In the meantime, get to work on that "out of office" message! Adults looking to escape their brood for a few hours can indulge at the spa, go line-dancing or hit the happy hour. With eight roller coasters, from the old-fashioned wooden ThunderHawk to the floorless Hydra, there's a ride for all tastes.
Touted by tourism officials as "the most impressive concentration of original Colonial homes in America," mile-long Benefit Street is the undisputed showcase of Providence's East Side.
Make sure to find Larry and ask him if the house is haunted and by whom. Stretching along beautiful beaches, the small town of Sea Girt is devoid of the fist-pumping antics depicted on MTV. The tide at Skaket Beach goes out for miles—you won't be able to resist walking out as far as you can midday, and then heading back as the tide rolls in to stick around to watch the sunset.