The Springfield Museums, located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, is comprised of five world-class museums; the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts., the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum and the Museum of Springfield History.
Spend a day at The Zoo at Forest Park, a 735 acre woodland park in Springfield. The Zoo features exotic and indigenous animals representing a large variety of species found throughout the world and in North America.
For 17 days in September, The Big E is the place to be. The Big E is the largest fair in the northeast with top name entertainment, major exhibits, a circus, the Avenue of States, animals, rides, shopping, crafts and more.
Basketball enthusiasts shouldn't miss a trip to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Entertaining and educational exhibits celebrating the game of basketball. Located in Springfield, Massachusetts.
If you love the thrill of a roller coaster, take the family to Six Flags New England, an amazing park with awesome rides, great shows, and incredible attractions, plus Hurricane Harbor...a wet and wild world of fun awaits you at New England's largest water park.
To the north, take a drive to South Deerfield where you can visit the Yankee Candle Village and Museum. From scents to Santa, come for the candles and stay for the fun. The South Deerfield Village Store is where you'll find 400,000 candles in over 200 different famous Yankee scents. It's a unique, entertaining world of New England charm, fairy tale fantasies, and hands-on, interactive candlemaking that's fun for every age. While you're in the area, visit the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens the 8,000-square foot conservatory that houses nearly 4,000 native and tropical butterflies.
To the west, take a ride to the scenic Berkshires where you can enjoy summer concerts at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony, or visit the nostalgic Norman Rockwell Museum, the world's largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art and the Chesterwood Estate and Museum in Stockbridge which is Summer estate of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Concord "Minute Man" and seated "Lincoln" in the Lincoln Memorial. Stop for dinner at the historic Red Lion Inn, or pamper yourself with a spa vacation at one of elegant spas in Lenox. If you enjoy outlet shopping, spend a day at the Premium Outlets in Lee. When it comes to outdoor activities, the Bershires has it all. Drive the scenic Mohawk Trail or take a walk or hike the many trails in the area. Enjoy winter skiing at of the many ski resorts like Jiminy Peak, Butternut or Mount Greylock.
Spend a day at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT or at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, CT.
Mohegan Sun created in 1996 by the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, is one of the world's most amazing destinations with some of New England's finest dining, hotel accommodations, retail shopping, live entertainment and sporting events. Boasting three world-class casinos, Mohegan Sun is also host to the Kids Quest/Cyber Quest family entertainment facility, a luxurious day spa, convention center and meeting facility, a state-of-the-art Poker Room as well as three major entertainment venues with seating from 300 to 10,000. People from across the globe come to see live concerts with some of today's top headliners, along with major sporting events including Mohegan Sun's very own WNBA team, the Connecticut Sun.
Foxwoods Resort Casino is one of the premier entertainment destinations in the Northeast. As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods offers a vast array of gaming in six casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels, restaurants from gourmet to express, world-renowned spas, awarding-winning golf, state-of-the-art theaters, and exclusive retailers.
Mystic Seaport is the nation's leading maritime museum. Discover American maritime history first-hand as you climb aboard tall ships, stroll through a 19th-century coastal village, explore exhilarating exhibits, and watch a working preservation shipyard in action. Founded in 1929, more than 300,000 people visit Mystic Seaport annually.
Mystic Aquarium was founded in 1973 to serve as a living laboratory and major public exhibit, highlighting some of the most intriguing species in the world. Meet New England's only beluga whales! Gain a whole new perspective on penguin life or immerse yourself in a world of jellies. From docile turtles and sea horses to poison dart frogs and piranha, discover what lives in the light and thrives in the dark.
Olde Mistick Village offers a shopping experience that is totally unique. Wander along brick pathways to our more than forty stores which sell exceptional items from the world over and choose your dining pleasure from a variety of restaurants... all in the tranquil, beautiful, friendly environment of Olde Mistick Village.
To the east, Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge is a "must-see" destination to experience early New England life from 1790-1840. For those who love antiquing, don't miss the Brimfield Antique Show which is held in May, July, and September.
Continue east to Worcester for one of the many shows and concerts at the The Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts or visit the EcoTarium a unique indoor-outdoor museum that allows adults and children to discover firsthand the wonders of the natural world. There is always something blooming at the beautiful Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston.