Let’s play guess that city. I am a city of firsts. I am the birthplace of an incredibly popular sport. I hold the power of the dictionary. I pulled the trigger on early firearm production. I found a way to pioneer the motorcycle industry. I filled my belly with green eggs and ham. There's a joke about one of me in every state. Have you got a clue?
Book a luxury motorhome rental RV in Springfield, MA to experience all these firsts. Closer to Hartford, CT than Boston, Springfield sits gracefully along the Connecticut River, Westfield River, and Chicopee River. Comprised of 17 distinct neighborhoods, Springfield is the icon of Western Massachusetts and is ready to be explored by you and your Springfield motorhome rental.
The Great Outdoors
Nestled in the Forest Park district—a neighborhood filled with beautifully maintained Victorian mansions—you’ll find a nice sized park at its core. Its 735 acres were designed and landscaped by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead. Forest Park shares the same name as the district and is a popular place to escape the downtown pace. Take a stroll through the park, and you’ll find meticulously maintained greenery, an aquatic garden, a public pool, and even a zoo! In the winter the park hosts the well-known Bright Lights, a holiday light spectacular.
Springfield does sit on a few rivers; so if you’d rather a waterfront view, head over to Waterfront Park. The stretch of land sits along a portion of the Connecticut River and is a great green space considering the bustling city behind it. The paved trail is a popular walking, running, and biking path. Pack a picnic and enjoy a peaceful day down by the river. And, the city has approved a renovation project—just in time for your RV rental trip to Springfield.
For a truer wilderness feel, take a short drive to Agawam. Here, the Robinson State Park encompasses 811 acres of forestland on the Westfield River. The park features 20 miles of mountain biking-specific trails, hiking areas, and fishing, swimming, and kayaking on the river. Enjoy the scenery and the wildlife; there’s said to be some rare dragonflies and turtles around if you can spot them.
Given the tight metropolitan area that Springfield is, you may be unable to be find adequate RV parks while visiting here with your Springfield travel trailer rental. There is however a Walmart located not far from downtown within city limits. Check in with the managers to see about using their parking lot as a rest stop.
If you do not have the need to stay within Springfield, there are a handful of RV friendly parks to post up for the night with your rental RV in Hampden County. Many cater to families and leave you with plenty to do on site as well as close distance to other towns. The sites have your basic amenities such as full hookups, bathroom and laundry facilities, and WiFi.
Exploring the City
Springfield has several claims to fame, but two especially stand out and are memorialized by their own museums. Springfield is the home and creator of basketball. The sport started with two peach baskets and a soccer ball as a less contact sport than football. Since its beginning, the sport has evolved, and now Springfield pays homage to this at the Basketball Hall of Fame. With tons of interactive exhibits, this is a must-see for any fan of the sport. While basketball is the historical sport of the area, Dr. Seuss might be the most prolific figure from the area. Perfect for children or those who grew up reading his books, the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum provides insight into his development process of the characters and stories. Just like the worlds he created, this museum is just as fun, wacky, and colorful.
Another popular spot to investigate while in Springfield with your camper rental is the Eastern States Exposition. Many events are hosted here from the ever-popular fall extravaganza The Big E to major horse shows to trade shows to hosting concerts. Check their calendar for when you’re planning to be in the area to see what excitement is going on.
Just recently completed, the new MGM Springfield has a state of the art casino and Movie Theater. They also host a variety of shows and music. MGM is nightlife made easy for all who venture through the doors. Even if you’re not into gambling, the facilities are just worth taking a gander.
Should it be a Massachusetts city that debuts a lot of firsts that you are seeking, consider a camper rental in Springfield. Play some basketball, test your luck at the casino, visit a museum, and learn about Green Eggs and Ham. Rent an RV in Springfield, MA and see what all The Baked Bean State is about!
Springfield, MA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
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