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Things to do in Amherst

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Cinema
“Amherst Cinema shows first-run independent film and world cinema on four screens every day – Oscar® winners and film gems seen nowhere else in Western Massachusetts. Our comfortable, fully accessible theaters offer state-of-the-art projection and sound and our friendly staff will welcome you.”
  • 29 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Emily Dickinson Museum is a historic house museum consisting of two houses: the Dickinson Homestead and the Evergreens. The Dickinson Homestead was the birthplace and home from 1855–1886 of 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson, whose poems were discovered in her bedroom there after her death. I would definitely recommend taking the guided tour.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Great place to go with younger kids, under 10. There is an art room where kids can create and play. Check their website for story time hours and performances. Adults will also enjoy the exhibit halls. After enjoying the museum be sure to stop by Atkins Farm Country Market for all the local favorites! ”
  • 23 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Casual spot with bright decor & an extensive American menu featuring signature popovers.”
  • 19 locals recommend
University
“A premier school destination in the Northeast, Umass is home to the Minuetmen Athletics program, the Umass Marching Band, and world class teachers and programs.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is fantastic for drinks and food. The Margaritas and Fish Tacos are superb. It is south of Amherst Center at the intersection of Route 116 and Pomeroy Lane. It is a fun atmosphere, but very loud. The wait is long on weekends. Go early. Lunch is quieter. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
University
“A top rated, small, private, liberal arts college located in Amherst Center. The location of many fine sports camps all summer, this is a beautiful campus filled with glorious architecture.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
“Chill haunt in a historic building with a bar offering coffee & cocktails along with tea & pastries. Favorite among locals for good coffee, meeting up with friends, and studying.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Family-friendly breakfast & brunch place with plentiful portions & vegan options.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Antonio’s is a local landmark. There is no pizzeria quite like it anywhere.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Quintessentially Amherst. Coffee, pastries and sandwiches. Live music during Sunday brunch. In town.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Mead Art Museum houses the fine art collection of Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Opened in 1949, the building is named after architect William Rutherford Mead, of the prestigious architectural firm McKim, Mead & White. His wife, Olga Kilyeni Mead, left her entire estate to Amherst College. The museum is free and open to the public.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Trail
“Summit hike with 360-degree vista just ten minutes away. You can summit Bare Mtn (west side of Rt 116) in <45 min or take a longer hike up the higher Mt. Norwottuck (east side).”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
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“Great atmosphere! Lots of "kitch," including tables and salt and pepper shaker display in the back cafe with good food, music during brunch hours on Sunday. Excellent gag gifts and gourmet snacks in the market out front. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
University
“Amazing small progressive college created by the four other colleges in the area.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bakery
“Atkins Farms Country Market is a locally owned and operated business and has an amazing selection of locally produced and seasonal products. They have an excellent selection of baked goods and lunch items.”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“Casual spot with bright decor & an extensive American menu featuring signature popovers.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
“This is fantastic for drinks and food. The Margaritas and Fish Tacos are superb. It is south of Amherst Center at the intersection of Route 116 and Pomeroy Lane. It is a fun atmosphere, but very loud. The wait is long on weekends. Go early. Lunch is quieter. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Family-friendly breakfast & brunch place with plentiful portions & vegan options.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Antonio’s is a local landmark. There is no pizzeria quite like it anywhere.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bakery
“Quintessentially Amherst. Coffee, pastries and sandwiches. Live music during Sunday brunch. In town.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food served in a well designed restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere preparing a select, thoughtfully sourced American menu.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Brewery
“We love their burgers and gluten free options, as well as the downtown location and patio seating.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“There is sidewalk seating in the summertime which makes this a perfect venue on the right day. The food is Asian-inspired. They have tea rolls and lots of different appetizers, curries, pad thai, Vietnamese coffee, & different kinds of tea.”
  • 9 locals recommend

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