Less than three hours from Boston via car ferry, Martha’s Vineyard offers buckets of family fun.
Make home base the Winnetu Oceanside Resort, with in-room kitchenettes, free activities, and shuttles to town. At the adjoining Lure restaurant, enjoy a family breakfast buffet and games.
When togetherness wears thin, tell all to get lost in the five-acre corn maze at Farm Institute, opening mid-July. Then cool off at Long Point Wildlife Refuge, which limits visitors so it feels like a private paradise.
Can you dig it?
Micro Mini Car Day
What: See and hear dozens of exotic automobiles, like the Messerschmitt (a three-wheel bubble car) and BMW’s Isetta (egg shaped with a refrigerator-like door).
Why: Get revved up.
When: Sat., 1-4 p.m.
Where: Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline (617-522-6547).
What: Exhibit shows a variety of creepy crawlers with 25-foot-tall sculptures in the outdoor gardens.
Why: What’s buggin’ you?
When: Starts Sat. Thru Sept. 1, daily, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 1-Oct. 31, daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: New England Wild Flower’s Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham (508-877-7630).
Martins Pond Children’s Fishing Derby
What: Compete to catch the biggest fish in the pond.
Why: Take the bait.
When: Sat., 8-11 a.m.
Where: Clarke Park, Burroughs Rd., North Reading.