Get out and about in New England with these new activities.
The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum opening in Massachusetts
The only museum to honour the life and work of Springfield native, Theodor Seuss Geisel, the museum will feature interactive experiences for children, with a strong focus on promoting literacy, artwork, memorabilia and furniture. Museum will be opening in June 2017. www.springfieldmuseums.org
Sports tours in a sports state
Fenway Park Tours — “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” is uniquely nestled in the city of Boston. See the home of Red Sox legends, visit Pesky’s Pole and sit atop the world famous Green Monster on a one-hour walking tour.
Patriot Place Tours — The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is an exciting, innovative and interactive, modern museum experience for all ages. The Kraft family long considered the best way to honour the greatest Patriots of all time while simultaneously preserving Patriots history.
Hoophall at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame — Located on the picturesque banks of the Connecticut River, the new museum is a fitting shrine to the game invented more than a century ago. The landmark structure is one of the world’s most distinctive monuments punctuating the Springfield skyline. Hundreds of interactive exhibits share the spotlight with skills challenges, live clinics, and shooting contests, as well as enough basketball history to impress the world’s most avid sports fans.
ELC Outdoors offering new tours in New Hampshire
ELC Outdoors now offers tours on Lake Umbagog with calm waters, incredible scenery, and abundant N.H. wildlife, all from the comfort of a 24-foot pontoon boat. This trip is informative and offers great photo opportunities. Guests routinely see moose, deer, bald eagles, osprey, loons and even the odd black bear. www.elcoutdoors.com
The Cog Railway opens new museum and adds events
The Mount Washington Cog Railway opened a free Base Station Museum experience with interactive exhibits and simulators and is now offering one-way tickets for hikers who want to hike one way up or down Mount Washington and take the train the other way. They are also expanding their free annual event offerings to include a Steampunk Festival and a Handcrafted Festival. www.thecog.com
New summer fun additions at Sunday River Resort
Sunday River Resort’s full-service Mountain Park now celebrates summer with several new additions to its summer activities list, including electric bike rentals, an 18-hole disc golf course, and hiking terrain, plus new stand-up paddle boarding yoga classes through the resort’s partnership program with L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools. www.sundayriver.com
Appalachian Mountain Club adds Medawisla to their Maine line-up
Appalachian Mountain Club’s newest destination in their Maine wilderness lodges network will open the summer of 2017. Medawisla is the ideal spot for exploring the famed 100-Mile Wilderness with opportunities for hiking, paddling, fly fishing, canoe camping, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, steps away from private cabins. www.outdoors.org
Explore New England by rail on Connecticut’s Essex Steam Train
A Connecticut icon for more than 45 years, the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat allows you meander through the unspoiled New England countryside aboard the vintage steam train on your way to Deep River Landing and your connection with the Becky Thatcher riverboat. Visitors can also enjoy the air-conditioned comfort of the 1920s Pullman dining cars and a three-course meal on the Lunch Train before taking the riverboat cruise up the Connecticut River past renowned landmarks such as Gillette Castle and the Goodspeed Opera House. www.essexsteamtrain.com
Thompson Speedway in Connecticut Launches Exotic Car Experience
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is a historic raceway with a 1.7-mile road course that has launched an exotic car package, giving visitors the chance to drive this famous track in a Ferrari 458 Italia, a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, a Lamborghini Gallardo LP-570 or a VW TDI Cup Race Car. www.thompsonspeedway.com
Dive into Rhode Island
Rhode Island’s waters are a diver’s paradise with more shipwrecks per square mile than any other state with more than 2,000 shipwrecks to explore. There are full service dive shops throughout the state and guided excursions for all enthusiasts from novices to advanced divers. Looking for something with a little more bite to it? Rhode Island also offers blue and mako shark expeditions that deliver some of the most intense and unforgettable open-water shark encounters you can find anywhere in the world.www.visitrhodeisland.com
Explore underground tunnels at Newport’s The Breakers
Explore the underground tunnel, boiler room and basement of The Breakers, Newport’s grandest mansion. Learn how domestic technology evolved through the Gilded Age and into the 20th century.www.newportmansions.org
Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort opens Adventure Centre
Stowe Mountain Resort has just opened an $80-million Adventure Centre and ‘Stowe Rocks’ climbing gym, the summer gateway to all new experiences on Spruce Peak and Mount Mansfield. Other new activities on the mountain include zip lines down Vermont’s highest peak and a tree top adventure course. www.stowe.com
Okemo Mountain Resort introduces new fleet of Scott bikes and trail expansion
Okemo introduced lift-served mountain biking last summer and the Evolution Bike Park at Okemo will operate again with a fleet of new Scott bikes and plans for trail expansion to take place. At Okemo’s Adventure Zone, located at Jackson Gore, Vermont, the newest additions are two bouncy castles and the Coleman Brook Mining Company, where kids can use a screen tray and water owing through a sluice to reveal sparkling gems, minerals and fossils. www.okemo.com
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