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See What Makes Springfield so Special

Set an hour-and-a-half southwest of Boston, Springfield maintains its own sort of Massachusetts personality. Here are a few of our favorite things to see and do in the City of Firsts.


See how basketball began.

Springfield is home to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which not only offers visitors a bit of history about how the good doctor came up with such an idea, but also honors the greats of the game from throughout the ages. See a variety of memorabilia and displays paying tribute to everyone from Michael Jordan to Tex Winter.

Feel the excitement.

Springfield MA Attractions

Six Flags New England

Springfield is also home to one of New England’s most popular attractions – Six Flags New England. The self-proclaimed “mega theme park” draws big crowds with dozens of thrill rides, shows, and activities. Interesting tidbit: it’s the oldest amusement park in the Six Flags chain, dating back to the late 1800s.

Appreciate your freedom.

History buffs, military enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a reminder of the struggle our nation has undergone to establish and protect our freedom will get a kick out of the Springfield Armory. There, you’ll find the Springfield Armory Museum, home to the Benton Small Arms Collection, one of the largest collections of weaponry in the country.

See a show.

With its striking Greek Revival architecture, Springfield Symphony Hall is an attraction in and of itself, with its calendar of first-rate entertainment only providing even more reason to pay a visit. In addition to serving as home to the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the theatre is also known to host traveling Broadway shows, big concerts, and more.

Springfield MA Attractions

Springfield Symphony Hall

Let your imagination run wild.

The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is must-see for imaginative visitors young and old. There, you’ll find larger-than-life bronze sculptures of some of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters.

Get out and stretch your legs.

Looking for a place to get active on a balmy Springfield day? Forest Park is Springfield’s centerpiece, complete with baseball fields, picnic areas, tall shade trees, a rose garden, and even a small train for the little ones to ride. It’s a great place to enjoy the outdoors without leaving the downtown area.

Take a walk on the wild side.

If Forest Park serves as Springfield’s centerpiece, its centerpiece is the Zoo in Forest Park, where animal lovers can get up close and personal with everything from camels to bears, monkeys, lizards, birds, and more.

See the area’s classic homes.

To the immediate north, the Forest Park Historic District lays claim to some of the most beautiful homes in the country. Not only will the late-19th-century architecture of these mansions drop jaws, but there’s also much to explore in the way of antiques and boutiques in the area.

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Best Western Springfield West Inn

429 Riverdale Street, West Springfield MA 01089-4625
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