Destination guide

Springfield bounces to a Massachusetts vibe

The home of basketball and one link on the great Massachusetts university chain, Springfield is primed to surprise. It's not just the small-town business center you've been led to believe. Just check out those bouncing bars along Main Street and the Club Quarter, or head in to unravel the prestigious past of America's 2nd-favorite sport. And if you're looking for some quirky places to stay, you've come to the right spot. You'll choose from hearty cabins in the New England woods, quaint boathouses on the Connecticut River, and neo-Romanesque Springfield vacation rentals right in the middle of town.

Things to do

Theme parks and sporting museums in Springfield

It's just a short ride down the bends of the Connecticut River to the sprawling theme park of Six Flags New England, where twisting rollercoasters and gut-wrenching loop-de-loops beckon the younger ones. If you'd prefer something a little more cerebral, then consider looking for Springfield vacation rentals close to Armory Square, where old Revolutionary War relics rub shoulders with the museums of The Quadrangle. However, there's arguably nothing more iconic than Springfield's Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame – which marks the very spot where the sport was founded back in 1891.

Activities

Thrill rides and jazz in Springfield

Springfield might not seem like the place for the bumping beats of Southern-style jazz, but tell that to the folk who organize the annual Hoop City Jazz Festival in July. Then, the city erupts with sax tunes and wailing trombones, and it's a great time to sample the curious Cajun dining scene that also makes its home here. Family fun is the province of the sprawling theme parks and the twisting rollercoasters just to the south of town, while sporting history and tales of basketball greats are never too far away.

Weather

Springfield is for the summer months

While the wintertime between December and March can mean some truly wallet-friendly rates on Springfield vacation rentals, it also means braving the snows and cold winds of Massachusetts. Those don't affect the basketball memorials or the thumping joints of the Club Quarter, but they do make it difficult to visit the nearby theme parks and riversides. For the whole shebang, a summertime trip between July and August is the best choice, when all the attractions are open and the weather is much more hospitable to boot.

Natural features

The lands of the Connecticut River around Springfield

Carved through by the Connecticut River and shrouded by forests on all sides, there's no question that Springfield is a pretty place to while away a vacation. Reserves like Forest Park and the Robinson State Park offer respites from the urban fray within city limits. There, you'll discover canoeing routes, biking trails, picnic spots, and wide meadows aplenty. Go north and it's the Mount Holyoke Range State Park that takes over the landscape, peaking and toughing with its sylvan hills to offer cross-country skiing by winter and horseback riding by summer.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Springfield

Fly into Westfield, MA (BAF-Barnes Municipal), the closest airport, located 8.1 mi (13 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Hartford, CT (BDL-Bradley Intl.), which is 12.9 mi (20.7 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station serving the city is Springfield Union Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Springfield?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 149 vacation rentals near Springfield. From 89 Houses to 18 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Springfield for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Springfield?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Springfield. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: 73 vacation rentals
  • Quadrangle: 80 vacation rentals
  • Springfield City Library: 79 vacation rentals
  • Forest Park Zoo: 70 vacation rentals
  • Titanic Museum: 71 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Springfield listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Springfield?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 89 Houses in Springfield. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Springfield include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 18 rentals available
  • Studios: 21 rentals available
  • Cabins: 27 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Springfield?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 19 vacation rentals with pool available in Springfield. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.