The city of Springfield is among the top 100 best cities in the United States in which to live, and in the top 10 in Massachusetts, according to Luxury Travel Magazine.
U.S.News & World Report feels the same regarding the city's status as one of the top 100 cities in which to live in the country. Those of us who live and work in and around the city every day already know this and embrace the vibrancy of this up-and-coming region.
There's a lot to do in the city of Springfield.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is where basketball’s legends live on—and where visitors can hone their basketball skills through the Hall’s interactive exhibits.
Six Flags New England, located in nearby Agawam, is a popular amusement destination featuring 150 thrilling rides, top shelf entertainment, food, games, and fun.
The Springfield Museums include four distinctive history and arts museums along with a whimsical tribute to Springfield’s favorite native son, Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel, at the Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden.
CityStage is a great theatrical venue for viewing productions like “Hairspray,” “Chicago,” or a Janis Joplin Tribute.
Music-lovers can enjoy an evening at the pops with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall. National music acts also make the MassMutual Center a stop on their touring schedules.
Showcase Cinemas, located at sites at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield and in nearby West Springfield, boast dozens of screens and new releases.
How could you not love western Massachusetts?
Western Massachusetts is filled with seasonal wonders, including spectacular New England foliage—and popular annual events.
The region’s most popular annual autumn fair—the Eastern States Exposition, or Big E—is located just across the Connecticut River in West Springfield. The fair runs for two weeks beginning in September and is the largest of its kind in the Northeast. The Big E showcases New England’s agriculture and food, and its entertainment schedule features many national rock, country, and hip-hop acts.
Starting in late November and running through January, Bright Nights at Forest Park presents the largest and most popular holiday display in New England.
Being a Springfield College student has its advantages in the City of Springfield and the Pioneer Valley. Students receive tons of discounts and free tickets to a variety of events and venues including the Big E, Showcase Cinemas, Symphony Hall, and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
And, there's a lot of things going a short drive away, too.
A 30-minute ride to the north leads to Northampton, the arts, dining, and cultural epicenter of the Valley.
A bit further north is the town of Deerfield, which boasts a historic village and the flagship store of Yankee Candle Company.
For day-trippers looking for a longer trip, Boston is an hour and a half drive on the Mass Pike east, the Berkshires are an hour west on the Mass Pike, and Hartford is 30 miles south of the campus.
A bit further west is New York’s capital city of Albany. The beaches of Cape Cod and the islands are a two and a half-hour drive to the east, and New York City is three hours south.
Get out and get active.
Whether you like to snowboard, ski, hike, kayak, or just enjoy the simple pleasure of being a part of nature, the Pioneer Valley is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.
Some of the best skiing is enjoyed in the picturesque Berkshires, and nearby Vermont and New Hampshire offer trails that draw skiers from around the globe. Located just a quick drive from campus are world-renowned resorts like Stowe, Sugarloaf, Mount Snow, Killington, and much more.
Massachusetts and the New England region showcase nature at its best. At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock, located in the Berkshires, is the highest point in Massachusetts. Rising above the surrounding Berkshire landscape, it offers a stunning view that expands almost 90 miles into the horizon.
A bit closer to home, in neighboring Belchertown, is Quabbin Reservoir. Quabbin is one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the country and provides the perfect setting for outdoor activities including biking, hiking, and snowshoeing.
Passing right through the Berkshires en route to Maine is the amazing Appalachian Trail and its scenic vistas. Within the boundaries of the city of Springfield is Forest Park, considered one of the largest municipal parks in the United States with 735 acres of beautifully landscaped green space and a zoo.