Except for occasional pilgrimages to the Museum of Science in Boston and Old Sturbridge Village, my sister and I were transported to less well-known attractions in New England. Call them hidden gems or describe them as off the beaten path, they were places that dont first come to mind when planning an excursion with children. Beyond the big names, the quality and variety of child-friendly New England attractions might surprise you. Discovering new places and trying the unfamiliar is all part of the fun. Kids can dig deep or fly high. They can travel back to the Middle Ages or way back to prehistoric times. They can ride animals or create animation. They can learn how the body works in a science exhibit or on ski slopes under the instruction of an Olympic gold medalist.
BY SHIRA SPRINGER, GLOBE STAFF