- TripBuzz found 405 things to do with kids in or near Essex, Massachusetts, including 402 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Boston, Salem, Gloucester and Cambridge.
- From Cogswell's Grant to Essex Shipbuilding Museum, the Essex area offers 114 different types of family activities, including: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Boat Cruise and Parks.
- A small town outside of Boston, Essex is a popular tourist destination in New England. Located on the Essex River, the city has its economic roots in both shipbuilding and clamming; and its rich history is recorded at its local museum. Other attractions in the area include a variety of antique shops, fishing charters, walking trails and public parks.
Situated on 57 acres, Cushing Memorial Park was previously used as a treatment site for World War II soldiers. The park offers walking trails, a children's playground, picnic areas and open fields suitable for recreational activities.
Mount Agamentious is a 30,000-acre park reserve with many different animals including deer, bobcat, coyote, fox, mink, muskrat, opossum, otter, raccoon, squirrel, skunk, and weasels. Visitors can snowshoe, walk, bike, horseback ride, run, and watch for birds.
Centuries old Eastleigh Farms offers pasteurized farm products and hosts both private and business social events. Locally produced ice cream and dairy, raw milk and seasonal products are for sale in addition to the nostalgic ambiance and family friendly farm.
Spanning over 560 acres, the Horse Hill Nature Preserve is a natural space that offers a variety of activities for visitors. Visitors can ski, snowmobile, ride horses or bicycles, or hike through the diverse areas of the preserve.
Situated on 76 acres, Derryfield Park is located next to the Weston Observatory, which was built in the late 1800s. The park offers a children's playground, walking trails and facilities for soccer, baseball, football and tennis.
Home to 19th century American writer Sarah Orne Jewett, a short story writer best known for 'The White Heron,' the Sarah Orne Jewett House is a well-preserved piece of literary history. It offers guided tours of the house and gardens.
Charmingfare Farm houses a zoo with agricultural animals and North American wildlife, including black bears, wildcats and reindeer. Explore the grounds on a horse-drawn hay or carriage ride, or a winter sleigh ride, learn about farm life at the Dairy Discovery Barn, or hike the site with a llama companion.