Educated, progressive, safe and awash with parkland, Springfield (Massachusetts) is a city shooting up the lists of America’s favourite places to live. Springfield often describes itself as the “City of Firsts” for its many innovations, the big ones being motorcycles and basketball. To recognise its origins the Basketball Hall of Fame is located in Springfield and a pilgrimage for any fan of the sport. For a day of edification look no further than the grand old Quadrangle with a cluster of top-class museums, and for a night on the tiles get down to the Club Quarter, the largest nightclub district between New York and Montreal. Let’s explore the best things to do in Springfield!
1. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Winters in New England can be long and savage, so in 1891 when the P.E. teacher James Naismith had to keep his restless class indoors for months he was ordered by the head of P.E. at Springfield YMCA to create an indoor game. After just 14 days he came up with basketball, so now Springfield is the site of the Hall of Fame for the world’s second-favourite sport. Since its creation in the 50s 300 of the game’s heroes have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and this is where you can look back at their sparkling careers. The museum inside is filled with hands-on mini games and shows, with shooting challenges and live skills exhibitions.