With rich history, culture, top-class museums and art galleries, splendid architecture, top restaurants and immense capacity for outdoors and family fun in Springfield, what’s not to love in this city? This ‘City of Firsts” has plenty to offer and with our 48-hours itinerary guide, you can explore everything the city has to offer. This itinerary has a focus on history, art, nature and delish food. It is certainly an interesting place to explore and is well with a trip, no matter the season.
Day 1 in the “Hoop City”
Breakfast at Route 66 Diner at 9:00am!
Springfield has some incredible food offering! So start your day 1 in Springfield with a fantastic breakfast at Route 66 Diner. The Route 66 Diner serves classic breakfast, including hash, grits, steak & eggs, Belgian waffles, pancakes, salmon & eggs, sandwiches and other comfort food. The cozy setting, friendly service and delicious food make it a great spot to enjoy the breakfast!
Address: 950 Bay Street, Springfield, MA 01109, United States
Phone: 1 413-737-4921
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 6:00am-2:30pm
Springfield Armory National Historic Site at 10:00am!
A peek into nearly 200 years of American history at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site! This site showcases the story Springfield Armory from its early beginnings to its role in American history and US Armed Forces. It features an array of fascinating displays, activities and collections. It served as a major site for manufacturing the weapons for U.S. military from 1777 until 1968. In 1794, muskets were produced. Today, it has the largest collection of American vintage military weapons in the world, spanning over two centuries, like the Firearms donated by President Roosevelt, Kennedy, Wilson, and Eisenhower; the M-1 rifle of WWII and M-14 rifle. Walk around the museum at the site and browse the wide collections of historic firearms and also learn about technological advancements that had taken place in the Springfield armory.
Address: 1 Armory Square #2, Springfield, MA 01105, United States
Phone: 1 413-734-8551
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Distance and Time from Route 66 Diner: 2.8miles or 8minutes drive via St James Avenue
Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame at 11:00am!
Next, head over to the Naismith Memorial Basketball of Fame that features the basketball history from where it was born to the legendary players, their careers and beyond. Spanning 80,000 sq ft., this s place brings the history of the sport alive with an array of interactive exhibits, unique artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia. Visitors can take up shooting challenge, test their knowledge of the sport, or play video games at this spot. Look back into the history of the sport and peek into the sparkling careers of the game heroes, coaches and others associated with it.
Address: 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue, Springfield, MA 01105, United States
Phone: 1 877-446-6752
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00am-4:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Distance and Time from Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame: 1.7miles or 9minutes drive
Connecticut Riverwalk and Bikeway at 12:00pm!
Go for a bike ride or amble along the Connecticut Riverwalk and Bikeway. It is built along the banks of the Connecticut River, which the largest river in New England. It stretches approx 3.7miles and features stunning landscapes and splendid views of the city’s skyline, the Mount Holyoke Range and the Mount Tom Range. Take a scenic walk or indulge in recreational activities like biking, rollerblading, running, strolling, and bicycling. A perfect place for a serene stroll!
Address: Connecticut Riverwalk and Bikeway, Springfield, MA 01105, United States
Distance and Time from Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame: 1.8miles or 5minutes drive via E Columbus Avenue
Lunch at 1:00pm!
Craving for German food, pop into Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room (8 Fort St). Indulge your taste buds with spicy and delish Indian food at Panjabi Tadka (1688 Main St). Enjoy Chinese cuisine at Dynasty Restaurant (5 Locust St). For New American food and succulent steak, swing by 350 Grill (350 Worthington St).
Forest Park at 2:00pm!
With over 730 acres of land, the Forest Park is packed with fun activities for all ages. A zoo, playgrounds, a rose garden, hiking and walking trails, aquatic gardens, promenades, athletic fields, ponds and lakes, sculptures, historic homes, United States first swimming pool, and an outdoor amphitheatre are the major attractions located at this park.
You can take a hike through the park and soak in the Springfield’s picturesque beauty, marvel at the historic buildings and different architectural styles, engage in games like basketball, baseball or tennis at the various courts, and see over 200 exotic and indigenous animals at the Zoo at Forest Park. Get up-close with a variety of animals, including camels, red kangaroos, wolves, De Brazza’s monkeys, cougars, pythons, lemurs, African bull frog, American alligator, Corn snake, Domestic rooster, and much more. If visiting during warmer months, do not forget to see the magical and stunning light displays “Bright Nights” on a carriage ride. A perfect park for outdoor recreation!
Address: Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA 01108, United States
Phone Number: 413-733-2251
Shopping at 4:00pm!
Shop for apparels, accessories, beauty items, shoes and much more at the Century Shopping Center. It houses several national and regional stores like T.J. Maxx, Rainbow Clothing, Pretty Women, Modell’s, Stop & Shop and Sports Park, to name a few. It has just about anything shoppers need. Shop ‘til you drop!
Address: 219 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA 01089, United States
Distance and Time from Forest Park: 3.6miles or 6minutes drive via US-5N
Springfield Symphony Orchestra at 6:00pm!
After your retail fix, it’s time to get your entertainment fix!
Head to Springfield Symphony Orchestra that feature live shows, concerts and theatre performances at the Symphony Hall. It plays a variety of programs year-round, including Broadway shows, plays, comedy shows and musicals that enchant the audience. The seating capacity is over 2,600 people. The orchestra is performed from October until April. The beautiful setting, state-of-the-art facilities and the world-class concerts and performances will astonish you!
Address: 1350 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103, United States
Phone: 1 413-733-2291
Distance and Time from Century Shopping Center: 1.0mile or 4minutes drive via Memorial Bridge or W Columbus Avenue
Dinner & Drinks at 8:00pm!
Stop by Chef Wayne's Big Mamou (63 Liberty Street, Springfield, MA 01103, United States) that serves authentic Cajun & Creole dishes like New Orleans Red Beans, Bayou Meat Loaf, crawfish etoufee, Louisiana fried Oysters, gumbo and Shrimp-n-Sausage Jambalya, to name a few. It is a BYOB place!
Distance and Time from Springfield Symphony Orchestra: 0.7miles or 3minutes drive via E Columbus Avenue and Liberty Street
Pop into Max's Tavern (Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, 1000 W Columbus Ave, Springfield, MA 01105, United States) for contemporary American food. It has extensive wine list that is offered by glass and a wide craft beer selection to complement your meal.
Distance and Time from Springfield Symphony Orchestra: 0.8miles or 8minutes drive via W Columbus Avenue
Craving for Italian food, step into Adolfo's Ristorante (254 Worthington Street, Springfield, MA 01103, United States). It is an elegant restaurant that is equipped with a bar. Grab a seat on the patio, dig into delicious and divine Italian fare and sip on a drink of your choice from the full bar.
Distance and Time from Springfield Symphony Orchestra: 0.5miles or 3minutes drive via E Columbus Avenue and Worthington Street
Night on the town at 10:00pm!
In mood to dance the night away, then Shakago is the place to go. It fuses a soothing atmosphere with dimly lit decor and promises a fun and high-energy night on the town. It’s a duplex bar with the first floor dedicated to dining and entertainment and the second floor is for private parties. It boasts more than 200 martinis in 12oz glasses and a full bar with draft and bottled beers, wines, single malt scotches and seasonal cocktails. Enjoy dancing, drinking and music at this trendy spot!
Address: 23 Hampden Street, Springfield, MA 01103, United States
Phone: 1 413-781-8885
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 5:00pm-2:00am
Step into Champions Sports Bar that is nestled in the Springfield Marriott Hotel. Voted as the no. 1 sports bar in downtown Springfield by the Valley Advocate Paper, the Champions Sports Bar known how to keep its patrons entertained. With 10-foot screen and a wide range of cocktails including beer and other spirits, it keeps folks coming back for more. A perfect spot to meet and mingle with like-minded beer lovers and sports fans!
Address: Tower Square Parking Garage, 2 Boland Way, Springfield, MA 01115, United States
Phone: 1 413-750-3011
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 11:00am-12:00am; Friday & Saturday: 11:30am-1:00am; Sunday: 12:00pm-12:00am
Day 2 in Springfield “The City of Progress”
Breakfast at Felixs Breakfast & Sandwich at 9:00am!
Grab American breakfast at Felixs Breakfast & Sandwich. It includes omelets, eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, burgers and wraps. The portions are huge, delicious and satisfying, and the price is reasonable.
Address: 67 Liberty Street, Springfield, MA 01103, United States
Phone: 1 413-306-6010
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 6:30am-3:00pm; Saturday: 7:00am-2:00pm; Sunday: 8:00am-1:00-pm
Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden at 10:00am!
Check out your fave Seuss characters at the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. The garden features sculptures of the famous characters from the books written by Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat, 10-foot Horton, Yertle the Turtle and Lorax are just a few of the many characters featured here. This garden honors Dr. Seuss’s works and contribution to the city.
Address: 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103, United States
Phone: 1 413-263-6800
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Distance and Time from Felixs Breakfast & Sandwich: 1.0mile or 5minutes drive via Dwight Street
Springfield Museums at 12:00pm!
Explore history, science and art at the Springfield Museums! Nestled around a tree-lined quadrangle, the Springfield Museums comprises of four museums- includes George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield Science Museum, Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, and Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. Visitors will be awed by the wealth of beautiful artwork and rich history.
Springfield Science Museum: The Springfield Science Museum is dedicated to natural science, physical science and anthropology. If traveling with kids, this is a must-visit! Kids can learn about habitats of African savanna, Amazon rainforest, New Coastal areas and a coral reef. It has Seymour Planetarium that houses the oldest star projector in America- Korkosz Star ball where you can see more than 7000 stars. Also, there is a live animal center, a dinosaur hall with life-size dinosaur models indigenous to Connecticut River Valley and Tyrannosaurs Rex replica, and a telegraphone recorder of the 1910s.
Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts: The Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts feature an extensive collection of Dutch Renaissance and Impressionist, along with European, Japanese and American works of art. It includes works by the world’s best sculptors and painters like Harding, Whistler, Monet, Gauguin, Degas, Pissarro, O’ Keeffe, Picasso, Bellows and several other great artists. Highlights include the Currier & Ives lithograph collection, the European art collection, nineteenth and twentieth century Japanese prints, and the American paintings.
George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum: The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum features an impressive collection of artifacts from China, Ancient Rome, Egypt and Greece. It also features Chinese ceramics, artworks, Japanese arms and armor and European sculptures plaster casts. It is definitely worth a visit for art aficionados of all ages!
Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History: Know about the 19th and 20th century Springfield at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. The museum chronicles the story of Springfield from its humble beginnings to its growth during the Industrial Revolution. It also highlights the role of Springfield in American history. Highlights include exhibits like the Automobile Gallery that includes Rolls-Royce roadster of 1925 and 1928, Crestmobile 1901 and Knox 1899; the Abraham Lincoln, the John Brown and the Civil war Exhibit; and the Smith & Wesson Gallery of revolvers and pistols. It also houses a library and archives that has several thousands of documents, books, databases, microfilms and photos highlighting the city’s rich past.
Address: 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103, United States
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am-5:00pm
Distance and Time from Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden: 0.1mile or 1minutes drive via Chestnut Street and Edwards Street
Lunch at 3:00pm!
Craving for Pizza or other Italian delights, swing by Red Rose Pizzeria (1060 Main St). For Middle Eastern or Mediterranean cuisine, step into Nadim’s Downtown Mediterranean Grill (1390 Main St). Sink your teeth into delicious barbecue at Theodore’s (201 Worthington St). In mood for Italian cuisine, head to Adolfo’s Italian Restaurant (254 Worthington St Ste 11).
Shopping at 4:00pm!
Head to the Eastfield Mall that features over 70 stores and anchored by Sears. Other retailers housed here include Aeropostale, Old Navy, Claire’s, LensCrafters, Hannoush Jewelers Store and Men’s Mart, just to name a few. Shop for the snazzy and in-vogue women and men’s fashion here!
Address: 1655 Boston Rd, Springfield, MA 01129, United States
Phone: 1 413-543-8000
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 10:00am-8:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am-6:00pm
Shop for appliances, electronics, clothing, furniture, accessories, antiques, art, shoes, books and housewares at the Savers. It is one of the most unique and popular thrift stores in Springfield. Its selection is vast and diverse. You’ll find here treasures that are not available anywhere else. It raises money for an NGO- Harstspring.
Address: 1277 Liberty Street, Springfield, MA 01104, United States
Phone: 1 413-746-2242
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am-7:00pm
MassMutual Center at 7:00pm!
A visit to Springfield, the birthplace of Basketball is incomplete without catching a game or attending a concert at the MassMutual Center. It is an arena and convention center that hosts many entertainment and sporting events in Springfield and can accommodate 8,000 people. It is home to American Hockey League- Springfield Thunderbirds. Some of the famous concerts hosted here include Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Nirvana, Marilyn Manson, Pearl Jam, The Eagles, The Jacksons, Pitbull and many more. From college and professional sporting events to comedy shows to concert tours, conferences, galas and several other functions are held at the MassMutual Center.
Address: 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103, United States
Distance and Time Savers: 3.4miles or 11minutes drive via Liberty Street
Dinner at 8:00pm!
Enjoy Pizza at Red Rose Pizzeria (1060 Main St). For Middle Eastern or Mediterranean cuisine, step into Nadim’s Downtown Mediterranean Grill (1390 Main St). Sink your teeth into delicious barbecue at Theodore’s (201 Worthington St). In mood for Italian cuisine, head to Adolfo’s Italian Restaurant (254 Worthington St Ste 11). Swing by Chef Wayne's Big Mamou (53 Liberty St) for Cajun & Creole food.
Immerse yourself in the hopping nightlife of the “Hoop City” at 10:00pm!
Enjoy Irish drinks while catching the game on TV or listening to live music at McCaffrey's Public House. It has a fantastic drink list and a slew of TVs to keep you entertained. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and the decor is dark and elegant. It surely leaves a lasting impression on everyone who pops into this spot.
Address: 1171 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103, United States
Phone: 1 413-787-9990
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 11:30am-2:00am; Saturday: 3:00pm-2:00am; Sunday: 12:00pm-2:00am
Pop into Samuel's that offers a lively and sporty vibe. It’s a sport bar with 37 flat-screen Televisions, pints, a jumbo-tron and pub grub. It is the spot where patrons can relax, catch up with old and new friends over drinks and enjoy any sporting event on one of the 37 TVs strewn all over the place. If you’re not in mood to watch TV, head to dance floor and get your groove on. It caters to patrons every whim!
Address: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, 1000 W Columbus Avenue, Springfield, MA 01105, United States
Phone: 1 413-731-7267
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 11:00am-2:00am
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