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Hidden gems of New England you’ll find on the new Atlas Obscura app


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Looking for a fun day trip? Here are some lesser-known finds on the new app.


So you’ve seen it all. You’ve gone through our guides on indoor greenhouses around Boston or the Harbor Islands, and where to go UFO hunting (and if not, what are you waiting for!), Or outright weird things to visit. Good news: Dark Atlas, the brand specializing in unusual destinations all over the world, has just released a new smartphone application. We’ve been flipping through it since its launch earlier this month, and we’ve found plenty to keep adventurers full. So here are half a dozen super Instagram-friendly day trip ideas from the new app for the Boston traveler who’s seen it all.

Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery, Dedham

Any fan of New England lore and fans of the creepy and macabre should probably add this to their bucket list. Obviously, some pet owners have gone to great lengths to commemorate their beloved companions throughout its 100-plus-year history as the place is full of ornate tombstones and even carvings of deceased domestic cats. . There are some 20,000 graves to browse here, some for local celebrities, including Lizzie Borden’s three Boston Terriers.

238 Pine St, Dedham, MA

Skull Cliff, Saugus

New England graffiti artists have always found nooks and crannies in the woods, often abandoned train tunnels, to use as canvases. But this one, in a former quarry hidden away on the Lynn Woods reservation, is really something. Attractions include a vast mural of skulls and bones, and this life advice, scrawled on a giant boulder: “TAKE KNOW THAT YOU WILL SOME DAY BE THESE BONES, AND NOW ENJOY ALL THAT IS PRECIOUS.” Fun for the whole family!

325 Broadway, Saugus, MA

Redemption Rock, Princeton

As we examine the inscriptions on the rocks, how about this quirky destination in Princeton? This one, located north of Wachusett Mountain State Reserve, commemorates the site where a colonial-era hostage-taking ended in 1676, when settlers and Indigenous leaders negotiated the release of a group of captives. After your hike, consider stopping by Worcester’s Redemption Rock Brewing, named after this historic site.

Redemption Rock Trail, Princeton, MA

Benson Park, Hudson, New Hampshire

At this point, you are surely aware of the remains of a bear cage in Franklin Park (one of the many pieces of Boston bear lore that you should be familiar with). But did you also know that there is even Following old animal cages that you can browse, a short drive away? If you head to Benson Park in Hudson, New Hampshire, you’ll find the remains of an old zoo, including elephant and gorilla cages, as well as a giant shoe, a tribute to ‘The Old Lady Who Lived. in a shoe ”and other fascinating artifacts.

19 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson, NH

Cherished Memorial, Devens

If you’re considering asking the question, or just want to let your followers know about the years (or months or days) of monogamous happiness you’ve spent with your partner, consider the Sweetheart Memorial. It’s a tribute to the couples separated during wars that you can find in the old Fort Devens, and it features a windy stone walkway with bricks that form a large heart at its center.

59 Buena Vista Street, Devens, Massachusetts

Wiggly Bridge, York, Maine

On your next trip to the Maine coast, make a stop at Route 103, at the end of which you’ll find a beloved footbridge across the York River to nearby Steedman Woods. It was designed to resemble a suspension bridge and was noted for the way it wobbles when you cross, hence the name. Whatever you do, don’t jump sideways, as locals apparently did, as the practice has contributed to the erosion of the mudflats below.

57 Barrell Ln, York, ME


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Cory E. Barnes

The author Cory E. Barnes