Parents all know the pain.

February vacation can be tough. I'm not a huge fan of February vacation because it can so easily turn into a video game-a-thon. One day of Xbox flows into the next, and then the next. You justify it because it is cold, snowy or muddy from all of the melting.

Unless you're dropping thousands of dollars to take the family up to New Hampshire or Vermont for some skiing, the weather doesn't exactly lend itself to outside fun. Honestly, the weather this week has been remarkably mild for a February vacation, but apparently, that is going to change as the temperatures drop to wrap up the week.

As far as activities go, it's interesting how often we disregard or forget the tourist attractions in our own neighborhoods. We drive by them so often that we never even consider going to them. I can't tell you how many times I have out-of-town guests ask me about the Boston Duck Tours, yet I've never been on one.

That's why I wanted to share this information about Battleship Cove. For the rest of the school vacation week, including the weekend, the world's largest collection of historic naval ships will be free for kids 12 and under to tour and explore.

Battleship Cove features self guided tours of:

  • BATTLESHIP U.S.S. Massachusetts
  • DESTROYER U.S.S. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.
  • SUBMARINE U.S.S. Lionfish
  • MISSILE CORVETTE Hiddensee
  • PT BOAT 617

All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Battleship Cove suggests calling ahead, particularly when the forecast calls for inclement weather, to make sure they are open.

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