Named after Worcester in the United Kingdom, this is Massachusetts second largest city (after Boston) with a population of approximately 182,000, as of 2010. Due to its central location, Worcester is actually known as the “Heart of the Commonwealth” and is popular for being a busy but friendly city, close enough to Boston to be able to take advantage of the famous city’s offerings but small enough to inject it’s own personality.
With Worcester’s large influx of students within its outlying dozen colleges, there is always something of cultural influence to enjoy, such as concerts, theaters, galleries, museums (some world renowned) and an abundance of festivals, ethnic restaurants and shops. Where to start? Let’s explore the best things to do in Worcester!
1. Art Museum
The Worcester Art Museum is home to more than 35,000 works of art which date from antiquity to the present day. Cultures from all over the world are represented throughout the various exhibitions, with the collections showcasing some of the best artists and examples of each genre. A particular favorite of the museum is the silver collection by Paul Revere, as well as the armor gallery and the stunning mosaic display situated on the Renaissance Court floor. There is a well stocked gift shop as well as a comfortable café serving hot and cold refreshments.