LGBT VisitorsWow! The Pioneer Valley is a region of one-of-a-kind attractions, rich cultural offerings and lush scenery nestled among eclectic gay and lesbian friendly communities. All visitors feel welcome at world class attractions such as Six Flags New England, Yankee Candle Company, the Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Step into culture with Museums10, a group of the areas most dynamic and esteemed museums housing works from Degas, Renoit, Van Gogh and more.
If shopping is a favorite pastime, in the Pioneer Valley, you'll have lots to choose from. With everything from major malls to fascinating one-of-a-kind boutiques, the Valley also is home to one of New England's most popular shopping destinations, Yankee Candle Village. Many attractions, including museums, and arts & entertainment venues have unusual gift shops, too. When you’ve had your fill of shopping, fill up on local produce straight from the farm to your table. From extraordinary fine dining to exciting ethnic cuisine, family-friendly restaurants and dining on the go, Greater Springfield, Northampton and the Pioneer Valley offers a variety of restaurants to choose from.
Two of the most exciting events in the world for antique and craft enthusiasts take place right here in the Pioneer Valley. The Brimfield Outdoor Antique Show is the world’s largest outdoor antique flea market, presented three times a year (May, July and September) and luring more than 4,000 dealers and 100,000 patrons to this small New England town. Northampton is home to the Paradise City Arts Festival, held every May and October. Voted the #1 arts festival in America, Paradise City features museum-quality fine art and contemporary crafts with great food and cool jazz.
History buffs will find plenty of ways to step back in time including Old Sturbridge Village where life in a typical early 1800's New England Village with its historically accurate gardens, restored homes, farmland and water powered mills is recreated. Another significant replica of colonial life can be found at Historic Deerfield, which encompasses fourteen 18th- and 19th-century houses and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life, featuring objects made or used from 1650 to 1850.
Welcome to the Pioneer Valley!