Trip time! Discover the sports, university life and theatre in Worcester.

Worcester is a safe, clean area with picturesque parks and intriguing art and history museums. The city has a generally pleasant ambiance with tree-lined streets, large green spaces and lakes. Scattered around the city are several universities and colleges as well as museums, art galleries and monuments.

The municipality is known as the “Heart of the Commonwealth” due to its central location in Massachusetts. The name comes from a city in the center of England and is similarly pronounced “Wooster,” rhyming with “rooster.”

The Worcester Art Museum is one of the city’s most fascinating spots. Browse historic works of art dating back more than 5,000 years. See fascinating exhibits from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome as well as contemporary art.

Drive south for 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) to watch a dramatic performance at the charming Hanover Theatre. Choose from Broadway shows and musicals. Several blocks east, look for Union Station on Washington Square. Note the railway station’s twin towers, marble walls and high ceilings.

A little east, beside Lake Quinsigamond, find the EcoTarium, a museum of science and nature aimed at children. See eagles, foxes, owls and turtles. Take the kids to the play area.

Green parks play an important role in Worcester’s family-friendly atmosphere. Spend a sunny afternoon at Elm Park in the center of the city. Watch the geese, ducks and birds near the pond. Enjoy a picnic and take the young ones to the playground.

Try local foods, such as kielbasa sausages and pierogi dumplings, which both come from Eastern European immigrant cultures. Worcester is known for its abundance of apples, blueberries and dairy products.

Buses and Amtrak rail serve Worcester. The city is about 40 miles (64.4 kilometers) west of Boston, which lies on Massachusetts’ eastern coast. The nearest international transportation hub is Boston’s Logan International Airport.

Worcester’s playgrounds, parks and kid-friendly museums make it a children’s, and grown-up’s, paradise.

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Shopping, Live Music and Universities

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Where to stay in Worcester

Central Business District
Worcester showing modern architecture, night scenes and a city

Central Business District

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While visiting Central Business District, you might make a stop by sights like DCU Center and Union Station.

Salisbury Street
Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America
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Salisbury Street

Known for

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Salisbury Street and surrounding area, you can visit DCU Center and Elm Park.

Top hotels in Worcester

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Auburn
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Auburn
2.5 out of 5
10-12 Johnson St, Auburn, MA
£72
per night
3 Nov-4 Nov
4.2/5Excellent! (877 reviews)

"Breakfast was very good, the staff very friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2019

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Auburn
Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center
Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center
3 out of 5
181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA
£75
per night
31 Oct-1 Nov
3.8/5Good! (901 reviews)

"It was a nice hotel with comfortable beds. Free breakfast was a full breakfast and the staff inside the restaurant were all so nice and helpful. Would stay here again without a doubt."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center
Days Inn by Wyndham Shrewsbury Worcester
Days Inn by Wyndham Shrewsbury Worcester
2 out of 5
889 Boston Turnpike, Rt-9, Shrewsbury, MA
£60
per night
3 Nov-4 Nov
2.8/5 (1,182 reviews)

"My stay was great, people where friendly and everything was clean"…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2019

Days Inn by Wyndham Shrewsbury Worcester

Popular things to do in Worcester

Union Station
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Union Station

Enjoy a stop at Union Station, a landmark worth seeing in Worcester. Amble around this family-friendly area's university campus or attend a sporting event.

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