Kids with unlimited energy will be ecstatic at the Boston Children's Museum, no doubt spending countless hours negotiating the three-story maze.
You can stand in an indoor lightning storm, test Robo Bees and explore energy sources among thousands of other interactive exhibits at the venerable Museum of Science Boston.
Great views, kids' programs and an outdoor pool add to its appeal.
Also downtown, close to Dupont Circle and Georgetown is Embassy Suites.
Newport, Rhode Island (about 180 miles east-northeast of New York City) The Vanderbilts and Astors have been gone for decades, but the Gilded Age summer playground of the very, very rich is still very, very chic, thanks to Newport's dramatic seaside location, renovated Colonial core and its ongoing appeal to the yachting crowd.
Come September, however, the hordes of domestic and overseas visitors practically fall off the Cliff Walk, thus freeing up Little Rhody's top destination, big-time.