Brockton, MA, USA

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Brockton, MA, USA

Brockton vacation rentals

Welcome to the City of Champions

There’s a very good reason why Brockton’s been called the City of Champions. The sporting scene here has always been exciting, and it’s the hometown of boxing champs Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler. You’ll certainly feel like you’re onto a winner with Brockton vacation rentals, which place you only around a half hour’s drive from bustling Boston. You’ll also have the city’s quaint, historic museums on your doorstep, which give you an insight into the long and proud heritage of this corner of Massachusetts.

Casual sightseeing in Brockton

Brockton isn’t a city packed with much-hyped attractions – that’s part of its discreet charm. It’s pleasurable simply to go for a wander and take in the antiquated architecture that dots the area – like Gardner J. Kingman House, a Queen Anne-styled abode with decorative gables and floral patterns, and the Snow Fountain and Clock which dates back to 1902. Those in the know will also recommend a pilgrimage to the Rocky Marciano statue at Champions Park, which honors the city’s most famous son. Hankering for the outdoors? You can swing by one of the local golf courses, or head out to Ames Nowell State Park, a big swathe of wilderness where you can hike, fish, or just relax with a picnic.

A taste of the past in Brockton

If you’re staying in a Brockton vacation rental, you should make time for one of the area’s favorite cultural spaces: the Fuller Craft Museum. One of the only museums of its type in New England, it showcases glassworks, ceramics, and ornate textiles, and puts on a colorful variety of temporary exhibitions. The angular, light-filled building, which has echoes of Frank Lloyd Wright, is a distinctive landmark in itself. History buffs should also visit the Brockton Historical Society Homestead, which displays fascinating artefacts including Rocky Marciano’s actual shoes.

Summer vacations in New England

When should you book that stay in a Brockton vacation rental? Your best bet is the late spring or summer, when New England is warm – but rarely uncomfortably hot – and you can amble, sightsee, and sit outside coffee houses and bars. This is also a popular season for seeing nearby Boston at its best, whether you want to visit George Washington’s iconic warship the USS Constitution, or the Skywalk Observatory, where you can take in panoramic views across the wider region.

Parks and waterways in Brockton

While Brockton may look at first glance as a purely urban setting, situated around a 40-minute drive from the Atlantic coastline, it does have its pockets of nature. Sprawling along the Salisbury Plain River, it has a number of public parks, complete with ponds which add to the sense of serenity. And, close to the city, there’s the Ames Nowell State Park, which covers over 700 acres and is a suitably rugged counterpoint to Brockton’s stately streets.