Yankee’s has put together over 400 essential things to see and do in New England.  Even though I have lived in New England my whole life, I know that there is still TONS I have yet to see and do so I was interested to read this book and see how I rate on what I’ve already done and what fun and adventurous things are still out there to do! (And maybe get some fun not too far date ideas?)  For those of you who are geographically challenged (and I am, but I’d probably never have graduated if I didn’t figure out what was New England) New England consists of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.  All of which I have visited at some point (and all but Vermont I have seen a Hanson show in. Fun fact.)  The book is broken down by state, with my state, Connecticut, up first.  I’ll highlight each state with what I have done and what I’d like to do below! (But keep in mind there will be lots of other things included in the book too if you don’t see something that seems interesting!)


Have Done
Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk
Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison
Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven
Mark Twin House & Museum, Hartford
Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden

Want to Do
Bushnell Park Carousel, Hartford
Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam (I just love the look of this building)
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Essex
Louis’ Lunch, New Haven

Rhode Island

Have Done
Waterfire, Providence
Block Island

Want To Do
Pawtucket Red Sox, Pawtucket
Newport Mansions


Have Done
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge
Freedom Trail tour, Boston
Fenway Park, Boston
Cape Cod

Want to Do
Boston Cream Pie at the Parker House, Boston
Battleship Cove, Fall River
Whale Watching
Edward Gorey House Yarmouth Port


Have Done
The Goldenrod, York Beach
Nubble Light, York

Want to Do
Puffin Watching, Machias Seal Island

New Hampshire

Have Done
Apparently nothing worth mentioning in this book lol

Want to Do
Canobie Lake Park, Salem


Have Done
Nothing mentioned

Want to Do
Covered bridges?


I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated/

About the Book

The experts at New England’s iconic Yankee magazine have distilled nearly a century of experience and knowledge into the guide you have been waiting for. Yankee’s New England Adventures is the go-to source for in-depth travel information, with the same stunning photography and practical know-how they bring to you every month. Whether you are interested in exploring the vibrant culture of tiny villages or big cities, eating outstanding meals in colonial inns or vintage diners, rambling through art museums or up steep wooded hills, this is the guide for you.

An island stuck in the 19th century? A walk-in, stained-glass globe? A place where you can eat Thanksgiving dinner every day of the year? From the golden dunes of Nantucket to the alpine tundra of the White Mountains, from the blue waters of Lake Champlain to the green grass of Boston Common, travelers and residents alike will find over 400 local secrets, out-of-the-way places, and unique experiences in all six states of this remarkable region of America. Live the Yankee lifestyle and get on the road with Yankee’s New England Adventures.

About Yankee: Robb Sagendorph founded Yankee Magazine in September 1935 as a New England-centric magazine “for Yankee readers, by Yankee writers, and about Yankeedom.” Its “destiny” would be “the expression and… preservation of that great culture into which every Yank was born and by which every real Yank must live.” Today Yankee boasts nearly 300,000 subscribers and the company is still family-owned. In addition to Yankee, they also publish the Old Farmer’s Almanac and New Hampshire Magazine.


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