26 Things to do in New England for FREE this Spring - 2017 PART 1 of 2
The Cliff Walk is one of Newport’s most famous attractions is its gilded age mansions lining the coast. Entry to the mansions will cost a fee, but with the Cliff Walk, you can enjoy views of the mansions with amazing views of the water all for free. The 3.5 mile long path runs behind the mansions on the eastern shore of Newport. It is a National Recreation Trail – the first in New England! The majority of the walk is easy, but be sure to wear good shoes; the sand can make the path slippery.
Take a Tour of Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut Take a free tour of Yale University and while you are there be sure to walk through the Yale Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art. If you time it correctly, you might even get to attend one of the Yale School of Music’s nearly 300 annual performances.
Browse Yankee Candle Village, South Deerfield, Massachusetts Yankee Candle Village headquarters are located in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, where they call themselves “Scenter of the Universe.” Walk around the store for hours, exploring all the different showrooms with varying scents. The complex is something to see. Be warned though, you may be tempted to buy a candle or two.
Eartha at DeLorme Mapping Company, Yarmouth, Maine
Eartha is the worlds largest rotating globe taking up three stories and is entirely computer controlled and rotates. It is about as life-size a replica of the earth as you will find anywhere.
Royalston Falls, Royalston, MA If you want a little bit of an outdoor adventure, hike to Royalston Falls in Royalston, MA. The hike itself isn’t too long, but it can be challenging. It leads you to a remote gorge created by prehistoric glacial meltwater and 45 foot plunging waterfall within a half-hidden ravine. If you’re up for the adventure, the destination is far worth the trek.
Free Tour of Lake Champlain Chocolates, Burlington, Vermont
Chocolate lovers this is for you. Take a free tour of Lake Champlain Chocolates and even get some free samples. What is better than that? The tour takes approximately 30 minutes and is seated. There is no walking involved. Tours run Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.but are limited to 35 people.
U.S. Navy Submarine Force Museum and USS Nautilus, Groten, Connecticut See a replica of the world's first submarine and learn about it through films before stepping aboard the USS Nautilus for a free audio tour. Nautilus was the first nuclear powered submarine and the first vessel to travel 20,000 leagues under the sea. The ship is now open to the public year round and is FREE.
Independence Trail, Providence, RI Rhode Island’s own version of Boston’s Freedom Trail, follow the painted green line for the Independence Trail. The 2.5 mile tour of historic Providence “takes you over four centuries of history, architecture, culture, and folklore.” Don’t worry about where to begin, the route is circular so you can start anywhere! Along the painted green trail on the sidewalks you’ll find red emblems with a phone number and a location number.
Boston Fire Museum , Boston, Massachusetts Since 1983, the Boston Fire Museum has operated in the old fire house on Congress street showing off the history of the Boston Fire Department. The Museum shows off antique fire equipment, fire alarm displays, photo displays and artifacts. Admission to the Museum is FREE.
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