Central has indoor and outdoor fun for visitors
Central Massachusetts boasts three unique art museums, one considered one of the finest of its size in the country. Another is a world-class family-friendly museum
with a permanent collection spanning 5,000 years. The third offers regular traveling and loan exhibits. You can explore the living history preserved at celebrated Sturbridge Village, and discover hissing cockroaches, a white rhino, camels, alligators and more at New England’s largest zoo.
Things to do
in nature, the outdoors, and the arts are interesting for the whole family on a getaway to Central Massachusetts.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, off Route 20
Sturbridge, MA, 01566
Living History in a celebrated New England setting
To learn from people, places and things that used to be is an important part of education. Living history is preserved in this unique and celebrated setting, one of the nation’s largest living history museums. Anyone curious about who we are and how we got here. This is life as it was lived in New England in the 1800’s with 40 antique homes, buildings and water-powered mills. Participate each year in over 30 special weekend events with hands-on craft work offered daily. Ride a stagecoach, get up close to farm animals, talk with costumed historians, and watch a blacksmith, a cooper, a potter, or a farmer do what they do best. There is always something new to explore at one of the nation’s largest living history museums.
2 Southwick Street
Mendon, MA, 01756
If you could talk to the animals….you can
Southwick’s Zoo in historic Blackstone Valley is surrounded by 300 shady acres. The zoo is home to over 850 animals representing 152 species. You can also soar above the zoo on the Skyfari Sky Ride. Get up close with many of the animals in the petting zoo and Deer Forest. Southwick’s offers food venues, picnic grounds, shows, rides and a play park. Visit Parakeet Landing a walk-thru Aviary or learn about different birds at Avian Adventures, an interactive show. Southwick’s Zoo also offers presentations at the Earth Discovery Center. The Woodlands Express takes you through the North American Wetlands Habitat. Enjoy animals in large, naturalistic habitats. Operating hours for Southwick’s Zoo are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week, mid–April to mid-October, with limited operations to Christmas.
55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA, 01609
Central Massachusetts’s unique art and antiquities museum
Visit this wonderful museum considered one of the best museums of its size in the country. With more than 37,500 pieces including antiquities, paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and decorative arts, you’ll have ample reason. See a Renaissance Court with a rare Roman floor mosaic; a medieval Chapter House from the Benedictine Priory of Saint John in west central France; and “Remastered,” an exhibit offering a new look at old European Masters. On view are works by Cassatt, Gauguin, Goya, Monet, Sargent, and Homer. Known for its experimentation and innovation, WAM is also home to collections of arms & armor and art from China, Japan and India . You’ll enjoy tours, interactive programs, workshops, classes, a museum shop and café.