15 Memorial Day Weekend Getaways in New England
Saturday, May 26, 2018
GoLocalWorcester Sports Team
The long-awaited Memorial Day Weekend has arrived, meaning there is plenty of time for day and weekend trips.
To help you figure out where to go and what to do, GoLocal has assembled a list of New England getaways that the entire family can enjoy.
Getaways range from veteran-themed trips like Battleship Cove and Dedication Day in Mystic to the Newport Cliffwalk and waterparks.
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Garden of Flags in Boston
Every year, the Massachusetts Military Heroes organization plants a Garden of Flags, over 37,000 of them in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common.
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.
Battleship Cove Memorial Day Ceremony
Fall River, MA
Battleship Cove will offer free admission to veterans and military personnel who show a valid ID.
The offer lasts all weekend.
Providence WaterFire has grown to be an iconic Rhode Island event. Starting out in 1994 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of First Night Providence, it has grown to run continuously, once a month, from May-November and boasts over 80 blazing fires in the middle of the Providence River. WaterFire is a not-for-profit organization that aims to creatively transform Providence – and they do! Each event is accompanied with music by artists from around the world, varies food stands and art stands to browse as you stroll along the river.
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.
CoCo Key Water Park Boston
CoCo Key in Boston is one of the largest indoor water parks in Massachusetts. Located at the DoubleTree Hotel in Boston, they offer a full day four pack for $150 - letting 4 people enjoy the park all day for a reasonable price.
Decoration Day at Mystic Seaport
2018 is the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day. During this special Sesquicentennial, the Museum’s roleplayers share stories of life and the sea to ensure that no soldier or sailor, even one from the 19th century, is forgotten.
In 1868, the United States government formally instituted Memorial Day as a national remembrance of the fallen soldiers from the Civil War of 1861-1865.
At Mystic Seaport, Decoration Day ceremonies are set in 1876. In the morning, visitors are invited to the Fishtown Chapel to witness the memorials laid for local Civil War soldiers.
Veterans Memorial Day Cruise
Celebrate Memorial Day on the water with this Memorial Day cruise on the Songo River Queen II.
Veterans or Active Service men or women, and their immediate family get on for free.
The cruise goes from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Explore Martha's Vineyard
Hop the ferry and check out all Martha's Vineyard has to offer before the summer crush.
Cycling, hiking, golf, fishing, and boating are all available on the island.
Wool Days at Old Sturbridge Village
Attendees will learn how New Englanders reared sheep for their wool in the 1830s and watch experts show off the sheep herding skills of border collies.
Visitors can go on a garden tour to learn more about plants used to produce these natural colors. Costumed historians demonstrate spinning and weaving to show how early residents used will to make clothing and household textiles.
Take a Segway Tour Around Boston
Taxi's, trains, cars, bikes, and walking are all ways to get around the city of Boston. But, how about taking Segway from Boston Segway Tours.
A 1-hour tour cost $60 while a two-hour tour will cost you $90, but you will see Boston in a different way then ever before.
Or, you could rent a segway for a half or full day if you wanted to tour around on your own.
Boston Segway tours is located at 364 Boylston street.
See the Site of Paul Revere's Midnight Ride
Old North Church, located on Salem Street, is Boston's oldest surviving church, and it's also the place where Paul Revere gave the signal that the "British were coming," on April 18, 1775.
Once he gave the signal, two lanterns were raised high, meaning that they were coming by sea to Lexington and Concord, not land.
This event began the American Revolution.
Visit the Tombs of John Adams and John Quincy Adams
Head to Quincy, Massachusetts and visit the United First Parish church, located on 1306 Hancock street.
The church offers the opportunity to visit the final resting places of John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Venture down into the crypt and touch the tombs.
U.S. Navy Submarine Force Museum and USS Nautilus
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.
The Sprinkler Factory
The Sprinkler Factory is not actually factory, but rather a gallery. Though, its namesake does come from the real-life sprinkler factory started by Howard Freeman in WWII. Why? Because he embodies “the spirit of innovation.” With the aim of providing the public with a place to display and enjoy the visual arts, the Sprinkler Factory hosts exhibitions once a month, and they’re always free.