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Things to do in Pioneer Valley

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.
Theme Park
“31 MINUTES There is a variety of rides and all are different! The Superman is on the top of my chart - the drops are just unbelievable! Others that are worth it are the Batman, The Joker and the MindEraser. The Goliath is also a must but your head hurts after cause you keep hitting it in the holders. There is also a water park but they close at 7pm so we decided there is not enough time to enjoy it. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bookshop
“Their motto: "Books you don't need in a place you can't find." Great food, art displays, great book shopping and just sitting and enjoying on warm or cold days!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Museum
“Fabulous, world class, art museum. Intimate size makes it easy to see all of the galleries in an hour or two.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Garden
“Amazing indoor butterfly habitat that allows visitors to interact with real butterflies. Warm and beautiful!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Ski Area
“15 min away, Fabulous, affordable, 4 season resort. There is a good variety of ski trails for all levels, rentals, snowboarding, tubing and night skiing. Berkshire East is affordable, wind powered, and they have a great lodge with live music on the weekends. This place has it all. In the summer and fall you can do aerial ropes, mountain biking, tubing, zip lining, hiking and mountain coasters! ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Museum
“Great tourist attraction. If you have some down time and want to visit, I recommend.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Museum
“Historic Deerfield Inc., founded in 1952, is an outdoor museum that interprets the history and culture of early New England and the Connecticut River Valley. Visitors can tour twelve carefully-preserved antique houses dating from 1730 to 1850, and explore world-class collections of regional furniture, silver, textiles, and other decorative arts on display in the authentic period houses and in the Flynt Center of Early New England Life, a state-of-the-art museum facility featuring exhibitions and a visible storage area. Our research library, the Henry N. Flynt Library, includes more than 21,000 volumes (reference works, microfilm and newspapers) on the history and material culture of the region.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
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“It's just as it sounds, a bar in a tunnel. Funky, upscale bar with leather easy chairs.”
  • 22 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“A lovely restaurant with a terrific menu and bar. You can expect excellent service and food here. This is a great place for a date or for the family. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Sporting Goods Shop
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“Offers great adventures such as rafting and zip lines. They have a shop in Wilmington.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Intimate setting for wide variety of acts - rock, folk, jazz, etc. Good place for drinks. Best to eat before you go.”
  • 22 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Good food and atmosphere. This is one of my favorite restaurants and has provided a reliably good experience for over 20 years.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Thornes marketplace is not to be missed for local goods, products and food. You could spend the whole day in Thornes shopping, reading, eating and browsing-I know I do;-)”
  • 18 locals recommend
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

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“A lovely restaurant with a terrific menu and bar. You can expect excellent service and food here. This is a great place for a date or for the family. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Good food and atmosphere. This is one of my favorite restaurants and has provided a reliably good experience for over 20 years.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Brewery
“Lively bar with good beer and decent food. Great, rooftop bar and dining area in season. Don't miss the Irish Session every Sunday from 5-8pm.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Café
“ Now my fave coffee hangout - great friendly service, solid free wireless, food (love the savory grilled cheese), lots of places to sit with friends. Cheap beer and wine too. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Paul & Elizabeth's won the Valley Advocate’s award for best vegetarian restaurant in the valley for 2019! ”
  • 17 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Incredible food, cocktails and atmosphere, the Alva Stone is tucked away in the historic Bookmill, where you can dine by a waterfall and enjoy a truly delcious meal. Go for a stroll around the Bookmill, grab a coffee or beer at Lady Killgrew's, then head to the Alva Stone for a lovely dinner. This is one of our favorite places in the region, Alva Stone at the Bookmill in Montague is only a 20 min (scenic) drive away, along lovely country roads. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Nice environment and excellent thin crust pizza. Nearby is a posh little bar called Seymours where you can take your pizza to go...”
  • 13 locals recommend
Café
“Haymarket is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant offering a juice bar, coffee/tea, and pastries upstairs; and tasty, reasonably priced food (all three meals, daily) in their cozy comfortable cellar. There is interesting art and eclectic antique furniture throughout the space.”
  • 19 locals recommend

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