Have you been wanting to travel around New England, but aren’t sure where to begin? Well, you’re in luck! We’ve picked 10 beautiful towns near some of our hotels that we think are worth exploring.
1. Springfield, Massachusetts
If you’re looking to add some thrill to your day, head over to Six Flags, New England’s biggest and most popular amusement park. Get your adrenaline rushing on the award winning Bizzaro, or get your caricature sketched at one of the kiosks. You won’t want to miss Fright Fest, one of this park’s biggest events with over 20 frightful things to experience, which occurs on select nights from the end of September until Halloween.
If you love fairs, you’ll love the Big E! This New England fair is held annually in West Springfield, and is the only Six-State fair in America. Visit the petting zoo, watch the daily Mardi Gras parade or ride the ferris wheel. Western Massachusetts is also known for its breathtaking fall foliage. Take a guided tour or explore the amazing views on your own. Enjoy an afternoon stroll through Forest Park to take the kids to the park’s petting zoo.
Interested in visiting but live far away? Stay overnight! Our Homewood Suites Holyoke-Springfield/North, Hampton Inn Hartford Airport and Hampton Inn Springfield South/Enfield hotels are all located within 15 miles of these destinations.
2. Newport, Rhode Island
This town might be small, but it has a lot of offer. From exploring the historical Newport Mansions, taking a stroll along the Cliff Walk, or indulging in fine dining, you’ll always find something fun and exciting to do.
There is so much you’ll want to explore; you might need another day or two to see it all! Newport hotels can be expensive, especially during the peak season. Avoid the sticker shock and stay at our Hampton Inn Coventry, only a thirty minute drive from the destination.
3. Foxborough, Massachusetts
It’s football season! Watch Tom Brady throw a touchdown pass during a Patriots game at Gillette Stadium or attend a concert at the venue. Past performances have included Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, AC/DC and more.
Catch a movie, do some shopping, or grab a bite to eat at Patriot Place, located right next door to the stadium.
Many guests who are visiting Gillette Stadium stay at our Homewood Suites Boston Canton, only a 20 minute drive away. Other options include the Residence Inn Boston Brockton and Hampton Inn Boston Marlborough, only 30 minutes away.
4. Mystic, Connecticut
This historical town has boat loads of charm. Explore Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea, which consists of a village, ships, and 17 acres of exhibits portraying coastal life in the 19th century. Stay with the traditional theme and head over to the Olde Mistick Village to shop for vintage and antique items.
The Mystic Aquarium, perfect for all ages, has many exhibits including Beluga Whales, African Penguins, Ziggy Star the Sea Lion and more!
If you’re staying at the Hampton Inn Coventry and are looking for something to do, this beautiful town is a short 35 minute drive.
5. Boston, Massachusetts
Being one of the largest state capitals in the US, you can only imagine how much this city has to offer. Explore the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile-long path that passes by more than 15 historical locations. This trail starts at Boston Common, the oldest park in the country. Another historical location includes Faneuil Hall, a popular marketplace since 1742.
Looking for more shops and dining options? Take a 10 minute walk from Faneuil Hall over to the North End, home of the famous Mike’s Pastry. You can also catch a baseball game at Fenway Park.
Make your adventure to Boston a day trip or plan an overnight stay at one of our nearby hotels. Hampton Inn Boston Bedford Burlington, Residence Inn Boston Brockton and Homewood Suites Boston Canton are all within 35 miles of the city’s center. Drive into Boston or avoid the hassle of parking and take the T.
6. Providence, Rhode Island
Continuing with the theme of state capitals, Providence has a lot to offer. Enjoy your day by shopping at the Providence Place Mall, or explore Roger Williams Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in the world.
At night, catch a show at the Providence Performing Arts Center, play blackjack at the Twin River Casino or enjoy the spectacular Waterfire, an award-winning river sculpture that gets lit up on many weekend nights until the beginning of November.
Courtyard Providence Lincoln provides complimentary shuttle service within 5 miles, which includes the casino. If you feel like exploring into the city, this hotel is less than 10 miles from the center.
7. Windsor, Connecticut
Windsor is a small town right outside of Hartford, Connecticut. Visit the Northwest Park to enjoy trails, maple sugaring and an interpretive nature center.
Explore the New England Air Museum’s extensive collection of aircraft, engines, and exhibits or practice your golf swing at Wintonbury Hills Golf Course, ranked the #6 Municipal Golf Course in the US.
Take the kids to Foster Family Farm during the fall for pumpkin picking, farm animals, hayrides and more! There are also 2 full size corn mazes to explore, including a nighttime flashlight maze.
8. Hingham, Massachusetts
Staying at the Homewood Suites Boston Canton and looking for something to do? Hingham is the perfect town, especially for shopping, and is only 25 minutes away from the hotel. The Hingham Shipyard features shops, a movie theatre and many restaurants including the famous Wahlburgers, co-founded by actor Mark Wahlberg. This shopping center overlooks the Marinas for a spectacular view. Another popular shopping center is Derby Street Shoppes, a unique outdoor shopping center which features over 60 restaurants and shops.
Take a refreshing walk down one of World’s End trails. For a small entry fee, you’ll get an amazing view of the Boston skyline. Enjoy the crisp air and autumn colored leaves, or go skiing during the winter months.
9. East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Learn about the radio and steam power history at the New England Wireless and Steam Museum. If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a stand-up paddle board or kayak at the East Coast Paddle Sports and venture down East Greenwich Cove, only 6 miles from Hampton Inn Coventry.
Big River Management Area is the perfect spot for mountain biking, hunting and fishing. This area is located in the town next door in West Greenwich.
10. Plymouth, Massachusetts
Staying at Residence Inn Boston Brockton and looking to explore the area? Plymouth is only 30 miles away! From enjoying the beauty of Mother Nature to being enriched with knowledge of the town’s history, Plymouth has it all. Relax on one of the many beaches or take a stroll through Brewster Gardens Park.
The National Monument to the Forefathers stands tall to commemorate the Mayflower Pilgrims who arrived in Plymouth back in 1620. Take a peek at the Plymouth Rock, an important symbol in American history, or visit Plimouth Plantation, a living history museum.
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