There’s certainly no shortage of weekend activities here in New England when the weather turns crisp and cool, the leaves start falling and the pumpkins come out in full force. Besides the obvious prime foliage viewing just about everywhere you look, here are a few other activities that should be on your fall bucket list this year.
Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence, RI
This is not your average pumpkin spectacular. More than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins make up the pumpkin trail that winds its way through the zoo. Each year brings a new theme, and both kids and adults will delight in attending this event each year. Weekends tend to be busy, so consider attending on a weeknight for “value night” savings and more time flexibility. https://www.rwpzoo.org/jols
Mount Washington Cog Railway
Bretton Woods, NH
Dubbed a “must do” in New England, the famed train ride takes you up to the summit of Mount Washington, where you can view as many as five states, plus Canada and the Atlantic. A visit during the fall means stunning colors can be added to the appeal. https://www.thecog.com/
Even if you’ve visited as a kid on a field trip, this local gem is definitely worth the trip. Plimoth Plantation is a living history museum dedicated to telling the history of Plymouth Colony from the perspective of both the Pilgrims and the Native Wampanoag people. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate that includes the Wampanoag homesite, 17th-century English village, craft center, Plimoth Bread Company, Plimoth Grist Mill and Mayflower II (under repair-due back in 2019), a full-scale reproduction of the original ship that sailed to Plymouth in 1620. https://www.plimoth.org/