The Springfield Area
Find your place at the Crossroads of New EnglandWestern New England University is located in Springfield, Massachusetts in the heart of the beautiful Pioneer Valley. The area offers a rich cultural history that includes a wide variety of academic institutions. Home to 32 colleges and universities, the more extensive Connecticut River Valley is know as New England’s “Knowledge Corridor.” From Williamstown, MA, in the north to Hartford, CT, in the south, these vibrant academic communities infuse the region with a well-rounded, highly educated workforce.
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Home to 153,500 people, Springfield sits on the banks of the Connecticut River at the intersection of I-91 and the Massachusetts Turnpike known as "The crossroads of New England." Established in 1636, Springfield is a rich tapestry of cultures with many neighborhoods, including the Sixteen Acres area in which the University is located.
Downtown Springfield is just a few miles from our park-like residential campus. Each fall brings a new season of Springfield Symphony Orchestra concerts at Symphony Hall; live theater productions at CityStage; as well as American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons, concerts, and other events to the MassMutual Center.
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The Springfield Quadrangle and Museums are rich in history and educational opportunities and includes the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, a tribute to one of the city’s favorite sons, Theodor Seuss Geisel. A haven for all ages, downtown offers a wide range of dining and entertainment experiences with a thriving dining and entertainment district. The Basketball Hall of Fame is also in Springfield, the birthplace of basketball.
Forest Park is a 785-acre wooded park, housing a zoo, playing fields, and facilities for picnicing, hiking, and ice skating. During the holiday season, it boasts the largest outdoor lighting festival in New England: Bright Nights, featuring miles of theme lighting displays including a tribute to the characters created by Dr. Seuss.
Skiing, biking, shopping, Six Flags—the Pioneer Valley has it all
Across the river, West Springfield, MA, is host each September to "The Big E," New England’s largest fair. Throughout the year, the site serves as a center for arts, crafts, and hobby shows as well as regional business conventions. Nearby Agawam is home to the spectacular Six Flags New England amusement park.
A short drive from Springfield are Northampton, with its celebrated Thornes Market, and Amherst, MA, lively college towns which add many events to the cultural life of the Valley. Ski areas in Vermont and New Hampshire are within an easy drive, as are the beaches of Cape Cod, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
There is no shortage of shopping opportunities in the greater Springfield area with shopping in downtown at Tower Square, and at nearby Eastfield Mall, Enfield Square Mall, West Springfield’s Riverdale Shops, and the area’s largest indoor mall, Ingleside at Holyoke. Many visitors travel to nearby Deerfield, MA, to visit the Yankee Candle Company.
With so many great destinations, tourism is the third fastest growing industry in the Pioneer Valley. Several major hotels are located in downtown Springfield with a variety of motels offered in nearby West Springfield. Bed and breakfast accommodations are available in the Northampton/Amherst area.
An easy trip to NYC, Boston, Hartford, and the Cape
The Berkshires are an hour west, offering skiing in the winter and dance and music festivals at Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow in the summer. Hartford is a half hour drive away, Worcester about three quarters of an hour, Boston an hour and a half, Cape Cod two and a half hours, and New York City about three hours.
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