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Area Attractions

Type of Attraction Name and Location Description Website Link Map Link

Amusement Parks

Amusement Parks Six Flags New England1623 Main St.

Agawam, MA 01001

Rides, water park, food, fun, and music Frequently Asked Questions


Animals Davis’ Farmland Children’s Discovery Farm & MegaMaze
145 Redstone Hill Road
Sterling, MA 01564
Holy Cow! Davis’ Farmland features the largest exhibit of endangered farm animals in North America. A super-fun Children’s Discovery Farm. Pet and feed the animals, enjoy pony rides, and explore the many discovery play areas, cool off in New England’s largest zero depth water spray-ground or pick apples in the fall. Take part in daily and weekend events! Best for children up to age 8. Adults are only admitted when accompanied by a child 12 years or younger. From 190 take exit 6 and follow the signs.


Art Fitchburg Art Museum
Merriam Parkway
Fitchburg, MA 01420
A family-friendly museum featuring fourteen galleries that house a diverse collection of American and European paintings, prints, drawings, ceramics and decorative arts as well as Greek, Roman, Asian and pre-Columbian antiquities. In addition, the Museum organizes temporary exhibitions of works from other museums, private collections, and emerging and established contemporary artists. Fitchburg Art Museum is North Worcester County’s oldest and most treasured cultural institution, founded in 1925 through a bequest of American Impressionist painter and educator, Eleanor Norcross (1854-1925). Tours, lectures and classes for adults, children, school groups and families are available. Open Tuesday – Saturday 12pm-4pm.
Art Old Parsonage Tea Room & Lyon Art Gallery
19 Main Street
PO Box 132
Hubbardston, MA 01452
At The Old Parsonage Tea Room & Lyon Art Gallery you will find an atmosphere of tranquil refreshment as you slow down and enjoy an intimate conversation, over tea, with friends. Styled on the English tradition, we serve pots of tea with delicious scones, desserts and tea sandwiches. Iced tea and lemonade are on the menu, also. We offer more than 35 kinds of tea. The menu selections change daily and everything is homemade by your hostess, Marion Lyon. Our retail teas and tea-related gift selections make attractive souvenirs, as well. In the Gallery we feature works in clay and original paintings by area fine artists. Open Wed. thru Sat. 11 AM – 4 PM. Reservations suggested.
Art Surroundings Gallery & Custom Framing
377 Main Street
Gardner, MA 01440
A small, intimate gallery in a restored post and beam livery stable from the 1800′s. We feature area artisans and artists. A full service frame shop and original art for sale.


Aviation Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum21 Prichard Street

Fitchburg, MA 01420

Toy airplanes, games and puzzles from 1928 to the present. Some fine tin toys from the United States, Germany, Japan and Hungary. Videos and special programs are offered year round. Our regular hours are: Saturdays, 10:30–4:30; Sundays, 1:30–4:30 Adult admission: $5 (includes one child free). Additional Children 3–14: $3 (adult must accompany). Youngsters 14–18: $4 Under 3: Free (adult must accompany)

Big Chair

Big Chair Big Chair130 Elm Street

Gardner, MA 01440

The Chair City of Gardner Massachusetts is known for its Big Chair

Canoe Rentals

Canoe Rentals Nashoba Paddler Rentals
Rte. 225 at Nashua River
West Groton, MA 01472
Canoe rentals, tours and instructions on the Nashua River. Special packages for organizations, clubs, and groups. Emphasis in environmental enrichment, wholesome, healthy family fun. We use quality Old Town canoes and provide life vests for all. Open May 1st- October. Summer hours Daily 9:30am – 6:30pm. Spring/Fall hours weekends 9:30am – 6:30 pm and weekdays by appointment.


Fairs The Spencer Fair
PO Box 46
Spencer, MA 01562
Annual Country Fair, operating over Labor Day weekend. Sponsored by the Spencer Agricultural Association, a non-profit organization run by volunteers, for the purpose of promoting agriculture. A variety of family entertainment and educational exhibits over the four day weekend, highlighted by 2 demolition derbies. Lots of horticultural, vegetable, poultry, cattle, sheep displays and shows, and horse, oxen and farm tractor pulls. Located just off Rt 31, one mile north of Rt 9 Spencer.

Farm Animals

Farm Animals Overlook Farm
216 Wachusett Street
Rutland, MA 01543
270 acre hilltop farm with more than 20 species of farm animals. Open year round. Overlook acquaints visitors with the world-wide development work of Heifer Project. Unique international gift shop and peasant farm sites. Guided tours, hay and sleigh rides by appointment. International Fair in June, Harvest Festival in Oct. and living Nativity in Dec.

Flea Markets

Flea Markets Rietta Flea MarketRoute 68

Hubbardston, MA


For as long as most of us can remember, Rietta Flea Market has been one of the largest and most popular flea markets in the Northeastern U.S. The location is easy to find on Route 68 in Hubbardston, Massachusetts. Rietta is open on Sundays only from April through October (weather permitting) beginning at 6am.


Golf Gardner Municipal Golf Course
Golf Lancaster Golf Center
438 Old Union Turnpike
Lancaster, MA 01523
Lancaster Golf center is a “top 100 in America” golf training facility with a driving range, practice putting green, practice sand bunker/pitching complex, 9 hole par 3 course with holes ranging 62 – 206 yards, pro shop and golf instruction. It’s also a family recreation center with miniature golf, batting cages and “bank shot” basketball courts.
Golf Sandbaggers Indoor Golf7 North Main Street

E, Templeton, MA 01438

To improve your game or just have a great time playing golf come visit us at Sandbaggers Indoor Golf, Inc. We offer 2 state of the art golf simulators that feature 29 different courses allowing you to play 9 or 18 holes of golf. The courses include Pebble Beach, Spyglass and St. Andrews, varying in levels of difficulty from novice to pro. For an additional challenge you can become an online member and compete in global virtual golf tournaments.
Golf Templewood Golf Course
160 Brooks Road
Templeton, MA 01468
Scenic 18 hole golf course with beautiful views of Mt. Monadnock. Senior specials weekdays. Some of the best greens in the area. Wide fairways. Friendly staff. Outdoor pavilion for golf outings and tournaments. Call 3 days in advance for weekend tee times. Discover one of the best-kept secrets of Central Mass.


Libraries Levi-Heywood Memorial Library55 West Lynde Street

Gardner, MA 01440

Main Library hours are:

Day Winter Summer
Monday 9-8 9-8
Tuesday 9-5 9-5
Wednesday 9-8 9-8
Thursday 9-5 9-5
Friday 9-5 9-5
Saturday 9-1 Closed
Sunday Closed Closed
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Mall Mall at Whitney Field100 Commercial Road

Leominster, MA 01453

Mall features Sears, Circuit City, Macy’s, Toys R Us, and more. For a complete listing of stores, visit website


Mini-Golf Gelinas Mini-Golf249 Daniel Shays Highway

Orange, MA

Location has mini-golf, ice cream, and more. Management says website is in the works. Sign indicated a flea market was starting in May. Phone: (978) 544-2202
Mini-Golf Lancaster Golf Center438 Old Union Turnpike

Lancaster, MA 01523

“Famous” Mini Golf – 18 hole par 72 course has replica part 3, part 4, and par 5 holes from courses like Doral, Sawgrass, and Pebble Beach – Unique mini-golf experience. Also features basketball and baseball batting cages.
Mini-Golf Route 202 Entertainment207 Daniel Shays Highway

Orange, MA

Unique complex featuring Mini-golf, driving range go-carts, Pool Hall, Dairy Bar and Grill, 202 Restaurant, and Herrick’s Tavern

Movies and Theater

Movies/Theater Cinema World476 John Fitch Highway

Fitchburg, MA 01420

Movie theater is located in the John Fitch Plaza
Movies/Theater Entertainment Cinemas45 Sack Blvd.

Leominster, MA 01453

Movie theater is located adjacent to the Mall At Whitney Field
Movies/Theater Gardner Cinemas336 Timpany Boulevard

Gardner, MA 01440

Movie theater is located in the Timpany Plaza, a shopping center with department store, supermarket, and specialty stores
Movies/Theater Stratton Playhouse60 Wallace Avenue

Fitchburg, MA 01420

Live Theater – Stratton Players was established in 1925, making it one of the oldest community theatre groups in the country.


Museum Frederick Piano Museum30 Main Street

Ashburnham, MA 01430

The Frederick Collection of Period Grand Pianos includes over twenty original pianos in playing condition, specifically, the sorts of pianos known to important composers from about 1790 to 1907. At present, there is no comparable collection of period, playing grand pianos in the United States.
Museum Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA 01451
Immerse yourself in the tradition, history and landscape of New England at scenic Fruitlands. Discover your heritage in the stories of the Alcotts, colonial farmers, Shakers, artists and Native Americans. With four intimate galleries, ample parking, charming store and restaurant, our museum will stir your imagination. Unwind – bring a picnic, attend a summer concert, join in family activities and enjoy events and programs in every season.
Museum The Gardner Museum28 Pearl Street

Gardner, MA 01440

The Gardner Museum was established in 1978 . Since at the time of the building’s construction Gardner was known as the “Chair City of the World,” the shape of a chair was incorporated into the center front façade of the building The Gardner Museum was individually placed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located in the Gardner Uptown National Register Historic District.
Museum National Plastics Center and Museum210 Lancaster Street

Leominster, MA 01453


The National Plastics Center and Museum began as a cooperative effort of the Pioneer Valley Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers and several local Leominster Historians. During the 1970′s, they became concerned that the early history of the plastics industry, much of which was located in Leominster, was being lost.




Orchard Bolton Orchards 125 Still River Road, Bolton, MA 01440 Specialty food store with local apples and cider available year round. Full service deli and produce departments. Also available: bakery, flowers and gift baskets. Open daily 8am-6pm.
Orchard Carlson Orchards 115 Oak Hill Road Harvard, MA 01451 Open from September – November. Pick your own apples. Over 100 acres of apple orchards for friends and family to enjoy. Farm store on premises.
Orchard Clearview Farm, Inc. 4 Kendall Hill Road, Sterling MA 01564 Pick your own apples, peaches, pumpkins, blueberries and raspberries. Enjoy hayrides and all kinds of country made products. The farm is run by the descendants of Mary Sawyer of the world famous nursery rhyme “Mary’s Little Lamb”. Open weekdays from August 3rd thru the holidays from 10am – 6pm.
Orchard Marshall Fun Farm
340 Marshall Road
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Marshall Farm is the home of the famous, trademarked, Marshall Macintosh Apple. It offers many varieties of apples which you can pick on your own or buy in the farm store which also features fresh, farm grown vegetables, fruits, and other farm specialties. Aside from apple picking, the farm also provides access to farm and exotic animals. Marshall Farm also has a ice cream parlor and a country gift shop on site. Seasonal Hours – check website
Orchard Red Apple Farm
455 Highland Avenue
Phillipston, MA 01331
Farm stand and country store filled with delicious apple pies and dumplings, fruit topped ice cream, farm fresh produce and a variety of farm made products. Pick your own: apples, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, pears, pumpkins, gourds, potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, and Indian corn in season. Open daily 9am – 5pm (Nov – Dec) and 9am – 6pm (Mid July – Oct).
Orchard Sholan Farms1125 Pleasant Street

Leominster, MA 01453


Visit the last working apple orchard in Leominster, the birth place of Johnny Appleseed. Sholan Farms provides cross-country skiing, walking trails, bird watching, pinic area and a variety of cultural and folk events throughout the year. Pick your own apples and pumpkins at Sholan Farms. We are open Thursday-Sunday 10am-5pm (September & October). Follow the small red apples signs to the top of Pleasant Street just off Rte 12 in Leominster.
Orchard Westward Orchards
Rt. 111 Mass. Ave
Harvard, MA 01451
Family owned business-4th generation of fruit growers. Store sells fresh produce, cheese, cider, and country gifts. Pick your own blueberries, apples, and pumpkins. Gourmet foods, lunch to go; fresh made salads, sandwiches, and soups. Open May 1-Dec 31. Hours 10am – 6pm daily; closed Tuesdays. Seasonal events

Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor Adventure Zoar Outdoor
7 Main Street
Charlemont, MA 01339
Zoar Outdoor is Southern New England’s leader in outdoor adventure, offering whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking and rock climbing in Deerfield River Valley and beyond. Our friendly, professional staff, comfortable base camp and top-notch equipment ensure that your adventure will be memorable. From half-day family raft trips to week-long whitewater kayak clinics we can match your schedule and your desire for adventure.


Parks Dunn State ParkRte. 101

Pearl Street

Gardner, MA 01440

This 119 acre park features a 20 acre pond, walking trails, swimming, fishing, picnicking, public programs, and play equipment. Private canoes and non-motorized boats are allowed on the pond, and paddle boats can be rented during the summer. In the winter the trails are open for cross country skiing, ice skating is allowed on the pond and often there is a fire blazing in the visitors centers fireplace. All activities offered by the park are accessible to people with disabilities.
Parks Erving State ForestRte. 2


This forest provides a wide variety of recreational pursuits including, boating, swimming and fishing at Laurel Lake with its beautiful, brick-lined lakeshore, camping, picnicking, hunting, horseback riding and winter sports. The woodlands are interlaced by 8 miles of forest roads, and numerous trails lead to points of scenic interest.
Parks Federated Women’s Club State ForestRte. 112

Petersham, MA

The Massachusetts Federation of Women’s Club State Forest lies in Petersham and New Salem on Route 122. Its 984 acres stretch to the south and west in the watershed of the Quabbin Reservoir. Please Note that NO pets are allowed on DCR Watershed Property. Groves of pine and stands of maple, birch and hemlock invite the visitor along the wooded roads. The road along Fever Brook is outstanding for its scenery. A wildlife sanctuary compromising 140 acres has been set aside in the center of the forest, and a dam on Fever Brook holds back sufficient water to attract migrating and native wild fowl. In the southwest section is the forest’s chief geological feature, the Gorge.
Parks Lake Dennison Recreation AreaRte. 202

Winchendon, MA 01475

Lake Dennison is a section of the Army Corps of Engineers Birch Hill Flood Control Project. The DCR, via Otter River State Park staff, manages 4,221 acres of Corp land for recreational use. Located in Winchendon, the park has 150 campsites. There is a swimming beach on Lake Dennison.
Parks Leominster State Forest90 Fitchburg Road

Rte. 31

Westminster, MA 01473

Leominster State Forest is a 4,300-acre parcel of forested land, located in the five towns of Westminster, Princeton, Leominster, Fitchburg and Sterling in North Central Massachusetts. The forest is conveniently located off of Rte 2 (exit 28), is an easy drive for local residents, and convenient from the Boston and Worcester communities. Parking is available along Rte. 31 in several areas. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, parking fees are charged in the paved parking lots. The forest offers recreational opportunities year round, ranging from mountain biking and swimming in the summer to cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Nature lovers will enjoy the numerous hiking trails, the prolific mountain laurel bloom in late June, early July and the opportunity to observe all kinds of wildlife.
Parks Mount Grace State ForestWinchester Road


At 1,621 feet, Mount Grace is the third highest elevation in Massachusetts, east of the Connecticut River. Recreation activities at the 1,458-acre State Forest include hiking, walking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and hunting (in season).
Parks Otter River State ForestNew Winchendon Road

Baldwinville, MA

Otter River State Forest is a popular camping and day-use facility in a beautiful area of north central Massachusetts. Its developed facilities are centered on Beaman Pond and include 85 campsites, a swimming beach, ball field and picnic areas. Yurt camping is also available. Otter River State Forest was the first area acquired by the State Forest Commission in 1915.
Parks Quabbin ReservoirQuabbin Visitor Center

485 Ware Road (Route 9)

Belchertown, MA 01007

Quabbin Reservoir is one of the largest man-made public water supplies in the United States. Created in the 1930s by the construction of two huge earthen dams, the reservoir is fed by the three branches of the Swift River, and seasonally by the Ware River. Quabbin’s water covers 39 square miles, is 18 miles long and has 181 miles of shoreline. When full, Quabbin holds 412 billion gallons of water.

Puppet Shows

Puppet Shows Drawbridge Puppet Productions
1335 Massachusett Avenue (Rt. 2A)
Lunenburg, MA 01462
The Drawbridge Puppet Theater performs classic fairy tales and stories using a variety of puppets and marionettes. Weekly public performances Sat: 10:00 AM & 11:30 AM, Sun: 1:00 PM. Ticket price $5.00 p/p. Call to confirm seating availability. Check our website for present show schedule. Private group functions, birthday parties and school field trips are always welcome. The Drawbridge Traveling Theater is also available.

Radio-controlled car

Radio-controlled car R/C Excitement, Inc.
208 Bemis Road
Fitchburg, MA 01420
R/C Excitement is the premier Radio Controlled car complex in New England. Our three different tracks have something for everyone. From nitro monster trucks on our outdoor motocross style track, to on road speed demons on our challenging indoor carpet track there is always something going on. Open Tues-Friday 12pm-9pm and Sat-Sun 10am-5pm.


Skiing Northfield Mountain Recreation Center
99 Millers Falls Road
Northfield, MA 01360
Riverboat tours, cross country skiing, canoeing, and camping are all provided at this scenic four-season recreational facility. Northfield Mountain has 25 miles of trails for cross country skiers which become hiking and mountain bike trails in warm months. Camp on a quiet bend of the Connecticut River at our Barton Cove Campground, and rent a canoe or kayak and an upriver shuttle at our canoe rental shop just across the cove. Riverboat tours, camping, canoeing–May – Oct. Visitors Center–Weds. – Sun., 9 am – 5 pm.
Skiing Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
499 Mountain Road
Princeton, MA 01541
With Massachusetts only two high-speed quad chairs, a 1,000-foot vertical drop and a 2,000-foot elevation, Wachusett Mountain offers the most accessible big mountain skiing in southern New England. Night skiing daily until 10pm; 100% snowmaking; Mountainside Ski Shop; demo center; full-service restaurant; cafeteria; plus rental shop; and ski/snowboard school. Off-season, Wachusett hosts fun fall festivals and is ideal for corporate and private outings.


Skydiving Jumptown
80 Airport Road
Orange, MA 01364
We are the Massachusetts Sport Parachute Club dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable home for new and experienced skydivers. We call it Jumptown. MSPC has been jumping hard since 1959. If you want to experience the thrill of a lifetime head out to Jumptown and make a tandem skydive. Tandem jumping is an incredible experience offering you the highspeed thrill of falling through the air from 14,000 feet at 120 miles and hour, followed by the peace and beauty of the 5-9 minute parachute ride. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Quabbin Reservoir and beyond. We are open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 8 AM until sunset April 1st – November 30th

Visitor Centers

Visitors Centers Johnny Appleseed Visitor CenterRoute 2

Lancaster, MA

Visit the Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center in Lancaster and get a copy of the Guide to the Johnny Appleseed Trail. The Johnny Appleseed Trail of North Central Massachusetts spans along Route 2 between the historic “Freedom” Trail and the very popular “Mohawk” Trail. The historic and quaint traditional New England cities and towns within this thriving and scenic region include Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Baldwinville, Barre, Bolton, Clinton, Erving, Fitchburg, Gardner, Gill, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Leverett, Littleton, Lunenburg, Montague (Miller’s Falls, Turner’s Falls), New Salem, Northfeild, Orange, Pepperell, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Shirley, Sterling, Templeton, Townsend, Warwick, Wendell, Westminster, and Winchendon.

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting Crab Apple Whitewater 2056 Mohawk Trail (Rte.2) Charlemont, MA 01339 Since 1983, Crab Apple Whitewater has offered whitewater adventures in New England. Family owned and operated, we feature trips for all ages and ability levels. Full and half-day raft trips plus half-day inflatable kayak trips are great fun for everyone, including kids ages 6 and up. Crab Apple specializes in friendly fun with a staff of enthusiastic outdoor lovers. Join us for the highlight of your summer! Our riverside base camp, state-of-the-art equipment and our friendly staff await you. Call us at 1-800-553-7238.


Winery Nashoba Valley Winery100 Wattaquadock Hill Road

Bolton, MA 01740

Located in the heart of Massachusetts apple country, Nashoba Valley Winery is a stunning hilltop orchard overlooking the charming town of Bolton. Always growing and ever-beautiful, we are open daily throughout the year, with the exception of The Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Since first producing superior fruit wines in 1978, Nashoba Valley Winery has earned wide acclaim as a pioneering winery orchard and a premier destination for visitors seeking excellent wine, exquisitely prepared food, and a gorgeous country setting.