Enjoy some of America's finest small towns, like Burlington, Vermont, tucked away in the mountains of New England.
- Treat your ears.
- See an a cappella performance (that's 10 to 20 singers without instruments) by Yale University's legendary Whiffenpoofs. Now popular on many U.S. campuses, the style of singing began at Yale with the "Whiffs" in 1909.
- Shop fresh and local.
- Yes, even in when it's cold and snowy you can find some of the best local fresh foods in southern New England at the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market.
- Explore art in Rhode Island.
- At the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum in Providence, you're bound to see RISD students sketching as you tour the galleries. Along with outstanding art from around the world, you can see furniture, portraits, and paintings by noted Rhode Island artists. Don't miss the large textile collection, which includes fine early American pieces and a unique look at the history of dressmaking in America.
- Fly downhill.
- Skiing and snowboarding aren't the only ways to get down a snowy hill in winter! And you don't have to take lessons or have special gear to go snow tubing. Here are just a few places to give it a try in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
- Be part of a Boston sporting tradition.
- The Boston Bruins are one of the National Hockey League's original six teams. Founded in 1924, the Bruins have won the Stanley Cup six times, most recently in 2011. Catch a game at the TD Garden. Want a cheaper alternative? The Providence Bruins, Boston's minor league affiliate, play just 50 miles south of Boston in Rhode Island's capital.
- Explore Burlington, Vermont.
- New Englanders flock to Vermont to ski in the winter, but there's fun to be had off the mountain, too. The small city of Burlington, Vermont is known for its youthful, hip energy. Wander in and out of coffee shops and boutiques in Church Street Marketplace. Take in scenic views of the Adirondack Mountains from across Lake Champlain. Check the time at the Burlington Earth Clock.
- Tour the United States' oldest university.
- Founded in 1636, Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts stands as the oldest university in the United States. Visit one of the country's largest collection of books at Widener Library and discover Massachusetts Hall, where George Washington housed his troops during the American Revolution.
- Learn about an American legend in Connecticut.
- Visit the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, where Mark Twain (1835-1910) lived for nearly 20 years. Tour the 25-room house, including the third floor room where he wrote the famous American stories, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn."
- Learn about marine life.
- Five out of six New England states touch the Atlantic Ocean, making this region a great place to explore the ocean and its creatures. Get up close and personal with sharks, seals, sea turtles, eels and more at Boston's New England Aquarium or the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. In Newport, Rhode Island, visit the smaller (but less crowded!) Save the Bay Aquarium.
- Follow the Freedom Trail in Boston.
- The site of the 1770 Boston Massacre, the home of legendary patriot Paul Revere, and the warship Old Ironsides are just three of the sites you'll see on this 2.5-mile route. Even on a cold day, it's a great way to learn about the American Revolution.
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- Take a hike
If you’re fit for a big-time challenge, visit Mount Katahdin in Maine, or Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Or opt for a gentler route that still rewards you with great views: Mount Battie in Maine, Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire, and Mount Olga in Vermont.
- Walk the historic Freedom Trail in Boston
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile, red-lined route that leads you to 16 historically significant sites in Boston – each one an authentic treasure. Explore museums and meetinghouses, churches, and burying grounds. Learn about the brave and determined people who shaped the U.S., and see the places where the American Revolution began.
- Watch a baseball game
Baseball, called “America’s favorite pastime,” is played across the region. You can catch a Major League game in Boston, where the Red Sox play at historic Fenway Park, or root for a Minor League team, such as the Portland Sea Dogs in Maine.
- Visit the beach
New England has hundreds of miles of coastline that includes rocky shores and sandy beaches. Popular beaches include Hammonasset Beach State Park in Connecticut, the 40-mile Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts, and Old Orchard Beach in Maine, which hosts weekly fireworks.
- Tour Newport’s historic mansions
Located in Rhode Island, these homes once belonged to America’s wealthiest, most influential families. All 11 incredible mansions offer a glimpse into some of the finest achievements in American architecture, decorative arts, and landscape design.
- Sample small-town scenery and treats in Vermont
The uncommon combination of ice cream, apple cider, and cheese can be found in picturesque Waterbury, Vermont. Nestled in the Green Mountains, Waterbury is home to the famous Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, and the Cabot Annex Store, where you’ll find dozens of Vermont cheeses.
- Fill up at a farmers market
Farmers markets come alive during the summer months, when you can buy all types of fresh vegetables, flowers, locally made foods, and even artwork. Popular stops include the South End Farmers Market in Boston and the Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market in Connecticut.
- Be dazzled by fire on the water
WaterFire turns Providence, Rhode Island, into a mesmerizing art installation, as thousands of onlookers stroll the riverfront to watch more than 80 bonfires lit on vessels traveling along the river. The free event occurs several times throughout the summer.
- Take a rafting trip in Maine
Maine’s Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers offer some of the finest whitewater rafting in the country. You can enjoy a rollercoaster of whitewater while paddling up and over the steep, standing waves, or relax and take in the pristine scenery with a leisurely float trip.
- Volunteer in your local community
- Whether you prefer to walk the dogs at an animal shelter, serve food at a soup kitchen, or plant a tree with a conservation group, there are many ways to volunteer in your local community. You’ll find plenty of other opportunities at networkforgood.org/volunteer/ or volunteermatch.org/. Be sure to tag #cieegivingback when you post your photos!
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