From October through April, Save The Bay offers one-hour seasonal seal watching tours aboard the M/V Alletta Morris from Bowen's Ferry Landing in Newport, Rhode Island and Viking Marina in Westerly. Bundle up and don’t forget the camera! See the website for schedule.
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Close your eyes and your senses return you to 1634 as you skate on the Frog Pond in America’s oldest public park. Join local residents and visitors alike as they glide over the carefully manicured, refrigerated surface. The Frog Pond skating rink is open from November to mid-March with at least 100 days of seasonal skating. Whether you’re practicing for a 9.9 at the Winter Olympics or simply trying to stand on two feet, the ice at the Frog Pond will always be accommodating.
This family-friendly exhibit, created by train artist Steve Cryan, features more trains, new scenery and lots of surprises to be found in the fully operational 26-foot model train layout. Visitors are challenged to complete the I SPY Scavenger Hunt of various objects hidden within the settings while the smaller visitor set can get hands-on at an American Flyer and Lionel Train layout designed for toddler size viewing. The exhibit is a true locomotive extravaganza and a perfect outing for train fans and all who are young at heart. The Connecticut River Museum celebrates the natural beauty and cultural heritage of New England’s great river.
The Freedom Trail® Foundation invites revelers to celebrate this holiday season on the annual Historic Holiday Strolls. The festive atmosphere of the city, set against the unique backdrop of Boston’s historic sites and the American Revolution, makes these merry 90-minute tours a perfect way to celebrate the holidays. Walk the Freedom Trail and discover how Boston’s holiday traditions evolved on the Strolls offered Thursdays through Sundays at 3:30 p.m. from November 17 through January 2017.
Led by 19th-century Dickensian costumed guides departing from the ArtsBoston Booth at Faneuil Hall, the Strolls are complete with a tour of holiday lights and Christmas trees along the Freedom Trail and an exclusive visit to the Omni Parker House for signature refreshments and world-famous Boston Cream Pie. Following the Stroll, guests receive discounts off museum store purchases at Freedom Trail sites, including the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Paul Revere House, and Old North Church (valid with any Historic Holiday Stroll receipt from November through February).
Tickets are $29 for adults and $19 for children and reservations are required 24 hours in advance. The Freedom Trail Historic Holiday Strolls may also be booked as a private family or group tour.
One of New England’s most popular winter destinations, the Skating Center offers a fun, family activity at an affordable price. The 14,000-square-foot skating rink is twice the size of Rockefeller Plaza’s ice rink in New York City! Nearby, you’ll find shopping, restaurants and entertainment at Providence Place.
Select weekends, January through March — Limited 2017 dates available. If you love unique travel experiences, spend a night at the top of Mt. Washington – the highest peak in the northeastern USA, known for its famous winter extremes. The Mt Washington Observatory’s Overnight EduTrips allow you to fully experience the summit of Mount Washington by spending a night in the weather station at 6,288 feet above sea level. Enjoy a full day of sightseeing and alpine adventure, then join staff scientists for a hearty dinner and stay overnight in bunk rooms. You might even get the opportunity to witness sunset and sunrise over New England – a breathtaking experience known only to the most intrepid mountaineers. Not ready for an overnight? Try a day trip instead.