Springfield Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Springfield; our list of the best things to see, including Big Y, Bright Nights and Forest Park.
  • The best place in Springfield: Big Y

    Big Y

    503 Memorial Ave. Suite 1
    Independently-owned supermaket chain in the southeastern section of West Springfield.
  • Bright Nights

    Bright Nights

    Seuss' characters, etc.) Nearly 2 miles, cars and buses drive through the lighting display, which seems to become more intricate each year. Bright Nights usually impresses both children and adults. November-January. $8
    Forest Park eat nearby
  • One of the largest urban parks in the United States at 735 acres, Forest Park was established via the donations of Springfielders like skating blade magnate Everett Hosmer Barney (whose family mausoleum is in Forest Park.) Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead of NYC's Central Park fame, Forest Park offers amenities including a sizable zoo, America's first public swimming pool, picturesque gardens, hiking and walking trails, athletic fields, whimsical sculptures, (one can see where Dr. Seuss got his inspiration,) and camping facilities. During the winter it serves as the venue for Bright Nights, a nationally known holiday light display.
    Forest Park restaurants nearby
  • City Stage at Symphony Hall

    City Stage at Symphony Hall

    1350 Main Street on Court Square
    Springfield's most well-known theatre organization features plays, musicals, traveling Broadway shows, comedians, and lecturers. Programming varies widely.
    Metro Center food nearby
  • Springfield Symphony Orchestra

    Springfield Symphony Orchestra

    1350 Main Street at Court Square
    Housed in Springfield's beautiful, gilded-age Symphony Hall - one of only a handful of locations in the United States renowned for "perfect acoustics" - the highly regarded Springfield Symphony Orchestra is led by Maestro Kevin Rhodes. Rhodes is a true showman, known for his stage presence and innovative musical selections.
    Metro Center eat nearby
  • Theodore's

    Theodore's

    201 Worthington Street
    Named "The Best Blues Club in the United States" by The Blues Foundation and Keeping the Blues Alive - -high praise, indeed -- 30 year-old Theodore's is a regional draw for music, food, and libations. Its baby back ribs are smoked for six hours -- not a second too long or short.
    Metro Center
  • La Fiorentina Pastry Shop

    La Fiorentina Pastry Shop

    883 Main Street
    If you have a sweet tooth, make sure to check out La Fiorentina Pastry Shop in Springfield. When you taste one of their freshly baked pastries, you'll understand perfectly why they've been around since 1947.Some consider this one of the best Pastry Shops on the East Coast.
    Forest Park
  • Serving exceptional American fare.
    Forest Park
  • The Indian Motorcycle Museum

    33 Hendee Street
    Mar-Nov 10AM-4PM, Dec-Feb 1PM-4PM. Where America's first motorcycle manufacturer produced vehicles for many years, featuring a large collection of the company's motorcycles.
    Bay restaurants nearby
  • The Paramount Theater

    1700 Main Street
    Equipped with state of the art sound, lighting, and video production facilities, this is the most technologically advanced club north of New York City. It features live performers, club nights, and movies. As of 2011, it's in a transitional period as it re-emerges as The Paramount Theater after years as the Hippodrome. Its new identity, (actually its original identity from when it opened in 1926) is likely to feature an increased accent on arts, films, and culture, as opposed to its previous incarnation which functioned as the epicenter of New England's late 1990s-early 2000s rave scene.
    Metro Center food nearby
  • Six Flags New England

    1623 Main St
    , Phone: +1 877-474-9352, [7] The largest theme park in New England, located across Springfield's South End bridge in Agawam, Massachusetts. It opens in April as the weather starts to get warm and closes in November as it starts to get cold. Features 10 roller-coasters, including the #1 roller-coaster in the world since 2004 -- The Bizarro.
    Metro Center eat nearby
  • The Quadrangle

    220 State St
    , is a remarkable cultural grouping that consists of 5 museums, several of which are considered "world-class;" the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden; and the palatial Springfield City Library. The Museum of Fine Arts features a vast collection of European Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including works by Monet, Degas, and Gauguin; and also, a large collection of American painters, including Springfielders Whistler and Harding. The Museum of Science features the United States' first-ever planetarium (built in 1937,) a large dinosaur exhibit, and replicas of exotic ecosystems. The George Walter Vincent Smith Museum is known worldwide for having the largest collection of Chinese cloisonné outside of China. It also features sets of ancient, Asian armor. The Connecticut Valley History Museum tells the story of the fertile river valley that spawned the two great cities of Springfield and Hartford. The Quadrangle's newest addition is the Museum of Springfield History, which tells the story of "The City of Firsts": where the first American-English dictionary, first gasoline-powered automobile, first motorcycle, first modern fire engine, first commercial radio station, and first UHF television were invented, (among other innovations.) Visitors will leave astonished by how great the relatively small City of Springfield has contributed to modern culture.
    Metro Center restaurants nearby
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

    West Columbus Av
    M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 10AM-5PM. Along the Connecticut River, in a stunning (and quirky) steel structure, it's a shrine to the world's 2nd most popular sport in its birthplace. Adults $17, Seniors $14, Ages 5-5 $12.
    Forest Park food nearby
  • The Eastern States Exposition - "The Big E"

    1305 Memorial Av
    , West Springfield, Phone: +1 413-737-2446, [8]. The six New England States' collective State Fair. The Big E is the largest fair in New England, and the 6th largest agricultural fair in the United States. Located 1.5 miles across Springfield's Memorial Bridge in West Springfield, The Big E runs from September 15 to October 1, (or thereabouts,) featuring carnival rides, concerts, food, and, of course -- The Avenue of the States, large replicas of each New England state's state house.
    eat nearby
  • Springfield Vintage Grand Prix

    taking place from July 22-24
    The Vintage Sports Car Club of America (www.vscca.org) will host its annual grand prix in Springfield for the first time this year. It moved from Pittsburgh and promises to bring a lot of excitement along with civic pride (Springfield produced the first American gasoline-powered automobile.) Root for your favorite sportscar!!
    Metro Center restaurants nearby
  • Milano's

    988 Main Street
    Be sure to stop in and visit Milano Imported Fine Foods in the South End of Springfield. From the finest in imported olive oils and Italian tomatoes to fresh deli meats and cheeses and homemade pasta, this is the area's best Italian Import Store.
    Metro Center
  • 350 Grille

    350 Worthington Street
    The atmosphere is upscale but not pretentious, just like the food. It has a patio so diners can enjoy sunny days or moonlit nights.
    Metro Center
  • Red Rose Pizzeria

    1060 Main Street
    (South End) An Italian, South End classic! Truly excellent pizza, pasta, and meatballs. Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright claims that Red Rose has "the best meatballs in the world." High-praise from a well-traveled woman, although she's probably right. Red Rose suffered severe damage during the June 1, 2011, E4 tornado that ripped through the South End of Springfield, destroying 35, mostly 19th century buildings within two blocks of this landmark restaurant. Despite damages, Red Rose remains open.
    Metro Center
  • Pazzo's

    1000 West Columbus Boulevard
    [22] Classy but casual Italian, located conveniently inside the Basketball Hall of Fame. Pazzo's is owned by the owners of the Italian South End's former Ristorante Carmela. Pazzo's features Pazzo's After Dark, nightly entertainment, Las Vegas style.
    Forest Park
  • The White Hut

    280 Memorial Avenue in West Springfield
    Serving burgers and hot dogs in the most Spartan setting imaginable. Across the Memorial Bridge on Memorial Avenue in West Springfield, it's well worth the trip .
    Metro Center
  • Oz Nightclub

    397 Dwight Street
    An LGBT dance club in Springfield's Club Quarter catering to a crowd between 18 and 35. Often Oz will feature karaoke, drag shows, and generally, some of the Northeast's best DJs.
    Metro Center
  • Sexyback

    18+
    Hip-Hop night.
    Old Hill
  • White Hut

    280 Memorial Avenue
    Award winning hamburgers and hot dogs. Great place to go in the summer for a delicious burger.
    Metro Center
  • 1980Something

    18+
    80's night - mostly new wave with some synthpop and goth/alternative thrown in. (80's/Goth/Alternative dress encouraged)
    Old Hill
  • FM

    18+
    The night starts out with Karaoke; and around 11PM, DJ Otis spins dance. There are drag shows on alternate weeks.
    Old Hill
  • Skyplex

    10 Stearns Square
    Three clubs - Skybar, PURE, and Vivid on three separate levels, offering a different atmosphere for everyone. Features a VIP Lounge.
    Metro Center
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