10 Nearby road trips and quick getaways

Float your boat

Connecticut. You'll find wooden boats of all types, including a Polynesian voyaging canoe, at this Mystic Seaport event. Demos and workshops, hands-on boatbuilding of smaller craft, and vendors selling nautical gear, maritime art, and tools. WoodenBoat Show, Mystic, June 24-26. http://bit.ly/1qefC3O

Wingin' it

Maryland. Stroll the booths and try chicken wings prepared with dry rubs, dipping sauces, hot sauces, and others. Wing-eating contest and awards for best wings in various categories. Live music and cold beer, too; Canal Place festival grounds. Tri-State Wing-Off, Cumberland, June 18. www.tristatewingoff.com

Flying machines

Pennsylvania. Antique aircraft fly daredevil maneuvers over Grimes Airfield. Rides on vintage biplanes also available. Bring lawn chairs or blanket. Presented by the Golden Age Air Museum. Flying Circus Air Show, Bethel, June 11. www.goldenageair.org/events.htm

Steampunk special

Delaware. Celebrate neo-Victorian culture with an excursion on a steam-powered train. This Wilmington & Western Railroad event also has food, entertainment, and steampunk-theme vendors. Wear your favorite steampunk and Victorian outfits. Pufferbelly Steampunk Express, Wilmington, June 11. www.wwrr.com/events/50years/steampunk.aspx

Home of the blues

New Jersey. Historic Whitesbog Village, where the first cultivated blueberries were harvested and sold in 1916, celebrates the centennial of the highbush blueberry with a fair, craftspeople, food trucks, blueberry picking, baked goods, music, and more. Blueberry Festival, Browns Mills, June 25-26. www.whitesbog.org

Nature calling

Delaware. Tour three garden sites within a 10-minute drive of one another. Koi ponds, native plants, water lilies, lavender field, wildflower meadow, a meditation labyrinth, and ornamental gardens. Cape Farm and Garden Tour, Milton and Lewes, June 11. www.capefarmandgardentour.org

Yo-ho-ho!

Maryland. Demonstrations of pirate life. Family activities, music, and food. Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House. Pirate Encampment, Havre de Grace, June 11-12. www.thelockhousemuseum.org

Serious cider

Pennsylvania. Taste the best from more than 20 of the state's hard-cider makers. Cider and apple workshops, food trucks, artisans' market, and live music. Must be at least 21 to attend; designated drivers receive free admission. Pa. Cider Fest, Biglerville, June 25, noon to 4 p.m. www.paciderfest.com

Surely you jest!

New Jersey. Step back into an English country town of the 1500s. Interactive street cast, entertainment on 10 stages, plus jousting, sword-fighting, and musical fairies. Come dressed in period clothing and join in. New Jersey Renaissance Faire, Bordentown, June 11-12. www.njrenfaire.com

Rainy-day option

New York. Boscobel, a museum and historic mansion known for its collection of furniture and decorative arts from 1800 to 1820, presents a special exhibition of locally made contemporary furniture inspired by the past. Hudson Hewn : New York Furniture Now, Garrison, through Aug. 14. http://bit.ly/1uxJx6W