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Springfield
Travel Guide

At the heart of this industrious American city are museums, activities and delicious New England and international cuisine.

With Victorian homes, small businesses and hardworking residents, Springfield has all the features of the essential New England small city. In addition, it has many sights worth international attention, including museums and concert halls. Enjoy its urban beauty a short drive from natural wonders including Watershops Pond and Chicopee Memorial State Park.

The “City of Firsts,” Springfield has many first achievements. It is the birthplace of one of the world’s most popular sports, basketball. Learn about the importance and history of this game at the Basketball Hall of Fame, where a pristine hardwood court and educational exhibits sit under a basketball statue towering over the entrance.

Springfield is also the birthplace of the prolific children’s book author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Appreciate his place in the hearts of generations of readers at the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, which represents his many characters as bronze statues.

The sculpture garden is located on the Quadrangle in Metro Center. Start your museum tour of Springfield here. Stop at the Springfield Science Museum for stargazing at one of America’s oldest operating planetariums. Tour some of the city’s many firsts at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. Appreciate the colorful details of the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum’s extensive Chinese cloisonné collection, one of the largest of its kind.

Fly into Springfield’s nearby Bradley International Airport, 17 miles (27 kilometers) from Metro Center. Travel by rail or bus from New York City, Boston or Montreal. Once you’re here, the Springfield Mass Transit District runs many routes throughout the city. Take a bus wherever you need to go.

Springfield’s ethnic diversity provides a diverse range of cuisines. From Italian to Cajun to Vietnamese and Southern barbecue, a delicious plate awaits any mood. Follow dinner with a concert at Symphony Hall for a full night of culture that you won’t forget. Springfield has plenty of activities to warrant a stay for a weekend or longer.

Where to stay in Springfield

Top hotels in Springfield

Hampton Inn West Springfield
Hampton Inn West Springfield
2.5 out of 5
1011 Riverdale St, West Springfield, MA
The price is £74 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Situated in West Springfield, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Josiah Day House and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Holyoke Mall. MassMutual Center and MGM Springfield ...

4.3/5Excellent! (610 reviews)

"Bella is wonderful and adorable and the breakfast is amazing and the television service is premium"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2021

Hampton Inn West Springfield
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Springfield Enfield
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Springfield Enfield
3 out of 5
1 Bright Meadow Blvd, Enfield, CT
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £78 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar

Located in Sherwood Manor, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Saint Francis Care and within 6 miles (10 km) of Titanic Museum and Powder Hollow Park. Forest Park ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (26 reviews)

"Beautiful and clean hotel. Very well decorated. My only complaint is that I felt the rooms could have a warmer feel. The bar and food definitely needed to be expanded. The food in the restaurant was nothing great. It needed a better selection even though it’s Covid."…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2021

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Springfield Enfield
D. Hotel Suites & Spa
D. Hotel Suites & Spa
3 out of 5
1 Country Club Rd, Holyoke, MA
The price is £74 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

Situated in a state park, this spa hotel is 4.2 mi (6.8 km) from Smith College, and within 12 mi (20 km) of University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Amherst College. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (975 reviews)

"The hotel was clean and the staff were incredibly helpful, and everything was pretty much excellent for our stay."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2021

D. Hotel Suites & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Springfield

Pet-friendly Cabin w/ Fire Pit, BBQ & Great Deck!
Pet-friendly Cabin w/ Fire Pit, BBQ & Great Deck!
39 Maple Road, Williamsburg, MA

Situated in Williamsburg, this cabin is within 12 miles (20 km) of Chesterfield Gorge, Chapel Brook and David Mustante Beach. Look Memorial Park is 11 mi (17.7 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (14 reviews)
Lake Cabin in the Woods

"Even though there are other houses in the area, this cheerful cabin feels like it’s surrounded by the forest. The cabin has everything you could need for a lake vacation. The kitchen is well stocked with all the necessary appliances, including a Keurig coffee machine along with the coffee. The décor ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2020

Pet-friendly Cabin w/ Fire Pit, BBQ & Great Deck!
kimball upstairs: Private Elegant 2 Bedroom Close To Everything In The Valley
kimball upstairs: Private Elegant 2 Bedroom Close To Everything In The Valley
86 Bridge Street, Amherst, MA
The price is £183 per night from 21 Mar to 22 Mar

This family-friendly Amherst holiday home is located in a rural location, within 3 mi (5 km) of Puffers Pond South Beach and University of Massachusetts-Amherst. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (39 reviews)
convenient location to UMass

"What you see is what you get. Functional and easy to find, even during a blizzard. Worked for our situation as I was dropping off my son at college. However, for some, walking through one bedroom to get to another may not work. Full kitchen was a benefit."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2021

kimball upstairs: Private Elegant 2 Bedroom Close To Everything In The Valley
Waterfront Home in Tolland w/ Deck - Steps to Lake
Waterfront Home in Tolland w/ Deck - Steps to Lake
120 Brook Lane, Granville, MA

Nestled on the beach, this Granville cabin is within 20 mi (32 km) of Otis Ridge, Beartown State Forest and Ski Sundown. Blandford Ski Area and Jacob's Pillow ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Relaxing

"Residence was very clean and had all that you needed to prepare meals if needed. The view was incredible."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2020

Waterfront Home in Tolland w/ Deck - Steps to Lake
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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