After a long winter season, Massachusetts comes back to life in the spring, and there are so many fun things to do during this time of the year! From colorful flowers, to sporting events, festivals, and so much more, this post is all about all the best ways to enjoy spring in Massachusetts.
If you’re planning a visit to this area in the spring and are wondering what it’s like, don’t worry – I have you covered there, too! Having traveled throughout Massachusetts during the spring season, I’m happy to share what it’s like and what to expect to help you plan your own perfect spring trip to The Bay State.
And with that, let’s get started!
What Is Spring Like In Massachusetts?
Depending on when in the spring season you visit, spring in Massachusetts can either be cold and rainy, or mild-warm and sunny. Like most of New England, Massachusetts is more likely to be cold and rainy with a chance of a light snow fall through April. Once May and June arrive, however, expect longer days, warmer weather, and definitely more sunshine.
May and June can also bring some rainy days because that’s just the northeast for ya! 😉 But of all the spring months, June is the driest.
That said, if you’re on a budget and are looking for deals on accommodations, April tends to be one of the least expensive months to visit. The only exception would be for holidays and large events, like Easter, and opening day at Fenway in Boston.
But hotel rates through May and June are typically lower than peak summer pricing in July and August along the New England coast, especially at destinations like Cape Cod and the islands. I’ve often traveled to Cape Cod and Nantucket in May and June to save a few bucks on hotel rates, and as long as you’re not hoping to swim every day because the water is still too cold, these months make for a great coastal getaway in the state!
Average Massachusetts temperatures in April: Around 55°F during the day, and 40-45°F at night.
Average Massachusetts temperatures in May: Around 60-65°F during the day, and 50°F at night.
Average Massachusetts temperatures in June: Around 70-75°F during the day, and 60°F at night.
Which Spring Month Is Best To Visit Massachusetts
This depends on what you’re looking to do during your trip, and what kind of weather you’re hoping for.
If you’re on a budget and want to explore the coastline, May and early June is a great time to save on hotel rates. You’ll also see the fewest crowds during this time.
June is a great month to visit if you’re hoping for the warmest and best weather, as it has the fewest chances of rain of all the spring months. This is another great time to visit the coast because the ocean temperatures will start to rise in June, and it’ll begin to feel more like summer.
April and May are great times to visit Boston, as the cherry blossoms will be in bloom in April, and the tulips bring tons of color to the Public Gardens in May. This tends to be a more affordable time to stay at a hotel in Boston, as this notoriously expensive city charges premium rates in summer and fall.
Fun Things To Do In Boston In The Spring
Since most folks visit Boston when coming to Massachusetts, I wanted to provide a separate section on the top things to do in the city during the spring months. Below are the things I love to suggest you check out in Boston during a visit in April and May:
See The Cherry Blossoms
One of the best places to see cherry blossoms in New England is right in Boston! Along the Charles River Esplanade, you’ll see quite a few of them on this already-scenic walk that follows the river. If this is your first visit to Boston, you can kill two birds with one stone because seeing the cherry blossoms and a walk on the Esplanade are two of the best things to do in the city!
The cherry blossom trees in Boston tend to start blooming around the end of March or the first week of April, with peak bloom around the second and third weeks of April. It’s good to keep in mind that this can change each year, and these are only estimates. Based on the weather leading up to blooming time, they could peak earlier or later.
Looking for more cherry blossom trees around Boston? You can also check out Boston Common and the Public Gardens.
See The Tulips And Spring Flowers At The Public Gardens
Speaking of the Public Gardens, not only is this one of the top places to see in Boston, but it’s especially magical in May when all the tulips bloom! Around the park, you can expect to see at least 20,000 tulips in bloom in early May across the 60 formal gardening beds, which is honestly such a treat to experience in person.
After your stroll around the park, be sure to walk over to the Boston Common, which is not far at all, to see more of the cherry blossoms, as mentioned above 😉
Take A Ride On The Swan Boats
Also inside the Public Gardens is a gorgeous lagoon that’s the focal point of the park, and you can take a scenic ride around the lagoon in the iconic Swan Boats, starting in April. These are the only boats of their kind in the entire world, so taking a ride is definitely one of the best ways to enjoy the spring season!
Opening day for the swan boat rides is usually mid-April, and since the ride is short at only 10-15 minutes, it’s also very affordable, and something that won’t take up too much of your time during your visit.
It’s good to know that the swan boats only run in good weather and for safety reasons, will not head out in rain, extreme wind, or extreme heat. Otherwise, you’ll be good to go!
Enjoy Opening Day At Fenway
Boston’s Red Sox are world-famous, and enjoying a game at Fenway Park is a dream for a lot of people –especially opening day.
Opening day at Fenway is in early April, and while the weather tends to be cool around this time, the excitement of the game more than makes up for it. Can’t make it to opening day? Fear not! There are tons of home games at Fenway throughout the rest of April, as well as throughout May and June.
Celebrate Spring With The Duckling Day Parade
For over 20 years, Boston has celebrated Mother’s Day with the Duckling Day parade at the Public Gardens, and this is such a cool tradition to experience if you happen to be in town with kids during the event.
This family-oriented event is perfect way to enjoy the city in the springtime with kids, and it was inspired by the children’s book, Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCluskey, which takes place right in Boston. In fact, there’s a cute little grouping of duck sculptures right in the park to commemorate the book, so definitely be sure to see those while you’re there!
During the Duckling Day Parade, kids are encouraged to dress up as adorable little ducks, and then parade around the Boston Common and Public Garden with the Harvard Marching Band. At the end, they’re rewarded with a goodie bag filled with duck-inspired things.
There is a small fee required to participate, which benefits the Friends of the Public Gardens, and pre-registering is recommended (although, you can register upon arrival on the day-of).
Fun Things To Do Around Massachusetts In The Spring
Massachusetts has so many wonderful places to visit year-round, including Cape Cod and the islands, the North Shore, and The Berkshires. Here are the best things to check out while exploring the rest of the state in the spring season!
Experience The Daffodil Festival On Nantucket
One of the most popular spring festivals in all of New England is the Daffodil Festivals on Nantucket island. This event usually takes place the last weekend in April, and for anyone that loves daffodils, or spring, this is such a fun event to experience!
With events taking place all weekend long, the main event is the Antique Car Parade & Sconset Tailgate, and the Daffodil Flower Show at Bartlett’s Farm, both of which take place on Saturday. So, you can easily experience the best of the festival during a day trip.
During the festival, Nantucket’s downtown is cheerfully decorated with all things daffodils, and it’ll be hard to not have a smile on your face during your visit. Stores will also open for the event, and while you’re there, be sure to take in the amazing Nantucket atmosphere if you’ve never been to the island before – it’s truly such a unique and wonderful destination.
Walk Through The Daffodil Path At Parsons Reserve
Continuing on with the theme of daffodils, another fantastic place to check out in April is the daffodil path at Parsons Reserve in Dartmouth. Feeling like something out of a storybook, a wooded field blooms with hundreds of cheerful daffodils every spring, and it’s definitely something to see in person if you can!
There are a few things to know about your visit:
- The walk from the parking area to the daffodil field takes about 10 minutes up a steep hill, so you’ll want to come with sturdy footwear.
- Parking is limited, and the spots fill up fast, especially on the weekends. Therefore, it’s best to arrive as early in the day as possible. Weekdays are even better.
- A $5 suggested donation is encouraged for anyone visiting, and please give if you can to help maintain this beautiful area! Come prepared with cash.
- Be respectful of the flowers, and stick to the designated path only.
- Otherwise, enjoy, and really take in the moment while there!
Visit Cider Hill Farm For Tulip Fest
Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury is one of the most popular places to visit in the fall season, but they also host a very fun Tulip Fest in the spring.
During the event, which is usually held on Mother’s Day weekend (but check for updates each year!), the tulip fields are open for picking, and the farm has live music, food trucks, yoga, orchard walks, and of course, their delicious hard cider is flowing!
Cider Hill Farm’s store will also be open and selling their famous baked goods, home decor, and general snacks and drinks, so this is a great time to visit.
Visit Tip Top Tulips For Goat Yoga & More Tulips!
Speaking of tulips, you can also head over to Tip Top Tulips in Ipswich for Goat Yoga and u-pick. The farm’s colorful rows of tulips are open to the public for picking your own bouquets, but really, the Goat Yoga is where it’s at 😉
During tulip blooming season, the farm welcomes Serenity By Selena to lead outdoor yoga, but with some special guests – goats! Cuddle, pet, and stretch with the farm’s cute little animals this spring season for a day you’ll always remember and cherish.
Enjoy The Coastline Before The Crowds
One of my personal favorite things to recommend doing in spring in Massachusetts is visiting the coastline before the crowds begin to set in. Don’t get me wrong, I adore summer along the coastline in New England, but there’s also a lot to be said for visiting outside of peak season.
The biggest trade-off if, of course, the weather not being as nice as July and August, and the ocean water will likely be too chilly for a swim. But one of the best things about the coastline in Massachusetts is simply its natural beauty, which can be enjoyed regardless of the weather. Head out on beach walks without the crowds, hit the nature trails, and be the first to dine at the seafood restaurants, which often begin to open for the season in April and May.
Pretty much all of the coastline in Massachusetts is worth a visit in the spring, including Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and the North Shore (Rockport, Gloucester, Manchester By The Sea, Ipswich).
Attend The Wareham Oyster Fest
Typically held in late-May, the Wareham Oyster Fest is another great spring event to have on your radar during a visit to Massachusetts. This event is free to attend, and has everything oyster-related you could possibly want.
Enjoy oyster shucking demonstrations, tastings, arts and crafts vendors, a 5K race, and tons more food to try – think lobster rolls, chowders, and more.
Enjoy Blooming Flowers At New England Botanic Garden At Tower Hill
One of the top places to see formal gardens in Massachusetts is the New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill, which is located just outside of Boston in Boylston. And the spring season here is just what you’re hoping for!
With gorgeous views of the Wachusett Reservoir, your spring visit will be packed full of bright color, with tulips, daffodils, iris, magnolia trees, hyacinth, and so much more all in bloom. They also have some great events in the spring season, including a dahlia tuber sale hosted by the New England Dahlia Society, as well as a spring plant show.
Attend The Brewster In Bloom Festival
Located on Cape Cod, Brewster is a charming town to explore during your trip, and even more fun when you visit during their Brewster in Bloom Festival.
Typically held the last weekend in April, this festival has been a town tradition for over 30 years, and is such a great way to welcome the spring season. Most recently, the festival has become a 3-day celebration, too, so there’s plenty of opportunities to attend.
During the festival, enjoy a parade through town, a concert, arts and crafts vendors, kid’s events, a 5K race, and a lawn decorating contest.
Enjoy The Rhododendron Festival In Sandwich
Also on Cape Cod, the Sandwich Heritage Museum & Gardens celebrate spring with their very fun Rhododendron Festival. Usually held at the end of May during peak bloom for the rhododendrons, you’ll be able to enjoy over 100 varieties with over thousands of blooms at the gardens.
Ever stood in front of a rhododendron? You may or may not know just how tall they are! At about 8 feet, they’ll tower over you, and create walls and borders around the gardens that are something very magical to see.
While at the Heritage Gardens, you’ll also get to enjoy their usual exhibits, including the beautiful windmill, rotating exhibits, the stunning grounds, and their vintage car collection.
See The First Blooms On The Bridge Of Flowers
The Bridge of Flowers is one of the coolest places to visit in Massachusetts, and the spring season is no exception.
Formally a trolly bridge that became obsolete, it was then turned into a beautiful public garden that’s free for anyone to visit. Opening day every year for the bridge is April 1, and during the spring season, you’ll get to walk across the bridge, take in views of the Deerfield River and surrounding mountains, all the while being guided by colorful spring blooms.
April is the least prolific month to visit the bridge in terms of flowers, but you can still expect to see daffodils, crocus, iris, hyacinth, phlox and early tulips. In May, expect to see more tulips and daffodils, azaleas, and pansies, and more. June brings peonies, larkspur, foxglove, poppies and tons more.
Visit A Sugar House In The Berkshires
Late winter and early spring is the sugaring season in Massachusetts, and a great place to explore sugar houses is in the beautiful Berkshires region. Known for its farms, mountains, and quaint towns, The Berkshires is the perfect rural outdoors escape in the Bay State, and the spring is a very affordable time to visit.
A really great sugar house to visit in the area is Ioka Valley Farms, and each sugaring season, they open their doors to visitors for sugaring demonstrations, tours, and tastings.
Also on site is their awesome restaurant, The Calf-A, which serves up pancakes, waffles, baked goods, and of course, highlights their fresh maple syrup.
Celebrate Memorial Day With All The Festivities!
Memorial Day is the biggest spring holiday event in the U.S., and Massachusetts is home to some exciting festivities. Between parades, special commemorative events, and ceremonies, most places around the state will have some kind of Memorial Day Celebration to honor the Armed Forces.
Some great Memorial Day festivities to check out are:
- Garden of Flags in Boston, which is a commemorative event
- Stockbridge, MA
Stroll The Daffodil and Tulip Festival At Naumkeag
Naumkeag is a stunning estate in The Berkshires region of Massachsuetts that does a fantastic job with seasonal events throughout the year. In the spring, it’s a treat to experience their Daffodil and Tulip Festival.
During the event, walk through the scenic grounds at this Gilded Age estate, which will feature over 75,000 tulips and daffodils. The first floor of the house will be open for you to enjoy, and they also have a greenhouse with mixed bouquets and container plants for sale, as well as a pre-sale event for spring bulbs. And like all their other events, tasty food and drinks will be available at their snack shack (I recommend grabbing a drink first, and then walking around the gardens!).
Enjoy The Annual Alpaca Shearing Day Celebration On Martha’s Vineyard
Island Alpacas on Martha’s Vineyard is such a cool place to visit when on the island, and in the spring season, they allow visitors to watch as these adorable alpacas get their first haircuts of the season.
This event usually takes place during one day only in April, and they also offer other fun activities that day like door prizes, refreshments, and wool demonstrations.
Shop At The First Brimfield Antique Market Of The Year
Brimfield is one of the most famous antique markets in the U.S., and definitely the largest! Featuring over 5,000 vendors, it’s actually a bit daunting at first, but if you love to hunt down antiques and pre-loved treasures, this is an absolute must.
The spring show at Brimfield is one of the better ones to attend. Taking place in mid May, the weather is usually not too hot yet, making it more enjoyable to walk down the rows and rows of vendors. Bring water and a rolling wagon for all your finds, and it’s sure to be a great day of treasure hunting.
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- Thanksgiving In New England
- New England In November
- The Best Time To Visit Salem, MA
That’s A Wrap On Spring In Massachusetts
And there you have it! All my insider tips on ways to enjoy spring in Massachusetts. Whether you’re hoping to see as many cheerful daffodils and tulips as possible, are excited for opening day at Fenway, or are looking forward to beating the crowds along the coast, one thing’s for sure – the spring season is a fantastic way to enjoy all the amazing things Massachusetts has to offer. Happy planning!