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Things to do in Amherst

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Amherst. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Amherst attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Amherst to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Amherst.

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  • Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

    The concrete box, designed by architects Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo in 1975, contains a concert hall and a little-known contemporary art gallery... More
  • Mead Art Museum

    The institution is known as a compact bastion of American treasures - Robert Henri's Salome (1909) is housed here. The museum has recently acquired... More

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