Nowadays it seems you can’t enjoy a nice Saturday with your family without spending a fortune! Luckily, there is no price tag on nature – well, sometimes there is! – but all of the activities on this list are perfect for Spring and totally free!
Shake off the winter blues and get a little fresh air with these 8 fun outdoor experiences.
1. Experience the Providence WaterFire
This iconic event started in 1994 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of First Night Providence. It now runs once a month, from May-November and turns the Providence River into a dazzling display of flames. The non-profit organization that puts on the WaterFire events mixes it up each month with food stands, musicians and art to enjoy along the river front – all for free!
2. Honor the Dead at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Perfect for history buffs and literature fans alike, this cemetery in Concord, MA is fun and educational for all. The “Author’s Ridge” section features the final resting places of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott. On top of that, it’s really beautiful!
3. Meet the Budweiser Clydesdales
The Clydesdale Hamlet at the Anheuser-Bush Brewery in Merrimack, New Hampshire includes a free meet & greet with the famous and fabulous Budweiser Clydesdales! Unfortunately the tour is 21 and up, so make this a couple’s day or an outing for older family members and enjoy free beer at the end!
4. Hike the Royalston Falls
Adventurous families will enjoy a hike to Royalston Falls in Royalston, MA. Although not terribly long, it can be challenging so this activity is best for older kids and experienced hikers. The reward is worth the effort when you reach the remote gorge and the 45 foot plunging waterfall!
5. Bike the East Bay Bike Path
Running from Providence to Bristol, the East Bay Bike Path is a 13.8 mile trail that connects 8 scenic parks with amazing views of the Narragansett Bay shore along the way.
6. Take in the Beauty of the Newport Cliff Walk
This 3.5 mile long path runs behind the famous gilded age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island. If you want a peak inside the mansions it will cost you, but the incredible outdoor views of the coast are totally free!
7. History By The Sea at the U.S. Navy Submarine Force Museum and USS Nautilus
Take a ride down to Groten, Connecticut to see a replica of the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus. The ship is open to the public year-round with free audio tours.
8. Remember the Ice Age at Purgatory Chasm
Purgatory Chasm in Sutton, MA will make you feel like you’ve been propelled back in time! Formed naturally approximately 14,000 years ago during the last Ice Age, the chasm is ¼ mile long and runs between giant granite rocks up to 70 feet high.
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