New England in detail

Travel with Children

Traveling within New England with children presents no destination-specific problems. Parents will find that New England offers a great variety of educational and entertaining ways to keep their kiddies busy. Most facilities – including hotels and restaurants – welcome families with children. Look for the family-friendly icon in the listings for particularly welcoming spots. Lonely Planet's Travel with Children (available at is a helpful resource.


Many restaurants have children's menus with significantly lower prices. High chairs are usually available, but it pays to inquire ahead of time. Roadside stands pepper rural New England, offering kid-friendly fare like fish sticks, burgers, fries, chicken fingers and soft-serve ice cream.

Children are not welcome at many smaller B&Bs and inns (even if they do not say so outright); make sure you inquire before booking. In motels and hotels, children under 17 or 18 years are usually free when sharing a room with their parents. Cots and roll-away beds are often available (sometimes for an additional fee) in hotels and resorts. Campgrounds are fantastic choices for families with kids – many are situated on waterways or lakes and offer family activities (tube rental, swimming, kayaking etc). For those who don’t want to rough it, many campgrounds also offer simple cabins to rent.

Most car-rental companies lease child safety seats, but they don't always have them on hand; reserve in advance if you can. Rest stops generally have changing stations for parents' convenience. Most public transportation (bus, train etc) offers half-price tickets or reduced fares for children.