Wondering what to do in Western Ma in the winter?? Start here!

Dated: 01/09/2019

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We know our winters in Western Massachusetts are tough and as the last of the color fades from the leaves, the realization sets in that it’s going to take time before the warm and colorful days of spring are with us again. But winter doesn’t have to be all about darkness and cold. Winter is a time of roaring fires, warm soup, and teas. The colorful twinkle of holiday lights are already brightening the longer nights and the New Year offers a chance for a fresh start. Outside activities abound in the winter, and the cold can be a great excuse for indoor fun, as well. Hunkering down in a storm can become a family activity. And winter has no shortage of events to get out and see friends and neighbors. Here’s a guide we put together at the Advocate to help you get the most out of the season. - “Dave Eisenstadter”


1. Incredible Museums and Historic Sites

Don’t let the cold keep you locked up inside. Going outside is one of the best ways to stay active in the winter while getting some much-needed vitamin D! These should be added to your itinerary.

  • Springfield Armory National Historic Site

This Armory houses the country's largest collection of small weapons. While the first floor is free, there's a fee for the second floor, which displays rare weapons and the largest collection of Confederate weapons anywhere.

More information here: https://goo.gl/fah5X5

  • Springfield Museums

The Springfield Museums is comprised of four world-class museums covering art, history, and science, plus the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden.

More information here: https://goo.gl/1NJhKB

  • Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden

Bring the kids to this outdoor sculpture garden where the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, and other beloved Dr. Seuss characters are immortalized in bronze, life-size statues all designed by Geisel's step-daughter, sculptor Lark Grey Dimond-Cates.

More information here: https://goo.gl/dCHEdC


  • Butterfly Museum

Conservatory with thousands of butterflies, plus an on-site food court, gift shop & outdoor gardens.

More information here: https://goo.gl/WS5b9n

  • Memorial Hall Museum

The museum’s extraordinary collection of furnishings, paintings, textiles, and Indian artifacts is “the finest collection of local antiquities in New England” and is one of America’s oldest museums.

More information here: https://goo.gl/cRfSm1


  • Smith College Museum of Art

The Museum offers extensive programming including free Second Fridays, Family Days, lectures, and more.

More information here: https://goo.gl/cZof74

  • R. Michelson Galleries

R. Michelson Galleries is the largest commercial art gallery in western Massachusetts. Art originally exhibited at R. Michelson Galleries now hangs in many of the most prestigious museums in America, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Art Institute of Chicago.

More information here: https://goo.gl/URXsLW

  • Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum

The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum (CCPLM) collects, preserves and makes available for research materials documenting the public and private life of Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933).

More information here: https://goo.gl/pABXYk

  • Don Muller Gallery

Located in downtown Northampton, the gallery features an outstanding collection of museum-quality crafts and designer jewelry from over 300 artists.

More information here: https://goo.gl/FMhv77

2. Amazing Parks in Western MA


Roy M. Goodman said, “Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” We’ve got a list of best parks in Western MA for you.


  • Forest Park

  • Blunt Park

  • North Riverfront Park

  • Van Horn Park

  • The Connecticut Riverwalk and Bikeway

  • Nathan Bill Park

  • Adams Playground

  • Heritage Park

More information here: https://goo.gl/ArbCM8



  • Robinson State Park

Day-use park offers consists of 811 acres of frontage on the Westfield River, offering a variety of outdoor recreation including bicycling paths, walking trails, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing and cross-country skiing.

More information here: https://goo.gl/QBndrz


  • Norwottuck Rail Trail

This trail is used by bicyclers, rollerbladers, and hikers. Both recreational and commuter traffic occurs here. Ten-mile bike path on the old tracks of the Boston and Maine railroad.

More information here: https://goo.gl/S86ecY

  • Frank Newhall Look Memorial Park

Lovely park that offers a children's zoo, miniature railroad and an outdoor amphitheater.

More information here: https://goo.gl/jrgqy4


3. Sights and Landmarks


  • Mass Mutual Center

The MassMutual Center (formerly Springfield Civic Center) is a multi-purpose arena and convention center located in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

More information here: https://goo.gl/6cUyBc

  • Storrowton Village Museum

Restored New England village features several buildings (circa 1767-1850), which were dismantled, moved and reassembled to create a living historic museum.

More information here: https://goo.gl/UiwJcM

  • Springfield Central Library

The Central Library, a “center of intellectual life,” has given entrance to the State Street corridor. Solidly built of white Vermont marble with immense rooms and corridors, this library has a history of serving working people, at one time open 365 days per year! More than a collection of books and materials, it is an impressive yet inviting community-gathering space.

More information here: https://goo.gl/quEekG

  • Basketball Monument

Basketball the monument is very nice as it features adult playing with a kid it can be visited by night as is illuminated with before green led lights. The site not only has these statues but it also has info on the history of the game.

More information here: https://goo.gl/3x14pE

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Tracy Gagne

A home is not a home because of its room dimensions or the color of the walls. It is about how you feel when you walk through the front door. And the way you can instantly envision your life unfolding....

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