National Parks / Natural World in SALEM with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Salem has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Salem, Massachusetts offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Salem itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site

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    (1 miles) Salem

    The Salem Maritime National Historic Site consists of 12 historic structures and about 9 acres of land along the waterfront in Salem, Massachusetts, plus a Visitor Center in downtown Salem.

  • Boston National Historic Park

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    (13 miles) Boston

    Tells the story of the events that led to the American Revolution and the Navy that kept the nation strong. Junior Ranger packs for kids plus tours and talks.

  • Ames Nowell State Park

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    (29 miles) Abington

    A beautiful way to get the kids out into nature, popular with boaters and fisherman. Great for hiking, picnicking, canoeing and biking.

  • Fuller Gardens

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    (31 miles) North Hampton

    Fuller Gardens is a public display garden, located on the ocean, that features over 1700 rose bushes of hundreds of varieties, formal English perennial borders, Japanese Garden and Koi pond, annual ...

  • Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

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    (36 miles) Norfolk

    Beautiful forests, lush wetlands and peaceful fields...a great day out in nature in the stunning outdoors of Massachusetts.

  • Seacoast Science Center

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    (37 miles) Rye

    The Seacoast Science Center is a "must see" for anyone wishing to discover the natural treasures and rich history of coastal New Hampshire. The Center's dramatic seaside setting, interpretive ...

  • World War II State Park

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    (47 miles) Woonsocket

    Facilities and Activities include: Pavilion, Picnic Tables, Tennis courts, Horseshoe Courts, Shuffleboard Court, Playground, Volleyball Courts, Bandstand, Picnicking, Tennis, Volleyball, Horseshoes, ...

  • Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

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    (48 miles) Worcester

    The largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England is ready for the family! With over 400 acres and trails through fields, streams, woods and marsh, it's a fun day out in nature and wildlife.

  • Lincoln Woods State Park

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    (50 miles) Lincoln

    One of Blackstone Valley's great treasures, this popular New England getaway offers swimming, fishing, jogging, horseback riding, and the beach!

  • Freetown Fall River State Forest

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    (52 miles) Assonet

    A scenic and historic Massachusetts park, great for hiking, picnicking, exploring and playing in the wading pool. Perfect for active families, anglers, horseback riders!

  • Haines Memorial State Park

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    (56 miles) East Providence

    features a handicap accessible boat ramp, restrooms, and game fields which are available for rent.

  • Snake Den State Park

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    (57 miles) Johnston

    The 1000 acre undeveloped property boasts self-guided walking trails, beautiful trees, flowers and plants and also a working farm. In the fall, the foliage at Snake Den is something to behold. ...

  • The Wells Reserve at Laudholm

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    (59 miles) Wells

    Get your whole family out for the day in 2,250 acres of beautiful protected land rich in natural wildlife in Maine, filled with trails and exhibits.

  • Pulaski Memorial Recreation Area

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    (62 miles) Glocester

    Located within the 4000 acre George Washington Management Area, the 100 acre Pulaski Memorial Recreation Area is a "day use" facility offering users a multitude of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

  • Colt State Park

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    (62 miles) Bristol

    464 acres of drives, lawns and stone walls along one of Rhode Island's most incredible shorelines. The "Gem" of the State Parks System!

  • Salt Pond Visitor Center

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    (65 miles) Eastham

    The indoor theatre routinely offers 5 short films daily on a rotating schedule.The centre is right next to two polular nature trails as well.

  • Goddard Memorial State Park

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    (65 miles) Warwick

    Goddard Park attracts thousands of visitors each year as Rhode Island's most popular Metropolitan Park.

  • Norman Bird Sanctuary

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    (73 miles) Middletown

    Norman Bird Sanctuary constitutes the largest area of preserved open space in Newport County. A wildlife refuge, NBS encompasses over 300 acres and 7 miles of trails that wind through a diversity of ...

  • Daniel Webster Birthplace

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    (75 miles) Franklin

    The Daniel Webster Birthplace State Historic Site is associated with the birth and early childhood years of Daniel Webster, one of our country's most respected orators and statesmen. While the site ...

  • Franklin Falls Dam

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    (75 miles) Franklin

    A beautiful area in New Hampshire stretching along the Pemigewasset River, with fun activities like canoeing, fishing and snowmobiling.

  • Fort Wetherill State Park

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    (76 miles) Jamestown

    Fort Wetherill State Park, situated upon 100 foot high granite cliffs across the water from Fort Adams State Park, is a former coastal defense battery and training camp.

  • Fort Adams State Park

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    (76 miles) Newport

    Situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor, Fort Adams State Park offers an exceptional panoramic view of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay.

  • Beavertail State Park

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    (77 miles) Jamestown

    Beavertail State Park, located in Jamestown, Rhode Island, is known for offering some of the most beautiful vistas along the New England coastline.

  • Pillsbury State Park

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    (78 miles) Washington

    One of the more primitive gems in New Hampshire, this state park is filled with wildlife, from moose to loons, historic attractions as well as hiking trails and kayaking.

  • Roger W. Wheeler State Beach

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    (85 miles) Narragansett

    acilities and Activities include: Restrooms, Restrooms for the Disabled, Parking, Beach, Pavilion with Coin Operated Hot Showers, Playground, Picnic Tables, Concession and Swimming.

  • Burlingame State Park

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    (88 miles) Charlestown

    This very popular state recreation area offers 50 fireplaces, toilets, drinking water, a swimming beach and a nearby DEM boat launch for boating and fishing.

  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

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    (92 miles) Holderness

    Open meadows, mature forests, and marsh boardwalks connect interactive natural exhibits where native animals reside: black bears, mountain lions, raptors, river otters, bobcats, and more. Spend a day ...

  • Misquamicut State Beach

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    (95 miles) Westerly

    One of the state\'s most popular beaches with over a half mile of beach front. There are also many local attractions for children. This modern pavilion includes many new concepts including rails, ...

  • Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

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    (96 miles) Mystic

    We are a combination wildlife sanctuary, visitor attraction and educational facility. The Center features all-new exhibits highlighting the habitats and wildlife of southeastern Connecticut, as well ...

  • RecPlex Park and Spray Park

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    (99 miles) Colchester

    Fun family park with sporting complexes, and a popular splash park! Great family fun in Colchester!

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  • Witch History Museum

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    Salem

    Explore the untold stories of 1692 with live presentations and real life scenes depicting the stories of the trials in Old Salem village.

  • Witch Dungeon Museum

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    Salem

    Experience a live re-enactment of the Salem Witch Trial! Go back in time to 1692 to hear real transcripts from the actual trials, before touring the dungeon!

  • Salem Wax Museum

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    Salem

    This compelling museum is composed of eerily life-like London made wax figures that depict Salems vivid history from its founding in 1626 through the terrifying Hysteria of 1692. Come face to face ...

  • Peabody Essex Museum

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    Salem

    Spend the day surrounded by art and culture in this popular Salem museum, with exhibits, programs and activities!

  • The New England Pirate Museum

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    Salem

    Relive the swashbuckling adventures of Captains Kidd and Blackbeard, with a walking tour and authentic pirate treasures!