Thrills in Western Massachusetts
Active itineraries in Springfield and Agawam.
In western Massachusetts, the towns of Springfield and Agawam are set along opposite banks of the Connecticut River (east and west, respectively). Most travelers heading to this way don’t consider the two, but both offer wallet-friendly activities for sports fans, science buffs, and families. Combine them for a well-rounded spring or summer escape that requires very little advance planning.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
The museum has everything hoop-related.
Six Flags New England
Spend a day on the 60-plus rides. Check the website for frequent discounts.
The Student Prince Cafe
This spot has been serving schnitzels, sauerbraten, and other German delights since 1935.
Go for Kobe beef burgers with Parmesan fries.
Lathrop House B&B
The inn, opposite 700-acre Forest Park, is a Gilded Age (1899) painted lady with cheery rooms.
Spend an afternoon wandering the gleaming corridors of these four museums dedicated to science, history, and art. Admission is just $12.50.
Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
While you’re at the Springfield Museums, stop by this sculpture garden to see the Cat in the Hat; the author was born in town.