The multicolored leaves are starting to show, and autumn is a great time to enjoy the rustic outdoors. If you’re tired of apple picking and pumpkin patches, know that there are plenty of fresh fall activities to do with family and friends. If you’re looking to break out of the traditional New England mold, AAA Southern New England has some great recommendations for alternative fall festivities:
Located in Charlemont, Mass., Berkshire East has been recognized by USA Today as one of the 10 greatest zip lines nationwide. Three different zip line tours range in length and height, offering family-friendly options. These unconventional tours are great for all ages and provide a thrilling take on traditional sightseeing. Prepare to buckle your harness and fly through the forest foliage.
If you’re looking for an escape from the bustling city this fall, why not venture into Connecticut’s scenic countryside? Thanks to the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, hundreds of historic Connecticut barns are now available for tours and provide a glimpse into the past. Seven trails wind across the state and encompass museums and fall activities. This relaxing trip is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while learning about New England’s roots.
The Eastern Shore of Narragansett Bay features The Old Colony and Newport Railway, a 10-mile train tour. This 80-minute journey allows visitors to enjoy a 180-degree view on an open platform coach, built in 1904, or travel back in time in an 1884 parlor car. Sit back and savor the fall foliage, rocky beaches, and sparkling waters of the Bay.
For an unparalleled view of New Hampshire’s fall foliage, ride the Aerial Tramway to the summit of Franconia State Park’s Cannon Mountain. This ride is New Hampshire’s highest lift-accessed point, bringing visitors to remarkable heights and offering stunning views of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, New York, and even Canada. Visitors may have a new outlook after experiencing the world from these heights.
When it comes to taking in New England’s scenic fall foliage, there is no shortage of unique activities. Ranging from the exhilarating to the relaxing, each destination is sure to please the whole family. To learn more about AAA Southern New England’s recommendations for autumn activities, check out www.AAA.com/Horizons, visit your local branch, or call 877-874-7845 to learn more.