The largest town in the Berkshires region, Pittsfield has varied shops, services and restaurants, making it a great jumping-off point for hiking and camping trips to the nearby Pittsfield State Forest. There is much to explore within Pittsfield itself. Check out colorful street art, discover museum exhibits and attend performances in one of its cultural venues.
Pittsfield was settled in the mid-18th century after a wealthy Bostonian purchased the land as a speculative investment. The village slowly grew in size during the 1800s and 1900s as wool and electrical manufacturing industries flourished. Get a taste of local history at the Berkshire Museum, one of the main tourist draws. A small museum with eclectic exhibits focusing on art, history and nature, it also has an interactive aquarium and hands-on activities for kids to enjoy.
In downtown Pittsfield, enjoy Artscape, a self-guided walking tour of the city’s street art. Take a guided tour of Herman Melville's Arrowhead, the lovingly maintained former residence of Herman Melville, who wrote his famous novel Moby Dick here in Pittsfield.
In the evenings enjoy culture with a classical or contemporary professional ballet performance at the Albany Berkshire Ballet. Investigate the Colonial Theater, a gilded old theater that has been fully restored and offers an entertaining program including music and theatrical performances. The Pittsfield Visitors Center is found in the theater’s lobby.
In summer, make a splash at the area’s numerous lakes, which have plentiful opportunities for swimming, fishing and boating. As well as hiking through the forest, find year-round recreation available at the Bousquet Ski Resort and Family Fun Center. Stop at the complex outside of ski season to enjoy the water park and go-karting track, perfect for summer fun.
Drive to Pittsfield or use Amtrak's Lakeshore Limited rail service, which operates daily between Boston and Chicago. Pittsfield is also served by intercity bus lines from Boston, New York and Albany.