Worcester

Worcester is a vibrant, diverse city featuring small-town charm with all the extras a large, thriving metropolis offers. Just a quick hour southwest of Boston, Worcester MA is any easy find, located along several major highways including interstates 290 and I90. Worcester and the central Massachusetts area is filled with an enormous array of things to do, from historic landmarks to outdoor adventure to epicurean delights, the city hums to a very exciting beat. Conventions, concerts and other performances, hockey, art exhibitions and more can all be enjoyed within the city throughout the year.

Museums

Museums
Museums  Image: MOTT - Tim Graff

The museums of Worcester MA offer insight on the history and culture of the city and surrounding area. The Worcester Historic Museum is a good place to start. Explore city history via special events, exhibitions, educational programs and plenty of hands-on fun, and find out how the people of Worcester have shaped it into the modern destination it is today. At the Worcester Art Museum new media, sculptures, paintings, photography, prints, and more comprise a collection numbering 30,000+ pieces. More than 5,000 years of culture and history are covered through these magnificent pieces from colorful Roman mosaics to the most modern art. On Barber Avenue visitors will find the Higgins Armory Museums where all types and styles of armory from countries including Egypt, Japan, Turkey, and Greece are available for viewing. Learn fencing basics, find out about life in a castle, and create your very own shield through interactive exhibits. From June through July the EcoTarium in Worcester exhibits a modern oasis of wetlands and forests within an indoor and outdoor environment. Sprawling grounds, a planetarium, and three extensive floors are featured.

Lake Park

Worcester, Massachusetts
Worcester, Massachusetts

Lake Park - across from Lake Quinsigamond - is Worcester’s outdoor jewel. The park is the municipality’s third biggest and home to Tivnan Field. The park spans almost eighty acres and houses a large playground and baseball field. In the summer months it is extremely popular with runners, picnickers, sports fans, and families. The park was established in 1884 and became an important part of life for city residents. Bordering on Lake Quinsigamond offers more appeal; the lake is almost 800 acres itself and offers swimming, fishing, boating, and is especially popular for its regattas.

Wachusett Reservoir

Just a short distance northeast of Worcester MA is Wachusett Reservoir which is an important water supply for the city of Boston. The reservoir is fed by the Quinapoxet, Nashua, and Stillwater rivers as well as the Quabbin Aqueduct.  Though fishing (along with swimming and camping) is highly regulated, the Wachusett reservoir is most popular for fishing, Atlantic salmon and Lake Trout are primary fish species here. There are also Brown and Rainbow Trout, White Perch, and Black Bass are also found in the waters. Shore fishing is permitted upon the reservoirs annual opening month of April through to the end of November. A newer development in tourism, the Wachusett Dam has been known to open to the public for rare tours.

Worcester MA Hotels

Worcester MA Hotels
Worcester MA Hotels

The majority of Worcester MA hotels are located east of Lake Park in and around the Central Business District which is also near Worcester Union Station and the Amtrak.  The most popular hotel chains are found in the city including the Marriott, Clarion Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, and Crowne Plaza (pictured). The Beechwood Hotel is one of few boutique hotels in Worcester. It is sleek and modern, very popular for weddings and special events, and features and award-winning bistro on site.

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