Springfield, MA, USA

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Springfield, MA, USA

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.