Logo   May in New England
Spring! The end of May brings the official start of the tourism season, but many seasonal establishments open on weekends early in the month.



May brings spring to most of New England, with flowers abounding and trees in blossom and early leaf.

Many seasonal tourist services (small museums, campgrounds, summer-schedule flights, etc.) begin operating in May, at least on the weekends.

Days and hours of operation for summer seasonal attractions may be limited, but prices may also be lower.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, officially May 30th, is celebrated on the last Monday in May, and the long weekend signals the official start of the summer tourism season.

Rooms at country inns and resort hotels are in great demand on the Memorial Day weekend, and on weekends through Labor Day (in September), but demand may be lower during the week especially in June and early July as New England children are still in school.

Local Events

Mystic, Connecticut

Lobster feasts and live entertainment are featured at Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic CT in late May as part of Lobster Weekend. More...

Brimfield, Massachusetts

The famous Brimfield Antiques Fair, in Brimfield MA, near Old Sturbridge Village, features up to 2000 dealers filling several fields near this central-Massachusetts town in mid-May, with similar fairs in early or mid-July and mid-September. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan



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Blossom-covered tree, Woodstock VT

Strolling beneath a canopy of blossoms
on a day in May in Woodstock VT.

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