Plan a group tour to the Berkshires customized to your family and create shared memories and experiences. Intergenerational travel is a hot trend in group travel today and the Berkshires is an ideal destination for this type of group since we offer a wide range of cultural, educational, and recreational activities suitable for all ages.
Historic house museums might seem a surprising first stop for family travel, but The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home in Lenox, has much to offer its visitors of all ages. House and gardens tours focused on Wharton and her creative process provide inspiration to readers and writers alike. The spectacular gardens and grounds, including an exhibit of contemporary thought-provoking sculptures, give grandma a chance to explore and enjoy the beautiful Berkshire landscape. While the grandkids can explore one of the several scavenger hunts that highlight the unique and quirky features of the Mount, such as the “dolphin fountain” that resembles a mythical sea monster. Families can also have ghostly fun touring the most haunted parts of the estate on a spooky evening Ghost Tour (though the tour is not recommended for children under 12).
Located just 15 minutes away is historic Hancock Shaker Village, an outdoor living history museum. Families can spend the day exploring 20 authentic buildings, a working farm with livestock, extensive gardens, and extraordinary Shaker artifacts. Family activities include daily sing-alongs of Shaker music, demonstrations of the water-powered turbine, Shaker box-making and other time-honored crafts and skills. Every April, Hancock Shaker Village presents a celebration of baby animals, offering visitors the opportunity to hold, feed, and greet the newest members of the Shaker family.
The Berkshire Museum, located in Pittsfield, is an art, science, and natural history museum that brings grandpa, mom and junior together with experiences that spark creativity and innovative thinking. In addition to special exhibits like this summer’s Butterflies, which includes a butterfly pavilion filled with species from around the globe, the museum’s permanent collect highlights the natural resources of the region and pays tribute to renowned artists, both local and international. The Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation is an exciting 3,000-square-foot interactive exhibition that celebrates the many innovators and innovations that have originated in the Berkshires and transformed the world; children and adults alike can enjoy the many hands-on learning opportunities.
Families can head to North Adams to enjoy a day at MASS MoCA, one of the largest centers for contemporary art in the United States. Fresh, dazzling art, including complex, large-scale displays, fills over 200,000 square feet of exhibition space. Anchoring the rotating exhibit schedule is Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective comprising 105 of LeWitt’s large-scale wall drawings, occupying nearly an acre of specially built interior walls—over three stories of a historic mill building situated at the heart of MASS MoCA’s campus. Be sure to visit Kidspace, a child-centered art gallery and hands-on studio that presents exhibitions and educational experiences in collaboration with leading artists.
Other family-friendly cultural venues in the area include but are not limited are to the Norman Rockwell Museum, Jacob’s Pillow, Williams College Museum of Art and the Animagic Museum of Animation and Special Effects.
Once your family has soaked up some culture be sure to get outside, your intergenerational group will surely enjoy some quality family time while on a hike, a bike ride or why not get everyone out for an afternoon of kayaking. The best way to discover all the fun your family groups can have is to hop on the bus and come and explore the Berkshires.