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Worcester
Travel Guide

This city, one of the largest in the New England region, has a family-friendly vibe with plenty of parks, museums and galleries.

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.

Where to stay in Worcester

Top hotels in Worcester

AC Hotel by Marriott Worcester
AC Hotel by Marriott Worcester
3.5 out of 5
125 Front St, Worcester, MA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £91 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar

Located in Central Business District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Union Station and DCU Center. Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Clark University ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (410 reviews)

"Everything was clean and you could tell they were taking precautions."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2021

AC Hotel by Marriott Worcester
Embassy Suites by Hilton Boston Marlborough
Embassy Suites by Hilton Boston Marlborough
3.5 out of 5
123 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA
The price is £83 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Apex Entertainment Center and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from New England Sports Center. Solomon Pond Mall ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (101 reviews)

"I booked a king suite, which was very large with a kitchenette, sitting room, bedroom and bathroom. The room was nicely appointed and very clean. The staff was very friendly and professional. I could not really judge amenities, since the bar/restaurant and game room were closed due to Covid protocol. ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2021

Embassy Suites by Hilton Boston Marlborough
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Auburn
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Auburn
2.5 out of 5
10-12 Johnson St, Auburn, MA
The price is £57 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar

Situated in Auburn, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Auburn Mall and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Goddard Rocket Launching Site. College of the Holy Cross and Clark ...

4.2/5Very Good! (986 reviews)

"I liked the location cause how close the store and outside entertainment was to the hotel..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Feb 2021

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Auburn
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 Worcester

NEW Chic Home Close to Boston - WASHER DRYER & Parking
NEW Chic Home Close to Boston - WASHER DRYER & Parking
34 Neil St, Marlborough, MA
The price is £496 per night from 25 Mar to 26 Mar

Situated in Marlborough, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of John Brown Bell, UMass Memorial - Marlborough Hosptial and Marlborough Hospital. Fresenius ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Beautiful Home

"The home we stayed in was absolutely beautiful! Very clean and looked even better in person😊"…"

Reviewed on 16 Nov 2020

NEW Chic Home Close to Boston - WASHER DRYER & Parking
GORGEOUS 5 Bedroom Home Close to BOSTON w/ WasherDryer + Free Parking
GORGEOUS 5 Bedroom Home Close to BOSTON w/ WasherDryer + Free Parking
67 Chandler St, Marlborough, MA
The price is £2,487 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Situated in Marlborough, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of John Brown Bell, UMass Memorial - Marlborough Hosptial and Marlborough Hospital. Fresenius ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Great first experience!

"This was my first time booking through Vrbo and I enjoyed it, the house is actually way better I’m person then what it looks like in pictures. it was a very nice space very clean and owner was friendly and easy to communicate with. Would definitely book again."…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2020

GORGEOUS 5 Bedroom Home Close to BOSTON w/ WasherDryer + Free Parking
Beautiful 2 Bedrooms With 3 Beds in Shrewsbury
Beautiful 2 Bedrooms With 3 Beds in Shrewsbury
5 Julio Dr, Shrewsbury, MA

Situated in Shrewsbury, this holiday home is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Ski Ward Ski Area and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Busta Rhymes Island. Northborough Crossing and Regatta ...

Beautiful 2 Bedrooms With 3 Beds in Shrewsbury
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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