Worcester, known as the “Heart of the Commonwealth” due to its location in central Massachusetts, offers visitors historical and recreational experiences that are well worth the visit. Far from simply a sleepy suburb 40 miles east of Boston, Worcester is the second-largest city in New England and was host to political landmark events such as the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in the state (1776), Shays’ Rebellion (1786-7), and the first women’s rights convention (1850).
An industrial leader in household goods like textiles and envelopes, Worcester also boasts Elm Park, the first public park in the country, and idyllic Lake Quinsigamond, where local colleges assemble to compete in rowing. Worcester was the birthplace of the “smiley face” and the birth control pill, and is now home to major biotechnology, research, healthcare, and higher education, including 9 separate colleges and universities.
- Blackstone Canal District
- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
- Heifer Farm
- Hyland Orchard and Brewery
- Marino Lookout Farm
- Nashoba Valley Winery
- Old Stone Church (pictured above)
- Purgatory Chasm
- Salisbury Park & Bancroft Tower
- Tower Hill Botanic Garden
- Union Station
- Wachusett Brewing Company
- West End Creamery
- Worcester Art Museum
- Green Hill Park
- Worcester Restaurants (comprehensive list)
For more about the history of Worcester, click here.