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If you have ever considered visiting Western Mass, there’s no better time than during the winter. Visitors have so many things to do in any season, but wintertime offers additional unique experiences that you can’t find in other areas of the nation. The best way to make an agenda for visiting Western Mass is to tap into the experience of the locals, which is why Explore Western Mass should be an integral part of your vacation planning. Don’t miss out on these fun and unique winter activities during your next visit. 

Deerfield Inn, Outdoor Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Imagine a picturesque view of the snow from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage ride. In Historic Deerfield, you can experience this scenario by visiting the Deerfield Inn. During this 30 minute adventure, you are given a tour down Old Main Street by Muddy Brook Farm. The ride seats a maximum of eight guests, at the cost of $50 for the first four guests and $5 for each additional person. Snuggle up with a warm blanket and enjoy the scenery with your friends and loved ones. 

After your carriage ride, stop by the Historic Deerfield Museum Gift Shop to pick up a souvenir to remember your experience or purchase a gift for someone special. Don’t forget to come hungry so you can enjoy a meal at Champney’s Restaurant and Tavern at the Deerfield Inn. Open for lunch on the weekends and dinner all week long; you can choose to eat indoors, outdoors, or take your meal to go. 

Amelia Park Arena

Whether you’re a novice at ice skating or have been practicing for years, joining the public skate at Amelia Park Arena is a must-do activity in Western Mass. Public skate is available year-round, but visiting during the winter gives the experience an extra festive feeling. The ice area is cold, so make sure you dress warmly. You can choose between bringing your own skates or using the in-house skate rental service. Novice skaters can use a skate helper on the ice at no charge. Enjoy the music and atmosphere as you circle the rink. After you take a turn around the arena, take the kids next door to the Amelia Park Children’s Museum to continue the fun with exciting hands-on exhibits. 

Springfield Thunderbirds Hockey Games

Hockey fans visiting Western Mass are in luck. Springfield’s own Thunderbirds play home games at the MassMutual Center. As a professional ice hockey team, the Springfield Thunderbirds are an affiliate of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League and are a part of the American Hockey League. If you plan to attend a game, take a tip from the locals and head over to Nadim’s Mediterranian Grill for a meal before or after the game. If your group includes all adults, you can also try your luck at the nearby MGM Casino, which is within walking distance of the MassMutual Center. This gaming center covers three city blocks and combines new technology with the beauty of the historic district. 

Adventure East

Those looking for winter-related adventures in the great outdoors should head over to Adventure East to book one of the many available cold-weather activities. Locals and visitors alike take advantage of these unique activities to explore the area’s beauty. Choose between individual or group activities that vary from challenging biking, hiking, and snowshoeing to relaxing paddling, fly fishing, yoga, and forest bathing. Enjoy the bounties of nature with a farm-to-table dining experience. No matter which activity you choose, the experts at Adventure East make sure it is memorable. 

Explore Western Mass

Explore Western Mass has got you covered from the top restaurants to the best activities all over Western Mass. Learn the secret spots that locals go to have a good time or enjoy a new adventure to help you plan the perfect visit to this beautiful, one-of-a-kind location. To get started planning a visit or discover more about a specific activity from a local’s point of view, contact Explore Western Mass for more information.


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