New England truly is beautiful in all seasons, but the incredible hues that the spring season brings is nothing like you will find all year long. If you’ve never traveled to New England, spring is a perfect season to visit. You will be met with less crowds and mild weather. Keep reading for where to find the top New England spring spots!
If you’re traveling to New England during the fall, winter or summer season, you won’t want to miss where to find the best fall colors, this comprehensive guide to ski resorts, or my favorite summer spot in New England!
My favorite during the New England spring season- Boston
Spring in New England wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Boston. Here are some of my favorite sports during the spring season and where you can find an abundance of spring blooms!
Cherry blossoms on the Charles River Esplanade
There’s no place where you can find more cherry blossoms in Boston than at the Esplanade. They bloom between March and April depending on the weather and will usually only be in a peak bloom for a short time!
Such an iconic spot in Boston, there are plenty of blooming trees in the spring, and it’s always exciting to see the return of the Boston Garden swan boats! Plus, the Public Garden’s flowers are changed out every few weeks, so you can keep coming back for new beautiful views.
Spring blooms on Commonwealth Ave
Running right into the Public Garden, Comm Ave is a great next stop. Both cherry blossoms and magnolias grace Comm Ave during the spring with beautiful architecture as the background. It’s always fun to walk around during the spring and spot all the different blooms. At night, the central trees along the pedestrian walkway are lit up for a magical ambience.
The Arnold Arboretum is a Harvard University botanical research institution. It houses an assortment of flowering trees and blooms. Not only does it have a variety of cherry blossoms but quite a few lilacs and my favorite–wisteria! Keep in mind these will bloom at different times.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
My absolute favorite museum in New England and second favorite museum in the world to the Louvre, this spot is a Boston gem. What makes this museum so special in the spring? The hanging nasturtiums that make an appearance every year! If you time it right, come on First Thursdays for free admission and live music, and don’t leave without checking out the unique gift shop.
Rose Kelleher Garden
The best place in Boston for roses is this garden, and they usually bloom at the beginning of June. Another great but smaller spot for roses is the Minot Garden in Brookline. If you’re looking to spend a day in Brookline, Washington Square has an abundance of wonderful restaurants including Barcelona, Burro Bar, and The Abbey. Even though it’s a bit out of the way, my absolute favorite cafe in Brookline is Rifrullo.
Enjoy afternoon tea at Blithewold Mansion
A thirty-three acre summer estate with the most beautiful gardens is Blithewold Mansion. Once used as a summer home, it offers quite a bit to see during the spring. Make a reservation for afternoon tea and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Narragansett Bay. Don’t forget to tour the home and gardens–the fields of daffodils in the spring are quite stunning.
See the most Daffodils in Newport
One of the best places to visit in the spring, especially to see daffodils, is Newport, Rhode Island. Every year in April, Newport celebrates Daffy Days as over one million daffodils bloom around the city. You will find a map on Newport’s website of where to find all the daffodil bloom locations, but my favorites include Salve Regina University and Easton’s Beach.
Frolick through a tulip field at Wicked Tulips
One of New England’s famous flower fields is Wicked Tulips. These blooms times also vary, and usually bloom between April and May. Make sure to sign up for their emails as their email subscribers will be able to buy tickets first–they usually do sell out!
Enjoy ocean views at Hammond Castle
A taste of European architecture on the Boston north shore, the castle is quite stunning, as well as the gardens–they were my favorite!
This Secret Garden houses Daffodils from 1940
The story goes that this secret garden located in Parsons Reserve was established during WWII. During the war, flower bulbs from Holland were not easy if almost impossible to come by. Because of its relatively close proximity to Boston, this daffodil farm emerged as a site to supply flowers to customers in Boston. This land is now preserved and is free to visit, however donations are encouraged.
Vermont’s gem during the New England spring season
Woodstock is my absolute favorite town in Vermont. It really is beautiful in all seasons, but the hues that spring brings make it extra magical. Here are five places you should check out when you’re planning your next trip to Woodstock.
Vermont is one of the best places to visit in New England, here are some of the best towns to check out in Vermont during the spring.
Nantucket’s Daffodil Festival
Even though this has been on my bucket list for a while, I still have yet to experience Nantucket’s Daffodil Festival. An island tradition since 1978, the whole weekend is dedicated to celebrating these yellow blooms with a flower show, antique car parade, and a tailgate party in ‘Sconset. Read more about the festival from one of my favorite New England travel sites.
If you’re looking to visit my favorite magical island during the warmer months, check out this comprehensive guide on everything to see and do on the island.
See all the New England spring flowers in Connecticut
Even though I haven’t had a chance to visit Connecticut during the spring season, these are some suggestions! 2022 marks the 85th year of the Dogwood Festival. It usually falls around Mother’s Day–what better way to celebrate? If you’re looking for daffodils in Connecticut, Laurel Ridge in Litchfield is a great spot!
New England spring getaways
If you’re looking for any other New England spring getaway ideas, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are perfect in the spring before the crowds swarm in. If you’re looking to plan for another season, these are the top towns for fall foliage in New England. If you’re looking to visit during the winter, here’s a comprehensive guide to skiing the East!