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10 Fun Things to Do With Mom on Mother’s Day in New England

Mothers Day 2012 BannerMother’s day is fast approaching so it is time to start thinking about what you are going to do to make Mom feel special. Let’s face it, the breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner thing has been done to death. And breakfast in bed… this well-meaning activity usually means Mom is going to have to spend some substantial time putting the kitchen back together…

So we decided to come up with 10 things you can do with Mom in New England to help her to feel special on her special day…

1. Take Mom to an Amusement Park
May is early in the season so not all amusement parks are open, however there is still a nice selection of parks to take Mom to for Mother’s Day:

2. Take Mom for a Boat Ride

Picture of a Swan Boat in Boston Public Garden

Swan Boat in Boston Public Garden

No, not a traditional boat, something a little different, something like…

3. Go on a Family Hike
How about getting some exercise as a family on Mother’s Day? Of course you could tackle a portion of any of New England’s long distance hikes like a portion of the Appalachian Trail or the Long Trail in Vermont. But if that is too ambitious for Mother’s Day you could always opt for a more manageable hike in many of the state parks that dot the six New England states.

4. Go for a Ghost Walk
How about some spine-tingling fun for Mom and the whole family. Go on one of New England’s many wonderful ghost tours, including:

5. How About Celebrating Mother’s Day with a Festival?
There are many great festivals that you can take Mom to on Mother’s Day, including:

6. How About Some Flowers for Mom?

Picture of a Water Garden at Blithewold Mansion

Water Garden at Blithewold Mansion

Before you start saying this, too, has been done to death, we are proposing that you take Mom to the flowers rather than giving her flowers. For instance, take Mom to:

7. Take Mom to a Play
Admittedly, it might be difficult to take the whole family to a play. It can sometimes be hard to find a family friendly play that is good for Mom and Dad and is still entertaining for the kids. So you may want to pair this with the traditional breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner where you simply give Mom the tickets to the play. One particularly good choice might be Trinity Rep’s Motherhood the Musical in Providence, RI.

8. Give Mom a Day of Beauty at a Spa
Find a resort with a great spa. Mom gets a day of beauty. Dad gets to entertain the kids. At the end of the day get back together for dinner and share your experiences. Some good resort/spas to check out include:

Picture of a Breaching Humpback Whale

Breaching Humpback Whale

9. Whale Watching Anyone?
For a unique family adventure on Mother’s Day take everyone for a Whale Watch. Remember to dress warm because the water will still be cold, making the air chilly. Some places for whale watching include:

10. Take Mom to the Zoo
Take Mom and the family on a trip to the zoo. There are many zoos in New England including the:

Picture credits: The picture of the Swan Boat is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License. The picture of the Water Garden at Blithewold Mansion is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License. The picture of the breaching Humpback Whale is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

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