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15 Fun Budget New England Travel Ideas

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Photo of snowshoeing in Bethel, Maine

Snowshoers enjoying themselves in Bethel, Maine. Credit:

In our never ending quest for sharing with you New England budget travel ideas, here are some low cost travel ideas that we think you’ll love…

Take a Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory Tour in Waterbury, Vt.

Explore the very underrated Bangor, Maine, without breaking the bank.

Visit free or inexpensive museums in the Boston area.

Go sledding!

Visit one of these great independently-run bookstores.

Save big money on ski lift tickets at New England ski resorts by purchasing in advance.

Go clothes shopping at Chic 2 Charity in Stoughton, Mass., where you can find all kinds of women’s clothing for $1-5.

Get to know Kennebunkport Maine in the off season while staying at the Rhumb Line Inn, which offers great rates, an indoor pool, jacuzzi. hot tub, fitness center and free continental breakfast.

Tour the Pez Visitor Center in Orange, Conn., to get a behind-the-scenes and historical look at this beloved product that is famous for its mechanical candy dispenser with a famous character’s head on top.

Find out about 25 free things to do in Connecticut.

Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.

Explore scenic snowshoeing destinations in Maine.

Tour the Vermont Teddy Bear Company in Shelburne, Vt.

Go to one of these independently-run movie theaters to catch a great movie.

Editor’s note: always call the above-mentioned destinations before embarking on your travels, as hours of operation can always change!

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