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Family Attractions

There is plenty of family entertainment in the South Shore to enjoy while your group is here for their meeting. During the summer, Deep River Waterpark offers a wide range of fun, from easy flowing river rides to speed slides at near free-fall. The waterpark makes it affordable for families by offering free parking and a cooler-friendly park. If you are visiting during the winter months, the waterpark is open for ice skating from Thanksgiving through February.

Fair Oaks Farms is the largest dairy farm in the country and it has opened its doors for visitors. Take a bus tour, view a 3D/4D movie, check out the exhibits, or watch a cow being born in the birthing barn. For even more family fun be sure to check out activities like "rock" climbing on a milk-bottle and the cheese maze.

A chocolate waterfall greets you as you enter the home of the World's Best Gummies and Gold Label Chocolates.  Albanese Confectionery lets you take a glimpse into the inner workings of their candy factory complete with a factory direct outlet store.

Taltree Arboretum and Gardens is a 360-acre reserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands, and prairies and includes a Railway Garden the kids will love.

For younger children, Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center has room after room of hands-on activities such as face painting, a play supermarket and cooking.

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