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Open for the Season: 8 Unique Warm-Weather Attractions in New England


Spring is a magical time to explore New England, with a special charm that beckons outdoor enthusiasts and culture seekers alike. Whether you crave a sunny day out on the water, charming coastal towns bursting with fresh seafood, or historical sites awakening from their winter slumber, New England offers a captivating experience for every visitor. Join us as we unveil the hidden gems, must-see attractions, and exciting events that make spring the perfect time to discover New England!

Island Queen

Set sail for Martha’s Vineyard in style aboard the Island Queen! This comfortable, family-friendly ferry whisks you across Vineyard Sound in just 35 scenic minutes. Grab a bite from the full-service snack bar and enjoy breathtaking Cape Cod views from the Main Deck’s picture-window lounge or from the Sun or Mid Decks. Bikes, kayaks, and even leashed pets are welcome aboard! With easy parking and convenient connections to rentals upon arrival, the Island Queen is your stress-free gateway to island adventures. BOOK NOW

Castle in the Clouds

At Castle in the Clouds, visitors come from all around the world to tour Lucknow Mansion and the exhibit gallery, dine in the Carriage House Restaurant or Café in the Clouds, explore miles of hiking and walking trails maintained by partner organization the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, or enjoy one of the 200+ exciting programs and events. Join the adventure at Castle in the Clouds this season, where every corner holds a piece of history and a chance to create unforgettable memories! PLAN YOUR TRIP

Railroad Museum of New England

All aboard for the Railroad Museum of New England! This summer, hop on a vintage train for a scenic ride along the Naugatuck Railroad, journeying through woodlands, riverscapes, and over the Thomaston Dam. Enjoy special themed excursions like the Chocolate Decadence Tour, Connecticut Ice Cream Train, and more! Trains depart from the 1881 Thomaston Station, where you can see informative exhibits and historic railroad equipment. From family-friendly events to exclusive 21+ excursions, choo choo choose your adventure! Visit to learn more! BUY TICKETS

Dunes on the Waterfront

Unwind at a hidden gem: Dunes on the Waterfront! Nestled across the river from Ogunquit Beach, this peaceful Maine escape offers stunning scenery and 21 bright and airy summer cottages exquisitely redesigned to evoke the dreamy feel of summers’ past. Relax on screened porches, paddle out on kayaks, walk the flower-lined paths, or catch a perfect Maine sunset. Explore nearby shops, restaurants, museums, and the famed Ogunquit Playhouse – all accessible by trolley! BOOK NOW

Crab Apple Whitewater Rafting

Create unforgettable memories with Crab Apple Whitewater Rafting! Established in1983, this family-owned company prioritizes safety and fun for all experience levels. With expert Raft Guides, top notch gear, and delicious meals after every trip, the pros at Crab Apple ensure a seamless adventure for your whole family. Raft trips are now being offered in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and on Maine’s Kennebec and Dead Rivers. The Maine facility is complete with lodging, a pub and restaurant, outdoor heated pool, paintball fields, and other activities for a one-stop adventure location. Get ready to conquer the rapids! BOOK NOW

Inn at Diamond Cove

An island retreat awaits at the Inn at Diamond Cove! This island escape, accessible by scenic ferry from Portland Harbor, ME, offers everything for a perfect getaway. Imagine: private balconies, sunset dinners on the lawn, and mornings spent exploring car-free isles with a picnic lunch. Relax by the heated pool, unwind in the hot tub, or rent bikes and kayaks to explore the coastline. Savor delicious meals al fresco, or cozy up by the fire pit for stargazing and s’mores. Comfortable condo rooms and long lists of amenities make this your dream Maine retreat. BOOK NOW

ARGIA Cruises

Anchors aweigh aboard ARGIA! This beautiful sailing ship offers two-hour daytime and sunset cruises from May to mid-October. Explore charming islands, majestic lighthouses, and experience classic tall ship sailing – all departing from historic Mystic, CT. Up to 49 guests can enjoy smooth sailing on protected waters aboard this Coast Guard-inspected vessel. Relax on deck, take the helm, or help hoist the sails. Pack a picnic and a bottle of wine or order snacks from staff when booking and create lasting memories on ARGIA! Special trips this weekend include a Pirates & Rum Tasting Experience on Friday’s Sunset Sail, a Kids’ Pirate Sail with Poppi’s Planet for the Morning Sail on Mother’s Day, and Take your Mother Sailing on an ARGIA cruise, also on Mother’s Day! BUY TICKETS

Essex Steam Train

Steam back in time on the Essex Steam Train! Journey through the Connecticut River Valley in a vintage coach, enjoying a narrated tour of the scenic landscape. Spot herons, egrets, and even bald eagles! Explore charming towns and take a relaxing cruise on the Becky Thatcher riverboat. For a truly memorable experience, ask about the Essex Clipper Dinner Train. BUY TICKETS


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