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Children's Museum of Maine, Portland, ME

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Overall: Fabulous! My son had so much fun. He loved the ball area where you roll balls down inclines and he also enjoyed climbing around in the tree house. They have a water exhibit set up and as you can imagine it was a hit! They also have a touch tank that the staff opens during the day, a fire engine, a store, a cafe, a race car, a veterinarian's office, a farm exhibit, a campsite, a logging exhibit, a wildlife exhibit, a craft area, a boat and a childrens theater. I know I am missing a few things. Check out their website for a complete  list of exhibits. I did not see any strollers in the museum. I saw a lot of babies in carriers on their parents, but not one stroller. I don't see how you could bring a stroller in there because there are a lot of narrow spots and stairs. I will call the museum tomorrow and find out what their policy is on strollers. In my opinion if you are in Portland or anywhere near Portland you should check this museum out. We loved it!
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Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens

Butterfly on leaf at Magic WingsOn a recent "Girls Day Out" my daughter and I took a ride up Rt. 5 to the Magic Wings Conservatory and Gardens in South Deerfield, Mass. The conservatory is home to almost 4,000 native and tropical butterflies. These butterflies fly freely about and, surprisingly, there are very few casualties scattered about. My daughter and I were taken with all the vivid colors and textures of both the butterflies and plant life. We read that bright colors and bananas are supposed to attract butterflies and will increase the chances of butterfly-to-human contact. We were wearing brown that day and hadn't had any bananas; however we were lucky enough to have one of these little winged creatures land on us.... must have been the chocolate ice cream stained to our lips...you can get that there too!

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Things To Do In New Hampshire

tuckermanheadwallbybradbradstreet"Live Free or Die” is the state motto of this tax-free New England state, home to the White Mountains and Lake Winnipesaukee. The White Mountains are said to have the most rugged terrain in New England. The range is part of the Appalachian Trail with its highest peak on Mount Washington. With an elevation of 6,288 feet, Mount Washington is the tallest peak in the northeastern United States. Fifty-two acres of state forest encompass the mountain, which attracts visitors from all over who love the outdoor adventures of camping, hiking, and mountain climbing. The weather here can be quite challenging and the mountain has taken many lives. In fact, Mount Washington holds a world record for achieving a wind speed of 231 MHP. As I write this article this January morning, the summit conditions are quite warm: -13 degrees with a wind chill of 50 below and 64mph wind gust. For some really fascinating information and statistics, visit the Mount Washington Observatory website.

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Polar Caves Park, Rumney, New Hampshire

polar caves park lookoutIf you are visiting, vacationing or just looking for something to do in the Lake Region of New Hampshire, Polar Cave Park just off Route 25 in Rumney, New Hampshire is the place to go.  ...And we’re giving away a Family-Four Pack for FREE ADMISSION ! 

These caves are really a sight to see. Approximately 50,000 years ago, continental glaciers began to thaw, loosening and cracking large blocks of granite that fell to the base of Hawks Cliff forming multiple glacial caves in between. The Asquamchemauke Indians made these caves there home for hundreds of years before later being rediscovered by a group of teenage boys in 1922. Since then, boardwalks and ladders were constructed and put in place so that visitors would be able to share in the experience and tour these amazing grounds.

Polar Caves Park is a New Hampshire destination that the entire family can enjoy. Complete with petting zoo, an old fashioned sugar house, various nature and history trails and beautiful mountain vistas, Polar Caves Park offers something for everyone.

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Dogtown, Gloucester, Massachusetts

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Who Let the Dogs Out? A Journey to Dog Town

By Ron Kolek

With autumn approaching, it's time to take advantage of the good weather and do your paranormal investigating out of doors. A great place to go is an abandoned village in Gloucester, Massachusetts strangely named Dog Town. It is an awesome place for a hike and a very interesting place to investigate. Late last year a group on paranormal investigators got together to undertake such an investigation. Led by Tom D’Agostino, we put together a loosely form team which I dubbed “The Paranormal Posse”. The team was comprised of Jeff Belanger of GhostVillage.com, Chris Balzano of Mass Paranormal Crossroads, author Tom D’Agostino and his wife Arlene, and Maureen and myself of The New England Ghost Project. With such diverse personalities, it was bound to be an interesting trip.

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In My Footsteps: New London, NH

white mountains new londonAs my travel trips grew further and further from home I knew it was time to do my first overnight trip.  I found a perfect place to begin and a perfect place to stay as well.  New London, New Hampshire, a nearly three and a half hour drive for me from my home on Cape Cod was the setting for my first overnight stay and it was amazing.  The drive up through the eastern fringe of the White Mountains as the sun began to set was something that I will never forget for the rest of my life.

I chose to stay at the Lamplighter Inn on Main Street as it was recommended to me by a friend.  It ended up being the perfect place to stay.  Located just off of the main drag in New London the newly renovated Lamplighter is owned by Mr. Ernest Collier who took over the motel in March.  He has made some marked improvements which have made this spot a great landing place for any visitor to the area.  I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Lamplighter Inn and recommend it to anyone who travels to the New London area.

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