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SpringfieldUnited States of America

At the heart of this industrious American city are museums, activities and delicious New England and international cuisine.

With Victorian homes, small businesses and hardworking residents, Springfield has all the features of the essential New England small city. In addition, it has many sights worth international attention, including museums and concert halls. Enjoy its urban beauty a short drive from natural wonders including Watershops Pond and Chicopee Memorial State Park.

The “City of Firsts,” Springfield has many first achievements. It is the birthplace of one of the world’s most popular sports, basketball. Learn about the importance and history of this game at the Basketball Hall of Fame, where a pristine hardwood court and educational exhibits sit under a basketball statue towering over the entrance.

Springfield is also the birthplace of the prolific children’s book author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Appreciate his place in the hearts of generations of readers at the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, which represents his many characters as bronze statues.

The sculpture garden is located on the Quadrangle in Metro Center. Start your museum tour of Springfield here. Stop at the Springfield Science Museum for stargazing at one of America’s oldest operating planetariums. Tour some of the city’s many firsts at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. Appreciate the colorful details of the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum’s extensive Chinese cloisonné collection, one of the largest of its kind.

Fly into Springfield’s nearby Bradley International Airport, 17 miles (27 kilometers) from Metro Center. Travel by rail or bus from New York City, Boston or Montreal. Once you’re here, the Springfield Mass Transit District runs many routes throughout the city. Take a bus wherever you need to go.

Springfield’s ethnic diversity provides a diverse range of cuisines. From Italian to Cajun to Vietnamese and Southern barbecue, a delicious plate awaits any mood. Follow dinner with a concert at Symphony Hall for a full night of culture that you won’t forget. Springfield has plenty of activities to warrant a stay for a weekend or longer.

Where to stay in Springfield

Springfield showing heritage architecture

Metro Center

3.5/5Good!(242 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Metro Center, MassMutual Center and MGM Springfield are top sights worth seeing.

Metro Center

Top Hotels in Springfield

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hampton Inn West Springfield
Hampton Inn West Springfield
2.5 out of 5
1011 Riverdale St, West Springfield, MA
The price is $103 per night

Situated in West Springfield, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Josiah Day House and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Holyoke Mall. MassMutual Center and MGM Springfield ...

4.3/5Excellent! (497 reviews)

"Great location! Great service! Room was clean! I definitely will stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

Hampton Inn West Springfield
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Springfield MA
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Springfield MA
3 out of 5
100 Congress Street, Springfield, MA
The price is $93 per night

This family-friendly hotel is located in the city center, within 2 mi (3 km) of MGM Springfield, Springfield Armory, and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,394 reviews)

"Very clean, staff very nice. Big parking lot. Dunkin dounuts right next to the property."…"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Springfield MA
Hampton Inn & Suites Springfield / Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Springfield / Downtown
2.5 out of 5
851 East Columbus Ave, Springfield, MA
The price is $106 per night

Located in the heart of Springfield, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Titanic Museum. MGM Springfield and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (534 reviews)

"The property is not necessarily in the best of neighborhoods. The hotel itself was very clean. And it is very close to MGM casino and hotel. Literally 3 min drive"…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites Springfield / Downtown

Popular places to visit in Springfield

University of Massachusetts-Amherst
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University of Massachusetts-Amherst

4.5/5(255 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe around University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a top university in Amherst Center. Experience the area's live music or attend a sporting event.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

4/5(130 reviews)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is a popular museum in Springfield with a story of its own. Attend a basketball game or simply visit the area's amusement park.

Amherst College
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Amherst College

4.5/5(125 reviews)

Take a campus tour or just explore the area around Amherst College, a top university in Amherst Center. Experience the area's live music or attend a sporting event.

Top things to do in Springfield

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Massachusett
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Massachusett

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Michigan
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Michigan

$20
Per adult
All-Inclusive Luxury Group Tour of Vermont
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All-Inclusive Luxury Group Tour of Vermont

$2,498
Per adult
New York City Day Trip from Hartford including Hop-On Hop-Off
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New York City Day Trip from Hartford including Hop-On Hop-Off

$259
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in Hartford
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Vacation Photographer in Hartford

$250
Per adult
Hartford Bradley Airport (BDL) to Springfield City - RoundTrip Private Transfer
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Hartford Bradley Airport (BDL) to Springfield City - RoundTrip Private Transfer

$73
Per adult

Reviews of Springfield

3.7

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 17.12962962962963%
4 - Good
203
4 - Good 46.99074074074074%
3 - Okay
130
3 - Okay 30.09259259259259%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 4.62962962962963%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.1574074074074074%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

There’s nothing else to say other than it was the worst hotels I’ve ever been to and would not recommend it to anyone.

4/5 - Good

Gio

Feb 29, 2020

Springfield has come a long way recently. The casino has added some more options for entertainment and the old staples as Red Rose and the Student Prince offer great dining options. The police are always patrolling which deters troublesome situations

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

I was quite impressed and will no doubt make more trips to the area!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 26, 2019

Springfield is ok. Watch your back. I grew up here and it’s improved a bit over mire recent years but still a lot of questionable areas and people. Springfield is a tired broke city. But has some nice things too. Worth a day or two stop over.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

$20 resort fee, should get some chocolates on the pillows or something

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 4, 2019

Revitalization in downtown is on-track and well done. More work to do but getting there!

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