Looking for another great New England destination to visit with the kids that includes educational and fun activities?

York, Maine may be the answer.

Only about an hour north of Boston, this small quaint town offers many terrific activities for children and adults.

The calendar quality village offers a great zoo with exotic animals to see and a butterfly garden where children become landing zones for hundreds of colorful butterflies.

For the more adventurous, the zoo offers camel rides, pony rides and boat rides that paddle across duck filled ponds.

York’s Wild Animal Kingdom also features an old fashioned amusement park for toddlers and small children. Children enjoy bumper boats, train rides, mini-golf and carousel ponies while adults sit happily under the shade of beautiful old trees.

Once tuckered out from the rides, families walk two blocks back to the village for several lunch opportunities, including The Goldenrod. This original old fashioned soda shop makes its own candy (Goldenrod Kisses) and is a step back in time.

Enjoy an afternoon at Short Sands Beach, just a half block away.  Gentle waves, beautiful views and soft sand to build towering castles make everyone happy. For those children not yet exhausted, a new playground offers another venue for running, jumping and climbing while the natural zone with gazebo next to it beautifies the park.

At the end of the day, watch tired families happily walking back to the their cars for a quick trip home. York, Maine is a great day trip for long-term happy memories.

So many of these great places have closed or changed over the years. It’s a wonderful idea to make sure everyone experiences these beautiful family places before they are just memories. Try this day trip yourself and let me know what you think or comment on other great day trips for families.