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The Big E

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Best to go after 5. The State buildings are alway a family hit. Great food and a variety of foods... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chip B
West Springfield, Massachusetts
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Fair time

How can you go wrong with fair food and home cooked food from the state buildings. I have been... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Saxtons River, Vermont
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best to go after 5. The State buildings are alway a family hit. Great food and a variety of foods. The line for the Mai e baked potato is always the longest.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Chip B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

How can you go wrong with fair food and home cooked food from the state buildings. I have been going since a was a young teenager

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank C9382WWdennist
Reviewed December 11, 2018

1st time to the Big E. We loved it! There is soooo much to see! The New England state buildings were interesting along with foods and products from each state. Tons to eat and drink. Lots of shops. Will definitely come back next year!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 9, 2018

The Convention was held in both the Mallary Complex and the Young Building. I brought my small RV camper to stay on site. The Good: An excellent set-up for campers of all size around the Mallary Building. Power, water and sewer hook ups very well...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TriciaNPete
Reviewed November 9, 2018

Been going there for over 30 years. Each year it gets more and more expensive. It’s very difficult to afford for a family of four. Though the activities are good, but lines are long. Between parking, traffic, long lines and high costs. Our tradition will...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 9, 2018 via mobile

Talk about a fair! This place has everything you want and more. You can spend a whole weekend at this fair and love every minute!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

The Big E is a wonderful place for a family. There are so many free shows and activities. We saw the circus which was wonderful, had lots of funny acts, animal acts and some dangerous ones. Comfortable seating. We also saw the Navy ensemble with...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

This place is huge. When I arrived on 10/27/18, it was raining. Only parking available was in the dirt and it was ugly. The buildings themselves weren't bad; however, the set-up (done by the MA Rabbit Club - not the correct name) was just awful....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rae1951
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

Big Excitement! At the Big E every year and it never disappoints. Great fun, food, rides, entertainment and much more. For a price of a movie $10 for parking (car load) inside grounds and $10 to get in not bad. Best to go is during...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank herna413
Reviewed October 28, 2018

Every year it is the same. But, that is why we like it so much. I went this year but haven't been there since 2015. This seems about the right interval to go the Big E. I have many memories from the Big E and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Liz S
September 30, 2018|
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Response from Y6000RNmarkf | Reviewed this property |
In the Bar upstairs at the Better living Center and Also in the Young Building at the Diner!
September 26, 2018|
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Response from fflbrgst | Reviewed this property |
On Heywood Ave and Norman Ave (which are across the street from the BIg E entrance 4) there are private lots - and homes - renting parking spaces. the closest ones charge $20 to park on the weekends, and the price goes down... More
September 24, 2018|
Response from Scanner_Lewis | Reviewed this property |
I don't know but in one of the buildings (Youth, I think) there was a sign "animals are for watching, not touching."
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Boston, Massachusetts
How to avoid traffic and find parking for the Big E (4 Replies)
Hi - I'm planning to attend the Big E this weekend and since I know I can not get an early start the traffic is going to be crazy. Any advice on back roads or ideal parking areas that will help me avoid some of the traffic, etc? Thanks in advance for the help! Emily
September 17, 2010|
Response fromkendrick|
Hi, if you are coming from Boston, get off the Pike at Exit 6 - the Springfield exit, as you come thru the tolls, head straight to the lights, turn left on Rt. 290, follow 290 until you see the signs for West Springfield, Rt. 20 West, follow 20 West, you will cross over the North End Bridge onto a rotary - take second exit from rotary, onto Park St, West Springfield (the Town Common will be on your left,) follow Park thru two lights, and at 3rd light, turn left onto RIver St. Turn left on to...More
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Lunch stop between Springfield MA and Logan Airport (5 Replies)
After help from TA's forum I have now planned my New England trip. We fly in to Boston and stay for 3 nights, 3 nights Cape Cod, Newport 1 x night, Portsmouth 1 x night, North Conway x 2 nights, Stowe x 1 night, Peterborough 1 x night, Mystic x 1 night and Springfield 2 x nights. Unfortunately it would make more sense to do Springfield before Mystic but I am wanting to go to the Big E exhibition which is on 13 September so I had to work around that. Our flight is not till 9pm at night so I...More
June 13, 2013|
Response fromneslaw1|
Why don't you drive to Concord and have lunch and walk around. Leaves short drive to Boston. Further out is Sturbridge.
Hotels near Big E (1 Replies)
Hello Fellow Trip Advisors I am looking for some help trying to decide upon a hotel for our upcoming trip to the Big E in Sept. ( pool/restaurant and or bar a plus at hotel) but not necessary Comfort Inn/Clarion Hotel/Days Inn, they are all within few miles of Big E. looking for pro/con's of these ones, or any other place that could be recommended, I know that Clarion has both restaurant/bar and pool which is plus however last couple of reviews were not that favorable, any suggestions...More
August 25, 2010|
Response fromkendrick|
You don't want to stay at the Clarion. Of the 3 places you have listed, I would go with the Comfort Inn. Another decent place is the Hampton Inn. There are lots of nearby restaurants, both chains & independent. On The Border, a nearby Mexican restaurant has a pretty good bar.