I grew up here! Remodelled Basketball Hall of Fame, reasonably affordable housing, diverse community
Dodgy locals around the Bus Depot
You can find activity and quiet here and it is an all around great place to live.
Springfield's Forest Park was created by Frederick Law Olmstead, famous for designing New York City's Central Park.Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in America at 735-acres, and is arguably more beautiful than Central Park. (It is certainly more serene.)Forest Park features hiking and walking trails, quirky sculptures, a full zoo, the...more
The Quadrangle features five nationally-known museums all clustered around a "quadrangle," at the center of which is the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. The Quadrangle's Science Museum features the United States' first ever planetarium.The museums range from science, to art, to history, to a museum of curiosities (G.W. Smith,) to a...more
800 W Columbus Ave, Springfield, Massachusetts, 01115, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
2 Boland Way, Springfield, Massachusetts, 01115, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
I really enjoyed this hotel. We were able to get a really good deal by using the prepaid price on...more
My wife and I chose to have a late lunch here at the Storrowton Tavern after visiting the Yankee Candle Factory in Deerfield. We had heard good things of the restaurant and were eager to satisfy our hunger.The Tavern is located on the property of the Storrowton Village Museum. The Tavern itself is a historic building, The Atkinson Tavern and was...more
L’Uva is one of those special finds. Billed as “Creative American” they have a wide range of options with each being better than the last. I had what I must say is the best lamb dish of my life. Appearing on the menu as Honey and Maple Basted Lamb it came with grilled zucchini and mashed potatoes that seemed to be made from small red potatoes. The...more
Nice little mandarin restaurant with good service. Eat in or take away.Opening hours:Monday - thursday: 11:00 am - 10:30 pmFriday - saturday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pmSunday: 12:00 - 10:00 pm The picture shows a taco place in the same area, which we did not try. A very good and cheap lunch buffet. 10$ for the two of us, including softdrinks and dessert!...more
What to buy: In Springfield you can buy gas for a good 23 to 25 cents cheaper than you can just down the road by Bradley in CT. And for us, coming from southern Westchester in NY, it was 52 cents per gallon cheaper.
It seems in the Main Street area at least that valet parking is big. They all have the same place they use from what I can tell as they all charge $4 for "lot fee" and then I threw in a couple more as a tip. Trust me, if going to Luva you should just do this. You'll come out SO much happier.
I go to school at a small private university there and it is the worst place I have ever lived!A lot of the stores and buildings are very old and brown and look like they haven't been updated for decades! The city is very dangerous and seems to be filled with homeless people milling about. The place looks very abandoned in the city even during the...more
The reality of Springfield's "crime" is much less scary than than the city's (fading) reputation for it -- especially at the time of writing, 2011.In researching my trip to Springfield, I looked it up. It is true that in 2003, Springfield ranked as the 18th most dangerous city in the United States, next to Miami, Florida, and Compton,...more
We have stayed in Springfield enough to know there is a certain element about. Numerous homeless people and others that look like they are on something are roaming about both in the day and night hours. It's best to keep alert and avoid the dark and dim side streets when walking about at night.more
Beware of the late night cabbie from the bus depot.
We arrived late at night into Springfield. In chating to the cabbie he could tell we weren't local. So he took us for a ride. a $20 ride in fact... The long way to the motel. Of course we couldn't confirm this until morning when we took a second cab back to near Bus depot for about half the cost.
Unique Suggestions: Hire a vehicle for 2 days instead of busing it to Springfield and relying on taxis. It's be cheaper for you.
Fun Alternatives: Drive there as a stopover during the day and keep driving. Don't bother staying overnight.
Luggage and bags:
Most of our trips to SPringfield are just an overnight visit, so a small overnight bag or rollaboard will do.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Dress according to the season.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hair gel, razor, shavingcream, deodorant, tooth brush and paste, contact lenses, lens solution and my glasses.
Photo Equipment: digital camera, memory card reader and video camera
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: always pack an umbrella
We sometimes visit daily festivals or fairs at historic sites across New England. Sometimes the site is a brick ender building built in the 1600's. Chances are that if you find such a festival, you will find the costumed re-enactors who demonstrate early crafts for the visitors to enjoy ... and sometimes buy.
We found a delightful man who makes redware pottery...which I love. I've bought several pieces and my husband decided to order a full set of dishware for me. We had to make the drive to Springfield because the creator didn't want to take the chance of breakage in shipping.
What a terrific time we had visiting this couple and sharing stories of the restoration of their home as well as our own.
I must visit another old house fair and see them again. I wish I could tell you their schedule but unfortunately I do not know it. . . and their home is private.
Forest Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (who designed NYC's Central Park.) It is 735-acres of urban serenity, sculptures, and hiking trails.Surrounding Forest Park is a beautiful neighborhood where the author Dr. Seuss grew up, Forest Park Heights. In my travels across America, I have never seen a more attractive residential neighborhood in...more
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