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Holyoke Heritage State Park, Morning Canal Walk

June 1 - June 29

Join the Park’s interpreter on a historical interpretative walk of downtown Holyoke. Learn how Holyoke has evolved over the years into the culturally diverse community it is today. This program is free. Everyone is welcome! Meet at the Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitor Center. see Schedule Below…..

Tuesday, June. 25

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.


Saturdays, June. 22 & 29

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Morning Canal Walk

Suitable for individuals and families with children, ages 8 and older (siblings welcome)

Join the Park Interpreter for a walk around the block stopping at points of historic significance. Discussions include how Holyoke has evolved from a major manufacturing city to a thriving cultural center. Each walk in the series will touch upon a specific historic or contemporary topic. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring water. Heavy rain cancels.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Fridays

Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Discovery Table

For children of all ages. Children and adults discover something new about the natural world through books, toys, exploring with a magnifying glass, and coloring. Participants can drop-by for this activity anytime during the scheduled time.

Wednesdays, June. 12, & 28 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.


Friday, June 28

10:00 – Noon

Wandering Ranger

Suitable for everyone. Come search for the Wandering Ranger, a.k.a. Park Interpreter, to see what has caught her interest in the park for the day. It could be collecting and sorting tree seeds, flagging an orienteering course, or displaying one of the Park’s many natural history curiosities. Wandering Ranger is available for questions such as what is there to do in Holyoke, what are the historic significances of the canal and mills, and many things that have to do with nature. Participants can drop-by for this activity anytime during the scheduled time.

Saturday, June 15 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Beaver Dam Challenge

Suitable for families with children ages 4 and older (siblings welcome)

Take on the challenge of building a miniature beaver dam using objects collected in nature. Also, learn what beavers use their tails for, why their teeth are orange instead of white, and why they build dams. Participants can drop-by for this activity anytime during the scheduled time.

Saturday, June. 29

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Weaving for Kids: How Cloth is Made

Suitable for families with children, ages 7 and older (siblings welcome)

Holyoke was originally a city designed exclusively as a textile manufacturing center.  Learn about the history and the basics of how cloth is woven.  Weave your own colorful cloth using a simple loom and strips of fabric.

Holyoke Heritage State Park

Visitor Center and Exhibits

221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA


Open:  Tuesdays through Sundays, Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Closed:  Mondays

Entrance to the center and all interpretive programs are FREE and open to the public.

The Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitor Center features an information desk, displays, and an exhibition hall.  The Exhibition Hall focuses on both Holyoke’s history as a center for paper and textile manufacturing and its role as a gateway for the immigrant and migrant groups who settled this culturally rich and vibrant city.


June 1
June 29


The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round
221 Appleton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
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(413) 538-9838