25 Things to do in New England for Free This Spring

Sunday, April 08, 2018
GoLocalWorcester Lifestyle Team

Nowadays everything seemingly cost money, especially everything cool.

However, with winter coming to an end (we hope) and tax bills having just been mailed out or about to be at least, money could be an issue.

But that doesn't mean you have to just sit in the house. There are so many cool things to do in New England that won't cost you on single cent, they are all FREE.

Check out our list of 25 things to do in New England For Free in the slideshow below.

  • Cliff Walk

    Newport, RI

    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. 

  • Anheuser-Busch Brewery and the Clydesdale Hamlet 

    Merrimack, New Hampshire 

    The Budweiser Clydesdales are the most recognizable mascots in the beverage industry and a visit to the Clydesdale Hamlet at the Anheuser-Bush Brewery will get you a free meeting with them. 

    For this 21 and over, you can take a tour of the brewery and see it result in free beer at the end. 

    PHOTO: Billy Zoom/flickr

  • 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. 

    The DeLorme Mapping Company was bought by Garmin and is closed, however, the building is still open for those who wish to view the giant globe.

    Tourists also have access to the second and third-floor balcony for a different view of the globe. 

    Admission is FREE. 

    Click here for more information 

    PHOTO: DeLorme Map Company

  • 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.  

    PHOTO: Facebook

  • 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.

    PHOTO: Indepencetrail.businesscatalyst.com

  • The Sprinkler Factory

    Worcester, MA

    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.

  • 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. 

  • WaterFire

    Providence, RI

    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. 

  • Explore the Site of Paul Revere's Midnight Ride 

    Boston, Massachusetts

    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 Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

    Concord, MA

    Head to Concord, Massachusetts and then to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where you will find "Author's Ridge."

    Author's Ridge marks the final resting place of legendary writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott. 

  • Allagash Brewing Company

    Portland, Maine

    Allagash Brewing Company offers FREE beer tasting every day that they are open. Participants receive four, 3 oz samples of beer during the tasting.

    The tastings do change every few days.

    Photo courtesy of Allagash Brewing Company

  • The Haffenreffer Museum at Brown


    The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is Brown University’s teaching museum. It aims to inspire creative and critical thinking about culture by "fostering interdisciplinary understanding of the material world."

    Admission is FREE. 

  • Purgatory Chasm

    Sutton, MA

    Take a hike at Purgatory Chasm and see the unique landmark that formed naturally approximately 14,000 years ago. Theory has it that the chasm was formed near the end of the last Ice Age with the sudden release of glacial meltwater that had been dammed up. Pretty neat! The chasm is ¼ mile long and runs between giant granite rock, sometimes standing at 70 feet high! You do have to pay to park ($5 MA residents, $6 for you out-of-staters), but exploring the reservation is completely free. 

    Photo: MHarvey/Flickr

  • Blackstone River Bikeway

    Runs from Worcester to Providence

    The idea behind the Blackstone River Bikeway was to create a bike path running 48 miles, from Worcester to Providence along the National Heritage Corridor. It links the Blackstone River and the Blackstone Canal and will eventually connect with the East Bay Bike Path in Rhode Island. The path isn’t completed yet, but riders can enjoy the segment that is, free of charge.

  • Tour Sam Adams Brewery

    Boston, MA

    Take a FREE tour of Sam Adams Brewery and see where some of the best beer is made. Learn about the history of Sam Adams beer, how it's made, experience the entire craft brew process and of course try some samples.

    The tour departs every 45 minutes and lasts about an hour.

    Photo courtesy of Sam Adams Brewery

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