Five Ways to Get Cultured in Greater Springfield

There are many more cultural attractions in the greater Springfield area

When a city can brag about being the birth place of both Dr. Seuss and the game of basketball, you know it's got plenty to offer. When the state of Massachusetts designates the area as a central cultural district, start making your list of places to go and sights to see. Here are five fascinating things to do in the greater Springfield, MA, area.

1. Catch an act at City Stage and Symphony Hall. With two theaters and more than 250 shows a year, this is Springfield's premier venue for live entertainment. Swing with country, rock the aisles, or enjoy live comedy. Thrill to your favorite musicals, engage in dramatic theater, and finish the evening with a stroll along the banks of nearby Connecticut River.

2. Get lost in the Springfield Museum Quadrangle. Indulge your passion for fine arts at the extensive D'Amour Museum, and slip into a decidedly Victorian world with the neighboring George Walter Vincent Smith collections. Distinguished history and science museums complete this center around a whimsical plaza dedicated to the city's beloved Dr. Seuss and his cat in a hat.

3. Give a standing ovation to the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. For more than 70 years, the city has enjoyed world-class musical experiences made even grander by the voices of the symphony's renowned chorus. Informal discussions before each performance are held just down the street at Symphony Hall where you're cordially invited to join the lively interactions between musicians and their appreciative audience.

4. Discover the past at Storrowton Village Museum. A classic New England green forms the center of a 19th-century village lovingly recreated with antique buildings. Each rescued structure was spared from a wrecking ball and moved to this beautiful setting that serves as home to cultural events and educational programs. A leisurely tour of this captivating enclave is a step back into the rich history that surrounds the Springfield area.

5. Celebrate everything at the Big E. Each September, Springfield throws a 17-day party and plays host to the Eastern States Exposition. If you're interested in being part of New England's biggest cultural event, join in the fun that includes a circus extravaganza, cuisine from around the globe, and daily parades that rival Mardi Gras. From national names in entertainment to agricultural and livestock exhibitions, this is the grandest show on the Eastern Seaboard.

These five great things to do in Springfield, MA, are an exciting start on your journey to knowing this wonderful area a little better. Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley invites you to explore even more local adventures and find out why we're so proud to call this region our cultural home.

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