Best Island Attractions
With its miles of coastline and collection of interior lakes, New England boasts an impressive number of islands with plenty of attractions to keep you entertained.
Check out some of our 2012 Editors’ Picks for top island attractions in New England!
BEST BEACH BEACON
Sheffield Island Lighthouse – South Norwalk, CT
Begin with a 30-minute ferry out to this historic 1868 lighthouse. Hike the island’s wildlife refuge; sign up for clambakes and birdwatching walks. On a clear day, view New York’s skyline.
10 North Water St. 800-838-3006 (tickets), 203-838-9444 (office); seaport.org
BEST “BRASS ERA” AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM
Seal Cove Auto Museum – Seal Cove, ME
The late Richard C. Paine Jr.’s collection of vintage automobiles (c. 1895-1917 and others) is one of the largest in the country. All are in as-found condition, ranging from fresh-from-the-barn to meticulously restored, in this beautiful village on Mount Desert Island.
1414 Tremont Road. 207-244-9242; sealcoveautomuseum.org
BEST WOOL SHOP
North Light Fibers – Block Island, RI
North Light offers raw fleece to finished yarns at a barn in the middle of Manisses Animal Farm, while kids can see a Scottish Highland bull, sheep, llamas, and alpacas. Mill tours and needle felting classes are offered, while non-knitters can choose from shawls and blankets made by the owners.
129 Spring St. 401-466-2050; northlightfibers.com
BEST ISLAND ESCAPE
Umbagog Lake State Park – Cambridge, NH
Enjoy the relative amenities of the base park’s 27 campsites and three cabins, or get away from it all at one of 33 remote campsites accessible only by boat. Swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and wildlife watching just steps from your tent make this an ultimate island getaway.
Route 26. 603-482-7795; nhstateparks.org
BEST ISLAND ALES
Offshore Ale – Oak Bluffs, MA
The brick-oven pizzas are big and imaginative (roasted duck with pancetta and leeks, for example), and the seafood, ribs, and burgers all go nicely with Offshore’s Nutbrown Ale.
30 Kennebec Ave. 508-693-2626; offshoreale.com