The New England states are full of unique beauty in every season, but after a long winter, natives and tourists look forward to getting outside and exploring new destinations. Visitors flood many of these places come summer, but exploring in the spring allows you to take advantage of the warmer temperatures and popular spots without the crowds. These are some of the best New England trips to take in the spring—and don’t worry; there’s something for everyone.
As soon as the weather gets warm, many people start dreaming of the beach. Niantic is a quaint beach town with a free year-round boardwalk, cafés, antique stores, and a local chain of used bookstores. Travelers looking for a slower pace will love Niantic.
Newport, Rhode Island
Every April, Newport blooms with daffodils and even hosts the Daffodil Days Festival, where visitors can admire over a million flowers. More casual flower fans can appreciate the blooms scattered throughout the city. Nature enthusiasts can also enjoy the Norman Bird Sanctuary or go hiking at Sachuest Point.
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
Just because Wolfeboro is branded as “America’s Oldest Summer Resort” doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this lake town in the spring. Active adventurers who want to boat, swim, and get involved in other water sports will love Wolfeboro. Keep in mind that it’s a more popular area, so if you need to make hotel reservations or rent a vehicle for a larger group, you should plan your vacation well in advance.
Animal enthusiasts will want to take a trip to Woodstock in the spring for its annual Baby Animal Day. The host, Billings Farm, allows visitors to meet its lambs, calves, chicks, and piglets. If you love not only animals but also the foods they can make, consider sampling the delicious cheeses in the area. And people who want something special to wash that cheese down with can take a brewery tour at nearby Long Trail Brewery or sample local spirits at Vermont Spirits.
This list certainly isn’t comprehensive of all the best New England trips to take in the spring, but it’s certainly a place to get started. Whether your group wants a relaxing beach vacation in a quaint town, a trip full of botanical nature, a sporty holiday at the lake, or an opportunity to meet newborn animals, New England has something to offer for everyone.