Amherst Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Amherst; our list of the best things to see, including Atkins Farms, Food for Thought Books Collective and Amherst Books.
  • The best place in Amherst: Atkins Farms

    Atkins Farms

    1150 West Street
    Apple Orchard and Country Food Market near the Holyoke Mountain Range, where the Atkins Family has been growing apples for over 100 years.
  • Food for Thought Books Collective

    Food for Thought Books Collective

    106 North Pleasant Street
    Owned and operated by its workers, Food for Thought specializes in the following areas: Progressive, Multicultural & Radical Politics, Queer Studies, Women's Studies, multicultural & progressive childrens' books.
  • Amherst Books

    Amherst Books

    8 Main Street
    A locally owned, independent bookshop, selling new & used books. Michelin Guide 'Pick'; Boston Magazine 'Best'.
  • A.J. Hastings

    A.J. Hastings

    45 South Pleasant Street
    A family owned and operated business that has been providing office and school supplies, newspapers and magazines to the local community and nearby collegiate market since 1914. Open daily.
  • Cushman Market & Cafe

    Cushman Market & Cafe

    491 Pine Street
    In 1892, George Cogswell bought the land where the Cushman Market and Café is now located. He built a grocery store on the site and the building has remained a market of one kind or another ever since. A comfortable, friendly place with good breakfast and lunch menu. There is also a small, well stocked market featuring wine and beer, local products, and an eclectic mix of gifts. Wi-fi.
  • National Yiddish Book Center

    1021 West Street
    World's only museum devoted exclusively to Yiddish literature and culture. Theater, gardens, exhibits, gallery and English-language bookstore. Year round, M-F, 10AM-3:30PM; Su 11AM-4PM. Free.
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  • Self-guided Cellphone Tour of Simple Gifts Organic Farm

    1089 North Pleasant
    Visitors to the Simple Gifts Farm in North Amherst, MA can now use their cellphones to take self-guided tours that explain what’s happening at 15 stops around the 32-acre farm. Stops include information on the organic vegetable, livestock including chickens, cattle, pigs, and sheep, as well as farm history and ecology. Maps are available at the top of the parking lot.
    food nearby
  • Mullins Center

    200 Commonwealth Ave
    The Mullins Center is home to UMass Athletics as well as the latest rock and pop bands who frequently make this center a stop on their nationwide tours. There is also a public skating rink as a fun alternative. Just make sure to check their schedule as the rink hours are pretty irregular.
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  • Pratt Museum of Natural History

    Amherst College
  • Mead Art Museum

    Amherst College
    food nearby
  • Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead & The Evergreens

    280 Main Street
    Birthplace and home of Emily Dickinson, and dedicated to celebrating her life and work. Open March-December. Hours Wed-Sun, 11AM-5PM; extended to 10AM-6PM in June, July, and August. Four tours are offered. $8-$3, free for FC students.
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  • Amherst Wines & Spirits

    233 North Pleasant Street
    Staff is knowledgeable and unstuffy; a service-oriented business with competitive pricing and high quality selection. Free wine tastings every Saturday, 2 - 5PM.
  • Fine Arts Center

    Located on the UMass campus, this center offers a variety of arts and education programs year round with excellent prices. Make sure to check out their calendar of events when you're in the area. If you're a student at one of the Five Colleges, don't miss your chance to attend a great performance for as low as $7-$15.
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  • Amherst Cinema

    28 Amity St
    Amherst's only non-profit movie theater. Recently opened and very modern with small but very nice theaters playing primarily independent films. Tickets range from $6.50 to $8.50, offering discount prices for students and members.
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  • Amherst History Museum at the Strong House

    67 Amity Street
    A 1750 era house and 18th century gardens is the Historical Society's backdrop for the telling of local history by guided tour. Adults $4, Seniors, students and children $3, under 6 free.
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  • University Museum of Contemporary Art

    151 Presidents Drive
    Museum dedicated to contemporary art, open since 1975. Hour Mo, Closed (and during academic breaks and holidays); Tu-F 11AM–4:30PM; Sa-Su 2–5PM.
    food nearby
  • Henion Bakery

    174 North Pleasant Street
    Since 1993 David W. Henion and Barbara Kline have been offering a wide variety of fresh scratch-baked goods. Cafe space for on-premises consumption. Best fresh donuts in the known Universe.
  • Bueno y Sano

    Boltwood Walk
    Giant burritos made from fresh ingredients. Tacos and quesadillas are also on the menu, but the burrito will run you about $6 and you won't be hungry afterwards.
  • Chez Albert

    27 South Pleasant Street
    An intimate French bistro with a simple but high quality menu, based around local organic ingredients.
  • Wings

    55 University Dr
    , +1 413-549-9464.
  • Athena's Pizza

    65 University Dr Ste 1
  • The Spoke

    North Pleasant St
    The best dive in town. Not quite chi-chi like ABC or Moan and Dove, but not quite childish like above-mentioned "college bars." Sit down for a $1.50 draft, play some pool (free on Tuesdays), and sometimes they even make free sandwiches.
  • The Hangar

    55 University Dr
    Open daily 11:30AM until 1AM. This place makes chicken wings as an art form. You can get boneless or traditional wings in aptly named sizes such as "747" or "DC-10". Their buffalo sauce has five levels of intensity but their other flavors, such as honey barbecue and teriyaki, are great too. There are an insane number of beers on tap, and you can get delivery too (wings, not beer). Their delivery business is named Wings (549-9464). $5-$10.
  • Pinocchio's

    57 N Pleasant St
    , +1 413-256-4110.
  • Rao's Coffee

    17 Kellogg Av
    A favorite among the locals. Rao's roasts its own coffee and also offers a variety of blends of tea. Good place to sit down and hang out. Internet access available.
  • The Sub

    33 E Pleasant St
    Open for lunch and dinner, this independent sub shop makes astonishingly good subs and pizza, and you can easily get a meal there for under $10. The owner is friendly, and the place is kept spotlessly clean.
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Amherst uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.