June in New England

A Guide to Weather, Events and the Best Things to Do in June

June on the Massachusetts North Shore
••• The beaches north of Boston are a spectacular choice for New England family vacations in June. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

Summer officially arrives in June, and even industrious New Englanders slip into a more laidback mode. Highways clog on Friday afternoons, as urban dwellers escape to summer homes or vacation rentals, and Mondays always come too soon in June.

My favorite thing about June in New England? It’s strawberry season. Pick-your-own farms offer the chance to pluck ripe berries from their vines, and churches host strawberry festivals, where the strawberry shortcake is divine.

New England’s landscape is lush, its rivers team with fish, its beaches begin to attract sun worshippers. And if you visit in the first few weeks of June before kids are out of school, you can still find deals on lodgings and avoid peak summer crowds.

This summer, there are so many new things to do in New England, you’ll also have the chance to be first to see new sights, ride new rides and rest your head in new beds. Then, instead of dreading Monday, you can look forward to sharing your adventures with envious colleagues.

So, how warm is the weather during June in New England?

Hartford, CT: 59 / 79 F (15 / 26 C)
Providence, RI: 58 / 78 F (14 / 26 C)
Boston, MA: 60 / 76 F(16 / 24 C)
Stockbridge, MA: 52 / 77 F (11 / 25 C)
Burlington, VT: 55 / 76 F (13 / 24 C)
North Conway, NH: 52 / 75 F (11 / 24 C)
Portland, ME: 54 / 73 F (12 / 23 C)

What's the Coolest New Thing To Do in June?

Rockland, Maine, is already home to the Farnsworth Art Museum and dozens of art galleries, and when the Center for Maine Contemporary Art debuts its new facility in Rockland this month, it will solidify the coastal town's place as the state's art capital.

The public is invited to a free grand opening on Sunday, June 26, from 2-5 p.m. Opening exhibitions feature works by Alex Katz, Jonathan Borofsky, and Rollin Leonard.

June Holidays in New England

Flag Day: June 14
See one of the oldest and most famous American flags at the Bennington Museum.

Father’s Day: June 19
Take Dad out to a baseball game!

Less "Official" Holidays Worth Celebrating in New England

June 3: National Donut Day
Enjoy a free donut of your choice with the purchase of any beverage at Dunkin Donuts shops. Krispy Kreme will also give away free donuts: no purchase necessary.

June 18: Go Fishing Day

Here’s your guide to fishing in New England.

June 20: First Day of Summer (Summer Solstice)

Head to a New England beach!

Best Destinations for June in New England

June is a perfect month for a New England getaway. Whether you’re looking to escape with the family or to steal some downtime for two, here are a few destinations you should consider in June:

One of my family’s most memorable vacations was the June week we spent on the Massachusetts North Shore. The beaches were gorgeous--and free of pesky greenhead flies that pop up later in the summer. And even on rainy days, there was so much to do in Salem, Gloucester and beyond.

A bit farther north, New Hampshire’s Hampton Beach has all of the classic amusements families love... AND it was one of only 35 beaches in the U.S. rated a superstar beach for water quality by the Natural Resources Defense Council in 2014. The best reason to visit this month, though, is the annual Master Sand Sculpting Competition scheduled for June 16-18, 2016.

These photos will give you a sense of the sand artistry on display.

More June in New England Travel Advice

  • The Tanglewood summer concert season gets underway in June, so be sure to order tickets for performances at this perennially popular venue.
  • June is LGBT Pride Month, and there are a number of multi-day Gay Pride Events in New England locations including Boston and Portland, Maine.