Things to Do in New england
New England offers an incredible array of things to do — the hardest part is choosing your favorites! Whether your passion is skiing, boating, or golf; music, art, or history; family fun or romantic seaside weekends — you’ll find it here.
Read, learn and start planning your New England getaway — and check back often to find new information on more things to see and do.
There are art adventures to be discovered in every New England state. Learn more about the major Boston museums, and the interesting art trails and galleries throughout the region.
Across the USA, New England is a favorite summertime spot for its soft sandy beaches and hot summers. Plan your New England beach vacation to see why!
In the six states of New England, you are never far from a good brew. Learn about the special brewery trails throughout the states, breweries small and large that offer unique experiences and specialty brews plus special beer festivals.
New England’s covered bridges are a step back in time. See some favorites and map out some to see on your next trip.
New England is perfect for cycling adventures. Discover all the possibilities – from the Cape Cod Rail Trail to the carriage trails through Maine’s Acadia National Park.
If you love gardens, you’ll find plenty to visit and astound you in each New England state, from formal gardens to large fields of flowers against an ocean backdrop.
New Englanders love their golf, so if it’s your game too you’ll find plenty of fine courses to choose from. Many New England golf courses are in spectacular settings — along the ocean, next to the mountains, along bays and lakes. Spring, summer, or fall, you’ll enjoy the view.
Head across lakes and over to islands, or even hop on a U.S. Mail boat. Learn more about scenic boat rides in New England.
Nowhere else in the United States will you understand and appreciate just how America began. Walk the Freedom Trail, visit a recreated Pilgrim village, or walk on the first battlefield of the American Revolution. History is around every corner in New England, and these places make learning about it truly enjoyable.
New England has more than 200 lighthouses – and many of them are open for a visit. The state of Maine alone has 60 lighthouses, and there’s even a lighthouse that’s part of a Vermont museum collection. These are the treasures of New England’s seafaring history.
New England’s living history museum experiences will take you back in time with “role players” portraying historical figures and everyday colonists. Step into the tribal quarters of the native Americans, or walk the deck of the Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the first Pilgrims to these shores. Learn more about these special history adventures.
When winter starts to make way for spring, it’s maple sugaring time in New England. Enjoy some spring skiing in combination with visits to maple ‘sugarhouses” where sap tapped from New England maple trees is boiled into golden maple syrup!
Shopping is favorite activity in New England — especially for overseas travelers. In almost every New England state, there are fantastic shopping outlet areas featuring leading designers. Great deals and great value.
New England offers some of the most exceptional, cost-effective, and enjoyable skiing and snowboarding experiences in the U.S. Visitors who can come mid-week will often find short lines and small ski classes — perfect for families! Learn more about New England’s top ski resorts and scenic Nordic skiing venues in each of the New England states.
It’s all aboard…for fun train rides around New England. See the fall foliage, climb a mountain, enjoy a gourmet dinner or get the Christmas spirit. You’ll see spectacular scenery along the way.
Take a stroll, hike for miles, climb a mountain – New England is filled with incredible walking and hiking experiences countless scenic routes. Climb Mount Cadillac to see the first place where the sun rises on the USA, meander past historic mansions on Newport, Rhode Island’s Cliff Walk, or experience Vermont’s Long Trail in the peak of autumn foliage season.
For a memory of a lifetime, be sure to go on a New England whale watch. If you are lucky, you might see Humpback whales jumping and feeding alongside your boat!
Beyond skiing and snowboarding, New England offers an array of exciting and fun winter sporting activities. Head out on a snowmobile, a dog sled, or snowshoe across scenic landscapes. Go snowkiting across a lake, or whoosh downhill on a snow tube with your family under starry skies.
Soar at tree-top level with a New England zip lining adventure! Zip lining is an exciting way to see some incredible scenery. Find out about the different options throughout the region.
For more ideas, see the individual New England state web sites:
- Things to do in Connecticut
- Things to do in Maine
- Things to do in Massachusetts
- Things to do in New Hampshire
- Things to do in Rhode Island
- Things to do in Vermont