Have you ever wanted to explore New England? New England is one of the oldest colonized spots of the United States, which gives it a rich history. It also lies on the East Coast, giving it open access to the Atlantic Ocean. These two things, combined with everything else New England has to offer, makes it a wonderful place to visit. Below are some of the best things to do on your next trip to New England.
1. New England Cruises
If you want to see the coast of many New England states in one go, then going on a cruise might be the perfect thing to do. There are a variety of New England cruises to pick from. Some of the cruises stay within the waters surrounding the United States, while some other cruises go into the waters near the United States and Canada.
While on these cruises, you will mainly be in the Atlantic Ocean. Depending on the season, you may be lucky enough to see marine life, such as dolphins and whales. You are also likely to have your pick of seafood delicacies while on the cruise, such as the famous Maine lobster, calms, and more! Overall, if you love the water and you love the east coast, then a cruise will be your best option!
2. Plimoth Plantation
If you are a big history buff, then there’s hardly an older site you can visit in New England than the Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This is the historic site where the pilgrims first landed in the New World in the 1600s. It is located a short drive away from modern-day Boston or Cape Cod Bay.
The Plimoth Plantation houses a living history museum. This means that actors stay at the museum and dress like the original Plymouth inhabitants would have about 400 years ago. While many of the buildings in the museum are no longer original, they have been made to look original. Of course, the museum doesn’t just play host to the history of the area. There are also attractions at the museum that showcase the Native American history of the area, which goes back to 10,000 BCE.
3. Green Animals Topiary Garden
If you enjoy spending time outdoors looking at nature, then you may enjoy visiting the Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. This is also a great attraction for kids. Unlike other “boring” nature-based attractions, this one is fun for all ages. For those who do not know, topiaries are shrubs, bushes, or other plants that are cut in such a way to look like other items. There is a famous scene in the classic movie Edward Scissorhands, in which the titular character uses his hands to cut his neighbor’s shrubs into all sorts of animals and other sculptures. In a way, going to this topiary garden is much like walking into that movie.
4. Lizzie Bordon House
For crime and horror fans, there is hardly a more iconic murder site in Fall River, Massachusettes than the Lizzie Bordon House. Many people believe that this house, which is the real house where Lizzie Bordon and her family once live over 100 years ago, is haunted. This is because Lizzie Bordon is suspected to have murdered her father and step-mother by hacking them to death with an axe. While she was never convicted, most people today believe that she is guilty of the crime.
Today, visitors can tour the potentially haunted house. If you are extra brave, you can even spend a night here! Many people have experienced ghostly encounters here, so enter at your own risk! Of course, with any other museum, there is a gift shop you can visit as well.
The next time you take a trip to New England, consider visiting one of these historical and beautiful places listed above. If you want to stay on the water, enjoy a cruise instead. Whatever you do, you are sure to have a great time.