• National Wildlife Refuge and Sachem Pond sunset on Block Island
    National Wildlife Refuge and Sachem Pond sunset
    Block Island, Rhode Island

New England News




As travel resumes, please know that New England is ready to welcome you. 

The five states that form Discover New England are open for business and look forward to welcoming you with the recommended health protocols in place to ensure a safe visit and memorable experience.

For the latest travel guidelines for each state, please check the links below.




As global travel has screeched to a halt due to the COVID-19 virus, we at Discover New England want to provide you with informational resources covering the virus alerts in our region and the U.S.

While now is not the time for travel, please know that New England will be ready to welcome you with open arms when the time is right. We encourage you to follow our social media channels @discovernewengland and we will keep you inspired with the beauty and diversity of New England.

Be well, stay safe and heed the advice and recommendations from health officials.




You’re home right now. We all are – together but separate. And while we know that’s the right thing to do, it doesn’t mean we don’t miss the things we love.

In spring, nature reawakens with blooming flowers and trees, water gently laps the shoreline of our lakes and our ocean tides are especially strong and dramatic.

We think spring in New England shouldn’t be missed, so we’re giving you a chance to take a peek and Discover New England from the comfort of your home.

Until we see you again, enjoy!


Connecticut has gathered a list of popular attractions across the state that have created special online experiences or projects to entertain, teach and engage you and your family while you stay safe at home. Watch live animals, take virtual tours, participate in learning activities, try virtual yoga classes and more!


As we all practice physical distancing, Maine has come up with some tips on staying connected with Maine, along with a list of virtual experiences.  


The New Bedford Whaling Museum has launch a new section of their website called “Museum From Home.” Visitors can take virtual tours, link to recorded talks and presentations, view online exhibitions, and find educational and fun activities.

The Peabody Essex Museum is sharing exhibits, educational podcasts, and e-newsletters through their website and social media channels. #PEMfromHome​

Essex National Heritage Area have created a wonderful #heritageathome website to help connect, inspire, and engage in an uncertain time. It has history and interesting content to read from home and updated information on getting outside while social distancing. 

The Creative Collective MA team has curated an outstanding list of virtual experiences here, there, and everywhere to help pass and enrich our time at home.

Learn about Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Salem Witch Trials with a virtual field trip from The House of Seven Gables. Download the Google Expeditions app to get started.

The Salem Witch Museum is keeping busy on Facebook with a virtual book club featuring a selection of both fiction and nonfiction titles about the Salem Witch Trials. Join the group and start reading your first book here. The museum is also offering virtual tours.

Greater Boston has a growing list of virtual experiences.

Visit the Virtual Rockwell Museum from anywhere. The museum has created multiple ways for visitors to experience its collections with related history, photography, video and audio.

The Clark’s entire permanent collection is available online. Anyone is free to browse the collection and download any of the works. 

Boston Symphony Orchestra has introduced BSO at Home: Behind the Scenes and BSO Home School has video tutorials with BSO musicians released on a weekly basis and includes a Symphony Hall tour.

Mass MoCA is bringing its art to the public with Morning, Afternoon, and Evening 'Art Breaks' with both visual and performing arts.


To help visitors experience New Hampshire at a time when they can’t travel here in person. Their website now includes numerous virtual experiences. Also, check out their video series How I Live FreeLive Free 360 videos, and Live Free with Kris for future trip planning. 


Enjoy Rhode Island from afar with these virtual experiences to have from the comfort of your home.


Other News


New England 2019 News & Announcements (PDF)

New England 2018 News & Announcements (PDF)

New England 2017 News & Announcements (PDF)

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Maine’s Beaches: Explore the USA’s Longest Coastline this Summer (June 2016)

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What’s on this summer in New England (2015)

New Hampshire opens its doors for tax-free Christmas gift shopping (2015)

Mystic Music - Celebrate the Golden Age of Sailing in New England (2015)

Follow in Emma Watson’s footsteps with new walking tour of Providence, Rhode Island (2015)

Six of the Best: Smarter Self-drives in New England (2015)

Lobster Mayhem Hits Maine (2015)

New England Celebrates 100 years of Scenic Drives (2015)

Boston Museums Unveil Rare Artifacts & Drafts of the ‘King’s Speech’ (2015)

Autumn and winter fun in New England (2015)

Follow in the footsteps of the real von Trapps in New England as the ‘The Sound of Music’ turns 50 years old (2015)

State-Side Antiques Road Trips in New England (February 2015)