• Whale's Tale, White Mountains, New Hampshire
    Whale's Tale Water Park
    Gorham, New Hampshire

Things To Do

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.

New England has more than 200 lighthouses — and many of them are open for a visit. The state of Maine alone has 60 lighthouses. These are the treasures of New England's seafaring history.

M.t Washington Lake ferry

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.

Hancock Shaker Village Round Barn

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.

Shaker Village Foliage

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.

Maple syrup in jars

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!

Wrentham Village

Shopping is a 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.

Okemo ski slope

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.

Train locomotive crossing trestle

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.

Hikers on New Hampshire mountain trail

Take a stroll, hike for miles, climb a mountain — New England is filled with incredible walking and hiking experiences along countless scenic routes. Climb Cadillac Mountain to see the first place where the sun rises on the USA, or meander past historic mansions on Newport, Rhode Island's Cliff Walk.

Whales surface alongside boat

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 or 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.

Adventurers zip-lining

Soar at treetop 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 websites:

Things To Do

RISD Art Museum
RISD Art Museum
Providence, Rhode Island
Quassy Waterpark, Middlebury, Connecticut
Quassy Waterpark
Middlebury, Connecticut
High Street Arch, New Haven, Connecticut
High Street Arch
New Haven, Connecticut
Mystic Aquarium, Connecticut
Mystic Aquarium
Culinary delights, Royal River Grill, Yarmouth, Maine.
Culinary delights
Royal River Grill, Yarmouth, Maine.
Plimouth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Plimouth Plantation
Plymouth, Massachusetts
Blithewold Mansion Gardens, Rhode Island
Blithewold Mansion Gardens
Bristol, Rhode Island
Portland Headlight, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Portland Headlight
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
1886 Covered Bridge over Pemigewasset River
1886 Covered Bridge over the Pemigewasset River
Franconia, New Hampshire
Cycling in Roxbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut
Cycling in Roxbury
Litchfield County, Connecticut
Shopping at L.L. Bean, Freeport, Maine
Shopping at L.L. Bean
Freeport, Maine
Goose Rocks Beach, Maine
Goose Rocks Beach
Kennebunkport, Maine
Connecticut - Allegra Farm Sleigh Ride, East Haddam
Allegra Farm Sleigh Ride
East Haddam, Connecticut
Zipline at Alpine Adventures, Lincoln, New Hampshire
Zipline at Alpine Adventures, Lincoln, New Hampshire
Photo courtesy Alpine Adventures