Destination guide

Worcester: The Heart of the Commonwealth

Nestled amidst the undulating knolls and forests of central Massachusetts, little Worcester is steeped in revolutionary history and packs one hefty cultural punch. Green and leafy, it's gilded with elegant 19th-century buildings and aged factories left over from an industrial boom in the 1800s. There are pretty parks peppering its outer districts too, while other travelers come in search of one of the coveted Worcester vacation rentals on the edge of the babbling Blackstone River, quaint New England homes rubbing shoulders with interesting National Register Historic Places, or the serene stays around Institute Park and Bell Hill.

Things to do

A balance of culture and nature in Worcester

With the Worcester Art Museum and the Hanover Theatre bolstering the local arts scene, it's hardly a surprise that culture vultures flock to this quaint mill town in the heart of Massachusetts. Meanwhile, the old Union Station, the national library, the neo-Gothic rises of the Bancroft Tower, and the remains of countless redbrick mills all draw history buffs with their tales of wire making and old revolutionaries. And once you're done with the sightseeing, perhaps you can seek out rare bald eagles and pretty picnic spots in the local bird sanctuaries and parks.

Activities

Relax and unravel local history in Worcester

You won't have to venture far from Worcester vacation rentals in the center of town if you've come here to wonder at the rich history of this New England destination. You'll be able to spy out redbrick factories and millhouses between the neighborhoods, all of which tell stories of a 19th-century industrial golden age. To balance that out, there are manicured parks with duck ponds, picnic spots, and elegant bridges to wallow away your days in, not to mention the ubiquitous Massachusetts craft breweries for those local hops and ale tipples.

Weather

From summer to winter in Worcester

Most sightseers looking to hop between the industrial millhouses of downtown Worcester will come here in the summertime between June and August, when the temperatures are mild and there's little rain. However, there's actually plenty to do all year round. By winter, you can search for Worcester vacation rentals close to Green Hill for some snow sledding, or stay down Main Street close to the festive ice rinks. Or, you could head here in the fall, in September and October, when Elm Park and the other green spaces are a natural showcase of the famous New England fall colors.

Natural features

Hills, woods, and waters in Worcester

Worcester isn't hailed as the Heart of the Commonwealth for nothing – it's nestled close to the very geographical middle of Massachusetts. That means it's encompassed by beautiful swathes of green hills and woodland, sweeping wetlands, and sylvan valleys. The Blackstone River cuts right through the town, weaving and winding past College Hill and the elongated banks of Quinsigamond, where rowers and sailors meet on the weekend. Meanwhile, nature trails like the Broad Meadow Loop, the Cascade Falls Loop, and the Jordan Pond Trail offer views of waterfalls and small reservoirs, and some top birdwatching spots to boot.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Worcester

Fly into Worcester, MA (ORH-Worcester Regional), the closest airport, located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Pawtucket, RI (SFZ-North Central State), which is 28.7 mi (46.1 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, you can make your way to Worcester Union Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Worcester?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 86 vacation rentals near Worcester. From 37 Houses to 9 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Worcester for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Elm Park: 76 vacation rentals
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center (FDR Center): 78 vacation rentals
  • Worcester Historical Museum: 77 vacation rentals
  • DCU Center: 77 vacation rentals
  • College of the Holy Cross: 73 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Worcester 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 Worcester?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 37 Houses in Worcester. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Worcester include:

  • Cottages: 9 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 28 rentals available
  • Cabins: 9 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 Worcester?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 18 vacation rentals with pool available in Worcester. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.