The summer is winding down and the fall is setting in, which means that it will be winter before you know it. The cold weather will no doubt confine you, your friends and your family to weekend getaways of the indoor variety, which means that New Englanders who love the outdoors have all the more reason to close out the days of warmer weather by visiting the following places.
Martha’s Vineyard (Massachusetts)
While there is not necessarily a right time to pay a visit to Martha’s Vineyard, its reputation as an idyllic spot for winding down the summer is well earned. There are more things to do between the vineyard’s six towns and its expansive beaches and hillsides, and the very act of getting to the island by ferry or plane is a beautiful enough experience to warrant a visit. While you visit Martha’s Vineyard, take the opportunity to go boating or biking, visit its many lighthouses, eat some fresh seafood and watch the sunset over the water.
Mohegan Bluffs (Rhode Island)
Just a shot across the Block Island Sound from Charlestown of Quonochontaug is Block Island, home of the 200-foot Mohegan Bluffs. Visitors looking for a challenge that pays off with a breathtaking view of the Atlantic (and, on a clear day, Montauk) will relish the opportunity to climb its cliffs. Visitors looking for a bit of privacy should enjoy the secluded swimming and surfing opportunities it provides. If your trip to the island includes the Block Island Bicycle Tour, this stop is well worth the outing on its own.
Diver Ed’s Dive-In Theater (Maine)
Climb aboard the “Starfish Enterprise” with Diver Ed for a unique dive-in theater experience. Your trip begins by heading out to Frenchman Bay, where Diver Ed and his partner, Mini-Ed, dive to the bottom to get up close and personal with the creatures that dwell below. All the while, the underwater happenings are shown on a giant LED television while Ed’s wife, Captain Evil, provides the narration. Once Ed and Mini-Ed return topside, they bring some of the bay’s most wonderful creatures along with them for up-close observation and, for the brave, the chance to hold them. If you have young children fascinated by the creatures of the sea, Diver Ed’s Dive-In Theater is a sure thing.
Fields of Fire Adventure Park (Connecticut)
Found in the appropriately-named town of Mystic, Fields of Fire Adventure Park is the perfect end-of-summer getaway for the intrepid adventurist. With five Aerial Adventure Park courses ranging from beginner to expert experience levels, Fields of Fire provides all of its guests aged seven and up with the opportunity to put themselves to the test and come away having gained the thrill of victory after three hours of fun and excitement. Fields of Fire is open every day during the summer; walk-ins are welcome, but reservations ahead of time are highly recommended.
It will be blustery and snowy before long, so pack in that last bit out outdoor fun by visiting these or other locations around New England this month.
This article is presented by Colonial Honda of Dartmouth in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.