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Summer in New England - Beaches, Picnics, Concerts, Family Fun, More

Summer in New England means beach vacations, peaceful days spent in a rental cottage on a quiet lake, outdoor concerts, amusement parks and water parks, family fun, festivals and much, much more. Here is your guide to making the most of the all too short summer season.
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Top 14 New Things to See and Do in New England for Summer 2014
Discover the 14 best new things to do in New England for summer 2014 including new attractions, lodgings, shops and thrills.

Last Summer's New Things To Do
What was new for travelers to experience in New England during the summer of 2013? From hotels to tours to events to restaurants, here were the best new reasons to visit the New England states during the summer of 2013.

New England Summer Festivals A-Z
Whether your tastes lean more toward chamber music or mashed potato wrestling, there is a New England summer festival for you! Here is my A to Z guide to some of New England's best summer festivals.

4th of July... New England Style!
Have a patriotic 4th of July in New England, or add a touch of old-fashioned fun to your celebration at home with these perfect July 4 BBQ recipes from New England.

When Is Memorial Day?
Here in New England, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the summer travel season. But when is Memorial Day? Here is your guide to upcoming Memorial Day dates to assist your travel planning.

Find Your Summer Home Away from Home
Looking for a home away from home for a week or more at one of New England's scenic destinations? Vacation rentals are a popular alternative to other New England lodging options, particularly for summer vacationers who want to get away from it all. Find the perfect hideaway with my updated guide to vacation rentals in all six New England states,...

New England Beer Festivals: Celebrate Craft Brewing's Resurgence This Summer
New England Beer Festival Guide: New England was at the forefront of the microbrew revolution, and now that specialty beers are making a comeback, there's no better place than the Northeast to celebrate craft brewing's resurgence this summer. Find the right craft brew for you at one of these beer festivals.

Tanglewood: The Boston Symphony Orchestra's Summer Home
The Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, is the scenic summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the setting for a wide variety of musical performances each year. There's no better place in all of New England to spread out a picnic blanket and listen to live music as the sun sets and the stars pop out.

Six Flags Raises Flag On New England
Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts, is the region's premier family amusement park. Admission includes the Hurricane Harbor water park, too. Here's your complete guide to Six Flags New England.

Keep Cool in Caves and Waves
Want to get out of the heat? Tired of relying on the AC for relief? Head for New Hampshire--home to New England's only commercial caves and New England's largest water park.

New England Summer Vacation Memories
New England summer vacation memories. Stories of memorable New England summer vacations submitted by readers of About.com's New England Travel site. Read insights from travelers if you are planning a summer vacation in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont. If you had a fun New England summer vacation, share your thoughts about what made your trip special.See submissions

L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series
LL Bean concert series. Tips for attending the LL Bean Concert Series in Freeport, Maine. Discovery Park at the L.L. Bean flagship store in Freeport, Maine, is transformed into an outdoor amphitheater on select concert evenings each summer. If you're vacationing in Maine, catch one of these free concerts if you can.

Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze Photo Tour
Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze makes a memorable family day trip in the summer. Visit Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, CT, and lose yourself in the Sunflower Maze... for a good cause.

Hartford Riverfest 4th of July Celebration
Hartford Riverfest 4th of July celebration. Celebrate America's Independence Day in Hartford, CT.

New England Patriots Training Camp at Gillette Stadium
The New England Patriots' training camp is held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, each summer, and you can get in on the experience.

Summer Unlimited
You might think of New Hampshire's Waterville Valley as a winter skiing destination, but did you know this secluded valley ringed by mountain peaks is transformed each summer into a family fun zone? If you're in search of an active vacation for the whole family, one call to Waterville Valley might just have you looking forward to this summer's getaway as much as the kids.

What's New at America's Oldest Theme Park?
The nation's oldest amusement park, Lake Compounce, is located here in New England in Bristol, Connecticut, and for the 2006 season, visitors will find a new enticement to visit the park--a "screaming swing" ride called Thunder N Lightning.

Boston Harborfest 4th of July Celebration
Boston Harborfest 4th of July Celebration: Celebrate America's Independence Day in one of its most patriotic cities, Boston.

Coast Guard Issues Great White Shark Advisory for New England
New England sharks. Great white shark sighting rumors have been circulating in New England for the past several weeks, and with the confirmed catch of a 7-foot great white shark off the coast of Cape Cod, the U.S. Coast Guard issued an advisory on July 2, 2010 cautioning recreational boaters and paddlers to be alert to the presence of these dangerous sharks.

Coast Guard Barque Eagle Sails Into Boston Harbor - Video
Sailing aboard the Coast Guard Barque Eagle, a tall ship and training vessel, during the Parade of Sail into Boston Harbor during OpSail 2012 was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Share the experience in this video of the Eagle's voyage into Boston, and learn where you can see the tall ships in New England during the summer of 2012.

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