Spring in New England can be many things. Yes, it still snows in March when Spring officially begins, but March is also a time when winter starts to relax its icy grip on the region. It is a time for a great between seasons sport – spring skiing, where you can ski without the heavy winter garb and get a tan at the same time.
Spring, when there is actually spring-like weather, can also be amazingly short. The period after the snow has melted and before summer-like temperatures arrive can be as short as a few weeks, and other years it can last much longer.
Spring is a wonderful time to travel to New England. You don’t have to deal with the crowds that will come with summer, but everything is open again for upcoming summer season.
New England Spring Climate
While the season can start in March with you still knee-deep in snow, it can end in June with you happily sitting on a beach getting a tan. Below you will find a table with hi/lo temperatures for selected locations throughout New England throughout the months of Spring:
|Bar Harbor, ME||42/25||53/35||65/45||74/54|
|North Conway, NH||49/20||54/31||66/42||75/52|
All Temperatures are degrees Fahrenheit.
In general, New England spring weather can be variable. It is best to dress in layers that can easily be adjusted depending on the temperature.
Things to Do in the Spring in New England
The best part about this rebirth season is that there are so many wonderful things to do. Just a few ideas include:
- Visit an arboretum or garden – Get into the spirit of spring and visit one of the regions many arboretums or public gardens such as the Arnold Arboretum in Boston or the Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard.
- Go to the beach – By the end of spring you should be able to think about heading to the beach. Be sure to check out our listings for New England beaches to pick just the right one for you:
- Take in a flower/garden show or festival – A great way to get into the spirit of spring is to attend a flower and/or garden show. There are numerous wonderful flower and garden shows throughout the region including the Boston Flower & Garden Show which actually happens in March a little before “official” spring, the Northern New England Home, Garden, & Flower Show in Fryeburg, Maine, or the Dogwood Festival in Fairfield, Connecticut, or even the Arnold Arboretum’s Lilac Sunday in Boston, Massachusetts..
- Play golf – As soon as the snow melts and the ground firms up, spring can be a wonderful time to hit the links.
- Get your Irish on – Yes, officially it is still winter when Saint Patrick’s Day comes around, but the annual celebrations of the patron saint of Ireland are a great way to kick off the spring season. Boston is commonly credited with the first St Patrick’s day celebration in the colonies and is home to the region’s largest St. Patrick’s day parade held annually in South Boston.
- See how maple syrup is made – Some time in February or March, when the weather alternates between freezing and thawing, and extending into spring, maple sap starts to flow in the Sugar Maple Trees and sugaring season is upon us. You can find maple sugaring throughout New England but Vermont is pretty much synonymous with maple syrup. In fact, Vermont is the largest producer of pure maple syrup in the United States. So head over to a “sugar house” and watch how maple syrup is made… You may also want to check out the Vermont Maple Festival which happens in St. Albens in April.
- See the start of a revolution – For a truly unique spring time activity, on Patriots Day head over to Lexington and Concord, MA to catch re-enactments of the first shots of the American Revolution. While there be sure to check out the Minute Man National Historic Park.
- Running – Spring is that time of year when the snow banks give way and you finally have more room on the road to run. It is also time for the granddaddy of all road races – the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon is run every year 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston, Massachusetts on Patriots day in April. Not a runner, it is still a great spectator sport! Find a spot along the race route and cheer on the runners.
- Visit a National Park – Mid-April is the time by which winter has released its icy grip from Acadia National Park so that the roads are clear and open once again. Head up to Bar Harbor, Maine to see the only National Park in the northeastern United States.
- The Boston Red Sox – April is once again time to head over to Fenway Park to take in a Red Sox game. Whether you are a Red Sox fan or not, Fenway is one of the nations most intimate ballparks. It also happens to be the oldest major league ballpark in the United States turning 100 in 2012. Spring is also time for the regions various Minor League and independent ball teams to take to the field once again.
- Visit a winery – With a new growing season upon them, spring is a wonderful time to visit one of the regions many wineries. Check out our listings of New England’s wineries to pick one close to you:
Picture credits: The picture of the Boston Public Garden is by Tim Grafft and is courtesy of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.