10 Things To Do Near Boston

1. Old School Creamery

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This stop is for our cheese lovers. Not only can you taste some great varieties, you can sign up for a class and learn how to make your own from goat’s milk. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at making cheese, this is the place to go. The product comes from Nigerian Dwarf Goats, notable for providing sweet and rich milk.

Distance from Boston: 2 h 43 min (152.2 mi)

Where to stay: Crooked River Camp

How to get there: Follow I-93 N and I-95 N to Larrabee Road in Portland. Take exit 48 from I-95 N.

2. Shawnee Peak Fall Scenic Lift Ride

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Take a trip up Pleasant Mountain on the lift and enjoy the spectacular view of the changing leaves. You’ll get a bird's eye view of Mount Washington, the Presidentials of New Hampshire, Moose Pond, Highland Lake, Long Lake, Kezar Pond, and Woods Pond.

Distance from Boston: 2 h 52 min (144.1 mi)

Where to stay: Wayshego on Little Mountain

How to get there: Follow I-93 N and I-95 N to Industrial Park Rd in Saco. Take exit 1 from I-195.

3. Kayaking/Canoeing Androscoggin River

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Experience doesn’t matter here. Whether it’s your first time on a river or one hundred and first, you’ll have a blast. The Androscoggin offers wide open and calm water which is perfect for a laid-back paddler, and everything you can directly rent all the equipment you need at Slippery Rock campsite!

Distance from Boston: 3 h 6 min (177.4 Mi)

Where to stay: Slippery Rock

How to get there: Get on I-95 S in Gray from ME-26 S- Continue on I-95 S to Boston. Take exit 24A-24B from I-93 S/US-1 S.

4. Pleasant Mountain Trails

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Hike southern Maine’s tallest mountain. Take your time, look out at the water and savor the changing leaves. The trail is perfect for enjoying a few hours, and the well-worn path means that there is no gear needed!

Distance from Boston: 2 h 17 Min (136 miles)

Where to stay: Crooked River Camp

How to get there: Follow I-95 N to Gray. Take exit 63 from I-95 N. Take ME-26 N, Egypt Rd and ME-85 S to your destination in Raymond.

5. Fryeburg Fair

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Beginning October 1 and going through October 8, Fryeburg Fair is a southern Maine cultural phenomenon. Families all over Maine gather yearly to see the best in agriculture strut their stuff. Rides, games, fresh produce, antique wagons, and show horses are just a few examples of what Fryeburg Fair has to offer.

Distance from Boston: 2 h 40 Min

Where to stay: Wayshego on Little Mountain

How to get there: I-93 N and I-95 N to NH-16 N in Rochester. NH-16 N. Take NH-153 N to Main St in
Fryeburg.

6. Baxter Brewing

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For a great beer and friendly staff, head to Baxter Brewing Co. They’ve got plenty of choices and the staff is passionate about their product. They’re also the first brewery in New England to can all their beers.

Distance from Boston: 2 h 31 min (144 mi)

Where to stay: Slippery Rock River Retreat

How to get there: I-95 N to Alfred A Plourde Pkwy in Lewiston. Take exit 80 from I-95 N.

7. Harvest Fest - Maine Wildlife Park

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This harvest festival offers old-timey games and other fair activities the entire family can enjoy. The festival boasts of innovative races and pumpkin launching. The fun will take place on October 14 and 15.

Distance from Boston: 2 h 5 min (128.2 miles)

Where to stay: Slippery Rock River Retreat

How to get there: Get on US-1 N from Endicott St and Charlestown Bridge/N Washington St. Drive from I-95 N to Gray. Take exit 63 from I-95 N. Drive to ME-26 N.

8. Seaplane Ride

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At Slippery Rock River Retreat, you can take a private seaplane tour right near your campsite. Your CampKeeper will happily pick you up in a boat and take you to the seaplane base. You and a buddy can experience the fall season in style.

Distance from Boston: 2 h 32 min (143 mi)

Where to stay: Slippery Rock River Retreat

How to get there: Take I-95 N in Peabody, get off exit 80.

9. Pennesseewassee Pale Ale

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This local Brewery makes a killer IPA. Call ahead and schedule a Saturday tour and get ready for some great beer. A small company that prides itself on great craft beer.

Distance from Boston: 2 h 44 min (150.3 mi)

Where to stay: Crooked River Camp

How to get there: I-95 N to Gray. Take exit 63 from I-95 N.

10. Biking at Androscoggin Riverlands State Park

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If you’re looking to do a little mountain biking, look no further. Androscoggin Riverlands offer great trails for mountain bikers at any level. What sticks out the most about these trails is the picture perfect view of the river.

Distance from Boston: 2 h 31 min (147.1 mi)

Where to stay: Slippery Rock River Retreat

How to get there: Follow I-95 N to Alfred A Plourde Pkwy in Lewiston. Take exit 80 from I-95 N.

Pro tip: Long Lake

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Long Lake was created by a receding glacier. That alone is enough to stir the imagination and the heart. The area is great for some light hiking, and a fun fact - Long Lake is home to Stephen King’s fictional character David Drayton.

Distance from Boston: 2 h 38 min (143 mi)

Where to stay: Wayshego on Little Mountain, Crooked River Camp

How to get there: Follow I-93 N and I-95 N to Larrabee Rd in Portland. Take exit 48 from I-95 N.

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