Sturbridge and The Pioneer Valley

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  • 1. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art


    If you have kids in tow—or if you just love children's book illustrations—"the Carle" is a must-see. This light-filled museum celebrates and...Read More

  • 2. Historic Deerfield


    With 52 buildings on 93 acres, Historic Deerfield provides a vivid glimpse into 18th- and 19th-century America. Along the tree-lined main street...Read More

  • 3. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame


    This 80,000-square-foot facility—named for Canadian phys-ed instructor Dr. James Naismith, who invented the game of basketball in 1891 during...Read More

  • 4. Old Sturbridge Village

    Museum Village

    A re-creation of a New England village circa 1790–1840, this site contains more than 40 historic buildings moved here from other towns. There...Read More

  • 5. R. Michelson Galleries


    In an unassuming former bank lies a large multifloor gallery filled with the works of many artists, but the collection's crown jewel is the...Read More

  • 6. Bridge of Flowers


    From April to October, an arched, 400-foot trolley bridge is transformed into this promenade bursting with color and a wide variety of flowers. ...Read More

  • 7. Emily Dickinson Museum

    Historic Home

    The famed Amherst poet lived and wrote in this brick Federal-style home. Admission is by guided tour only, and to say that the tour guides are...Read More

  • 8. Forbes Library


    Opened in 1894, the Romanesque-style Forbes Library is one of the city's most distinguished buildings. Architecturally impressive, the Forbes...Read More

  • 9. George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum


    The museum houses a fascinating private art collection that includes a salon gallery with 19th-century American paintings by Frederic Church...Read More

  • 10. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens


    This glass conservatory glitters with more than 4,000 butterflies. Kids love the butterfly nursery, where newborns first take flight. Outside...Read More

  • 11. Memorial Hall Museum


    Located in the middle of Historic Deerfield, this stand-alone three-story museum displays Native American artifacts, as well as quilts, furnishings...Read More

  • 12. Mount Holyoke College

    Educational Institution

    Founded in 1837, Mount Holyoke was the first women's college in the United States. Among its alumnae are poet Emily Dickinson and playwright...Read More

  • 13. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum


    The 24,000 works in the college's collection include Asian, European, and American paintings, as well as sculpture and contemporary art from...Read More

  • 14. Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum


    Take a ride on an old-fashioned trolley from 1896 at this tribute to the old Colrain Street Railway Combine No. 10, which was the first car...Read More

  • 15. Six Flags New England

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    With more than 160 rides and shows, this massive attraction is the region's largest theme and water park. You can visit Looney Tunes town and...Read More

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  • 16. Smith College

    Educational Institution

    The nation's largest liberal arts college for women opened its doors in 1875, funded by a bequest from Sophia Smith, a local heiress. Renowned...Read More

  • 17. Smith College Museum of Art


    A floor of galleries with natural light, an enclosed courtyard, and artist-designed restrooms and benches make up this museum, whose permanent...Read More

  • 18. Springfield Museums


    This complex of museums in the Quadrangle includes five impressive facilities (single admission), plus a free sculpture garden. The George Walter...Read More

  • 19. The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History


    Learn about the town's manufacturing heritage, including bikes and memorabilia from the former Indian Motorcycle Company, which was headquartered...Read More

  • 20. The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts


    This small gem of a museum houses a comprehensive collection of American, Asian, and European paintings, prints, watercolors, and sculpture...Read More

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