Few places in the US offer the scenic charm of the Northeast. From the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the colonial sights of Boston and ocean-swept fishing villages of Maine, this region is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. If you’re planning a visit to New England, you may want to include some of these top 10 things to do in New England in your itinerary.
Things to Do in New England
Immerse yourself in the heritage of Connecticut’s maritime way of life with a visit to this living museum. The major highlight is a re-created 19th century coastal village complete with a working shipyard and countless exhibitions.
There are plenty of New England tours to choose from, but few are more exciting than a whale watching cruise off the coast of Maine. During the summer months, several species can be spotted including Humpbacks, Finbacks and Minkes.
New England Aquarium
One of Boston’s top-listed attractions, this impressive aquarium acts as a global leader in marine conservation. Home to thousands of aquatic species, you can marvel at turtles, penguins and California sea lions. What’s more, visitors in wheelchairs are welcome free of charge with easy access to virtually every part of the Aquarium.
Boston Harbor Islands
Within a stone’s throw of downtown Boston via a short ferry ride, you can explore over 30 islands which constitute this national park. Whether you’re visiting one of the historic lighthouses, admiring a Civil War-era fort or camping under the stars, you can expect a memorable adventure.
No trip to Boston would be complete without visiting its most famous sports landmark. Opened in 1912, the home of the Red Sox is best explored on a guided tour, and then once you’re done, why not join the 36,000 spectators on match day and admire the team in action?
Franklin Park Zoo
Fun for the whole family, this 72-acre zoo is nestled in Boston’s largest park. Admire an array of wildlife from the African lion to lemurs and gorillas. Educational classes can also be enjoyed, as well as petting zoo and tropical aviary.
Another living history museum, this attraction transports you back to the 1600s. It gives an immersive insight into the day-to-day life of an English settlement. This re-enactment features actors donning colonial costumes, each with a story to tell.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Founded in 1842, this art-lovers mecca is the oldest continuously operating public art museum in the US. Showcasing a collection of both European baroque and American impressionist paintings, visitors can marvel at works from Picasso, Salvador Dali and Joseph Cornell.
The Cog Railway
What better way to reach the summit of New England’s highest point than aboard a diesel powered Cog Railway. The first mountain-climbing railroad of its kind makes the ascent through New Hampshire’s picturesque White Mountains at a gentle speed of 3 mph.
The oldest amusement park in North America is situated in the city of Bristol, Connecticut. There are heaps of wheelchair accessible rides and for those with a physical impairment, you can obtain a Special Access Medical Wrist Bracelet. It avoids waiting in line for those busy rides.
Visit some of these great things to do in New England on your next trip to New England and you’ll be guaranteed an unforgettable holiday.
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