Top 5 Family Destinations in Pioneer Valley

Talk, walk and roll through Springfield

Pioneer Valley and family fun go together like sunshine and blue skies, peanut butter and jelly, or even Dr. Seuss cats and hats. There’s so much to explore and plenty to enjoy when you talk, walk, and roll with these five family-friendly things to do in the Greater Springfield area.

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden1. Explore Your Favorite Museum

If you can’t decide between science, history, or art, head for the heart of downtown Springfield. Everyone can agree on a favorite when you explore the five world-class museums that comprise the city’s renowned Museum Quad. In between exhibits, visit with that famous cat in the hat at the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden.

2. Enjoy a Riverbank Picnic

Ask the friendly locals about their favorite outside things to do in Springfield, MA, and they’ll suggest everything along the beautiful Connecticut River Walk. This winding promenade features more than three miles of scenic biking paths, lovely foot trails, and panoramic overlooks. Pack a lunch basket, choose your picnic table, and enjoy casual dining outdoors along the rolling riverbanks.

The Forrest Park Zoo is one of the most popular family destinations3. Talk to the Animals

Wallabies, bobcats, and ring-tailed lemurs all speak a universal language. Camels, pythons, and macaws are ready to start a conversation. You don’t need a translator to talk to the animals at the 735-acre Zoo in Forrest Park. Visit cougars, leopards, and porcupines in an incredible woodland setting, and marvel at the wonderful diversity that makes this one of the best zoos in the country.

4. Walk Through Massachusetts History

Storrowtown Village MuseumImagine a living portal to the past where you walk back in time, stroll down historic streets, and explore 19th-century Springfield. Make that fantasy come true at the Storrowton Village Museum complex where nine buildings grace an authentic New England green. Watch blacksmiths at work, visit with folks in period dress, and dine on delicious Yankee fare at the Storrowton Tavern.

5. Roll a Wild Coaster

Most amusement parks boast two or three roller coasters. At Six Flags New England, the count roars in at 10, and each one rolls with a different wild ride. Test your courage flying over Gotham on the Batman Dark Knight. Treat the little ones to kid-sized thrills on the Great Chase. Don’t stop with the coasters. This fantastic park covers more than 230 acres with rides, slides, and family fun.

Please accept our cordial invitation to visit, play, and relax in the City of Firsts. If you’d like more information about great family destinations here in Pioneer Valley, just contact the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. We look forward to seeing you soon.