Family Day Out on the Haverhill Line

There are few Commuter Rail lines better for a relaxing day of family fun than the Haverhill Line. Spend some quality time with your kids during a train ride to some family-friendly attractions and restaurants rather than getting stuck in traffic. Kids 11 and under always ride free, and they also ask the train conductor for activity books to enjoy on the ride! You’ll get to share your children’s joy and excitement at getting to travel on the train, then create amazing memories together as a family at the awesome attractions along the Haverhill Line.


Academy Lanes - Bowling

Approx. 1.20 miles from station

725 S Main St, Bradford, MA 01835

Want to take the family bowling? Then grab a ride share from Haverhill Station to Academy Lanes. It’s one of the largest Candlepin bowling lanes in the world, featuring 44 lanes, an arcade, and more. Make sure to check out the Kids Bowl Free program where registered kids receive two free games of bowling!


Lake Quannapowitt

Approx. 0.39 miles from station

468 North Ave (Veterans Field Parking lot), Wakefield, MA 01880

Lake Quannapowitt is a beautiful lake with a popular walking, running, and biking path around it. You can take your kids to run around and play in the Wakefield Commons beside it, or at Spaulding Playground. You’ll also often find family friendly festivals and events by the lake, like art festivals and farmers markets. Be sure to check out the Wakefield town calendar for events.



Approx. 0.30 miles from station

389 Main St, Wakefield, MA 01880

Your kids will love Cravings, an authentic 1920s soda fountain in Wakefield Square. Your family can get homemade ice cream, coffee, and confections to satisfy your sweet tooth year-round. Be sure to indulge in classic ice cream flavors like black raspberry, cookies and cream, Dutch chocolate, and pistachio. Before you go, grab some goodies for the ride home, like novelty candy or decadent truffles.

Melrose/Cedar Park

Stone Zoo

Approx. 1.73 miles from station

149 Pond St, Stoneham, MA 02176

Take a rideshare from Melrose Cedar Park Station to the Stone Zoo to see some incredible wildlife. Here you and your kids can see hundreds of exotic animals such as snow leopards, black bears, flamingoes, Mexican gray wolves, and river otters. You can buy advance tickets to skip the lines or buy them at the gate. Either way, you and your kids will experience some incredibly wild fun!