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Best things to do in Pioneer Valley

Museum
“Fabulous, world class, art museum. Intimate size makes it easy to see all of the galleries in an hour or two.”
23 locals recommend
Garden
“Fun experience (wear BRIGHT colors if you want the butterflies to land on you) - about 45 minute drive from the cottage ”
16 locals recommend
Museum
“A bit out but worth the drive! Plus, you get to see Central and Western Massachusetts!”
10 locals recommend
Museum
“If you liked the historic character of The 1797 House, head north to inspect some colonial classics.”
13 locals recommend
History Museum
“Visit the home where Dickinson wrote most of her poetry. Guided tours available. Writers can spend an hour or two writing in her studio for a fee.”
20 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This museum was founded by The Very Hungry Caterpillar author, Eric Carle, and his late wife Barbara. The museum is devoted to the art of the picture book, especially the children’s book, and strives to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books.”
22 locals recommend
University
“A top rated, small, private, liberal arts college located in Amherst Center. The location of many fine sports camps all summer, this is a beautiful campus filled with glorious architecture.”
10 locals recommend
Museum
“1 ticket grants entry to a science museum, history museum & 2 art museums around a grassy quad.”
6 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Fantastic special exhibits, wonderful permanent collections, One of our favorite museums and it's great to walk around Amherst College too.”
8 locals recommend
Museum
“The national Basketball Hall of Fame is located in Springfield, MA. About a 41 minute drive south on I-91 near MGM's new casino. Admission and lots of interactive and historic displays.”
3 locals recommend
Museum
“Hidden gem of a museum at Amherst College. Free admission. World class collection of dinosaur track fossils. Very kid friendly. Ask the docent for the scavenger hunt sheet!”
6 locals recommend
Museum
“Get your local lore on at this wonderful gem just outside downtown Northampton.”
4 locals recommend
Museum
“This is the world’s first Yiddish museum and features permanent and visiting exhibits on Yiddish and Jewish culture. They offer concerts, films, talks, family programs, and other special events.”
5 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“This gallery is housed in the 100-year-old Wirthmore Grain and Feed building and exhibits the finest local artists and craftspeople since 1985. They are the primary retail venue of Josh Simpson, the internationally known glass artist.”
8 locals recommend
Museum
“The city was built around guns and the armory supplied guns for WWI, WWII and the Civil war. The museum is free.”
2 locals recommend
Museum
“This museum features family friendly interactive exhibits exploring Dr. Seuss’s Springfield roots as well as opportunities to experiment with new sounds and vocabulary, play rhyming games, and invent stories. Also on display are art, family photographs and letters, furniture, and art materials that Dr. Seuss used.”
2 locals recommend