5 Spots to Take the Kids!

I know how much you want your family vacation to be unforgettable, so I put together a list of five South Coast spots that I think are fun, exciting, relaxing, and adventurous! Whether you and the family want to bask in the sun, take a go-cart ride, pet zoo animals, or hang with baby sharks, we have you covered! Feel free to comment and add any other family fun spots that you recommend! Get out there and explore New Bedford and the South Coast!

Buttonwood Park Zoo

Location: 425 Hawthorn St, New Bedford

Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm- last admission at 4:15pm.

Cost: Adults: $6

Seniors & Teens: $4.50

Child 3-12: $3.00

Children under 3: Free

Free Parking

Take the kids for an affordable day outdoors mingling with the zoo animals! Elephants, black bears, mountain lions, river otters, bald eagles, and seals-Oh My! Zookeepers are excited and available to educate your kids on how to keep the animals happy and healthy. Check out the “Toe Jam Puppet Band” every Monday ($5.00 per family plus zoo admission) Enjoy lunch at the Bear’s Den Café if you feel like skipping out on the task of packing a lunch. Or keep costs low and find a shaded area to spread out your blanket and enjoy a picnic in the park with the family.

Ocean Explorium

Location: 174 Union Street, New Bedford

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am- 4pm in summer

Thursday -Sunday 10am-4pm in winter

Cost: Adult: $8.50

Child: $7

Children under 3: Free

The Ocean Explorium is the perfect place to take the kids when it is raining and the beach is not an option! The educated and enthusiastic staff are happy to take your kids on a tour of an indoor underwater world filled with marine life from baby sharks to tropical fish, baby squid, and more! The kids will be busy at the craft table, interactive touch tank, the Science on the Sphere exhibit, or creating their own living coral fragment! Spend the day discovering the ocean’s inhabitants with the family!

Water Wizz

Location: 3031 Cranberry Highway, East Wareham

Hours: 10am-5pm (see website for extended hours)

Cost: $32.00

Under 48″ and seniors (65+): $16.00

Children 2 and Under: Free

Discounted Admission (varies depending on closing hours)

After 4:00 – $21.00

Under 48″ – $16.00

Free Parking

Enjoy an entire day or save a few bucks and head out for a summer evening of action packed family fun! Cool off on one of the eight water slides, relax in the lazy river, play in the shallow water park with younger children, or splash around in the wave pool! Food and lockers are also conveniently available if you choose to pack light, or stock the cooler and rent a private cabana to fit the whole family!

Westport Kartway

Location: 336 State Road, Westport

Hours: Late March to Early November: 10am-9pm

Cost: Individual ride $5 (multi ride discounts available)

Westport Kartway and Family Fun Center is a great spot take the older kids. Enjoy a go-cart drive around the track, play arcade games, ride bumper boats, or rent a bike-all in one spot! Fuel up at the snack bar after an action packed afternoon or evening. No worries, “Kids Kartz” are available for the younger kiddos too! Don’t forget to ask about the discounted multiple ride rates-ENCORE!

Horseneck Beach

Location: Rte. 88, Westport Point, Westport

Cost: $8 MA Resident

$12 Non-MA Resident (seasonal rates available)

Horseneck beach and state reservation is a two mile long beautiful South Coast beach attracting local water sports lovers of all ages! Enjoy a day of leisure at the beach; swimming, sunbathing, bird watching, boogie boarding, collecting sea treasures, building sand castles, and soaking up the sun! Pets are not allowed and children should be cautious while observing the bird estuary areas. Life guards are on site keeping the beach safe and clean. The early bird gets the worm, so head out early to get a good parking spot!





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