Active itineraries in Springfield and Agawam.
Thrills in Western Massachusetts
Credit: Courtesy of Basketball Hall of Fame

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.

The Federal

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.

Springfield Museums

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.