So, love New England Lighthouses, tidal pools and rock? Try Beavertail State Park. But you have to come on scheduled Saturdays to go up the tower. It has it’s tale of a brave keeper who died in a hurricane, the fog will probably roll in and out while you are there, and you can watch the boats.
There is a small museum of lighthouses, and a small aquarium with park rangers and volunteers to answer questions. There is a lot for wide range of kids, but it may be hard to keep them all together at the same time. It helps to have several adults around to squire them.
The composting toilets are clean and pleasant, not smelly at all. I could hear a mechanism under the floorboards, it looked like there was a worm gear to keep things aerated. I wish there was a chart or sign about how it worked – yeah, I know, geeky-ness is a hazard of homeschooling.
There were a lot of thistles at the edge of the picnic meadow. They brought in as many butterflies as the buddlea bush in my garden at home.
But you, you will surely love this park, and not wimp out at the end of the day. Or you will plan a short visit, so when your intrepid preschooler risks her life one too many times, going home will be the plan you’d fixed on anyway.