The end of summer, in the form of Labor Day weekend, is fast approaching. After a really strange summer, I’m not sure whether I am sorry or glad to see it go. For whatever reason, my husband and I developed a peculiar Labor Day tradition after our second child left for college. We started to go to Rockingham Park in Salem NH to watch the harness racing on Labor Day. I say peculiar because I am not a fan of horse racing, or even horses. I don’t know that my husband is either. It just provided closure to the summer.
This year we will need to find something different to do. The end of this summer needs to be celebrated in some way in spite of heat waves, drought, possible hurricanes, the shaky economy and all of the other trials and tribulations which have made themselves felt. Because Labor Day weekend is SO close, I went for online suggestions. Some of the best came from Bostoncentral.com, a free families and kids activities newsletter. All of these destinations were reachable in a day from the Boston area, so they should be reachable from Nashua as well. I also tried to select only those which were free or very low cost, and I looked for the ones which would be open on Labor Day weekend. Here are the best of my results:
Beech Hill Farm and Ice Cream Barn, Hopkinton New Hampshire, Free (except for corn maze which costs $5 per person)
Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, Quadrangle in Springfield, MA, Free
Museum of Natural History at Amherst College Amherst MA – Free
Plum Island Newburyport MA – Parker River National Wildlife Refuge – $5.00 charge per car
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness New Hampshire – slightly more expensive at $13.00 for adults and $9.00 for children 9-15
If your idea of a fun day trip for Labor Day involves the ocean in any way, here are some towns to visit where there is more to do than sit on the beach!
If you have an interest in historical things and events, try this National Park which celebrates the events in Lexington and Concord at the beginning of the Revolutionary War!
Minute Man National Historical Park – Visitor Center Lincoln MA
I’m sure there are lots of other places I haven’t thought of or didn’t find which are just as close to home and just as interesting. Places where the price is also right! The last weekend of summer deserves to be observed in some special way. After all, it’s the start of a slippery slope that ends in six feet of snow! Whatever you do, have fun.