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Top 10 New England outdoor adventures fill your vacation with zest

New England's top 10 outdoor adventures cover a range limited only by your taste. Some people go for mountain biking, zip lines, canopy tours, mountain coasters, and rock climbing, while other people like to take a quiet drive to a scenic overlook or watch the sun set while sipping wine on a vineyard patio. Here is a sampling of the Top 10 outdoor adventures that lure vacationers and families to the charms of New England.
The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village Atractions Outdoor adventure Oakdale CT
The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village

1650 Hartford-New London Tpke. (Rt. 85) Oakdale, CT, 06370 Phone: 860-443-4367

Outdoor adventure at its family finest

Discover this amazing 60-acre adventure park with a seven-acre man-made lake with its own active volcano. Walk along nature trails among 40 life-sized dinosaurs. Indoors, dig for gems, pan for “gold” and unearth dinosaur bones in Discovery Depot. Children will love getting lost in the dinosaur themed ”MAZE”asaurus, and playing on the Giant T. Rex Mascot Monty’s playground featuring the SpaceNet, a 15 foot tall three-dimensional swinging, vibrating, climbing web. Cool off in New England’s largest SplashPad. Bring a picnic or enjoy great food at the Cobalt Café and other locations. Enjoy special events, educational programs and endless shopping and plan a birthday party, scout, school or recreational group outing. Check out the new Cooper Creek Mini Golf Course open in 2018 for ages 8+!
Burke Biking
Burke Area Chamber of Commerce

Villages of East Burke, West Burke & Burke Hollow Burke, VT, 05832 Phone: 802-626-4124

Recreate. Relax. Repeat.

Located in the heart of Vermont’s beautiful Northeast Kingdom, Burke is the perfect Vermont vacation spot for skiing, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, cultural heritage and more, all waiting for you to explore. Recreation galore awaits the adventurous travelers who like to hit the trails. And for those who like a slower pace, take your own time making your own trail discovering all Burke has to offer. Whatever brings you here, you will experience our unparalleled four season destination!
Paddling Adventure - Great Glen Trails - Gorham, NH
Great Glen Trails

Route 16 at Pinkham Notch Gorham, NH, 03581 Phone: 603-466-3988

Outdoor adventure for summer and winter explorers

Four-season adventure awaits your family at Great Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch. In warmer months, head out on scenic trails for a hike, a run, or bike ride through the majestic White Mountains. Join a guided bird watching tour or paddling trip on the Androscoggin River. In winter, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are the way to get around on a trail system of easy and rolling terrain. Skiers of all abilities can find their own level of activity, challenge, and fun. Trails are groomed with both double tracks and a skating lane and run through the forests at the base of Mount Washington. Or you can jump onto the SnowCoach and tour the mountain in winter from a comfortable seat. Outdoor fun for all tastes!
John Adams Homestead - Discover Quincy - Quincy, MA
Discover Quincy

Adams National Historical Park Visitor Center - 1250 Hancock Street Quincy, MA, 02169 Phone: 617-770-1175

Revel in this city’s history, recreation spots and natural surroundings

With 27 miles of coastline, including 11 beautiful beaches and miles of trails bordering rivers and marshes, Quincy is all about the outdoors. But there’s plenty of fun away from the water, too, since the city also boasts 52 parks, three golf courses, baseball fields, tennis and bocce courts, bike and jogging trails and a plethora of picnic places. Launch your boat off the public ramp at Houghs Neck Maritime Center, pitch your umbrella on spacious Wollaston Beach, go birding or rock-climbing at Blue Hills Reservation or check out the Boston skyline from the Neponset River Walk. Even the city’s history is outdoors, including a Native American campsite at Moswetuset Hummock and the site where Abigail Adams watched the Battle of Bunker Hill.
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Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

One Railroad Avenue Essex, CT, 06426 Phone: 860-767-0103 Toll-Free: 800-377-3987

Ride the rails, ply the river at this delightful combo attraction

You are more than riding the rails when you board one of the vintage coaches of the Essex Steam Train. Because after a leisurely ride through the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley, past ponds, waterfalls and meadows, you are escorted onto the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a cruise past rocky shorelines, the Goodspeed Opera House and the Haddam Swing Bridge. Both forms of transport get you up close and personal to flora and fauna, from eagles and blue herons to the eye-popping colors of autumn leaves. Special excursions include a dinner train, sunset cruises, caboose weekends and the popular North Pole Express. Or, take a locomotive out for a spin in a “Hand on the Throttle” session.
Loon Mountain Resort Zipline Lincoln NH
Loon Mountain Resort

60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-6281 Toll-Free: 800-229-5666

Zips, giant climbing web, log jam maze fill a day with action

New Hampshire’s longest scenic gondola skyride to the mountain top is just the start of the action at Loon Mountain. Ride a snow tube down for the excitement that awaits at the base. Trvel a zipline across the Pemigewasset River and into the Aerial Forest Adventure Park. Scale a rock wall, rent a bike, navigate the LogJam Maze, or climb a 30-foot-tall spider web. Young kids will love the bounce house and fun inflatable games at Bunyan’s Bouncin’ Backyard. While you’re at the summit, visit glacial caves and walk a scenic nature trail. Grab lunch or a snack at the Summit Café, which serves up great food and some of the best views of the White Mountains in all of New England.
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Black Bear Lodge

3 Village Road Waterville Valley, NH, 03215 Phone: 603-236-4501 Toll-Free: 800-349-2327

Four-season activities beckon you from this comfortable mountain lodge

Reconnect with family, friends and the great outdoors at Black Bear Lodge, in the heart of the White Mountains’ fabulous Waterville Valley Resort. Check in to one of the lodge’s 107 individually owned units, all with fully equipped kitchens and all sleeping from four to six people, then head out to ski (downhill and Nordic), skate and snowshoe in the winter; hike and bike past waterfalls on color-intense trails in the fall; and go kayaking, paddle-boarding, fishing and swimming in Corcoran’s Pond in the summer (or view magnificent Snow’s Mountain from a chairlift). The resort’s popular Freedom Pass also gives you access to an indoor ice arena, gym and White Mountain Athletic Club. Hop on board the shuttle to go from one amazing outdoor adventure to another. Memories are made here.
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Bear Rock Adventures

545 Beach Road Pittsburg, NH, 03592 Phone: Toll-Free: 866-663-9777

Embrace your inner trailblazer with family-friendly ATV rides with Bear Rock Adventures s

Discover the Great North Woods’ jaw-dropping vistas, diverse landscapes and wildlife from the back of a Polaris ATV or side-by-side with Bear Rock Adventures. Pick your adventure with customized itineraries, perfect for families and thrill-seekers alike, and explore over 1,000 miles of Ride the Wilds interconnected trails on half, full, or multi-day excursions. Bear Rock Adventures provides a safe, turnkey way to ATV with the latest gear including safety helmets and goggles, cutting-edge GPS and Bluetooth technology as well as storage compartments for your riding gear, maps, picnic lunches and selfie sticks to capture the ultimate memory. Bear Rock Adventures is open May 26 through September 30, 2017. Book online today and receive 15% off with code Visit17 - just click our link or photo above.
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Parasailing - Morningside Flight Park - Charlestown, NH
Morningside Flight Park

357 Morningside Lane Charlestown, NH, 03603 Phone: 603-542-4416

Adventure park pleasures from fishing to paragliding

Soar above the earth in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley at an outdoor activity park that offers a huge range of activities and services. Discover the thrill of a lifetime in hang gliding and paragliding, guided by folks with 30 years of experience in flight instruction. Lessons are offered to people of all skill levels and ages. Enjoy zip-lining and canopy tours, laser tag, fishing, swimming and kayaking. At a cozy campground surrounded by old-growth forest you can pitch your own tent or move into a set-up platform tent with full- or queen-size beds. The campground has many play and housekeeping features: fire pits, playing fields, picnic areas, a community kitchen, restrooms and bathhouse. You’re within easy reach of Boston, Hartford, Montreal, and New York.
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ELC Outdoor Adventure Outpost

983 Upton Road Errol, NH, 03579 Phone: 603-215-0002

Air, river, woods: Choose how you want to experience the great outdoors!

Through the air, on the water, among the trees: How do you want to experience the great outdoors? ELC Outdoors can make it happen. Raft or kayak through whitewater rapids, paddle through the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, rent a fat bike and hit the woods, face the 10 obstacles on an above-ground ropes course or zipline through the trees. Or maybe your idea of getting close to nature means catching a glimpse of a bald eagle, osprey, black bear or moose: Never fear, ELC has a wildlife pontoon boat cruise down Lake Umbagog and a whitewater and wildlife tour where you spend the day rafting the river then board a pontoon boat for an evening cruise along the Androscoggin River.
Summit View - Waterville Valley Resort - Waterville Valley, NH
Waterville Valley Resort

33 Village Road Waterville Valley, NH, 03215 Phone: 603-468-2553 Toll-Free: 800-468-2553

Everything is great about the outdoors at this NH resort

When the folks at Waterville Valley talk about the great outdoors, they are not exaggerating. Mountains – to hike up or ski down – are everywhere. Take the chairlift up Snow’s Mountain and bike down, “chimney” down a short rock face at Mount Osceola or opt for something a little more sedate with a walk through the national forest that surrounds the resort. Swim in Corcoran’s Pond or one of the many pools at the resort’s lodging properties – or drive for a few minutes to a swimming hole. Play tennis or golf; rent a paddle boat, canoe or kayak; take advantage of the skateboard and inline skate park and outdoor dirt BMX track; join a pickup basketball game – or just enjoy the starry night sky. Many of these activities are included in the price of your room with the Waterville Valley Freedom Pass.
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Crab Apple Whitewater (ME)

3 Lake Moxie Road The Forks, ME, 04985 Phone: 800-553-7238

Whitewater rafting center gets you close to Mother Nature at her best

You’ll get to see the great outdoors up close and personal when you sign up for a whitewater rafting adventure at Crab Apple Whitewater. Imagine zooming through Class III and IV rapids like “Three Sisters” and “Magic Falls” on the spectacular Kennebec River, passing by Maine’s woodlands and wildlife. Or conquering high-water rafting on the Dead River. Or maybe you want a calmer trip with places to float and swim. Head back to the base camp for overnight lodging, some paintball fun or maybe a walk to Moxie Falls, Maine’s highest waterfall. Or here’s an idea: Sign up for a moose safari, leaving at dusk from May through August, in search of the amazing beasts in their natural habitat.
Amazing View - Foxwoods High Flyer - Mashantucket, CT
Foxwoods HighFlyer

350 Trolley Lane Blvd. Mashantucket, CT, 06338 Phone: 860-312-3597

Zip through the skies from the rooftop of this Connecticut casino

Talk about getting up close and personal with Mother Nature: From the rooftop of the famous Foxwoods Resort Casino – that’s 350 feet, or 32 stories, atop Fox Tower – you can take an exhilarating mile-long zipline tour that sends you soaring through the air, above the trees, reaching speeds of almost 60 mph, finishing up at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. A shuttle runs every 15 minutes to take you back to the casino, and a viewing shuttle for family and friends also leaves the casino every 15 minutes.
Point Lookout Jogging Northport ME
Point Lookout

67 Atlantic Highway Northport, ME, 04849 Phone: 207-789-2000

Outdoor adventures await at this Midcoast Mountain Retreat

You will feel like you are in the middle of a nature preserve at Point Lookout, 387 acres of picturesque mountain terrain overlooking beautiful Penobscot Bay. Rent a fully furnished pine log cabin (1, 2, or 3-bedroom) and enjoy the Maine scenery from your screened-in porch. Or get out there rent some snowshoes or a kayak and hit the trails, open year-round. Nearby is cross-country or downhill skiing, ice skating, ice fishing and tobogganing. In the summer, hike to Knights Pond on the property and enjoy the quiet beach, perfect for swimming and picnicking. Nearby outdoor attractions include golfing, sailing, whale-watching, boating and tennis. Point Lookout also has a soccer field, tennis courts as well as a certified organic working farm to visit!
Zoar Outdoor Whitewater Charlemont MA
Zoar Outdoor

Route 2 (Mohawk Trail) Charlemont, MA, 01339 Phone: 800-532-7483

Fun, fun, fun are the watchwords at this experienced outdoor center

Since 1989, Zoar Outdoor has been providing exhilarating New England adventures for all ages. We can honestly say we offer you one-of-a-kind experiences on land, water – and in the air! Plunge over whitewater rapids on a beautiful river, fly through a Berkshires forest on a zip line canopy tour, or rent a stand-up paddleboard and survey the wildlife from your perch on a serene lake. From our adventure center in Wilmington, Vt., explore the Green Mountains via snowshoes, cross-country skis or mountain bike. To really experience the great outdoors, stay with us in Western Massachusetts at one of our five tent sites or 11 cabin tents or in our Hawk Mountain Lodge. No matter your level of experience, we have an outdoor activity you will love and instructors and guides to make it safe as well as fun.
Little Harbor Boathouse Kayaks Marblehead MA
Little Harbor Boathouse Kayak - SUP - Fish

40 Doaks Lane Marblehead, MA, 01945 Phone: 781-990-3552

Get fit and learn new skills on Marblehead harbor

This warm weather outdoor fun place offers unique adventures on the water in scenic Marblehead. Get fit, learn new skills, improve your balance and confidence all summer long. through relays, board/boat swapping, capsize and rescue and other activities. Season passes run from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend and include programs for every age. Like having a gym membership, you’ll have on-site access to the entire fleet of sit-on-top single and double kayaks and standup paddle boards. There are also special guided sunrise paddles, birthday parties, cove destination treasure hunts, team building activities, snorkeling, swimming, fishing and eco-awareness. Guided Fly Fishing Charters and a Kids Kayak Fishing Camp teach the skills and gear necessary to be a successful angler.
Komodo Dragon Roger Williams Park Zoo Providence Rhode Island
Roger Williams Park Zoo

1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI, 02907 Phone: 401-785-3510

You’lll have a roarin’ good time at this fabulous 40-acre zoo

Have a beast of a day at the Roger Williams Park Zoo. Spread out over 40 acres, the zoo houses animals from anteaters to zebras, and many exhibits let you interact with the residents. Feed a giraffe or a harbor seal, or visit the farmyard and get up close and personal with goats, sheep and alpacas. Watch an elephant take a bath or a moon bear play in a pool. Seek out the secretive snow leopard or watch bison roam their property. Other zoo activities include a zip ride, train excursion, “backyard” play area and a quarter-mile nature walk. At the nearby Carousel Village, ride a classic colonial horse, jump in the Bounce House or enjoy the Hasbro Boundless Playground.
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America's Stonehenge

105 Haverhill Road Salem, NH, 03079 Phone: 603-893-8300

Mysteries abound at this incredible seacoast site

The forests near Salem, NH are home to this remarkable maze of rocks, stone chambers, and megaliths that may have been left by ancient visitors. But who were they? The question has stymied scholars for generations. The megalith filled pine woods eerily appear to be similar to those built throughout Great Britain by Druid priests. Adding to the mystery is the fact that you'll find megaliths of the same type scattered around New England. This site is one of the largest collections not on private property and not off limits to visitors. Visit the museum and enjoy the orientation film and gift shop that offers books with more information. In winter months the one-hundred-plus acres are also great for snowshoeing.
Schooner Heritage - Maine Windjammers - Camden, ME - Photo Credit Don Sichler
Maine Windjammer Association

Sailing from Ports in Rockland and Camden, ME, 04843 Phone: Toll-Free: 800-807-9463

A nautical adventure awaits with a windjammer cruise

Sail into an adventure aboard one of the Maine Windjammer Association’s eight majestic schooners. Want to help haul up an anchor, or would you rather just enjoy a bowl of chowder while watching the kids fish off the deck? Would you like to explore the inner workings of a lighthouse, tour a fishing village, try out a paddle board, learn about local wildlife, or just sit back and sip some wine while admiring a scarlet sunset with fellow passengers? Whether you want to get cooking tips from an on-board chef, practice pilates, take a turn at the wheel or just listen to seafaring stories by nighttime lantern-light, there is a cruise perfect for you, leaving from Camden or Rockland, Maine, and exploring the great outdoors.
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Berkshire East Mountain Resort

66 Thunder Mountain Road Charlemont, MA, 01339 Phone: 413-339-6617

Intense skiing, zipping, rafting, and biking adventures

Whatever your outdoor pleasure, it can be found here: from skiing and snowboarding to tubing, zip lines, white water rafting, and downhill mountain biking. Jump aboard North America’s longest mountain coaster, or strap yourself into one of USA Today’s Top Ten Zip Lines in the United States. Fly above the tree tops at New England's largest zip destination with an introductory Base Tour and a more advanced Mountain Top Tour, and see fabulous views of the valley. The extreme Valley Jump has two half-mile-long zips that rise nearly 200 feet above the ground. Families, bring your kids and play. There are lessons, instructions, and equipment rentals, a family friendly lodging, and the Crazy Horse Bar and Grill for lunch or dinner.
Kayak Rockywold-Deephaven Camps Holderness New Hampshire
Rockywold-Deephaven Camps

18 Bacon Road Holderness, NH, 03245 Phone: 603-968-3313

From your shore cottage at this rustic camp, enjoy all Squam Lake has to offer

By the shores of beautiful Squam Lake, guests have been having the times of their lives at Rockywold Deephaven Camps for 120 years. The wide variety of outdoor activities, from softball and capture-the-flag games to shoreline and mountain hikes and scavenger hunts, are one reason generations have been coming back to the camp, with its two spacious lodges and 61 rustic cottages and cabins. Rent a kayak, canoe, paddleboard or sailboat or take a rowboat out and go fishing or swimming. Explore nearby islands, one with a fire pit and float, another with nesting bald eagles. Take a pontoon boat cruise or grab a racquet and play tennis on one of eight clay courts. Or just enjoy the timeless beauty of the lakefront from your rocking chair on the porch.
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort Family Activities Hancock MA
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

37 Corey Road -- Route 43 Hancock, MA, 01237 Phone: 413-738-5500 Toll-Free: 800-882-8859

Great outdoor family fun is live and active over four seasons

Jiminy Peak Mountain’s four-season resort offers lodging, shopping, and dining in the Village Center and Country Inn, plus an outdoor heated swimming pool, the In-Touch Day Spa, fitness room, game room, and more. It’s also home to the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England. Forty-five trails and nine lifts cater to skiers of all skill levels, and three terrain parks provide rails and jibs for new and experienced park riders. Enjoy outdoor summer fun with a double dose at the adjacent Mountain Adventure Park and Aerial Adventure Park, and plan some activity at the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride and Mountain Segway Tours. This wonderful family place offers memorable mountain resort experiences with outstanding service in remarkably beautiful surroundings.
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Crab Apple Whitewater (MA)

Route 2 Charlemont, MA, 01339 Phone: 800-553-7238

Family Owned and Operated Whitewater Rafting Outfitter

Add whitewater rafting to your outdoor adventures this year. Crab Apple offers outings on the Deerfield River in Massachusetts and the Kennebec and Dead Rivers in Maine. You’ll enjoy full day rafting trips on mild Class 1-3 rapids or more aggressive Class 3-4 rapids. Or take a mild half-day trip in guided rafts or inflatable kayaks. Friendly and knowledgeable guides share information and stories about local history, wildlife and hydrology all with a personal touch. There’s great food and excellent equipment. Maine location includes riverside lodging, pub and heated pool. Massachusetts location sits along historic Mohawk Trail.
Ice Castles Aurora Lincoln NH
Ice Castles

64 Railroad Street Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: Toll-Free: 888-407-4054

This amazing winter wonderland is made of solid ice and snow

Grab a good pair of sturdy boots, a snug jacket, a hat and mittens and head to the Ice Castles, where everything (including pathways) is made of ice and snow. Strolling through the castle, where walls are 10 feet thick and 10,000 icicles a day are placed to make the interior magical, you’ll encounter tunnels and caves, frozen fountains, chairs and thrones, sculptures and towers, some of which reach 25 feet into the air. Plus, there are slides! With lights frozen into the ice, there really is a feeling of fantasy, especially at night, when colored lights sync up to music for a spectacular light show. Tickets are guaranteed to sell out each weekend - be sure to buy yours in advance on our website!
New Hampshire's Grand North Snowcoach Lancaster NH
New Hampshire's Grand North

The outdoors isn’t just great, it’s grand, in the N.H. mountains

In New Hampshire’s Grand North, there’s an exciting outdoor experience everywhere you look. Take a snow coach tour or a scenic train up Mount Washington, go whitewater rafting or try to find a moose on a wildlife tour. Take a guided adventure out of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s outdoor education center or explore the 45-kilometer trail network at Great Glen Trails. Zip through the summer or winter woods on a dog sled or try your luck fishing for trout and salmon in the 2.5-mile Trophy Stretch of the Connecticut River. Hunt for deer or gamebirds out of a rustic lodge or cabin with a lake view. Go skiing, snow tubing or snowmobiling in winter, canoeing in the spring and fall, fly-fishing in summer.
Exterior Porches Inn at MASS MoCA North Adams Massachusetts
Porches Inn at MASS MoCA

231 River Street North Adams, MA, 01247 Phone: 413-664-0400

Explore the great outdoors from your perch at the Porches Inn

Art is all around you at the Porches Inn at MASS MoCA, but not just in museums. There is artistic beauty in the natural world, too, and you can enjoy it by taking a short drive to five ski areas, a dozen golf courses and several state and local parks. Snowmobile to the summit of Massachusetts’ highest peak (you can see for 90 miles) at Mount Greylock State Reservation, hike a part of the famous Appalachian Trail or walk above and through a breathtaking quarter-mile chasm at Natural Bridge State Park, featuring the only natural white marble arch in North America. Depending on the season, you can go swimming, boating, fishing, camping, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, all close to the inn.
Outdoors - Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks - Montpelier, VT
Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks

1168 County Road Montpelier, VT, 05602 Phone: Toll-Free: 800-242-2740

See VT Farm Life on a Walk Through Woods and Maple Groves

Vermont is a place of outdoor people and farm life, but if you also like shopping, local history, and unique crafts, you will find all of these on your visit to Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier. Burr Morse, the eighth generation of a family that has farmed this maple grove, greets visitors with tours of the sugarhouse, multimedia displays at a theater in a woodshed, a museum of Vermont farm life, and a country store with plenty of maple treats, gifts, and one-of-a-kind crafts to carry or mail back home. A gentle trail leads right to the “sugarbush” (maple grove). The trail is inhabited by fun folk characters carved by Morse. Sugaring season is February to April, but this theater of Vermont outdoor life is open year-round.
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Coastal Maine Photo Tours

407 Main Street Rockland, ME, 04841 Phone: 207-594-1224

Explore the beautiful landscape, rich culture & vast history of Maine while improving your photography skills

All tours offer travel adventure along with photography education and take you to some of the most spectacular locations on the Maine coast, and beyond. Offerings include half-day walks, full-day tours, and multi-day excursions. Individuals and families, all skill levels, and all camera types are welcome. You’ll find tour excursions that will bring you to exceptional Maine gardens, spectacular lighthouse locations, thriving island communities, lobster-fishing harbors, quaint New England villages, artist studios, boat rides across the bay, breathtaking autumn foliage, cascading waterfalls, distinguished covered bridges, traditional sailing vessel regattas, popular locations and hidden spots. Camera techniques will be discussed throughout the day along with constant review of your images. Led by local, fine-art photographer, Dee Peppe.
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Red Lion Inn

30 Main Street Stockbridge, MA, 01262 Phone: 413-298-5545

With the inn as you base camp, get out & enjoy natural New England!

What can you do in the Berkshires with the historic Red Lion inn as your rallying point? Everything! You can hike up breathtaking mountain trails in the summer and ski down those slopes in the winter. You can go horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, snowshoeing, snowboarding. You can ask for racquets and balls at the inn’s front desk and play tennis at one of the town’s four courts or go golfing at the private Stockbridge Golf Club where guests have playing privileges. Bikes can be delivered to the inn so you can cycle through town. You can visit the meticulously restored Hancock Shaker Village or the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 15 acres. Then come back to the inn and relax in the outdoor pool and hot tub.
Chocorua Adventure Course - Monkey Trunks - Maine & New Hampshire
Monkey Trunks

3 Great Locations in New Hampshire and Maine , NH Phone: 603-367-4427

Zip It to the Max in New Hampshire

The southern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee hasspectacular outdoor adventure. Zipline tours and zip trekking will test your mettle. Start with ground school and safe harnessing by belays. Then take a journey up and move at your own pace through three zip lines and 48 challenges, including swinging beams, tightropes, rolling logs, hanging tires, and cargo nets. Ride with a partner side by side on dual 360-foot lines and hit the 35-foot-high giant swing rock climbing wall. Self navigate through the ZipTrek course with a variety of lines and rope-course challenges. Kids have their own specially designed course no more than 6 inches off the ground with an 80-foot zip line at the finish.
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Argia Mystic Cruises

12 Steamboat Wharf Mystic, CT, 06355 Phone: 860-536-0416

Sail into the past aboard the Mystic-based schooner Argia

Aboard the 81-foot sailing vessel Argia, a modern replica of a 19th century packet schooner, you can travel back into the past – gliding by history-rich Mystic, helping the crew hoist and trim the sails – or just enjoy the view of islands, lighthouses and scenic coastlines from the vessel’s spacious wooden deck. The Coast Guard licensed schooner sails protected waters during the day and, for those seeking the romance of the sea at twilight, at sunset. Snacks and soda are provided, but you can bring your own food and beverages. There are seats for all 49 passengers and a lovely little main salon down below. The exquisite Argia also is available for groups and classes who want to know about the ecology of the sea (and handle some of its creatures) and for private charters.
Paddleboarding - Mill Falls at the Lake - Meredith, NH
Mill Falls at the Lake

312 Daniel Webster Highway Meredith, NH, 03253 Phone: 877-574-5935

Each season is an active one at Lake Winnipesaukee resort

Every season sparkles at Mill Falls at the Lake. Extend the summer and celebrate New Hampshire’s spectacular fall foliage with hikes up Mount Major or along a scenic river trail. Get in some golf or take your motorcycle through mountain passes and river valleys. Enjoy winter outings from guided ice fishing tours to winter trail biking, skiing and snowmobiling at awesome venues. At the resort’s full-service activity center, you can go kayaking, paddleboarding, aqua cycling or take an antique speedboat ride on gorgeous 72-square-mile Lake Winnipesaukee. Visit the nearby Loon Preservation Center or Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Want to bring your dog along on your outdoor adventures? No problem. Mill Falls has several pet-friendly guest rooms.
Covered Bridges of Vermont
VERMONT – Historic Covered Bridges

Few structures in America combine architectural ingenuity, economic necessity, and romantic idealism better than the covered bridge. Covered bridges flourished in the United States in the 19th century. Pennsylvania has the most covered bridges, and Vermont, with about 104, has the most for its size. Individual inventiveness played an important role in the proliferation of covered bridges. As the industry grew, builders experimented and adapted each other’s designs in hopes of building stronger bridges with the fewest materials. Covered bridges grew in popularity in the early 20th century and became subjects for artists and advertisers. It is easy to design your own covered bridge driving tour.
Connecticut wine trail
CONNECTICUT – Connecticut Wine Trail

Follow the trail of the vine as it winds through some of the most picturesque towns in Connecticut. The Connecticut Wine Trail is a unique collection of Twenty Four Vineyards, each ready to welcome you with hospitality and exceptional award winning wines. The trail is divided into two sections, East and West. To fully enjoy the Wine Trail, plan a few weekends to experience all that each winery has to offer. We invite you to explore this site and see where the trail leads you. You'll find more than just great wine.
Freedom Trail Boston MA
MASSACHUSETTS – Walk the Freedom Trail

A leisurely walk through a world-class, history-rich city with many designated stops at fascinating places, from an old cemetery to classic, elegant churches. All this, along with educational value, enough space and variety for active kids, plenty of snacking opps along the way. Boston's Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile trail connecting 16 of the country's most significant historic sites linked to the American Revolution. Between April and November, you can take a 90-minute walking tour along the trail with a lively and informative 18th century costumed guide. Stop include The Boston Common, The State House,Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House The Old North Church, Copp's Hill Burying Ground, Bunker Hill Monument, and the USS Constitution.
cliff Walk Newport RI
RHODE ISLAND – Cliff Walk's Rocky Shores

Start at 117 Memorial Blvd. Newport, RI Phone: 401-845-5300

The Newport Cliff Walk is a 3.5-mile winding path along Newport’s shoreline with breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and the rocky coves below. The walk runs from Bailey's Beach to First Beach, with public access points at Bellevue Avenue, Ledge Road, Marine Avenue, Ruggles Avenue, Ruggles Avenue, Sheppard Avenue, Webster Street, and Narragansett Avenue. The walk skirts the edges of some of the city’s mansions, including Beechwood, Rosecliff, Marble House, The Breakers, Ochre Court, and Rough Point. Much of the walk is easy paved paths but some parts have unpaved sections and rugged paths. Best section for viewing with limited time is Narragansett Avenue to Ruggles Avenue.
Cape Cod Railroad Massachusetts
MAINE -- Maine Botanical Garden

132 Botanical Gardens Drive Boothbay, ME, 04537 Phone: 207-633-4333

This magnificent collection of gardens, fronted by an airy, spacious welcome center, does more artist work with plants, sculpture, stone, ponds, and fountains than you can imagine. Gardens and meandering walks – including an endearing children’s garden – are a delight to all kinds of visitors – even people who might not consider themselves garden buffs. The names of the garden offer some clues: children’s garden, garden of the five senses, rhododendron & perennial garden, great lawn & ledge garden, kitchen garden, hillside garden, forest pond, meditation garden, shoreland trail, and rose & perennial garden. Best news: the garden is open daily, year-round.
Jiminy Peak Adventure Park Massachusetts
Massachusetts -- Jiminy Peak’s Adventure Park

37 Corey Road Hancock, MA Phone:

413-738-5500

In winter, Jiminy Peak is the place to ski and snowboard. In summer, it turns into the Mountain Adventure Park, filled with rides and challenges for people who can’t turn down a dare. Among the hair-raising activities are an aerial forest ropes course consisting of five elevated courses; a mountain coaster, consisting of thousands of feet of twisting, turning fun through the woods; an Alpine super slide; a rock climbing wall with automatic belay lines and beginner, intermediate, and expert routes; a Euro-bungy trampoline with swivel harnesses; a zip ride, mountain Segway tours; mountain biking, and – for the sedentary adventurer, scenic tram rides to the summit on a six-passenger chairlift.
Thaxter garden on the Isles of Shoals in New Hampshire
NEW HAMPSHIRE – Thaxter’s Garden on Isles of Shoals

Depart from Gregg Marine Research Complex, 29 Wentworth Road New Castle, NH Phone:

Portsmouth-born author Celia Laighton Thaxter (1835-1894) grew up in the Isles of Shoals, including Appledore and Star islands, offshore between New Hampshire and Kittery Point, Maine. Her poems first appeared in The Atlantic Monthly and she became one of America's favorite authors in the late 1800s. Images of her famous garden return, again and again, in the oil paintings by Childe Hassam. Tours of the garden and Appledore Island are offered by Shoals Marine Lab aboard the research vessel Challenger. This is an island without paved roads, vehicles or amenities, so visitors (age 18 and older) should be prepared to spend the day hiking on rough terrain. The rewards are great.
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center new hampshires
NEW HAMPSHIRE – Squam Lakes Science Center

23 Science Center Road Holderness, NH, 03245 Phone: 603-968-7194

Through live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, and lake cruises, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has brought visitors in touch with the natural world of the Lake region of New Hampshire for more than 40 years. Open meadows, mature forests, and marsh boardwalks connect interactive natural exhibits that are the homes of native animals reside: black bears, mountain lions, raptors, river otters, bobcats, and more. On a day visit of the center, adults and children can take a Science Center Lake Cruise, enjoy the beauty of Kirkwood Gardens, see an animal exhibit or hear a mini-talk, have a snack at Kirkwood Cafe, and shop naturally in the Howling Coyote Gift Shop.
Bingham Falls in Stowe, Vermont
VERMONT – Bingham Falls

off Route 108 Stowe, VT Phone:

The sequence of cascades that is Bingham Falls in Stowe, Vermont is special not just for its otherwordly quality, but because the public almost lost access to it a few years back when a land developer had plans to build a resort on the property. That plan was thwarted and adventurers can still enjoy the pristine beauty of the falls, and those brave enough can take a dip in the natural rock pool below Bingham's 25-foot cascade. To Find It: The falls are located a short hike off Route 108 in Stowe, about 1.5 miles southeast of Smugglers Notch. There is a path leading downhill from a fairly large turnout. The sound of roaring water assures you that you are in the right place.
Cape Cod Railroad excursion trains
MASSACHUSETTS -- Cape Cod Railroad

Remember when you boarded a train there was a sense of adventure, and getting there was all the fun! Travel back in time to the golden age of railroad travel as you are treated to some of the Cape's unspoiled and hidden beauty, accessible only by the railways. Make a whistle stop in Sandwich -- the Cape's oldest and most charming town -- or ride on through on this two-hour scenic route. Traverse some of the Cape's most picturesque countryside including quaint villages, unspoiled woodlands, sand dunes, cranberry bogs, salt marshes, and the famous Cape Cod Canal.
Green Animals Topiary Garden Portsmouth RI
RHODE ISLAND – Green Animals Topiary Garden

Corys Lane Portsmouth, RI Phone: 401-847-1000

This garden, a collection of intricate topiaries, is a special delight for children. This small country estate in Portsmouth evolved into a topiary garden under the care of father-and-son superintendents during most of the 20th century. There are more than 80 pieces of topiary throughout the gardens, including animals and birds, geometric figures and ornamental designs, sculpted from California privet, yew, and English boxwood. Today, Green Animals remains as a rare example of a self-sufficient estate combining formal topiaries, vegetable and herb gardens, orchards and a Victorian house overlooking Narragansett Bay. Open seasonally; call ahead for public hours.
America's Stonehenge New Hampshire
NEW HAMPSHIRE -- America's Stonehenge

105 Haverhill Road Salem, NH Phone: 603-893-8300

It has been determined that America's Stonehenge is an accurate astronomically aligned calendar. It was and still can be, used to determine specific solar and lunar events of the year. Archaeoastronomy is the study of the role of astronomy in ancient cultures. This includes knowing who was responsible for building astronomical observatories and how they were used to effect or influence their lives At America's Stonehenge. We have uncovered a wide range of artifacts including stone tools, pottery, stone and bone pendants, Native American and colonial artifacts.
Sabbaday Falls New Hampshire
NEW HAMPSHIRE – Sabbaday Falls

Sabbaday Falls Picnic Area, Route 112 Waterville, NH Phone:

Sabbaday Brook , on the Kancamagus Pass, drops 40 feet in an unusual and scenic form. The water drops eight feet into a small emerald green pothole. The outlet of the pothole is a slide resulting in a 20-foot horsetail into a tight gorge where it makes a ninety degree turn to the right. The final drop is a 12-foot slide into a deep teal trough that opens into a pale jade green pool below. Walkways, bridges, and stairs make this an easy and safe place to explore. To find it: Sabbaday Falls is the focal point of the Sabbaday Falls Picnic Area, a well marked locale on Route 112, about 11 miles east of Kancamagus Pass, about 3.4 miles west of the Jigger Johnson Campground and about 17 miles west of Conway.
Bromley’s Summer Sun & Fun Park Bromley Mountain VT
VERMONT – Bromley Mountain Thrill Zone

3984 Vermont Route 11 Peru, VT, 05152 Phone: 802-824-5522

Bromley’s Summer Sun & Fun Park offers more warm-weather thrills (if not chills) than you can count. Alpine Slide is a triple-track and 2/3 of a mile in length with banked turns and straightaways, rollers and drops; the climbing wall has is multi-faced real-rock with different levels of challenges; the trampoline thing lets you slip into the harness and take trampolining to new heights; space bikes pedal into orbit; the zip line is basically 100 feet of "Yee-Ha!" on a super strong steel cable. The giant swing produces 3Gs of gravitational force. Coming in July 2012, the new Aerial Adventure Park allows you to walk in the treetops.
Minute Man Bikeway Concord MA
MASSACHUSETTS – Minuteman Bikeway

The Minuteman Bikeway passes through the historic area where the American Revolution began in April 1775. Built by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on an inactive railroad, the trail is often used by local residents as a convenient, eco-friendly way for commuters to reach train stations. The path is 12 feet wide, plowed in the winter time, and includes lots of stops for refreshments and/or restrooms at Depot Park in Bedford, the Lexington Visitor’s Center, Alewife Station, and nearby business districts along the bikeway. Trail access in Bedford is available at the intersection of South Road and Loomis Street (exit 31B from I-95); at Lexington Center and Arlington Center, and at the Alewife T-Station.
Ninigret Pond RI
RHODE ISLAND – Ninigret Pond Refuge

Refuge Headquarters, 50 Bend Road Charlestown, RI Phone: 401-364-9124

From fishing, to hiking, to photography, Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge has it all. The section of the refuge south of Route 1 is surrounded on three sides by Ninigret Pond, a large salt pond with a dramatic breachway opening to the ocean. At the east entrance, there is a kayak/canoe launch area -- a convenient place to get out on Ninigret Pond and see the refuge from the duck's point of view! The northern section of the refuge, where the Kettle Pond Visitor Center is located, is more forested upland. Watchaug Pond is only a short distance down easy trails from the Visitor Center. It’s a wonderful place to enjoy nature in any way that feels good to you.
Carriage Roads of Acadia National Park Bar Harbor Maine
MAINE – Carriage Roads of Acadia

Forty-five miles of rustic carriage roads, the gift of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr., weave around the mountains and valleys of Acadia National Park. Rockefeller wanted to travel via horse and carriage into the heart of Mount Desert Island. His construction from 1913 to 1940 resulted in roads with sweeping vistas and close-up views of the landscape. Rather than flattening hillsides to accommodate the roads, breast walls and retaining walls were built to preserve the line of hillsides and save trees. Rockefeller aligned the roads to follow the contours of the land and to take advantage of scenic views. It is a beautiful drive. Here is a map by the National Park Service.
Whale watching in bar harbor maine
MAINE – Bar Harbor Whale Watch Tours

1 West Street Bar Harbor, ME Phone: 207-288-2386

Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. offers several distinct whale watching, sightseeing, light house and nature trips that sail daily throughout the summer. Come witness the awe inspiring beauty of the magnificent mammals of the sea. The Gulf of Maine is home to humpback, finback, and Minke whales. Because of the catamaran's speed visitors arrive at and cover lots of whale-watching territory. The boat’s galley is open during the voyage with food and beverages, including beer and wine.
St Gaudens national historic site NH
NEW HAMPSHIRE – Saint-Gaudens Historic Site

139 Saint Gaudens Road Cornish, NH Phone: 603-675-2175

A visit to this national park is a walk through a beautiful, serene property that was home to one of America’s greatest sculptors. Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), created over 150 works of art, from exquisitely carved cameos to heroic-size public monuments. Works such as the "Standing Lincoln" monument and the Shaw Memorial, continue to inspire people today and his design for the 1907 Twenty Dollar Gold Piece, is considered America's most beautiful coin. At this historic site you can see 100 of his artworks in the galleries and on the grounds, from heroic public monuments to expressive portrait reliefs, and the gold coins which changed the look of American coinage. Enjoy summer concerts, explore nature trails, and admire the magnificent views.
Essex Steam Train and riverboat Essex CT
CONNECTICUT – Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

One Railroad Avenue Essex, CT Phone: 860-767-0103

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat's two-and-a-half -hour journey begins at the historic Essex Station for a narrated round trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley. The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches at 20 mph through the towns of Deep River and Chester. At Deep River Landing, passengers board the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a cruise along the Connecticut River. The deep water, coves, inlets, marshes, wildlife, and rocky shoreline are breathtaking. Upon Becky's return to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes passengers for the return trip to Essex Station. Trips conducted mid-May to late October.
Art’s Dune Tours Provincetown Cape Cod MA
MASSACHUSETTS – Art’s Dune Tours

4 Standish Street Provincetown, MA Phone: 800-894-1951

For three generations, the family-run Art’s Dune Tours has been taking spellbound visitors on tours of the dunes of the Provincelands, a marvelous, otherworldly place of sky, sea, dune grass, and wind-sculpted dunes. On the tours, you will travel through the majestic dunes where your guide points out the dune shacks where famous artists and writers lived and found inspiration. You will pass the remains of the Peaked Hill Life Saving Station and learn how life savers enacted their heroic efforts to save the lives of thousands from shipwrecks. Access by the public to the dunes is limited, so this is the way to see this marvelous landscape.
Conway Scenic Railroad NH
NEW HAMPSHIRE – Conway Scenic Railroad

With help from the Conway Scenic Railroad, you can enjoy a ride on vintage trains traveling over historic tracks in the heart of New Hampshire's White Mountains. On the Valley Train, you’ll journey on historic rail routes from the 1874 train station in North Conway Village to either Conway or Bartlett and back again. On the Notch Train, you’ll travel on what was once the Maine Central Railroad’s famed Mountain Division line, on tracks that were laid in the 1870s. Enjoy some of the most dramatic natural scenery in the East as you travel through spectacular Crawford Notch – past sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks and streams, panoramic mountain vistas – en route to Crawford and Fabyan stations. Fun for all ages.
Balloons of Vermont Quechee Vt
VERMONT – Hot Air Balloon Rides

The spectacular Quechee Gorge in Central Vermont – sometime called the Grand Canyon of the East – attracts spectators of all kinds. One heart-stopping way to see the gorge and the vast, forested beauty of its surroundings is from a hot air balloon. This is really the adventure of a lifetime. Balloons of Vermont , among other businesses, will take intrepid travelers above the treetops over the Ottauquechee River and the upper valley region for an unforgettable show in the most serene, majestic flying machine knows to man. The Quechee Balloon Festival, with lots of non-ballooning fun, like music, crafts, and children’s activities, takes place in June, and ballooning will be a central theme, but Balloons of Vermont takes people up over the gorge year-round.