While the weather outside isn’t exactly frightful anymore, we are still weeks away from spring and stuck in that “in-between” New England season. Worried about things to do if the snow has stopped and weekends won’t be spent on the slopes anymore? There are plenty of things to do in New England right now that are weather-friendly and filled with fun.
Enjoy a Day of Culture
Visit one of the many cultural institutions New England has to offer including art museums, aquariums, history museums and science centers. There are many to choose from but a few great choices are the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, CT, Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA, and the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH.
The Connecticut Science Center has over 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events for visitors to experience. Admission is free for members, $23.95 for adults and $16.95 for youth ages 3-17.
Old Sturbridge Village depicts a rural New England town of the 1830s and is the largest outdoor history museum in the northeast. Admission costs $28 for adults and $14 for youth ages 3-17.
The Currier Museum of Art features an impressive collection of paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculptures, including works by Picasso, Monet and O’Keeffe. Admission is free for NH residents on the second Saturday of each month from 10am until noon. Otherwise it costs $15 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for youth ages 13-17. Kids under 13 are free.
Make the most of the warmer days by getting outside! Take a walk through your neighborhood, stroll through town or go for a hike in one of the many fantastic hiking destinations across New England. If you’re in the Greater Boston area and interested in a hike, check out the Middlesex Fells Reservation in Stoneham, MA, where you can choose from several trails ranging from easy to difficult and span anywhere between one mile and seven miles. The 1-mile Spot Pond Brook Historic Trail is a great trail for first-time hikers and takes you through the Virginia Woods section of the Fells.
Indulge in Maple Sugar
Many of the New England states celebrate the maple sugaring season with local events and festivals. Check out the following events to get a taste!
March 18 and 19 – Hebron, Connecticut: Hebron Maple Fest offers food, live music, face painting, sugar house tours and demonstrations.
March 26 – Maine (statewide): Check out Maine Maple Sunday where most sugarhouses offer free maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. They also have games, tours, music and more.
April 28, 29 and 30 – St. Albans, Vermont: The Vermont Maple Festival offers a variety of activities including a beverage tasting for guests 21+, craft and food shows and street vendors. (Free admission; some events have varying costs)
Check out a Farmer’s Market
Skip the lines at the grocery store and instead support local growers at a farmers’ market. There are many to choose from all over New England. If you’re looking for cheap produce, try checking out the Haymarket outdoor market in Boston. Most items would cost three to four times more if you bought them in grocery stores so you’ll be saving money while doing something new!
While we wait for the flowers to bloom, there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy all around New England. The in-between season is the perfect time to try something new before you start spending weekends traveling to the beach. Know of any other events happening in the area? Leave a comment below to let everyone know about it!