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Breaking Through The Boston Spring

by Pamela Lawson
Apr 6, 2018 

What you do with your family and friends during spring break depends very much on your personal preferences. Some go for Spring Fever Margarita Tasting, sign up for rock climbing classes with Boston Rock Gym, learn how to sail with Community Sailing on the Charles, learn how to make a free-flying hawk land on your hand with New England Falconry, while others go on a bar crawl or a wild night-out with their friends in Harvard Square in Cambridge and Davis Square in Somerville. If you're interested in theater and drama, there are awesome shows at the Boston Opera House and The Huntington Theater Company, while the Museum of Science has a stellar line-up of activities and exhibits ready to amaze even the best you.

They all sound amazing, we know, but here are some options that we think you may consider if you’re thinking of spending some time outdoors after the cold weather. As long as you have the Boston charter bus waiting around for you when you’re done, it’s all good!

whale watching in Boston, spring activities for families New England charter bus

1. A Whale-Watching Wow-vaganza

Add : 1, Long Wharf, Boston MA, 02110
Contact : (617) 227-4321 / (877) SEE-WHALE (733-9425)
Price : $53 per Adult, $45 per Senior, $33 per Child age 3 - 11, $16 per Child age 3 and younger, $142 for Family 4-Pack
If you’ve never been on a whale-watching trip, it will break every perception you’ll have about heading out to sea. Take your little ones out, bring your parents, grab your best friends, or drag your better half and head out for the whale-watching season with the nearest whale-watching tour guide this spring! Organizations like the Boston Harbor Cruises and the Whale Watch Tour Boston offer great deals for families and groups, so, DO take advantage of the promotions. Some may promise you a money back guarantee on the voyage, especially if you’re planning on a whole-day tour looking out for humpbacks, finbacks, minkes and pilot whales. The species, and some critically-endangered ones, would often make appearances around the waters near Boston during spring. A primary wildlife viewing destination is the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary which is also where you might catch some white-sided dolphins in action!

The mind-blowing expeditions are manned by trained naturalists from the New England Aquarium who will give talks on board the high-speed catamarans. It’s a great way to learn about how scientists track each marine wildlife and collect data about them, their feeding ground and habitat. Most of the whales make repeat visits to the Massachusetts Bay around the same time every year, hence, the guides and scientists, literally, know each of the whale and dolphin by name.

2. Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary  

Add : 208 S Great Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773
Contact : (781) 259-2200
Price : $9 per Adult, $6 per Child age 2 - 12, $6 per Senior age 65+
As the little ones start itching to get out of the house (and bouncing off the walls), it’s a great time to organize a little escapade away from the city. Located approximately 30 minutes from downtown Boston, MA, using the I-90 E, Drumlin Farm is a 206-acre working farm that introduces visitors to life on a working farm with things like shearing demonstrations, a farmyard, a wildlife sanctuary, an organic farm, 4 miles worth of hiking trails around forested areas and wetland habitat, bird-watching and fishing spots.

Its rooms have energy-conserving equipment and computers to audit and control energy usage while also consuming solar-powered energy from its Big Belly Solar. Its green buildings include a poultry house, farm life center, pig barn, learning garden and root cellar. If you have preschool-going children, they offer hands-on, nature-based programs at its sanctuary which are perfect as an additional curriculum to enhance your child's social, cognitive, creative, physical and emotional growth. For older children, they offer 19-day camps where tweens and teens will get to explore nature in their neck of the woods freely. And if they are old enough, get them hired for camp jobs instead. Mass Audubon is run by passionate people who would dig in their heels for wildlife research and conservation, land conservation, environmental change, and defending, rescuing and preserving Massachusetts' endangered wildlife species. It’s a great place to really get to know nature the way nature intends for us to.

3. Garden in the Woods

Add: 180, Hemenway Rd, Framingham, MA 01701
Contact : (508) 877-7630
Price : $12 per Adult (age 18 - 64), $9 per Senior (age 65+), $6 per Youth (age 3 - 17), Free Admission for Children age 3 and younger
Measuring up to 45-acres of woodlands, botanical gardens, valleys, and glacier-carved natural ridges, the attraction is open from April to October every year where guided tours are offered on weekdays from 10am to 2pm. Acting as the headquarters for the New England Wild Flower Society, it contains well over 1,700 species of plants, including hundreds of rare and endangered native Massachusetts species; it houses a large collection of trilliums, hepaticas, trout lilies and other spring blooms. It is the largest of its kind in New England.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the dramatic mature oak forest on glacial terrains, rolling hills, calming streams, a bog and ponds which are also series of microhabitats important to Massachusetts’ nature. While children and visitors are encouraged to stay on Curtis Path and not veer off on their own, the path itself snakes deep into the fringes of a pond, a bog, and a family area. Amenities provided are extremely kid-friendly, with its trails wide enough for strollers and carriages, bathrooms can be found at various changing stations and they are all handicap-accessible. Before calling it a day, do stop by the Garden Shop which works together with Nasami Farm to provide visitors with a healthy supply of native plants, encouraging people to grow their own gardens at home.

4. A Break From The Norm

For many families who don’t get to take a break most of the year, there are places within a short drive from Boston that you can visit to have fun without stretching your budget too far. It’s what we call the affordable New England-style escapade.
  • Cape Codder Resort & Spa
    Add: 1225 Iyannough Rd Suite #1, Hyannis, MA 02601
    Contact : (855) 736-0802
    It features a kid-friendly family indoor waterpark and spas, complete with tropical-themed play areas, poolside cabanas, swimming pools, slides and heated splash pools. This is ONE way to get voted as ‘Parent of the Year’. Located approximately an hour and a half’s drive from downtown Boston, you’ll also get easy access to Cape Cod’s best beaches, enjoy live entertainment, and get professional manicures done while the kids are splashing around in the pool!
  • Chatham Bars Inn
    Add: 297 Shore Rd, Chatham, MA 02633
    Contact : (800) 527-4884
    Exclusivity, privacy, and oneness with nature. Providing you with cozy cabins overlooking the sleepy fishing town of Chatham, a little more than an hour’s charter bus drive away from Boston, MA, the resort is an amazing place to relax, unwind and escape for the weekend. The coastline is a calming reprieve, the games are engaging, the sunset breathtaking and the warm hospitality inviting. It’s a bonus during spring and summer because that is when they run their specials on CBI Kids Club that you can join.  
  • The Villages at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club
    Add : 2907 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631-1946
    Contact : (508) 896-9000
    Thanks to its world-class facilities and amenities, The Villages and its golf club are often used for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, anniversaries and retirement parties. Located approximately an hour and a half from Boston, The Villages has facilities for activities like tennis, basketball, gym, beach fires, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, golfing, kid and family activities, ocean edgeventure, oyster tours and bike rentals on top of providing access to the country’s third most beautiful coastal views, as ranked by Travel & Leisure. It’s gentle waves, warm waters and ever-changing shoreline along Brewster Beach, Bay Pines Beach and Cape Cod National Seashore are reasons enough to return time and time again!

Spring Into Action Right Now and Start Booking Your Boston Charter Bus!

NOW is the perfect time to try to get your game together. Discuss your plans with your family and friends, trim budgets, decide and let’s get started with your spring break! Charter Bus Boston is ready to get you geared up for your spring action with a charter bus, comfortable coach, reliable van, party bus or limousine, depending on what you need the vehicles for. Just give us a call right now or contact us through our online form and we’ll get right back to you with a free quote! Without a doubt, Charter Bus Boston is the perfect partner for your spring break event-planning. 


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