• Welcome to the Active Dad Blog!

    Thank you for visiting my blog. The Active Dad is all about having fun in the outdoors with children! I've set up this site as a resource for parents looking to take their kids on some fun and unique adventures in and around New England. I will also write about the occasional outdoor gadget or gear that may be worth picking up for your trips. Enjoy! Christian
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Vermont Family Roadtrip!

Quick pit stop in Montpelier…check out our Vermont family fun blog, coming soon! Advertisements

Patagonia Online Web Sale – 30% Off Plus Free Shipping!

Hey guys, Occasionally, I will post about great deals that come along…and this is definitely one of them. Patagonia is having a Spring and Summer Styles online web sale with most products 30% off. The deal includes free shipping for orders over $75. Be sure to take advantage of this deal, which runs through July 27th. Happy … Continue reading

Active Dad Review: Santa’s Village v. Storyland

This week, Liss and I took the kids up to North Conway for a few days of fun in the mountains. From the picturesque downtown with its signature railroad station set among the Moat Mountain range to Cranmore Mountain to the Sacco River and White Mountain National Forest– there’s a lot to do when you’re … Continue reading

Free Events All Summer: Free Fun Fridays!

For those of you who have not seen the coverage, the Highland Street Foundation has established an amazing program for families this summer around Massachusetts. Each Friday though out the summer, families will receive free admission to some of the best cultural attractions in the state including the Museum of Science, the Boston Children’s Museum, … Continue reading

Wanna Cool Off? Check out these Great Swimming Holes!

If you’re looking to cool off this weekend and maybe looking for a fun new place to take a dip…then you may want to visit this great website! Www.swimmingholes.org is a comprehensive state-by-state website that provides details on some of the best places to take your kids for some fun! The Massachusetts’ page includes detailed … Continue reading

Olivia’s First Hike: Mt. Agamenticus, York ME

Over the weekend, Liss and I took the kids to REI to see if we could score some deals at the store’s Fourth of July 30% Off Sale. We picked up the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Nature Walks Along the Seacoast, which contains over 50 scenic walks and hikes along the coast from Ipswich, MA past … Continue reading

ActiveDad Review: Southwick Zoo, Mendon MA

Last week, Liss and I decided to pack up the car and head out west to the Southwick Zoo in Mendon. Normally, we take the kids north to the York’s Wild Kingdom in Maine (which is only 25 minutes from our house), but we decided to try something new this year. Southwick, which bills itself … Continue reading

Nature Trails at Odiorne Point – Rye, NH

For those of you on the North Shore looking for something different to do outside with the family, you may want to check out Odiorne Point State Park. Located in Rye, New Hampshire, this 330 acre state park has lots to offer.  Since we’ve moved north to Amesbury, Odiorne has become a regular spot for … Continue reading

DCR Oceanside Campfire this Saturday! Constitution Beach – East Boston

The Department of Conservation is holding a fun activity this Saturday night on Constitution Beach in East Boston. The event runs from 6:00-8:00pm where you can come and sit by a warm fire, toast marshmallow and have some hot chocolate. If you’re interested, meet up on the beach side of the bathhouse. For more information, … Continue reading

National Park Service launches new Massachusetts website

The National Park Service just launched a cool new interactive website that organizes information about all kinds of great spots to visit in Massachusetts from the 15 National Parks like the Cape Code National Seashore to fun spots on the National Register of Historic Places including the Mohawk Trail in the Berkshires. The best part … Continue reading