Getaway to Newburyport

Happy May!  This month we are doing a series on getaways that are close to Boston.  We have four amazing places to visit this summer with your family.  If you have a some free time, we encourage you try one of these day trips!

On a sunny weekend last summer, we decided to explore Newburyport.  We started our day on the beautiful beaches of Plum Island playing in the waves.  After working up an appetite in the water, we made the quick drive into the historic downtown area.

The Purple Onion Cafe is delicious spot to stop for lunch.  There are a few outdoor tables and a playground a few feet away.  Our kids ate quickly and went to play while my husband and I had a leisurely lunch.  

It's such a quaint town to walk around.  The kids were delighted when we wandered into Gram's Homemade Ice Cream.  It was a delicious treat on a hot afternoon.

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While walking around, we stumbled upon the Maritime Museum, which we all loved.  There are docents walking around in the building that love to answer every question your kids ask.  We all learned so much about the history of Newburyport and so many interesting facts about lighthouses and the coastguard.  There are model ships to check out and we all had a chance to ring a giant ship's bell.  We were all amazed to get to see a document that is signed by George Washington.

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We have plans to go back this summer to check out the Parker River Wildlife Refuge , which has two boardwalks to explore.  One, the Marsh loop, goes through the water and the other, the Dune loop, takes you up the dunes for views of the Atlantic.  We also learned in the Maritime Museum that the lighthouse on Plum Island is open for visitors to climb to top.  

Let us know if you go!