It's officially summertime in New England! Need to beat the heat and keep the kids entertained? Take a ride to one of these local family farms/fun centers for some ice cream and fun! These local fun spots offer everything from batting cages to mini golf and is sure to please every member of the family!
Amesbury, MA - Cider Hill Farm
45 Fern Avenue, Amesbury, MA
This farm has its very own food truck, the PitchFORK, parked onsite. Along with great meal options, they also make amazing ice cream with fresh fruit, blended right there when you order it. This farm is famous for its cider donuts which they, of course, offer as an ice cream flavor too. After filling up on sweet treats let your kids burn off some energy in the Tyke Yard and Sandbox.
Auburn, MA - Crystal Caves
790 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA
Established in 1995, Crystal Caves is the family fun destination in central Massachusetts. With 18 holes of mini golf, 8 batting cages, 2 trampolines, the 'Gyro', and a full service ice cream parlor serving over 50 flavors, made on site, you can be sure to find something to like.
Ashland, MA - Murphy’s Tasty Treat
16 W. Union Street, Ashland, MA
A gathering place to enjoy a burger, salad, seafood and plenty of hard and soft serve ice cream as well as 18 holes of mini golf. Visit their new Candy Shop located right inside the restaurant!
Holliston, MA - Putts & More Family Fun Center
750 Concord Street, Rte. 126, Holliston, MA
Grab some ice cream from the snack bar before or after you enjoy the facilities this Fun Center has to offer. Offering a beautifully designed 18 hole miniature golf course, a jumping pillow and splash pad!
Leicester, MA - Tatnuck Farms Creamery and Tatnuck Trails Mini Golf
55 Marshall Street, Leicester, MA
This farm creamery serves Gifford’s Ice Cream, offering 30 plus flavors. Enjoy their unique 18 hole mini-golf course that covers an acre of land. The greens are 30-50 feet long including a practice green. Their huge greens will challenge everyone from beginner to advanced offering many breaks, uphills and downhills! Great place for birthday parties, outings!
Litchfield, NH - Mel’s Funway Park
Famous Funway Country Ice Cream
454 Charles Bancroft Highway (Rt 3A), Litchfield, NH
Funway Park (or Mel's as they are fondly known) is open from April through October, featuring a family friendly Fun-Park featuring Go-Karts, two Mini-Golf Courses, Lazer Tag, a Lazer Maze, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Mini Mel's - a dedicated Kiddie Land for the youngsters 2-9yo, and treats to enjoy like Ice Cream and their on-site restaurant!
Marlborough, MA - Trombetta’s Farm
655 Farm Road, Marlborough, MA
Trombetta’s has been making their old fashioned homemade ice cream daily since 1978. Along with the 40 flavors of ice cream, they also offer soft-serve, frozen yogurts, Richie's Slush, sherbets, sorbets, sugar free, and homemade vegan options. Play on their 18-hole miniature golf course built inside of a 450-Foot-long fiberglass covered greenhouse. The course is challenging to entertain all ages and is surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers. There are two waterfalls and a small pond which are connected by a winding river, along with two cross-over bridges. Spacious and heated for winter comfort, you can listen to relaxing background music while playing golf.
Methuen, MA - Jay Gee’s Ice Cream and Fun Center
602 Lowell Street, Methuen, MA
Jay Gee’s offers a state-of-the-art Fun Center filled with games, prizes, bumper cars, and more for the whole family. Enjoy their homemade hard ice cream...lots of flavors to choose from!
Middleton, MA - Richardson’s Farm & Ice Cream
156 South Main Street, Rte. 114, Middleton, MA
Visit this working dairy farm, the source of the legendary Richardson's ice cream, to grab a homemade scoop. With every flavor imaginable, from vanilla to bubblegum, you can come back for a different treat all summer long. While visiting, kids can take a swing at the batting cages, play a round of mini golf, or hit some balls at the driving range.
Millis, MA - Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm
139 Spring Street, Millis, MA
The Farmer's Porch at Tangerini's opens an ice cream shop for summer, so stop in and to cool off with a sweet treat. Along with seasonal u-pick options for the kids, the farm also hosts kid cooking classes.
North Andover, MA - Smolak Farms
315 South Bradford Street, North Andover, MA
At their seasonal ice cream window, you can pick from delicious flavors, including the cider donut supreme. There are also monthly flavor specials to choose from, making multiple visits a must. Take your desserts over to the playground to enjoy, and then visit and feed the animals. During weekends and festivals, kids can also enjoy hay wagon rides, duck races, wee wagons, and a bounce house. Make sure to check the events calendar to see if there are any special activities happening.
Northborough, MA - Tougas Family Farm
234 Ball Street, Northborough, MA
At this u-pick farm, kids can visit the barnyard, playground, and farm kitchen with family-friendly activities along with indulging in some ice cream. The kitchen has both ice cream and milkshakes. But if you don't feel like ice cream, make sure to try one of their fresh fruit slushies instead. Hours for this farm depend on the supply of ripe fruit so check the website for updates. Be sure to enjoy the farm themed playground!
Rockland, MA - Magoo’s Ice Cream & Sandwich
190 VFW Drive, Rockland, MA
Magoo's Ice Cream & Sandwich has been serving the Rockland area for quite some time now. They have a wide selection of quality products that they’re sure you’ll just love. Stop by to have a taste after a round of miniature golf on their 18-hole course!
Sterling, MA - Rota Spring Farm
117 Chace Hill Road, Sterling, MA
If you like Family Fun and Homemade Ice Cream…Take a Mini Vacation at Rota-Spring Farm in Sterling, Massachusetts! Rota-Spring Farm in Sterling Massachusetts is an oasis for New Englanders who enjoy the taste of good old-fashioned delicious homemade ice cream. After you make your delightful selection, take a seat at a picnic table, or stroll on over to their goats where the kids will get a big kick out of petting and feeding them.
Tyngsboro, MA - Parlee Farms
95 Farwell Road, Tyngsboro, MA
This u-pick farm has a seasonal ice cream window and picnic tables to enjoy your cone at. While you're there, visit Annie’s Animal Barn. There are 70 animals, like goats, chickens, and bunnies, to pet and feed. Pop into the farm stand for fresh produce and baked goods to take home on your way out.
Westford, MA - Kimball Farm
400 Littleton Road, Westford, MA
(978) 486-3891 (Other Massachusetts locations are in Carlisle & Lancaster and also in Jaffrey, NH)
Since 1939, this ice cream hotspot, with over 50 flavors of homemade ice cream, has delicious seafood & grill, a country store, mini-golf, bumper boats & cars, driving rand, arcade and much more!
Whitinsville, MA - West End Creamery
481 Purgatory Road, Whitinsville, MA
Located on a quaint family farm, West End Creamery has a long list of hand-dipped ice cream, fat-free frozen yogurt, sherbet, sorbet, and soft-serve treats. If you’re looking to add to your outing, make time for a round of mini-golf on the farm’s scenic course.
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