A Family Weekend at the Berkshires in Massachusetts

Currently planning your next family vacation? The Berkshires in Massachusetts makes for a great family weekend! The Berkshires were listed in the 2018 edition of Travel and Leisure’s 50 best places in the world to travel to, making it a top pick for both weekend and weeklong family vacations.


A Family Weekend at the Berkshires in Massachusetts

The Berkshires in Massachusetts are also known as the Berkshire Hills, the Berkshire Mountains and the Berkshire Plateau. The majestic mountains, the windy rural roads, the bright blue skies, the rushing rivers, swimming holes, berry patches, outdoor concerts and the picturesque views are just a few of the many things that beckon vacationers to this particular area of the United States. All in all, there are more than 100 cultural attractions for families to visit in the Berkshires.


Since there are many towns located within Berkshire county, families have choices when it comes to wear exactly they want to stay. They also have choices when it comes to accommodations – campgrounds, cabins, cozy inns, motels, hotels, luxury resorts and vacation rentals.


Events and attractions specifically geared towards families include:

  • Animagic, a Museum of Animation and Special Effects – this family friendly museum is a great choice for families who enjoy learning about move technologies. The option for kids to even make their own animation movie is even available!
  • The Berkshire Museum – this museum places a focus on art, science and history and offers an entire day of fun for families. Hands-on exhibits are available all year long.
  • The Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum – restored in 1903, all family members will enjoy the scenic train ride and the interactive exhibits located on this train.
  • Hilltop Orchards – the entire family can pick their own apples as well as buy homemade apple cider and apple pie at these local orchards.
  • Blue Rider Stables – guided horseback riding tours!
  • Clark Art Institute – lots of family-focused activities to explore here, including tours of art collections.
  • Crab Apple Whitewater – whitewater rafting and kayaking trips on the Deerfield River make for a great day of family fun!
  • Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens – all ages will enjoy exploring this indoor tropical garden.
  • Turn Park – something always interesting and fun is happening in this contemporary part, i.e. live music, live theater, art shows.
  • Uncle Don’s Barnyard at Ioka Valley Farm – kids will especially enjoy meeting and feeding all of the friendly farm animals that live here. Wagon train rides, a pipeline slide and pedal carts make for a fun and exciting day!

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