If you’re trading in flip flops and umbrella drinks for cooler cruise destinations, you’re going to want to explore some of the best activities the Northeast has to offer before or after your cruise. We’ve done the leg work, so all you must do is pick your favorites!

Boston

Fenway Park

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There’s no better place to catch America’s favorite pastime sport than the oldest Major League Baseball Stadium in the U.S.A, Fenway Park. Grab a hotdog, peanuts and cracker jacks and watch as one of the country’s most loved baseball teams, the Boston Red Sox take the bases. If you’re not in town during a game, you can still take a guided tour of the stadium!

The Freedom Trail

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Loaded with history, The Freedom Trail packs 2.5 walkable miles with American history. You’ll uncover the integral parts of our country’s foundation through historical landmarks, parks, museums, churches and more.

Maine

Portland

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Bask in the charm of the quaint New England town flanked by jagged coastline, postcard-worthy lighthouses, and artsy shops.

Acadia National Park

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Be sure to stop by the appropriately dubbed “Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast”: Acadia National Park. Located a few miles from Bar Harbor, the area is known for its breathtaking scenery, sailing, hiking, and pristine lakes. The adventurous ones in the group will love biking the park’s 45 miles of broken stone carriage roads.

Old Quebec

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Have your camera ready as you explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the Citadel to the famed Chateau Frontenac, the charming town offers a look into a rich 400 years of history. Enjoy pastries and tea at the most photographed hotel in the world, Chateau Frontenac, before heading back to your ship.

Halifax Nova Scotia

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

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Immerse yourself in Nova Scotia’s rich maritime history and come up close to the Titanic at The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.  Survivors of the “unsinkable ship” went to New York, while those who perished were recovered by brave cable ship crews and brought to Halifax. Exhibits and artifacts document the creation and tragic demise of the Titanic.

Prince Edward Island

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Fans of Anne of Green Gables will relish the setting of the fictional character Anne Shirley. The tour runs along Prince Edward Island, showcasing the area’s coveted landscapes, iconic lighthouses, and miles of pristine beach.

Newport, Rhode Island

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Stroll past the storied mansions on Bellevue, a popular retreat to some of America’s wealthiest families such as the Astors and Vanderbilts. After a mesmerizing glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous, enjoy a peek into mother nature’s treasures along the scenic Cliff Walk.

New York City

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With so many adventures awaiting in the Big Apple, it’s hard to narrow the list down to a select few. The city offers something for everyone: theatre buffs revel in a Broadway Matinee, art lovers bask in the treasures of MOMA, while history enthusiasts step back in time at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. But for a true sense of the city, simply step out on your own: ride the subways, eat at Gramercy Tavern, shop at Bergdorf Goodman’s on Park Ave and stroll through Central Park.

New England, Canada, and New York offer a bounty of beauty, history and mouthwatering cuisine. We hope this list ignites a passion for your next adventure before or after your cruise. And in case we didn’t say it, be sure to sample the country’s best lobster.