Destination guide

The lively area of Central Massachusetts awaits your stay

Enjoy the live music and other features of Central Massachusetts. Renowned for its basketball games, university setting and shopping, this city welcomes all visitors. With a vacation rental, you get a home away from home—many rentals offer full kitchens and outdoor grills for some home cooking.


Activities and attractions in and around Central Massachusetts

Are you hoping to find things to do during your stay? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Central Massachusetts a fun spot to vacation. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Barnyard Zoo (5.6 mi / 9 km)
  • Ski Ward Ski Area (9.1 mi / 14.7 km)
  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area (10.9 mi / 17.6 km)
  • Westborough Country Club (13 mi / 20.9 km)
  • Nashoba Valley Winery (13.3 mi / 21.3 km)
  • Apex Entertainment Center (13.6 mi / 21.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Central Massachusetts

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Central Massachusetts is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Walden Pond (26.8 mi / 43.1 km)
  • Elm Park (5.6 mi / 8.9 km)
  • Regatta Point Park (6.7 mi / 10.8 km)
  • EcoTarium (6.9 mi / 11.1 km)
  • Ghiloni Park (16.8 mi / 27.1 km)
  • Hopkinton State Park (17.9 mi / 28.9 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Central Massachusetts

Fly into Worcester, MA (ORH-Worcester Regional), the closest airport, located 5.5 mi (8.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Bedford, MA (BED-Laurence G. Hanscom Field), which is 29.9 mi (48.1 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Worcester Union Station, Grafton Station and Westborough Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Can I find a vacation rental around Central Massachusetts?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 124 vacation rentals near Central Massachusetts. From 55 Houses to 23 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Central Massachusetts are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Central Massachusetts?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Central Massachusetts. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Boston: 538 vacation rentals
  • New Hampshire: 3,831 vacation rentals
  • Vermont: 4,490 vacation rentals
  • Rhode Island: 2,112 vacation rentals
  • Connecticut: 1,322 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Central Massachusetts! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Central Massachusetts?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Central Massachusetts:

  • Boston: 538 rentals
  • Providence: 182 rentals
  • Cambridge: 479 rentals
  • Manchester: 672 rentals
  • Amherst: 79 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Central Massachusetts?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Central Massachusetts are:

  • Manchester Regional Airport (MHT): 64 vacation rentals
  • Worcester Regional Airport (ORH): 34 vacation rentals
  • Laurence G Hanscom Field (BED): 549 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Central Massachusetts?

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

  • Spofford Lake: 116 rentals
  • Boston University: 390 rentals
  • Harvard University: 607 rentals
  • Harvard Square: 385 rentals
  • Gillette Stadium: 214 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Central Massachusetts listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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