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Skinner State Park's natural beauty makes it a great destination for the whole family. The park features over 400 acres of forest that covers Mount Holyoke and runs along the Connecticut River. There are many hiking trails, some of which reach the summit of Mount Holyoke. It also contains the historic Mount Holyoke Summit House, which was donated to the state with the land for the park by businessman Joseph Allen Skinner in 1940. In the spring and the fall, hawk watching is a popular attraction in the park. There are 20 picnic sites that are open to the public as well.
Stop by McCray's Farm for a fun daytime outing with your kids. This farm features great outdoor family-friendly entertainment, including a petting zoo and miniature golf. Make sure to visit McCray's Farm near Halloween when there are hayrides and you can pick your own pumpkin. You might even want to leave the little ones at home and visit after dark in October when the farm hosts the spooky Monster Mash Scream Park.
Frank Newhall Look Memorial Park, often simply called Look Park, is a beautiful large park that's perfect for the whole family. This park has a wide range of activities. For a small fee, hop on the Steamer Train for a one-mile ride around the park and scoop out all the fun things to do. During the summer you can go on Bumper Boats, take a ride on a paddle boat, or cool off at the Water Spray Park. Visit the free Christenson Zoo where you can see Fallow Deer, Red-Tailed Hawks, peacocks, and more. There is also a miniature golf course, multiple playgrounds, seasonal tennis courts, and a scenic walking path. Whether you want to relax or play, this park is for you!
Take in some breathtaking vistas when you visit Mount Holyoke Range State Park. This park encompasses a seven mile ridge of the Mount Holyoke Range that runs from Hadley to Belchertown. Made up of over 3,000 acres of land, the park features over 30 miles of marked trails which are perfect of walking, hiking, horseback riding, and even cross-country skiing in the winter months. The park's Notch Visitor Center is open daily and features educational displays and programs.
Local golfers will find that the Westover Golf Course provides a fun and challenging experience. The course has a 7,025 yard, par 72 layout that has challenged golfers of all skill levels since it opened in 1954. An on-site pro shop carries golf equipment from all the major brands, and refreshments are served to golfers at the course's 19th Hole. A variety of special rates are available, including reduced fees for military, seniors, juniors, and for both twilight and 9-hole rounds. Private and group lessons are available as well.
Explore the outdoors at the Chicopee Memorial State Park, formerly called the Cooley Brook Reservoir and Watershed. This large state park has hiking trails, biking paths, and a lake where you can go swimming or fishing. Bring the kids and relax on the lake's beach then have lunch at one the picnic spots.
A "recent" development in the old city of Springfield, Mattoon Street was developed in the 1870s as a two-sided street of Victorian single-family rowhouses. After about 100 years of disrepair and numerous vacancies, local residents took the initiative to restore this street by planting trees and adding brick sidewalks and vintage streetlights. The homes are today single-family units and the neighborhood is host to the Mattoon Street Arts Festival
One of the most unique public spaces in the country, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden has five different statues and sculptures of some of Dr Seuss' most beloved characters. A ten-foot tall Horton, plus the Lorax, Yertle the Turtle and the Cat in the Hat are some of the cartoon creatures that come to life in this playful garden. The largest sculpture is an enormous replica of Oh, the Places You'll Go!, and there is also a statue of Dr. Seuss sitting at his writing desk. Free and open daily, the garden is a great stop for anyone and everyone who loves Dr. Seuss.
This sprawling urban park is spread across an area of close to 325 acres. The park boasts a range of recreational facilities, including a splendid pavilion, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and hiking trails. A haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, the Mittineague Park is home to a variety of rare and endangered plant species that gather around the park's many Vernal pools. Walk through fields awash in the vibrant hues of blooming wild flowers and witness timid deers graze at the meadow. As you explore the park's many hidden delights, keep an eye out for the foxes, hawks and fisher cats that call the park their home. Located as it is within the city, Mittineague Park offers visitors a change to indulge in a little outdoor fun and enjoy the majesty of nature without having to venture beyond the city's limits. The park also hosts a variety of fun events for children, including Easter egg hunts and summer camps.The park is open daily from dawn till dusk.
The Connecticut River cuts through Springfield's downtown and creates a picturesque area for people to walk or bike down. The Connecticut River is the longest river in New England and is 407 miles long. The river contains many species of fish, including Striped Bass, Rainbow Trout and the American eel.
The Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway is a 3.7-mile corridor running along the beautiful Connecticut River through Springfield. Stretching from the South End Bridge to Plainfield Street, the pathway passes Springfield landmarks like the Basketball Hall of Fame and Riverfront Park. The Walk and Bikeway is a great community resource for outdoor recreation.
Storrowton Village is a living history museum located on the Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds. The antique buildings around the mini-town within the fairgrounds recreate a New England town during the 19th Century. The Village is primarily open during the summer months and gets the most visitors of the year during The Big E fair. Take a tour, and have a costumed volunteer docent answer your questions about Storrowton Village, or enjoy a meal at the Storrowton Tavern.