and adults alike! Here are our favorite parts:

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