Welcome to Central Massachusetts where we offer so much, so close! Worcester is known as "the Heart of the Commonwealth" and we believe you will find many things to love in this region of Massachusetts. Worcester is the second largest city in New England and is home to a vibrant LGBT community, with an historic gay district and a popular Annual Pride Celebration that has been running since 1976. With a big city feel, Worcester offers boutique accommodations, B & B's and Inns, dining districts, world class theatre, music, events and festivals. Take advantage of The WOO Card which is an arts and culture pass that offers outstanding discounts all year long. Central MA also offers farmers markets in nearly every community and scenic hills and woodlands to explore and escape the feel of the city. There are so many more options... visit our Calendar of Events page or Activities and Attractions page for more inspiration.
Arts and Culture
The Central MA region is lucky to also have an artistic and eclectic side with museums and attractions for all tastes. The Worcester Art Museum known as one of the top smaller art museums in the United States, offers artistic gems and fantastic visiting exhibits. The Fruitland’s Museum is on the National Historic Register and is restored to appear as it did during the 1840s, and includes exhibits about the unsuccessful Utopian society, Transcendentalism and the Alcott family. Higgins Armory Museum offers arms and armor ranging from ancient Greek Corinthian helmets to ornate suits of armor crafted at the height of the Renaissance. Informative and entertaining demonstrations and programs bring to life arms and armor from around the world and across centuries! Also on the National Historic Register is The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts which hosts Broadway and world class live performances throughout the year. Just down the street is Mechanics Hall, an architectural and acoustic masterpiece that welcomes legendary performers from around the globe. The Museum of Russian Icons is America's largest collection of Russian Icons which features continuing speical exhibits.
Sports & Recreation
Wachusett Mountain, offers recreation all year long . . . enjoy their ski area with generous mountain trails and seasonal hiking trails with gorgeous panoramic views. Music, food, and family festivals abound on the mountain during the summer and fall. Central Massachusetts is a place where cultures and adventure collide and also a place to let you step back, relax and make you feel at home. Tower Hill Botanic Garden is a dynamic resource to experience horticulture at its best - stroll through their miles of trails, spectacular gardens, library, Orangerie (greenhouse) or Limonaia (lemon house). Whether you are looking for fun in the great outdoors or you want to hang out at Central Rock Gym's state of the art indoor climbing gym, visit our sports and recreation page for more ideas.
Say "I DO" in Central MA...
It is time to plan your big day! And there are lots of decisions to be made such as: where to have the ceremony? . . . and where to have your perfect reception? Are you thinking about a traditional event, or something to reflect your personality, or a special theme? And of course you have to consider food/catering services, a florist, photographer, accommodations, transportation,and a few "other" things as well. The Central Massachusetts CVB is a great starting point and can help direct you to small intimate sites, unique indoor or outdoor venues or large celebration locations, wedding services and more. We can help your guests keep busy and get around too.
Central Massachusetts is the perfect spot for your wedding or special celebration in any of thefour seasons! Each season offers a different reason to make your day just the way you imagine it. Your day, your way – a Central Massachusetts wedding.