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Things To Do With Kids in Haverhill

Nestled in the Massachusetts hills lays Haverhill, one of the nation’s oldest communities. 35 miles north of Boston, this quiet getaway is perfect for taking the family out of the city and into nature. Both parents and kids will appreciate visiting some of the notable buildings to learn about the different roles Haverhill has had in American history. For the more active families, Haverhill is surrounded by woods, swamps and conservation areas. On your next visit, remember to check out these great things to do with kids:

From days at the lake to riding bikes through the quiet neighborhoods, there’s no shortage of fun in Haverhill. Bring your tents to camp at Tuxbury Pond or swing on the playground at Riverside Park. Here are some of the best kids activities:

  • Play a game of tag on the Passaqua Playground
  • Escape the corn maze at Marini Farms
  • Take a lakeside stroll at Winnekenni Park
  • Play a round of mini golf at Nunan Florist & Greenhouses
  • Ride the roller coaster at Canobie Lake Park

There are plenty of kid-friendly diversions in Haverhill that even parents can enjoy. Take the kids out for a hike in Bradford or pick out a book to read together at the Haverhill Public Library. Other great family-friendly activities include:

  • Buying local produce at the Haverhill Farmers Market
  • Have a ski weekend at the Ski Bradford
  • Eat hash browns and eggs at Breakfast Cafe
  • Look for beavers and otters along the Crystal Shore Conservation Area
  • Walk beneath the Red Oaks and Red Maples in Riverside Park Red Oaks

Visitors to Haverhill enjoy checking out the five Cultural Treasures. Its easy for both kids and adults to get lost in history while visiting the town’s castle, famous farm, and poet birthplace. Here are some of the best sights to see:

  • Take a tour of a home from the First Period at Dustin House
  • Attend an event or become enchanted at the Winnekenni Castle
  • Snap a selfie in front of the Walnut Square School’s Clock Tower
  • Think about the life of a Puritan folk hero by the Hannah Duston statue
  • Bike along the river on the Bradford Rail Trail

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If you’re looking for ways to have a day all about the kids, Haverhill has got you covered. The town is full of art studios, sports complexes, and outdoor amusements to keep every kid happy. Here are some of the most favorite kid activities in town:

  • Practice your swing in the batting cages at Cedarland
  • Taste old-fashion sodas at A Sweet Affair
  • Paint a pattern on a bowl at Plaster Fun Time
  • Attend story time at the Haverhill Public Library
  • Go canoeing with your friends at Plug Pond

Nothing beats having fun with your buddies. Haverhill has plenty of parks and restaurants that are perfect for throwing cookouts or having dinner with the kids and all of your friends. Here are some of the best things to do with groups:

  • Go fishing at Round Pond Trout
  • Do a turkey dance after three strikes in a row at Academy Lanes
  • Climb aboard a hay or sleigh ride at Kimball Farm
  • Play a friendly round of disc golf at Clement Farm DGC
  • Attend one of the many pow wows at Plug Pond

Haverhill is a great place to introduce children to new concepts. Teach the kids about animal conservation while you look out for bald eagles along the Merrimack River. Other educational opportunities include:

  • Understanding the work of everyday heroes at the Haverhill Firefighting Museum
  • Learning about local poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf at Whittier Birthplace
  • Get homework help at the Haverhill Public Library
  • Try your hand on a letterpress at the Museum of Printing
  • Take a look at antique shoes at the Buttonwoods Museum

Haverhill has been the home of numerous authors, artists, poets, and musicians . If your child is interested in becoming one of the greats, sign them up to one of the many art, music, and dance classes around Haverhill, including:

  • Premiere Martial Arts, the best place in town to earn a black belt
  • The Dance Works, where students prepare for competitive dance
  • Be Imagine Music Studio, where kids can find their inner rock star
  • DeAngelis Studio of Music, with instructors that teach you to sing your heart out
  • Shoe Town Art Center, where kids can experiment with colors

Sometimes the best fun can be had inside. Bring the kids in for a day of entertainment at amusement centers, interactive exhibits, or a reading adventure. Here are some of the most popular indoor activities:

  • Indulge your sweet tooth at Heavn’ly Donuts
  • Climb the rock wall at Metro Rock
  • See a midnight release at Chunky’s Haverhill Cinema & Pub
  • Climb the inflatable playgrounds at Kid’s World Indoor Playground of Salem
  • Bounce off the walls at Launch Trampoline Park in Methuen