History, culture, and miles of pristine coastline: Newburyport, Massachusetts, packs a lot of family fun opportunities in one charming package. Located just 45 minutes north of Boston, Newburyport is also a cinch to get to for those in the Northeast, and once there, kids and families can explore leafy hiking trails, uncrowded beaches, a bustling waterfront, and more. Toss in a visit to neighboring Plum Island, and a day trip or weekend trip to Newburyport feels like a true escape.
Read on for our 25 favorite things to do in Newburyport and Plum Island. While on the North Shore, check out these seafood restaurants, family-friendly beaches, or coastal winter fun ideas, depending on the season.
Find more great trips to take with the kids in our New England Family Travel Guide.