10 Things to Do in Southwick That You Shouldn't Miss

October 19, 2017 Weston Hennigan

Southwick is a town in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 9,502 at the 2010 census, up from 8,835 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Restaurants in Southwick

1. Springfield Armory National Historic Site

1 Armory Sq, Springfield, MA 01105-1700 +1 413-734-8551
Excellent
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4.5 based on 233 reviews

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

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.

Reviewed By Chipperhigh2 - Okemos, Michigan

Have not been to Springfield Armory Museum in over 30 years. The National Park Service has done a very nice job with the displays. Many of the machine guns on displays were stored for years in the basement. I hope they continue to improve. A valuable tribute to our fighting men and the men who designed weapons for them. Worth stopping to enjoy. Good for the entire family. The museum is free, but a small donation is welcomed.

2. Six Flags New England

Route 159, 1623 Main Street, Agawam, MA 01001 +1 413-786-9300
Excellent
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3.5 based on 1 reviews

Six Flags New England

Largest family theme park in New England features eight thrilling megacoasters and Hurricane Harbor, a water park with nine tube slides and a 500,000-gallon wave pool.

Reviewed By DisFam17 - Worcester, Massachusetts

We attended the first ever Holiday in the Park for Six Flags New England last night, and had a blast. Admission was free because we had already purchased annual passes a month ago (which were less expensive than a single day ticket: anticipate huge crowds next year!). They have Disney-style busses to transfer you from the parking lot, which was much better than walking in the cold to the entrance. Once we passed the gate, the kiddie train ride through store-bought snowmen and reindeer was a low-capacity, slightly amusing train wreck (ha!). The entrance corridor through the park, though, was an eye-popping light show coordinated with holiday music: amazing! Most of the rides still running were kiddie rides (perfect for our family), with I believe one thrill ride open for the older set. Crowds were manageable, except at indoor eateries: the lines built up quickly and never seemed to decrease. Speaking of the food: I've been to Disney, Universal, and just about everywhere you can buy a slice of pizza and a burger, and I've never seen such high prices for such tiny portions. We're talking burnt-looking pizza slices, half-size cheesy breadsticks, OK-tasting ziti and meatballs, at $12-$15 per person. They ran out of several items by 6:00 pm, but this was the first night, so they will probably learn from this experience. Back to the good stuff though: the carnival games had some guaranteed winner-type games like water guns and balloon popper, and you could roast marshmallows for s'mores over open fires for $5 (a bargain, comparatively). There were plenty of fire columns behind glass to warm you between attractions. Fake snow sprayed us near the theater, which was supposed to show a Cirque show at 7:30 pm but informed us at 7:45 that it would actually be happening at 8:00. Photo ops with stilt-walkers helped us pass the time in line, but by then we were too exhausted and cold to continue. We limped back to the car with our plush animal winnings, souvenirs, and photos with Sylvester and Tweety, slightly amazed that we could have this experience in New England in the middle of Winter.

3. New England Air Museum

Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, CT 06096 +1 860-623-3305
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4.5 based on 253 reviews

New England Air Museum

The New England Air Museum houses over 80 aircraft in three large hangars and outdoor display area, as well as an extensive collection of engines, instruments, aircraft parts, uniforms and personal memorabilia. Plan a visit today to check out exciting aircraft, displays, exhibits and programs that are perfect for all ages!

Reviewed By Amberjack03 - Brooklyn, Connecticut

Once you've paid the very reasonable admission fee, you enter the first room where right in front of you are all kinds of Viet Nam era warplanes and various helicopters. The second room provides you with more aircraft to view and in some cases, stand right up next to the cockpits for a good birds-eye view of what the pilots would see. The third room houses only a few planes but is the best example I've ever seen of a pristine condition B-29 Bomber and a couple of other propeller driven small planes. Overall, a great place to spend a couple of hours viewing the flying machines. The gift shop is quite filled with books, souveniers, and other memorabilia of the machines and military.

4. The Big E

1305 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA 01089-3578 +1 413-737-2443
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4.5 based on 536 reviews

The Big E

Reviewed By Jake_MA_11 - Beverly, Massachusetts

Lots of interesting things to see and food everywhere. Went on a weekday and it was busy but not overcrowded. Could not imagine what traffic ans crowds would be on a weekend. Bought some unique items from vendors and the state buildings were great to go through. Spend a full day and enjoy!!

5. Stanley park

Western Ave., Westfield, MA
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5 based on 133 reviews

Stanley park

Reviewed By PekepooEmma

My mother, Norma Hopper, who just recently “passed over” used to playing “the bells” in the carillon tower for years & years! She also played at all weddings during that time period! Before that I visited Stanley Park, as a young child w/ my “NANA”, Winifred Roberts! It was a good fifty plus years ago when there was just a “weeded path” around the lake, in those days! My grandmother adored it, my mother did and so do I! How far The is beautiful park has come, from those “early days” is amazing! They offer so many fee services, activities and fun things for the community, that it is amazing! I bring our grandsons here for free concerts onnearly Friday mornings in the summer! Thee many concerts( DONNA LEE, TOUCH OF ELVIS, DIAMOND COLLECTION & on & on in summer) are truly fantastic & all free! The park itself is breathtakingly( no charge either to enter park or use any of their beautiful picnic tables, grills and fantastic playground for children( you can rent enclosed patios for children’s parties or celebrations! The park itself w/ rose gardens, Japanese gardens, beautiful wooden pathway around pond(s) is absolutely beautiful! The trees, the fountains, the beauty stays with you long after you leave this beautiful park! My heart cries for my mother but somehow, walking this beautiful park, I know she lives on, I feel close to her here!

6. Lost Acres Vineyard

80 Lost Acres Rd, Granby, CT 06060-1312 +1 860-324-9481
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Lost Acres Vineyard

Reviewed By victoriak971 - Massachusetts, United States

Visited here on a whim today after being extremely disappointed at the other winery in Granby, CT. I planned on visited here soon, as I heard great things about here. The wines were fantastic. The ambience indoors was cozy and relaxed. The staff was pleasant and knowledgeable. Our tasting was great, our host was friendly and knew a lot about the wines she was serving. We each got a glass of wine and a cheese plate to share. The outdoors was well kept and relaxing. Ample chairs and space to sit. We pulled up a pair of chairs to the shade of the vineyards. Such a relaxing afternoon. Thanks for the great day! See you again soon!

7. Westfield River Brewing Company

707 College Hwy, Southwick, MA 01077-9733 +1 413-374-8425
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Westfield River Brewing Company

Reviewed By joanninct - Manchester, Connecticut

Stopped here while on a brewery tour of western Mass. They had a good beer selection which was very enjoyable.

We had lunch before arriving so we didn't try any of the food. It smelled amazing. We will definitely be back for lunch and more beer.

8. Springfield Museums

21 Edwards St, Springfield, MA 01103-1548 +1 413-263-6800
Excellent
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4.5 based on 384 reviews

Springfield Museums

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.

Reviewed By 250crystalp - New York

Out of state visitors pay an inclusive fee to see all 5 museums...for us it was 86 dollars which included the 30 minute planetarium experience ( two adults and two teens). It was well worth it! Friendly staff, beautiful buildings,cool exhibits! Tons of interactive things that younger kids would enjoy. Learned tons about Springfield itself. A must visit!

9. Robinson State Park

North Street, Agawam, MA 01030 +1 413-786-2877
Excellent
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Robinson State Park

Day-use park offers consists of 811 acres of frontage on the Westfield River, offering a variety of outdoor recreation including bicycling paths, walking trails, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing and cross-country skiing.

Reviewed By Sunshinedreamin

Robinson isn't great if you want a park to entertain your kids. But if you want to take your dog for a walk there's a paved road to travel with hills and river scenery. Or you could follow the trails into the woods for hiking and biking.

10. The Ranch Golf Club

65 Sunnyside Rd, Southwick, MA 01077-9781 +1 413-569-9333
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4 based on 11 reviews

The Ranch Golf Club

Reviewed By Ralph D - Delray Beach, Florida

Great semi-private course. played there by chance twice during an unexpected extended stay in Springfield. About 25 minutes from downtown, but worth the ride. The greens fees are not muni fees but neither is the course. Don't let the front none lull you into complacency. The back nine are a lot of blind shots that require hitting the fairway. The greens could have been a little better manicured. Played in the mid afternoon and spike marks abound!
The GPS on the carts was a blessing.

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