With roughly 6,000 miles of coastline, the region offers countless ways to experience the ocean and maritime history, many beyond day trips to the beach. And the sea what floats on top, what lies beneath, what crowds the shore inspires curiosity in children. With marine science centers showcasing life beneath the ocean surface, kids may never look at periwinkles, starfish, or crabs the same way. After spending time with a Maine lobsterman, watching the shipbuilding process, stepping back in time at a historic seaport, or boarding a submarine, they may view New Englanders relationship with the sea differently. Speedboat thrill rides through Boston Harbor and surf lessons simply show how much fun it is to splash around.
BY SHIRA SPRINGER, GLOBE STAFF