1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, off Route 20Sturbridge, MA, 01566Phone: 508-347-3362Toll-Free: 800-733-1830
A little rain cannot put a damper on the experience of visitors to historical village
Rain does not dampen the spirits of visitors to Old Sturbridge Village, where 40 historical buildings, costumed historians, a lively assortment of heritage-breed animals and hands-on experiences have combined to re-create a classic New England village of the 1830s. And there’s plenty to do indoors! See how cider was made in the cider mill, watch lumber being turned out at the sawmill, help the tinsmith create an intricate lantern or the printer put together a must-read paper. Walk through homes both simple and ornate, check out the graffiti carved into the original desks in the schoolhouse. Have lunch in the Bullard Tavern or an amazing pastry in the Ox & Yoke Cafe. Check the website for the day’s schedule and information on special exhibitions.
Discovery center is the place to start your zoo adventure – until the rain stops
Rain or shine, seven days a week, Southwick’s Zoo, New England’s Largest Zoo, welcomes guests of all ages. On rainy days, start your day at the EARTH Discovery Center to meet the animal ambassadors and hear a keeper talk. You might even learn about the two-toed sloth or the sleek servals from one of our zookeepers. You can also learn about geckos, snakes, iguanas, and tarantulas at the center. Have lunch at Galliford’s Restaurant and Tavern and, when the sun comes out, head out to visit some of the zoo’s 850 animals in naturalistic habitats, from leopards and lemurs to giraffes and lions, there are so many new species to learn about at Southwick’s Zoo!
Come out of the rain and into a museum where art, and art appreciation, are celebrated
A rainy day can’t be all bad if it gives you an excuse to visit, or revisit, the magnificent Worcester Art Museum, boasting thousands of objects that span time and cultures as well as a modern approach to viewing art. Visitors can marvel at the museum’s collection of Old Masters (and the fabulous 15th century Spanish ceiling) while using iPads to provide “alternative labels” if they wish. Newly reinstalled medieval galleries mean viewing the expanded chivalric arms and armor collection as well as participating in interactive activities. Current and upcoming exhibits range from cherry-blossom scenes on exquisite Japanese folding screens to massive murals, works inspired by nature and the relationship between kimonos and Japanese prints. Check the website for timed-admission information and safety protocols.