It’s always a good idea to get comfortable in a city before exploring it, and what better way to do that than to eat at the city’s best restaurant? Armsby Abbey is just that in Worcester, and so much more: with 22 world-class taps and over 200 bottles, it doubles as a beer lover’s paradise. The food here is some of the best in the state, and offers many small plates, with an impressive cheese menu to add.
Armsby Abbey, 144 Main St, Worcester MA, USA, +1 508-795-1012
Decked with science and nature exhibits, a planetarium, animals and tree canopy walkways and nature trails, the EcoTarium is well suited for visitors of all ages. This museum has a variety of exhibits for kids, although the animal exhibits and nature trails outside are intended for more mature audiences. The EcoTarium has had many former reincarnations in Worcester, and remains dedicated to its community through its many youth programs and workshops. Be sure to stop here for an interactive, educational experience.
Mechanics Hall is known internationally for its elegance and its near perfect acoustics. Built in the 19th century, this recital hall is one of the finest in all of the US, let alone New England! Owned and operated by the Worcester County Mechanics Association, Mechanics Hall runs as a not-for-profit and still manages to get world-class musicians and performers.
Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St, Worcester MA, USA, +1 508-752-5608
One of the best ways to see Worcester is by bike on the Blackstone River Bikeway, one of the region’s most traveled bike paths. The Blackstone River Bikeway makes its way through Worcester and onward towards Vermont for another 48 miles, and although portions of it are often under maintenance, it still provides the best way to discover the industrial villages of days past and New England’s pretty backcountry.
As the oldest bar in town, Moynagh’s Tavern should be the first place visitors go to grab a drink. Owned by the original owner’s son, the bar has been in operation for over 75 years, and has all of the optimal attributes of a classic dive bar. Drinks are cheap, the bartender is friendly, and yes, there is a jukebox!
Moynagh’s Tavern, 25 Exchange St, Worcester MA, USA, +1 508-753-9686
Located atop Prospect Hill in Salisbury Park, Bancroft Tower offers the best vista of Worcester available on land. Dedicated to George Bancroft, a politician, statesman and writer in his time, by his dear friend Stephen Salisbury III, the tower looks like a miniature feudal estate, being made of natural stone and granite. Its spiral staircases inside are quite narrow, but are well worth the journey up to attain the fantastic view.
With over 480 acres of grass and lake, Green Hill Park is Worcester’s biggest and most popular park. Containing two ponds, a zoo, a playground, a little league diamond and a golf course, it’s easy to see why this park is one of the town’s favorite meeting places, especially in warm weather. Come here for a stroll about the grounds, a quick pick-me-up game of basketball, or a picnic enjoyed on one of the ponds’ shores.
Green Hill Park, 50 Skyline Dr, Worcester MA, USA, +1 508-799-1190
As any American history scholar could tell you, their lives would be immensely more difficult if it weren’t because of the American Antiquarian Society. Specializing in everything ever printed up until 1876, the collection housed at this library borderlines on being ridiculous for its size and scope! Founded by publisher Isaiah Thomas in 1812, the library soon swelled to over 20 miles of shelves, holding over 3 million items. Come for a tour and witness an essential resource that keeps America’s history both safe and intact.