I’m sure we’re all looking forward to a well-deserved break from homework, quizzes, and exams as the semester draws to a close. New England, and the Northeast as a whole, has some of the most beautiful vacation destinations in the country. Summer vacation is the perfect time to take a trip with friends, family or significant others. Here are some ideas for day trips and long-term vacations for all occasions, or none at all!
Seaside Park, NJ
I’ve been spending my summers in Seaside Park, New Jersey since I was two, so I’m a little biased, but I can honestly say I love every second of it. One thing I love the most about Seaside Park is the fact that you can walk or bike almost anywhere. It is about two miles long and the distance from the ocean to the bay is less than a mile. There is a promenade with rides, games and restaurants; but if you’re not into the hustle and bustle of entertainment you can stroll to the south end where the boardwalk is bare. On the south side of Seaside Park, there are more family-friendly, upscale restaurants, as well as Island Beach State Park. Island Beach State Park is a 15-mile nature preserve and bird sanctuary with hiking trails and miles of sandy beaches perfect for exploring.
If you’re looking for a day trip destination in Connecticut, Mystic is the place to go. Mystic is on the south coast of Connecticut, about 47 miles from UConn. Some attractions include the Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration, and Mystic Museum of Art. The Mystic Seaport Museum is recognized as one of the greatest maritime museums in the United States. it has preserved many historic ships, including Charles W. Morgan’s sailing ship.
“Every time I go to Mystic, it’s always a big family affair,” said eighth-semester biology student Teresa Distefano. “My favorite activity is the aquarium and my favorite restaurant is Jealous Monk, but eating dessert from Godiva is the best way to end the night.”
This destination is more of a hike, but from what I’ve heard, it’s definitely worth the trip. Portland is the largest city in Maine and offers a variety of activities, places to explore, shops and restaurants. Portland is home to six lighthouses, including the Portland Head Light, one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country. Just outside of Portland is a small town called Kennebunk.
“There you can swim the many beaches, eat great food and enjoy a downtown experience before heading to Portland,” said Grant Moxham, an eighth-semester management and engineering student for manufacturing. “Arrive a little early to shop at some cool boutiques and clothing stores before heading to one of the great restaurants and bars to hang out in Portland!”
Here is a list of some other places to visit this summer:
Watch Hill, RI
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