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New england tour with grandparents and kids

Cheltenham, United...
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New england tour with grandparents and kids

We are a party of 8 (2 grandparents, 2 adults and 4 kids) arriving in August and need some help - we are not familiar with NE and budgets are not huge.

Looking at TA we have drafted up the following trip:

Arrive NYC - 2 days

Head to Cape / Newport for say 4 days - would like to base ourselves in one place rather than multiple hotels

Head to White mountains for 2 days

Head over to Burlington for 2 days via Waterbury etc

Head south and stay at a Vermont farm for 2 days

Head to Boston for a final 2 days

Drop off car and take train to NYC

Does this seem too much travelling - looking at the forums we don't need a car in Boston, but flights are in and out of NY. We wondered whether we should go to Boston from NY first and then hire a car. Does anyone have suggestions?

We also wondered whether we should drop the White mountains and just visit the mountains near burlington / stowe?

Thanks !

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1. Re: New england tour with grandparents and kids

I just worry about moving 8 people that many times. August is a pretty big travel month so prices on the weekends will be pretty high, Maybe try to fit Boston and/or the Cape in during the week (prices might be a little less)

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2. Re: New england tour with grandparents and kids

I would do Boson after the cape. The cape to Boston is a short drive and Boston to the White Mountains is not a bad drive. Then go from Vt to NYC it's much more time effective and you can enjoy the hills of western Ma. While in route to NYC.

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3. Re: New england tour with grandparents and kids

Go to the Cape, nice beaches, whale watches, bike rentals and loads of bike trails, Make this during the week. Less costly and less traffic. Now on to Boston. Staying right in the city of Boston will be pricey no matter when. Think about staying outside the city near a subway line. Most hotels near Boston offer free shuttles to subway lines. Visit the Tea Party Ship while in Boston (a bit expensive but the kids all love it) Another place we go with kids is the Fenway Park Tour. There is more than enough to do in Boston. A little over 2 hours drive to the White Mountains. Stay in the Lincoln/Woodstock NH area. Don't know what the ages of the kids are, but there are several attractions that our grandchildren loved there. Lost River, Cannon Mountain Tram, Clark's Trading Post, etc. If you have to skip something, Burlington Vt. is a long hall and the only kid attraction in Waterbury is Ben and Jerry's. I think there is a lot more to do for families in the White Mountains of N.H. You are planning on staying at a farm in Vermont anyway. Then from Vt. an easier drive to NYC.

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4. Re: New england tour with grandparents and kids

I would probably pick either the White Mountains or the Burlington area to cut down on multiple moves. Burlington has a nice aquarium to visit with kids and there is the possibility of a day trip to Montreal.

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5. Re: New england tour with grandparents and kids

Thanks all for the suggestions. These are very helpful. I think we will skip Burlington this time round. Always good to have a reason to return.

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