Sitting squarely in the heart of the state, the region encompasses New England's third largest city, a major living history museum, and a rural landscape dotted with orchards and pristine village greens.
Old Sturbridge Village re-creates a rural New England town of the 1830s. Homes, stores, craft shops, and meetinghouses are clustered around a traditional common, and visitors join in the community’s many seasonal celebrations. The Worcester Art Museum’s collection spans 50 centuries; the Higgins Armory, a steel and glass art deco structure, displays a dazzling array of Medieval and Renaissance armor. Worcester’s DCU Center and Mechanics Hall present major music acts and cultural events. Wachusett Mountain is one of southern New England’s most popular ski areas. The Fruitlands Museum includes the site of an ill-fated utopian community, founded by the father of Louisa May Alcott. The Johnny Appleseed Trail – named for the folk hero who roamed far and wide planting apple tress -- traverses the orchards and small towns of the region. The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Area is a great opportunity to explore the valley’s rich industrial heritage and recreational opportunities.
The EcoTarium has interactive exhibits, a wildlife center, and nature trails. Davis’ Farmland has cuddly animals, a chance for children to pick eggs or help milk cows, and a water spray park. In late summer and fall, a Mega Maze, made of corn, is popular with all ages
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