Launch from the South Coast at 10 Great Summer Daycation Spots

The high cost of planes, trains and even automobiles is making traveling away from home quite prohibitive this summer, so many people are looking for fun destinations closer to home.

Here are some suggestions.

Don’t let high gas prices and inflation ruin your summer plans. You and your family can enjoy many daytime entertainment venues within driving distance.

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My wife and I try to hike Quechee Gorge at least once every summer season. The gorge is at Quechee State Park in southern Vermont, a wonderful place to relax and unwind.

You can spend the day or spend a few nights, as there is a campground in the park. The gorge and rapids are a sight to behold.

Don’t let high gas prices and inflation ruin your summer plans. You and your family can enjoy many daytime entertainment venues within driving distance.

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There is even an alpaca farm nearby.

Don’t let high gas prices and inflation ruin your summer plans. You and your family can enjoy many daytime entertainment venues within driving distance.

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The Mohawk Trail State Forest in Charlemont, Massachusetts is right on the historic Mohawk Trail in western Massachusetts.

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There are hiking trails, mountains to see and a river runs through it.

Horse Hill Nature Preserve in Merrimack, New Hampshire is another favorite. A four and a half mile loop trail crosses the reserve, and there is stunning scenery along the way. The Merrimack Premium Outlets are just minutes away for shopping and a bite to eat before hitting the trails.

Whether it’s the wilderness you crave or the lure of the big city, there’s plenty of vacation to do. Boston, Providence, Newport, Provincetown, the Berkshires, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are all within driving distance of Greater New Bedford.

Don’t let high gas prices and inflation ruin your summer plans. You and your family can enjoy many daytime entertainment venues within driving distance.

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I like to take the Red Line to Boston from Quincy Adams Station and spend the day soaking up the history. A 3-hour schooner ride off Provincetown in Massachusetts Bay brings you up close to the many seals that thrive in the area.

Below are links to some of my favorite daytime spots, and maybe they will become your favorites as well. Before you travel, be sure to check destination websites for information on times and fees that may apply so you aren’t caught off guard.

10 Great Day Trips A Short Drive Away From The South Coast

Don’t let high gas prices and inflation ruin your summer plans. There are plenty of great daycation spots within driving distance of the SouthCoast for your enjoyment.

See Stone Castle Turned State Park in Connecticut

It was once the home of a famous TV actor, now Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Connecticut is a scenic state park with stunning views and peaceful hiking trails perfect for day trips.

All photos from the gray seal release at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown

The Mystical Aquarium Rescue Program released a juvenile male gray seal at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, Rhode Island on Tuesday. It was the first public outing in two years and the crowd loved watching this baby seal go home.

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