Springfield Tourist Attractions
In Springfield, in the interior of the state on the border with Connecticut, is the oldest American arms factory. This is also where the national sport, basketball, was invented, witness the Basketball Hall of Fame. And if one Harley Davidson is not enough, visit the motorcycle museum, and pay homage to the legendary "Indian".
Chicopee is an urban community located in Southwestern Massachusetts near the junction of the Mass turnpike with Interstate 91. It is home to the Westover Air Force Base, the staging ground for American soldiers during the Persian Gulf war. The city is perhaps best known to tourists for hosting the bi-annual Great New England Air Show and for the yearly shad run on the Connecticut and Chicopee Rivers.
Springfield Armory National Historic Site
The Springfield Armory covers 55 acres and has several of the original buildings on site. The original 1840's arsenal houses the world's largest collection of American military firearms. The collection began as a technical reference collection for Armory workers in 1862 with a highlight on pistols, machine guns, edged weapons, and production machinery.
Official site: www.nps.gov/spar/
Address: One Armory Square, Springfield, MA 01105-1299, United States
Indian Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame (closed)
ATTRACTION IS CLOSED.INDIAN claims to be the first commercially marketed gasoline powered motorcycle manufacturing company in the United States. The museum features Indian Motorcycles and other Indian products as well as other motorcycles, photos, and other memorabilia.
Storrs House, Longmeadows, Massachusetts
The 1786 Storrs house was built by Richard Salter Storrs and occupied by three generations of Storrs. The house was moved here from it's original location in 1930 to make room for the library. Photos show the front and rear views of the house on the original site. The house was redecorated.
Agawam is a suburb of Springfield located 94 miles southwest of Boston. It is known for being the hometown of Helen Keller's tutor and companion, Anne Sullivan. Agawam is also home to Six Flags New England.
Six Flags New England (formerly Riverside Amusement Park)
Six Flags is a 170-acre theme park that features over 130 rides, shows and attractions. Some of the highlights include the inverted looping "Mind Eraser" roller coaster, "Scream" and "Superman-Ride of Steel". There are specially designed areas for kids.
Official site: www.sixflags.com/parks/newengland/index.asp
Address: 1623 Main Street, United States
Dr Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
Life-size bronze statues of Springfield native Dr. Seuss and his favorite characters including Horton, the Grinch and the Lorax are found within the Dr Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden.
Official site: www.catinthehat.org
Address: 220 State Street, Springfield, MA 01103, United States
Monson is located in the Chicopee River valley, east of Springfield. The town features a National Register Historic Commercial District with several 1800's structures.
Springfield Science Museum
The Springfield Science Museum offers a variety of exhibits including, a Dinosaur Hall, African cultural displays, an aquarium, a Native American Hall, a planetarium and observatory, an aviation section, as well as others.
Official site: www.springfieldmuseums.org
Address: 236 State Street, Springfield, MA 01103-1703, United States
Day House, West Springfield, Massachusetts
The 1754 Josiah Day House was home to the Day family for over a century and is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, brick saltbox house in the United States. On display in the home are furnishings dating from the early 1700's to the 1900's.
The city of Westfield, located just west of Springfield, was first settled in 1660 and incorporated in 1920. Westfield is a manufacturing center and home to Westfield State College.
The restored Dewey House was built in 1735. It was moved to it's present location in 1977 and is open to the public.
Address: 87 South Maple Street, Westfield, MA 01085-4351, United States
Saint Anne Church and Shrine, Fiskdale, Massachusetts
Saint Anne's Church and Shrine is home to a collection of Russian icons dating back some 200 years.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
The Basketball Hall of Fame covers the history of basketball, from Dr. James Naismith's invention of basketball in 1891 to the modern game.
Official site: www.hoophall.com
Address: 1150 West Columbus Avenue, Springfield, MA 01105-2532, United States
Northampton is located north of Springfield. The town was settled in the mid 1600's and is home to Smith College.
Hadley is an active farming center, settled in 1659. The town features two central areas; North Hadley and Hadley Center, which features a number of historic colonial homes.
The Hadley Farm Museum is housed in a restored 1782 barn that was moved to the site in 1930. Displays are housed in the cellar and on the main floor. The exhibts at Hadley Farm Museum include a stage coach, oxcart, wagon, broom making equipment, and other farming equipment.
Official site: www.hadleyfarmmuseum.org
Address: 147 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035, United States
Porter Phelps Huntington House Museum
The 1752 Georgian style house was built by Moses Porter and later owned by Dr. and Mrs. James Lincoln Huntington, whose family occupied the estate for six generations. On display in the Porter Phelps Huntington House are some of the families personal items and antiques.
Official site: www.pphmuseum.org
Address: 130 River Drive, Hadley, MA 01035-9782, United States
Pan African Historical Museum
The Pan African Historical Museum offers art by African and American artists as well as a look at the history of Springfield's African American Community.
Address: 1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01115-0001, United States
Zoo In Forest Park
The Zoo In Forest Park features a collection of domestic and exotic animals.
Official site: www.forestparkzoo.org
Address: Pecousic Drive, Springfield, MA 01108, United States
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