Road Trip Idea #22: Wonderful Winter in Western Mass

Winter in New England can be chilly but there are plenty of ways to stay warm in Western Mass! Our attractions have all of the necessary safety protocols in place to keep you safe this winter.

If you’re looking for indoor fun this winter, Western Mass has options you won’t find anywhere else.

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Springfield Museums & The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss 
Admission to the Springfield Museums covers five world-class museums of art, history, science, and Springfield’s most famous resident, Dr. Seuss. The popular Hall of Heroes exhibition has been extended featuring superheroes, crime-stoppers, gadgets and more through immersive experiences! As soon as you enter, you immediately find yourself in the thick of the action in an ambitious, custom-built space. Your journey takes you through several themed environments with surprises around each corner. But get here soon because the exhibit closes on February 14th. Tickets much be purchased in advance due to COVID-19 safety protocols.

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Basketball Hall of Fame
The world’s only basketball shrine, located in the birthplace of basketball, was completely renovated and is more interactive than ever. Check out the “High Above Center Court” exhibit which is interactive and features a series of photo opportunities where guests can measure up against cut outs of their favorite players and take a tour through artifacts highlighting key moments in history, such as the “Phenom” exhibit featuring LeBron James or the “Fashion” exhibit featuring Dennis Rodman. The Hall keeps visitors safe by providing stylus pens for interactive exhibits, timed ticketing and enhanced cleaning.

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MGM Springfield
Ready, Set, Win this winter at MGM Springfield. Up to 655 winners will share $450,000 in FREEPLAY® and prizes, including four 2021 BMW 4 Series coupes! Visit often because M life Rewards® members will receive one entry for every 50 Slot Points or 100 Tier Credits earned from table play. Win up to 10x Entries on Mondays and Fridays. In addition there will be four chances to win a BMW 4 Series Coupe January 16th & 30th plus February 13th & 27th. Saturday prize drawings happen every two hours from Noon – 8 p.m. MGM Springfield has enhanced protocols for guest and employee health and safety through their Seven-Point Safety Plan. Masks are required for all guests inside public spaces.

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Yankee Candle Village
No one does a winter sale like Yankee Candle Village! This 90,000 sq. ft. candle extravaganza is chock full of scents sure to warm you on the coldest of days. Among the offers you’ll find right now is $5 small tumbler candles but get there fast to get the best selection. While you’re shopping, you will be required to socially distance and wear a face mask. Curbside pickup is also offered.

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New England Air Museum
Your kids won’t even know it’s educational when you take part in activities such as flight science demonstrations, computerized flight demonstrations and open aircraft tours. The museum has upgraded its HVAC systems to allow for improved ventilation and air circulation. Their exhibit hangar doors have closed for the season and fully heated/air-conditioned hangars offer visitors over 90,000 square feet of aircraft and exhibits to explore.

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Norman Rockwell Museum
Take the scenic drive to nearby Stockbridge to explore the works of one of America’s most beloved painters and illustrators. The museum is home to the largest collection of Rockwell’s art including exhibitions highlighting unity, freedom and a collection of Saturday Evening Post cover art. Timed tickets and face coverings are required.

For more ideas on indoor winter activities and all COVID-19 safety protocols, visit our website. Next week…check back with us for outdoor winter activities!

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