Top 7 Outdoor Activities in New England, USA

written by local expert Becky Rogers

Becky is an avid rock climber and outdoor enthusiast and is now living in France as an expat. When she is not writing about travel gear and various destinations she has visited during her travels, you can find her playing with her two dogs.

New England, so called due to the English settlement in the early 17th century before the founding of the United States, makes up the north eastern most corner of the USA. Consisting of New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine, the region attracts thousands of travelers every year for it’s picturesque snowscapes and outdoor adventures.


There is also lots of non-snowy fun to be had in this region. That’s really the reason I chose this diverse part of North America to look into its top outdoor adventures. You’ll also notice that most adventures listed are in New Hampshire and Vermont as these states have a lot to offer which got me quite excited! Apologies to the other states (it’s not you it’s me).

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Take to the Sky and go Hot Air Ballooning in Vermont

Definitely one to do on my adventures list is taking to the air in a hot air balloon. On a “typical flight” in Vermont you’ll drift over amazing sites such as Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains and even the Adirondacks where you might even see animals such as hawks, deer or bears in their natural habitat. What I love about this experience is that no two flights will be the same as nature and its elements change daily. Also the landing is kind of a in-the-moment experience. I’ve heard stories of landings in cow pastures (mooooooo), beaches and even schoolyards, how cool is that? Some landings have even led to personal tours by the landowner, sweet!

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Make your own Winter Adventure

I was quite surprised how much there is to do involving snow. Ah, who am I kidding? You could have fun in snow wearing a bin bag. In any state in New England you can go skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling and dog sledding, and my two favorites extreme sledding and snow tubing! Yes, I used the word ‘extreme.’ This is where you snowshoe up a mountain and plan your most extreme sledding route down! Yes, I also said sliding down the snowy mountains in a tube. Remember my white water tubing experience? It’s that, on snow!

top 7 outdoor adventures in new england

Get Active and go Mountain Biking or Hiking in Connecticut

There are endless trails to choose from to bike or hike around Northern America. Some of the top experiences I’ve heard of have been around Connecticut in Rockland Preserve, Devil’s Hop Yard, and Powder Ridge but all have said that wherever you find yourself you can find a trail that suits you. So what else is there to say other than strap up, seat up, and take on the trail of your choice at the adrenaline level you dare.

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Be a Boss and take on the Green Mountain Adventure Challenge in Vermont

Coined “the real life action-adventure game,” this challenge all started from the finding of a time capsule containing photos, maps, and clues from a bygone era. Thus developed an adventure game involving hiking, swimming, kayaking and challenges involving both strength and logic, where you are left to solve the unsolved mystery and come to your own conclusion. The challenge changes every year with different clues and obstacles and physical challenges. Why not try your hand at this year’s epic adventure?

top 7 outdoor adventures in new england

Defy gravity as you go Fly Boarding in Vermont

Calling all thrilling water sports enthusiasts! Rise out of the water on a wave of coolness like Poseidon! Or as the locals in Vermont call it, Fly Boarding. Using water jet propulsion technology with the shifting of your body weight, you can have some crazy fun with this gadget. The perfect fusion between wake boarding, kite surfing, and jet-skiing, this freestyle sport is full of adrenaline and lots of skill to be learnt. If you want to take your best shot at the almighty fly board then Smuggler’s Notch is the place to go.

top 7 outdoor adventures in new england

Getting Down and Dirty ATVing in New Hampshire

Unleash your inner adrenaline junkie driving ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), UTVs (utility terrain vehicles), trail bikes, or other OHRV (off-highway recreational vehicles) to their maximum capacity. Throw the on-road guide book away for the day and let go, go crazy and get dirty.

top 7 outdoor adventures in new england

Fly through the trees Zip-lining in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

The Breton Woods Canopy Tour (fancy right) is a series of zip lines 1000 feet above the charming mountainous and wooded landscapes that are Bretton. The three-hour tour involves zip wires, including coated cables for a ‘more natural’ flight, sky bridges, rappels and tree platforms all with interesting factoids about the surroundings from your adventure guide. To top it off the experience ends with a go on the Williwaw Racing Zip line! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good zip line?

There you go. A diverse range of adventures all on different points on the adventure junkie scale. Hopefully, this list has got you as pumped as I am to go and try out some of these bad boys! When you’re in the area, you can check out these New England vacation rentals for ideas on where to stay.

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