What to do and see in Chicopee, United States: The Best Places and Tips

August 30, 2017 Fernanda Pittenger

Chicopee (/ˈtʃɪkəpi/ CHIK-ə-pee) is a city located on the Connecticut River in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States of America. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 55,298, making it the second largest city in Western Massachusetts after Springfield. The current mayor is Richard Kos.
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1. Springfield Armory National Historic Site

1 Armory Sq, Springfield, MA 01105-1700 +1 413-734-8551
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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. 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!!

3. Polish Center of Discovery and Learning

33 South St, Chicopee, MA 01013-2633 +1 413-592-0001
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Polish Center of Discovery and Learning

Reviewed By chippersnacker - Boston, Massachusetts

For anyone with an interest in Eastern European or immigrant history, the Polish Center is a true gem. The building is inviting with three floors of packed displays of objects concerning both the everyday lives and special events of Polish immigrant to region. Rooms are divided by loosely by topic - military history, immigration, education and business development, home life and celebrations, etc. Each room has displays of objects, photos and explanations which are engaging and heart-warming.

Perhaps most interesting especially to younger visitors is the replica of a Polish cottage found on the third floor of the building. The room is filled with objects imported from Poland and it is structured after the type of home one's great grandparents may have lived in.

Additionally, the Center houses the genealogy room of the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts as well as its own holdings of documents, books, and historical materials. One can call ahead and arrange a time for particular research.

The Polish Center holds numerous events every year from lectures to craft and cooking classes. A quick look at their Facebook Page or website always shows something interesting coming up.

As I said, the Center is truly a hidden gem of the region.

4. Springfield Museums

21 Edwards St, Springfield, MA 01103-1548 +1 413-263-6800
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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!

5. Holyoke Children's Museum

444 Dwight St, Holyoke, MA 01040-5842 +1 413-536-7048
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Holyoke Children's Museum

Reviewed By Ofdoutandabout

Couldn’t be happier with our decision to add this to our weekend itinerary. Our four year old loved it- easily could spend 3 hours here. Every bit of space is used smartly and there is something for everyone. The climbing area is unlike anything I’ve seen at a children’s museum and the magnetic wall kept us occupied for nearly an hour. Loved the authentic touches in the paramedic and fire truck areas. Just fantastic.

6. Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden

21 Edwards St, Springfield, MA 01103-1548 +1 413-263-6800
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4.5 based on 376 reviews

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden

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.

Reviewed By Richard_Harpum - Doncaster, United Kingdom

My wife and I visited the Dr Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, Massachusetts, during a tour of New England. We decided to go, as it was recommended in our guide book.
There is a small parking lot opposite the museum and the sculpture display consists of a series of bronze sculptures that were made by Dr Seuss’s step-daughter. Some, like the elephant are quite large.
Next to the garden is the Dr Seuss Museum (“The Amazing World of Dr Seuss”). We did not have time to visit that but for Dr Seuss buffs, it is probably essential viewing.
A fun place to visit if you are visiting Springfield.

7. Holyoke Mall

50 Holyoke St, Holyoke, MA 01040-2709 +1 413-536-1441
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Holyoke Mall

Holyoke Mall at Ingleside is a 1.6 million square foot enclosed shopping center in Holyoke, MA that is located at the Intersection of I-90 and I-91, drawing customers from four states including MA, CT, VT and NH. Western New England’s largest shopping destination with over 18 million visitors per year, Holyoke Mall has nearly 200 specialty shops, restaurants and departments stores.

Reviewed By Marlene C - Springfield, Massachusetts

Almost dead in the middle of the week. Only action near restaurants. Not even school shoppers, yet. A great place to walk and it has an interesting mix of stores. I love the Christmas Tree Shop for it's reasonable prices and variety of goods. Great sales.

8. Storrowton Village Museum

1305 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA 01089-3578 +1 413-787-0136
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Storrowton Village Museum

Restored New England village features several buildings (circa 1767-1850), which were dismantled, moved and reassembled to create a living historic museum.

Reviewed By scoutdreams - Estero, FL

Foresight 80 plus years ago brought many historic buildings to a common place to share with the public. I have only been here when the fair is open and this along with the Avenue of States (right across the street) is my favorite parts of the Big E.
Take the time to walk through and read and hear about the history of each of the building making up this "town".
There are plenty of artisans selling their products as well as some working their skills in plain site.
A must see.

9. Forest Park

Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA +1 413-787-6434
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4.5 based on 227 reviews

Forest Park

Reviewed By ramsdesk - Westborough, Massachusetts

A must visit place during Christmas holidays. The entire park is lit up with various types of decorative lights. You can go traverse the park in you car without getting down.
There are various figurines and holiday themes lighting all over the park.
They charge $21 for entry (you could get $3 discount if you could take the printout of the coupon from their website). It's completely worth the money and time.

10. Basketball Hall of Fame

1000 W Columbus Ave, Springfield, MA 01105-2518 +1 413-781-6500
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4 based on 528 reviews

Basketball Hall of Fame

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.

Reviewed By LunaWanderlust

We stopped at the Basketball Hall of Fame on our way to Boston. My 9 year old really enjoyed it. The top floor is mainly basketball memorabilia. The second floor had a few interactive stations such as virtual basketball. The first floor was my son’s favorite. They had hoops in all different sizes and a slam dunk station. I would recommend this place to basketball fans, families with tweens and teens. It is a bit on the pricier side at $25 for adults and $15 for older kids. Anyone interested in visiting should check if they can get the groupon deal.

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