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Great Things to Do on the Weekend in New England


Spring bursts forth in New England with a kaleidoscope of color, refreshing breezes, and a sense of renewal. But with so many options, how do you decide how to spend your perfect spring weekend? This blog is your guide to uncovering the best of what New England offers in the springtime. So pack your sense of adventure, and get ready for a great weekend!

Newport Vineyards

Discover Napa Valley charm just minutes from Newport! Newport Vineyards in Middletown, RI, boasts 50 acres of vines on a scenic 100-acre farm. Savor award-winning wines, fresh craft beer from Taproot Brewery, and farm-to-table fare at Taproot Kitchen. Find a cozy spot inside or kick back on their patio to enjoy your meal with sweeping vineyard views, and make sure to plan ahead to indulge in vineyard offerings like exclusive tours and live entertainment. MAKE A RESERVATION

Worcester Art Museum

Unveiling history from 3,000 BC to today, the Worcester Art Museum stuns and educates its visitors with more than 38,000 global treasures. Explore reimagined medieval galleries, a vast arms and armor collection, and modern takes on Old Masters. Try on armor at Art Carts, create your own art on special Free days, or simply wander through galleries showcasing ancient mosaics and iconic contemporary art. BUY TICKETS

Concord Museum

At the Concord Museum, history comes alive in 16 newly redesigned and interactive galleries that feature eyewitness objects from Concord’s remarkable past. See the lantern from Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride and experience the day — April 19, 1775 — when the American Revolution began. Learn about the lives of Concord’s enslaved and free African-Americans, including the Garrison family. Explore the activism of Concord women and how they organized to help abolish slavery. Explore Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Study up-close with an interactive touchscreen. Meet the People of Musketaquid, whose continuing culture began 12,000 years ago. Immerse yourself in the world of Henry David Thoreau through visual and sound media, and see the writing desk on which he wrote Walden. TICKET INFO

Save the Bay’s Hamilton Family Aquarium

Save the Bay, Rhode Island’s respected advocacy organization, just opened The Hamilton Family Aquarium, a brand-new aquarium in the heart of Newport. The 7,000-square-foot space is a home of marvels, and so much fun to explore. With dozens of exhibits featuring creatures collected from (and ultimately returned to) Narragansett Bay, this year-round center is always introducing new specimens. Plus, their three touch tanks offer endless opportunities to come face-to-face with the wonders beneath the waves of local waters. Expert staff are always available to answer questions, engage visitors, and share fun facts about Rhode Island’s unique marine habitats. TICKET INFO

Salem Witch Museum

The Salem Witch Museum brings to life the stories of the fourteen women and six men who were found guilty of, and executed for, witchcraft as a result of the 1692 witch trials. The stories, and the web of lies and intrigue that brought them about, come dramatically to life through thirteen life-size stage sets, figures, lighting, and narration. A second immersive exhibit, “Witches: Evolving Perceptions,” explores the meaning behind the word “witch” and the evolution of its image over time, discussing the emergence and power of stereotyping to this day. Presentations occur every half hour, and visitors should plan to stay about an hour. Stop by the museum store for everything from tarot cards and spell books to apparel and locally made treats. Admission is charged. BUY TICKETS


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