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Just got weekend off! Need ideas!

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Just got weekend off! Need ideas!

My wife and I are somewhat new-comers to the area. I moved here from Texas at the end of October. I just found out that I got the weekend off and we are trying to figure out what to do. We live just outside of Boston in the Bedford/Lexington area. My wife and I have one year-old twins and a nanny. I suppose we could leave the babies :\, but that kinda makes me sad. Aaaaanyways, we would like to limit driving to a few hours and are interested in doing something....anything. Some colleagues of mind recommended the cape. I understand the weather is supposed to be nice this weekend and I'm sure the babies would like to waddle around the beach. We like museums, food, and sights. I grew up sailing. We were getting excited about a train but allegedly they are all closed right now. We just don'g know what to do. Any and all suggestions would be great.

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Wow, well the sky is the limit (almost)! I love the Cape at all times of year. It's about a two hour drive to get on to the Cape, and more time if you go far, like Provincetown. One of my favorite towns there is Chatham. It has a lot of coastline, some of it sheltered little beach areas and other parts big and dangerous (and beautiful). The main street is very pretty. It's a great "overall" town on the Cape.

The North Shore of Massachusetts is also super charming. Have you been there yet? I mean the towns like Rockport, Gloucester, Marblehead, Manchester-by-the-Sea (sorry, they insist that that is their name), Newburyport. Then you would have a shorter drive, but really feel you got away. Not sure how many lodgings operate all year around, but some do, I'm sure. Museums? There are some, like the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. Oh, right now they have a hot exhibit which includes live birds that fly around . . . you probably need to reserve tickets for that.

Southern Maine also would work. Portland has a wonderful art museum and some other museums.

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The one year old twins will do whatever you want to do. Cape Cod, in the middle of winter, is not what I would like to do. You certainly can't let the babies "waddle" in the ocean, no matter where you go. Newport is the one town that is interesting and has a lot open at this time of year.

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There is also Mystic, and Stonington borough, CT. If it rains/snows there is the aquarium to go to. The seaport won't be opening for a couple more weeks but keep it in mind for the future they cater to a lot of kid activities (a lot in the summer). The Pequot Museum and Nautilus museums aren't far away either.

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Portland, Maine is about 2 hours away and if you like food, that is the place to go! A total foodie city. They also have a Children's Museum there. The Old Port is a nice area to walk around with lots of boutiques, restaurants and cafes, but if you have a stroller, might be a bit of a challenge with the cobblestones in places.

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The Cape is pretty quite this time of year but if you're looking to return in the summer, it might be a good time to check things out while there aren't any crowds. i.e explore different towns see what WILL be open in the spring, what beaches you like.

That being said, Newport is alot more compact and perfect for a weekend. A few mansions are open so that could satisfy your museum interests, the weather is supposed to be warmer so the Cliff Walk is doable with a stroller or two. Take the 10 mile drive around Ocean Avene and enjoy the scenery. Shop and eat/drink along Thames Street and the Wharfs. Most restaurants/pubs are family friendly this time of year. I believe the Museum of Yachting is still open this time of year over at Fort Adams. Save the Bay offers seal watching tours out in the harbor and bay.






www.gonewport.com for info about lodging/restaurants/entertainment

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