slides: 25 Things to Look Forward to This Spring in New England

Sunday, March 12, 2017
GoLocalProv Lifestyle Team

Over the last week or so, Mother Nature has teased us with some spring like weather, but it is going to be freezing out this weekend. 

It is going to be 23° on Saturday and 26° on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. 

This brutally cold weather follows a week in which it was 58° on Wednesday. 

Ignore the cold weather and look ahead to what is coming up. Spring.

To help you do so, GoLocalProv has compiled a list of 25 things to look forward to this Spring in New England. 

The list includes festivals, concerts, sports activities and so much more. 

Check out our list of things we're looking forward to this spring in the slideshow below!

  • Providence Waterfire 

    One of the best parts about Spring and Summer is the return of Waterfire

    Providence WaterFire has grown to be an iconic Rhode Island event. Starting out in 1994 to celebrate it has grown to run continuously, once a month, from May-November and boasts over 80 blazing fires in the middle of the Providence River. 

     
  • Boston Calling 2017 

    Boston Calling, the first New England music festival of the season kicks off in downtown Boston on the weekend of May 26 to the 28.

    The festival features performances from Chance the Rapper, Mumford & Sons and many more. 

    Click here for more information. 

     
  • Playing Golf at Harbor Lights

    Tee it up at Harbor Lights Country Club and dive right into golf season. 

    The Spring is a great time to get warmed up and get some swings in before the heart of the season hits in the summer.  

    Enjoy being back out on the course. Save the super serious golf for the summer. 

     
  • Going For Walks/Runs Outside Without Shivering on East Bay Bike Path

    You can go outside and go for a walk or a run without shivering the entire time. 

    Spring is a great time to exercise and the East Bay Bike Path is a great place to do it. 

     
  • Hiking at Purgatory Chasm in Massachusetts 

    The chasm is ¼ mile long and runs between giant granite rock, sometimes standing at 70 feet high! You do have to pay to park ($5 MA residents, $6 for you out-of-staters), but exploring the reservation is completely free. 

     
  • Easter Egg Hunts 

    Easter is a great holiday. It is always great to spend time with friends and family and of course for those with kids, it's a great day for Easter egg hunts in the backyard or around the neighborhood. 

     

    PHOTO: Ross Mayfield/flickr

     
  • April Fools Day 

    Time to start planning out what pranks and tricks you are going to pull off on April 1. 

    April Fools Day is always an exciting day because you never know what is going to happen. 

    While you are planning your pranks, beware of any that may be played on you. 

     
  • Playing Tennis 

    Time to break those rackets out and hit outdoor courts because Tennis season is here. 

    No need to go hard right away, ease into the season. 

    Have a great Tennis season. 

     
  • Planting Flowers 

    Get the gardening tools ready because gardening season is just about here. 

    Head to your local garden shop, find the best flowers you can and plant away. 

     
  • Lower Heating Bills

    As winter will come to a close New Englanders could look forward to spending less money on heating bills.

    Although the bitter cold is hitting New England hard, and also therefore hitting their wallets hard, this brutal cold streak will soon come to an end and we'll be able to turn down our thermostats save some cash.

    photo credit: Images Money/Flickr

     
  • Fishing Season

    Get your rods and reels ready because with the approach of warmer weather comes the return of fishing seasons. While some New England states allow for fishing year round, many New England states have opening days for trout fishing that begin in early April. Although there is still a plentiful amount of snow on the ground, fishing season is right around the corner.

    photo credit: Grand River Conservation Authority/Flickr

     
  • Sun Dresses

    Sun dresses. Sun Dresses. Sun Dresses. With the approach of spring, it means that sundresses are almost back! Sundresses are a fun way to show off how hard you've been working to keep the weight off all winter long.

    photo credit: jessejamesjake vintage

     
  • Boston Marathon

    The 121st running of the Boston Marathon takes place on Patriots' Day. Catch the annual Red Sox early Patriots Day game, then head down to Boylston St to cheer on the runners.

    It's a Boston and New England tradition.

     
  • Bicycling on the Central Mass Rail Trail 

    Once the streets are clear of ice and snow and the temperatures rise, one of the most fun things to do in New England is to jump on a bike and go for a nice long ride. There are plenty of bike paths to explore at your leisure, and many cities like Providence, Boston, and Worcester are beginning to make city streets much more bike friendly.

     
  • Newport Restaurant Week 

    Newport's Spring Restaurant week features more than 50 restaurants serving three-course meals at great prices. 

    Restaurants include The Mooring, The Black Pearl, Brix at Newport Vineyards and many more.  

    Newport Restaurant week begins on March 27 and goes until April 7 

     
  • Goodbye Snow 

    While this winter was not all that bad as far as snow is concerned, it will be nice to know it is gone for awhile and there is no need to worry about it. 

    Well... we can only hope. 

     
  • Boating

    One ritual of the spring that many New Englanders are looking forward to is getting the boat back in the water. After the brutal winter we've had, boaters are chomping at the bit to get back on the water and enjoy our awesome waterfronts and bays.

     
  • Walking the Newport Cliff Walk

    The Cliff Walk is one of Newport’s most famous attractions is its gilded age mansions lining the coast. Entry to the mansions will cost a fee, but with the Cliff Walk, you can enjoy views of the mansions with amazing views of the water all for free.

    The 3.5 mile long path runs behind the mansions on the eastern shore of Newport. It is a National Recreation Trail – the first in New England! The majority of the walk is easy, but be sure to wear good shoes; the sand can make the path slippery. 

     
  • Road Trip!

    Say goodbye to the black ice, the five foot snow drifts, and (hopefully) the potholes. As the ice melts and we reclaim our streets from the snow, we're looking forward to rolling down our windows and going for a cruise.

     
  • Outdoor Dining at Boat House Restaurant in Newport 

    Newport Restaurant Group made this a must-visit spot several years ago and now the expected accolades have followed.

    The views of Mount Hope Bay are unparalleled.

    Enjoy a nice glass of wine with some lobster fritters that had sweet corn and a chipotle mayo and followed that with pan-roasted George’s Bank scallops with a delightful spring pea risotto, pea greens from Allen Farm and a citrus emulsion.

     
  • Spring Vacation on Block Island 

    Get away from the hustle and bustle of the world and take a spring vacation to Block Island and enjoy all they have to offer. 

    Maybe a spa? a swim? Some shopping? there are plenty of options. 

    If Block Island doesn't do it for you, Newport is also a great place to take a break.

    Or maybe do both. 

     
  • Visiting Arcadia National Park in Maine

    People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park.

    The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast.

    Visit Acadia and hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.

     
  • Newport Craft Beer Festival 

    The 5th annual Newport Craft Beer Festival is set for Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 at Newport Storm Brewery. 

    The event will bring in brewers from as far away as California and as close as Newport. 

    it is a 21+ celebration. 

    Click here for more information. 

     
  • No More Winter Coats 

    It is time to shed those big bulky winter coats. 

    Instead, grab a vest or a sweater and put those coats deep in a closet.

    Good riddance. 

     

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