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Springfield
Springfield is perhaps best known as the birthplace of basketball and home of the Basketball Hall of Fame. (The story goes that local physical education teacher James Naismith invented the sport to fill the gaps between football and baseball seasons.) But this historic town on the shores of the Connecticut River is famous for a few other reasons and definitely worth a quick jaunt or weekend away. Springfield was the birthplace and home of beloved children's author and illustrator, Theodore Geisel, Dr. Seuss. In fact, the Zoo in Forest Park, a sure hit with the kids, is said to be the inspiration for many of his wild and wacky tales. Wander through the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, at the... more Springfield is perhaps best known as the birthplace of basketball and home of the Basketball Hall of Fame. (The story goes that local physical education teacher James Naismith invented the sport to fill the gaps between football and baseball seasons.) But this historic town on the shores of the Connecticut River is famous for a few other reasons and definitely worth a quick jaunt or weekend away. Springfield was the birthplace and home of beloved children's author and illustrator, Theodore Geisel, Dr. Seuss. In fact, the Zoo in Forest Park, a sure hit with the kids, is said to be the inspiration for many of his wild and wacky tales. Wander through the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, at the Quadrangle, for a look at the Cat in the Hat and Yertle the Turtle cast in bronze. The city served as a major arsenal during the Revolutionary War, a role that is commemorated at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, which displays an enormous collection of small pistols. History buffs will also enjoy the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, a tribute to the ordinary people of the region who, during various periods in time, did extraordinary things. less

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Springfield Museums
Springfield Museums
Owner description: The Springfield Museums, located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, is comprised of four world-class museums covering art, history, and science, plus the Dr... more Owner description: The Springfield Museums, located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, is comprised of four world-class museums covering art, history, and science, plus the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. less
Attraction type: Art Museums; Children's Museums; History Museums; Natural History Museums; Science Museums
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Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
Owner description: Bring the kids to this outdoor sculpture garden where the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, and other beloved Dr. Seuss characters are immortalized in bronze, life-size statues all... more Owner description: Bring the kids to this outdoor sculpture garden where the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, and other beloved Dr. Seuss characters are immortalized in bronze, life-size statues all designed by Geisel's step-daughter, sculptor Lark Grey Dimond-Cates. less
Attraction type: Monuments & Statues; Gardens; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Basketball Hall of Fame
Basketball Hall of Fame
Owner description: Located in the town where basketball was invented, this 48,000-square-foot museum has three levels of exhibits on the history and heroes of the game and gives visitors a chance to... more Owner description: Located in the town where basketball was invented, this 48,000-square-foot museum has three levels of exhibits on the history and heroes of the game and gives visitors a chance to participate in skill contests. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Owner description: This Armory, which manufactured and tested firearms for the U.S. military from 1794 to 1968, houses the country's largest collection of small weapons. While the first floor is... more Owner description: This Armory, which manufactured and tested firearms for the U.S. military from 1794 to 1968, houses the country's largest collection of small weapons. While the first floor is free, there's a fee for the second floor, which displays rare weapons and the largest collection of Confederate weapons anywhere. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Military Museums
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Forest Park
Forest Park
Attraction type: Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Red Rose Pizzeria
Red Rose Pizzeria
Ranked #1 of 328 Restaurants in Springfield
Price:
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Theodore's
Theodore's
Ranked #2 of 328 Restaurants in Springfield
Cuisines: American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Chef Wayne's Big Mamou
Chef Wayne's Big Mamou
Ranked #3 of 328 Restaurants in Springfield
Cuisines: American, Cajun & Creole
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room
The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room
Ranked #4 of 328 Restaurants in Springfield
Price: $8 - $28
Cuisines: American, German, European, Central European
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Max's Tavern
Max's Tavern
Ranked #5 of 328 Restaurants in Springfield
Price: $30 - $40
Cuisines: American, Bar
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hampton Inn & Suites Springfield/Downtown
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Springfield/Downtown
$125 - $205
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Springfield
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Hilton Garden Inn Springfield
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Springfield
$146 - $245
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Springfield
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La Quinta Inn & Suites Springfield
3.0 of 5
La Quinta Inn & Suites Springfield
$119 - $179
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Springfield
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