If there is one area in the United States that is full of outdoor enthusiasts it is New England. New England is a region in the United States that is located in the upper east corner of the U.S. The region consists of; Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Between the highlands, a vast amount of mountains, tons of seaboard lowlands, and a few states that border the Atlantic Ocean, there is an endless amount of outdoor activities that are practiced throughout the year. Since there a ton of different kinds of activities, we have narrowed it down to the eight most popular. We have included everything from paragliding New England to surfing its beaches. So what are you waiting for? Check out the eight most popular outdoor activities, in New England, below!
The first activity on this list might surprise you. Yes, one of the best activities to do in New England is surfing. Surfing is widely popular along the West Coast and the lower East Coast. Although New England’s temperatures drop well below ideal surfing degrees during the winter, the summer weather is perfect for surfing. Not to mention that there are a ton of gorgeous beaches located in New England. Some of the best surfing spots in New England are; Cape Cod, Newport, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard. Also, if you have never been surfing before, check out Nantucket Surfari’s four-day instructional surfing camp. The Nantucket Surfari instructional camp includes lessons and even a video analysis of how you did. If you are interested in the Nantucket Surfari camp be ready to shell out close to $500, but it is surely worth it!
Between the vast amount of mountains and cliffs in New England, it should not be a surprise that one of the best activities to do in New England is rock climbing! Rock climbing is extremely strenuous and definitely not for the faint of heart. If you’re interested in climbing some of New England’s rockiest terrain, then check out; Whitehorse and Cathedral Ledges in New Hampshire and Acadia National Park in Maine. Also, if you are looking for a more strenuous and exhilarating rock climbing experience, try ice climbing in the winter. A large amount of snow and cold temperatures makes New England the ideal location in the U.S. for ice climbing!
If you have not caught wind of it yet, mountain sports are extremely popular in New England. Why wouldn’t they be popular? After all, New England is full of high altitude areas and forests. Thus, it is perfect for extreme outdoor activities year round! If climbing a mountain or skiing down own does not appeal to you, try upping the intensity on an activity most of us already know how to do; bike riding. Mountain biking is not your typical type of biking. So, don’t expect it to be as easy as biking around your neighborhood. While mountain biking is extremely strenuous, it can be relaxing and fun. If you’re interested in mountain biking, check out; the Great Brook Farm State Park in Massachusetts, Kingdom Trails in Vermont, Trail of Tears in Massachusetts, and Mount Agamenticus in Maine.
Paragliding is a fun activity that can be done virtually anywhere in the U.S., but New England paragliding is especially special. If you want a unique way to view breathtaking lakes, gorgeous mountains, and miles of forests, then try New England paragliding. There’s almost nothing as exhilarating and breathtaking as paragliding. If you are interested in New England paragliding, then check out Morningside Flight Park located in New Hampshire!
While New England paragliding is the perfect activity for thrill seekers who enjoy soaring through the air, windsurfing is perfect for thrill seekers who prefer to stay on land—well, in this case, water. Let the wind carry you throughout the water. Most of the time you will even get a few seconds in the air! Also, windsurfing is the closest thing to sailing without getting on a sailboat. And, sailing is a huge sport in New England. So, if you’re looking for a more exhilarating activity than sailing, check out windsurfing. If windsurfing entices you, check out the same New England beaches that are perfect for surfing!
This next activity is probably one of the more fast-paced activities on this list. If you are unfamiliar with white water rafting, it is the activity of navigating throughout the rough water, aka white water. Be prepared to be on the edge of your seat (literally) as you propel yourself throughout the body of water. Expect to be splashed and even thrown off the raft! New England is the perfect location for white water rafting because of its plentiful amount of rivers. Some of the best white water rafting spots in New England are; Deerfield River, Concord River, Millers River, and West River!
Since there a ton of bodies of water in New England, water sports are extremely popular up north! Since water sports are popular in New England, most people own some type of boat—whether it’s a sailboat or a smaller sized boat. Since boating is popular, most people desire some type of exhilarating experience while boating. Easily up the exhilaration on your weekend New England boating trip by attaching a tube or two onto the back of your boat. There are a ton of different types of tubes, which can up the intensity of your tubing experience. Not to mention that you can buy bungee rope, instead of regular rope, to attach your tube to your boat. The bungee rope is more flexible and stretchy, thus, the tube has more mobility. So, the next time you’re boating in New England, tries to add more fun to your experience by tubing!
We have not covered, specifically, many winter sports on this list mainly because most of the outdoor activities you can do in New England can be done year round. But, this wouldn’t be a list of popular outdoor activities to do in New England, if we didn’t include skiing, Since the temperatures greatly drop, thus the north east becomes a real world snow globe during the winter, skiing is extremely popular. There are a ton of ski resorts to choose from, thus, everyone with any skiing experience will enjoy New England skiing. Also, New England outdoor enthusiasts love ramping up the intensity of what is usually a basic sport. So, you can expect to have many options of extreme skiing, such as heli-skiing, cat skiing, and backcountry skiing. While extreme skiing is a fun and exhilarating experience, most people want to ski at a ski resort. Thus, some of the most popular New England ski resorts are; Loon Mountain, Killington Resort, Okemo Mountain, Bretton Woods, and Jay Peak.