Niantic Children’s Museum, Niantc
Make a day of it and head the quaint seaside town of Niantic. The Niantic Children’s Museum is the perfect place to spend a few hours with kids of all ages. From sailing your own fishing boat to climbing aboard a fire truck, kids will love all the hands-on opportunities. Outside, there is a giant sand pit with kid-size excavation tools, a water play area, music making with giant instruments, a zip line, a kid’s climbing wall and a huge kid-designed tree house. During the week of April 19, 2021, they are having some special Earth Day events this year, including making art from recycled materials and the chance to add your masterpiece to the “Recycling Wall of Fame.”
After a few hours of playing, hit up one of Niantic’s most iconic landmarks, The Book Barn, with three locations in town. The Main Barn, at 41 West Main Street, is home to the largest selection of books spread throughout several themed buildings. Besides books, of which there are more than 500,000 of, there are lush gardens in the spring and summer perfect for reading and relaxing, and a myriad of friendly cats roaming the store for a little added ambiance.
Finish off your day with a stroll on the Niantic Boardwalk and a stop at Gumdrops & Lollipops Candy Shoppe for some sweet provisions for the car ride home.
Image via @niantickids