Welcome to the City of Worcester!
Worcester is the second largest city in New England, serving a population of over one million people. Major industries in the community include education (15 colleges), medical/health, burgeoning biotechnology, electronics, insurance, and diverse manufacturing. We are small enough to be personal and friendly, yet large enough to offer much to do.
We are located nearly equidistant from Boston, Newport and Providence RI, and Hartford, CT - approximately an hour from each. Our community and surrounding area offers all of the "four-season" activities you are looking for from summer beachside resorts and fall apple picking and hiking, to winter skiing and snowboarding, and spring mountain biking. Year round you will find cultural events that are truly striking for a community of our size.
For more information about the community and surrounding towns, please see our listing below or visit www.telegram.com, the Chamber of Commerce site at www.worcesterchamber.org or the Central Massachusets On-line Get-away Guide www.centralmass.org.
For New England vacation ideas click below:
New Hampshire: www.visitnh.gov
Rhode Island: www.visitrhodeisland.com
City of Worcester - www.ci.worcester.ma.us
Worcester Public Library - www.worcpublib.org
DCU Center - www.dcucenter.com - one of the nation's most successful arenas and Worcester’s largest venue for concerts, family shows, trade shows, sports events, and more. The attached state-of-the-art convention center includes 11 separate meeting rooms and 2 ballrooms, is fully integrated with the arena.
ARTS Worcester - www.artsworcester.org - a non-profit organization that provides programs for the Greater Worcester performing, literary, and visual artist community
Sprinkler Factory - www.sprinklerfactory.com - Gallery space and artist studios
Worcester Center for Crafts - www.worcestercraftcenter.org - a center of contemporary craft education and an institution dedicated to collectors, students, exhibitors, and shoppers
American Antiquarian Society - www.americanantiquarian.org - a national research library of American history, literature, and culture through 1876
Worcester County Poetry Association - http://wcpa.homestead.com/ - a forum for local poets, students, and others to celebrate the rich literary history of Central Massachusetts
Old Sturbridge Village - www.osv.org - 200-acre village with collections, exhibits, and programs allowing visitors to enter the everyday life of a small New England town during the years 1790 to 1840
Worcester Art Museum - www.worcesterart.org - houses more than 35,000 works of art representing more than 50 centuries of creative spirit
Worcester Historical Museum - www.worcesterhistory.org - a unique organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting Worcester's history in all time periods and subject areas
Music Worcester - www.musicworcester.org - largest non-profit concert presenter of in central Massachusetts providing many performances by world-renowned artists
Thayer Symphony - www.thayersymphony.org - provides programs for the education, enrichment and pleasure of the citizens and musicians of the region
Calliope Productions Inc - www.calliopeproductions.org - a community theather located in Shrewsbury
Mechanics Hall - www.mechanicshall.com - a historic landmark was built in 1857 as a site for exhibitions. Today it serves as a concert hall “par excellence,” hosting a variety of concerts, wedding, meetings and other events
Tuckerman Hall - www.tuckermanhall.org - home to the Central Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, contains two dazzling auditoriums with combined seating of 700
Hanover Theater for the Performing Arts - www.hanovertheater.org - the theatre is enhancing the city by providing a world-class facility for local, national, and international performing artists. In addition, The Hanover Theatre provides opportunities for community and educational enrichment through a variety of outreach programs.
Anna Maria College - www.annamaria.edu
Assumption College - www.assumption.edu
Becker College - www.beckercollege.edu
Clark University - www.clarku.edu
Holy Cross College - www.holycross.edu
Fitchburg State University - www.fsc.edu
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - www.mcphs.edu
Nichols College - www.nichols.edu
Quinsigamond Community College - www.qcc.edu
Salter School - www.saltercollege-us.com
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine - www.tufts.edu/vet
University of Massachusetts Medical School - www.umassmed.edu
Worcester Polytechnic Institute - www.wpi.edu
Worcester State University - www.worcester.edu
The Worcester area offers a true "melting pot" of delectable edibles from dozens of restaurants which range from steak and seafood to "fine" dining in one of the historical inns. Their menus offer a variety of ethnic cuisines, including vegetarian dishes, to satisfy all tastes:
- Family Style
The best skiing in the East is located less than 3 hours from Worcester. This includes places like Killington, Okemo, Mount Snow and many others. More information can be found here
Ski Ward - www.skiward.com - Located right in Shrewsbury, Ski Ward offers seven trails, 5 lifts including a double chair and T-bar. They also have a 300 foot lighted half pipe, and Tubaslide facility.
Mt. Wachusett - www.wachusett.com - Located 1/2 hour from UMass, Wachusett Mountain offers a scenic sky ride, seasonal festival events, and of course, skiing and snow boarding
Ecotarium - www.ecotarium.org - an environmental science museum set on 60 scenic acres just two miles from downtown Worcester
Tower Hill Botanical Garden - www.towerhillbg.org - New England’s premier public garden containing many distinctive gardens, woodland trails, picnic areas, birdwatching areas, and more
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage State Corridor - www.nps.gov
Massachusetts Audubon Society - www.massaudubon.org - extends over 300 acres of hiking trails, picnic areas, natural animal habitat, which includes birdwatching, and more