12 Activities to Do in New England this Spring

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By Carla Charter


  1. 45th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival- New Englanders who want to enjoy a Cherry Blossom Festival, need look no further than the Springtime Cherry Blossom Festival held at Wooster Square in New Haven Connecticut. The celebration on April 22nd, 2018n is a celebration commemorating the planting of 73 Cherry Trees in 1973 by the New Haven Historic Commission in Cooperation with New Haven Park The event includes live entertainment, food table and a children’s area. More information about the festival can be found at historicwoostersquare.org


  1. 40th Annual Daffodil Festival-Daffodils, the first harbinger of spring in New England, are celebrated at Hubbard Park, Mewriden Connecticut every year on the last weekend in April, this year April 28th and 29th. Along with the 650,000 blooming daffodils in the park, visitors can also enjoy a Daffodil Parade , complete with bands and local floats, as well as free musical entertainment and Theater of the Trees with acts for children and a carnival. When it’s time for a bite to eat, visitors can stop at “Meriden’s Silver Fork,” a food tent with over 30 food vendors.  Saturday Night events also include a Fireworks display.  More information on Daffodil Days can be found at www. daffodilfest.com



  1. Bug Light Kite Festival-Enjoy harboring those spring breezes at the Bug Light Kite Festival at Bug Light Park, in South Portland, Maine on May 19, from 11-4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the South Portland Historical Society. Kids and adults can participate in Kite flying events and admire impressive Kites from all over New England, as well as a Kite style candy drop. The nearby Bug Light’s Lighthouse will also be opened for tours.


  1. Train Days-For Train Buffs large and small, can attend Train Day at the Maine Narrow Gauge Train museum on May 5th. Children can participate in a Junior Engineer program. Those who complete the program will receive an Engineer’s cap and certificate of completion.  Visitors can also enjoy the museum’s collection of Narrow gauge Trains including Steam Engines, Coaches and cabooses Museum open 9:30am-4pm with Trains on the hour 10am-3pm




  1. Battle of Lexington and Concord Re-Enactment-Take a step back in history to the first Patriots Day by attending re-enactments of the Lexington and Concord Battles, which happened on April 19, 1775. The Lexington Re-enactment will take place on April 14th at the Visitors Center in Lexington, Ma. The Concord Re-enactment will take place on April 16 at 8:45 a.m. at the Old North Bridge followed by the Concord Parade More information about Patriots Day events can be found at  nps.gov/mima/patriots-day.htm


  1. Swan Boats-Take a leisurely stroll back through time by enjoying the Swan Boats at the Boston Public Garden Lagoon. The Swan Boat story dates back to 1870 when rowboats were on the lagoon. In 1877, the first peddle powered swan boats appeared and have continued until this day. Opening day for the Swan Boats is April 14.  More information on the Swan Boats can be found at  swanboats.com





  1. 3rd Annual Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds on the Banke-Nothing says spring more than baby animals Strawbery Banke, in Portsmouth will be showcasing a variety of more than a dozen heirloom breeds of Barnyard Baby Animals (and their moms) that would have been familiar to earlier generations. On April 21st through April 29th from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This will be a a family-friendly opportunity to learn more about domestic livestock typical on coastal northern New England farms from the 17th century to present day. More information on this event can be found at www.strawberybanke.org/events/barnyard-baby-animals.cfm


  1. Clydesdale Camera Day -Enjoy spring weather while taking a picture with the Budweiser Clydesdales on May 5 in Merrimack N.H. The Clydesdales have been part of the an Anheuser-Busch tradition since the first Clydesdale hitch and a red beer wagon paraded to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.  More information on Clydesdale Camera Day can be found at http://www.budweisertours.com/locations/merrimack-new-hampshire/events-calendar.html



  1. Volvo Ocean Race-America’s Cup fans can enjoy the Volvo Ocean Race in Newport Rhode Island from May 8th to May 20th. The Volvo Ocean Race is often described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world the 2017-18 edition will take the teams 45,000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 Host Cities. More information on the race can be found at volvooceanrace.com/




  1. Fairy Garden Days-Go in search of Fairy Homes from April 13th-29th, 2018 from 10am-4pm Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence, RI. The event includes the chance to explore greenhouses and the grounds for fairy houses and villages, a scavenger hunt through Gnome Trail and a chance to craft a fairy or Gnome home. More information on the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center can be found at https://rwpconservancy.org/explore/botanical-center/



  1. Vermont Maple Festival-Spring in New England is synonymous with Maple products. All things Maple are celebrated at the Vermont Maple Festival in St. Albans, Vermont on April 27, 28th and 29th. Among the events are a Maple Syrup and Products contest at Maple Hall, a grand Vermont Maple Parade, a Pancake Breakfast and a Fiddlers Variety Show. More information on the festival can be found at www.vtmaplefestival.org/


  1. Mother’s Day Brunch on Lake Champlain- For those looking for a unique gift for Mom, they might want to consider a Mother’s Day Brunch on Lake Champlain aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen, on May 13.  The Spirit of Ethan Allen is the only cruise ship and floating restaurant on the lake. More information on this cruise can be found at  https://soea.com/mothers-day-brunch/