Traveling within New England with children presents no destination-specific problems. In fact, parents will probably find that New England offers a great variety of educational and entertaining ways to keep their kiddies busy. They will also find that most facilities – including hotels and restaurants – welcome families with children. Look for the family-friendly icon in the listings for particularly welcoming spots.

Practicalities

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 fried fish or fish sticks, burgers, fries, chicken fingers and other small plates – most also include a kids' plate.

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.