“Arrive curious, leave inspired” – this is the motto of Pioneer Valley, a region that spans the three counties in Western Massachusetts connected by the Connecticut River. Visitors to this area of New England can experience the nightlife of large cities, the charm of college towns, and the scenic beauty of the hilly villages that border the state of Vermont.
Winters are cold, but the average summer temperature is a comfortable 75 degrees. This area has much to offer in terms of both outdoor activities and the arts, offering many free experiences for those looking to visit. Check out the following free activities in the Pioneer Valley.
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1. Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden or Springfield Museums See Dr. Seuss himself along with his larger-than-life characters.
Open year round. Spring/Summer hours – 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Fall/Winter Hours – 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
2. Star Spangled Springfield Celebrate America’s independence on the courthouse steps. Fireworks commence at 9:30 from Memorial Bridge. Bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic. 7:30-10 p.m. – downtown Springfield.
3. Springfield Armory National Historic Site Become a Junior Ranger by searching the museum, making a model of the Lyle Gun, or completing a puzzle. If a ranger likes your work, you’ll receive an official badge and bookmark. Located in Springfield. Ages 5-18. Open year round.