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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Expansive park with multiple playgrounds, small petting zoo, athletic fields. Mini train rides, peddle boats, mini golf, spray park and snack bar open in season. Small entry fee per vehicle. Fee for most activities. Playgrounds, zoo and spray park no additional charge.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Full meals -- casual and friendly Live music some Friday and Saturday evenings”
  • 12 locals recommend
Café
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“Head toward downtown Northampton on the bike path (Manhan Rail Trail), then follow it north toward Florence (a neighborhood of Northampton that has its own small downtown). The Pie Bar features different sweet pies every day, as well as a selection of savory hand pies.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Food
“Well stocked store. Close to Florence Cottage. Has basics plus a deli and higher end food items. Good variety of beer and wine at their package store too.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Evolution Café is a casual vegetarian coffee shop offering light lunch fare, smoothies, and vegan breads and sweets.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Outdoor fresh fish stand. mmmm- the lobster rolls and fish tacos are the best, with thin crispy onion rings or shoestring fries, even better! House-made iced tea or lemonade. If you want a beer, you can BYOB.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Food
“This place is SO awesome. It is an orchard, and much more. It boasts a unique and extensive sculpture garden that meanders among the apple trees (the mirror house is my favorite sculpture), awesome drinks and sweets. It is peaceful and charming and a little slice of Western Mass heaven! I have even done a poetry reading here. A must-see for sure!!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Route
“This bike trail is beautiful and scenic! Take some food for picnic and stop along the way. I promise you miles of beautiful scenery and Pioneer Valley from the vantage of your handle bars!!!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A classic favorite for all your breakfast, brunch, lunch and quick bite occasions. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Trail
“wonderful nature trails along a small lake (or large pond). Good for XC ski and snow shoe too.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Brew Practitioners features beers labeled by color (white, pink, yellow, etc.) and is only a few steps from the Pie Bar in Florence.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“This winery produces about 15 different wines. In addition to their wines, you can also purchase their delicious apples, sweet apple cider, blueberries, and honey.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“This is a great little beach with cool water and plenty of sand. Swimming is only allowed during beach hours (check website for hours). A lifeguard is on duty. Passes are required and can be purchased at the Northampton Recreation Department (modular building at 100A Bridge Road, Florence).”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Lovely park to walk or jog around. Called Childs Park, but not fantastic for children (no playground, just fields).”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bakery
“Full meals -- casual and friendly Live music some Friday and Saturday evenings”
  • 12 locals recommend
Café
“Head toward downtown Northampton on the bike path (Manhan Rail Trail), then follow it north toward Florence (a neighborhood of Northampton that has its own small downtown). The Pie Bar features different sweet pies every day, as well as a selection of savory hand pies.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Evolution Café is a casual vegetarian coffee shop offering light lunch fare, smoothies, and vegan breads and sweets.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Outdoor fresh fish stand. mmmm- the lobster rolls and fish tacos are the best, with thin crispy onion rings or shoestring fries, even better! House-made iced tea or lemonade. If you want a beer, you can BYOB.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A classic favorite for all your breakfast, brunch, lunch and quick bite occasions. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Sports Bar
  • 1 local recommends
Café
  • 2 locals recommend

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