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Best things to do in Worcester

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Where in the world: USA  /  Massachusetts  /  Worcester

Top 15 things to do in Worcester

1. Worcester Art Museum

The collection at Worcester Art Museum covers 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, and includes paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and arms and armor from all over the world. Highlights include European paintings, Freake portraits, an outstanding collection of Paul Revere silver, and Near East art. Take a self-guided tour with audio or written materials provided by the museum, or try a public guided tour; check the schedule to make sure one's available during your visit. Guided tours and the pamphlet for self-guiding are free with the price of admission, and the audio tour is free for museum members.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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2. Room Escape Games

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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3. EcoTarium

The EcoTarium is a science and nature museum located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Previously known as the New England Science Center, the museum features several permanent and traveling exhibits, the Alden Planetarium, a narrow-gauge train pulled by a scale model of an 1860s steam engine, and a variety of wildlife.

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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4. Mystic Seaport Museum Adventure

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Get outside and enjoy a fresh sea breeze on the grounds of America's premiere maritime history museum. Guests are welcome to climb aboard tall ships, explore a preservation shipyard where shipwrights restore historic wooden vessels, stroll through heirloom gardens, engage in a sea story or two presented by friendly staff and volunteers. All indoor exhibits are opened for visitors to enjoy a deeper dive into life at sea during the golden age of sail and more. Summer weekends often include special events.
Suggested duration: 2 to 6 hours
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5. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic

See one of the United States' largest outdoor beluga whale exhibits at Mystic Aquarium, and get close-up with sharks, sea lions, penguins, octopi, and other ocean critters. Get hands on at touch exhibits where you can feel a reptile, stingray, shark, or crustacean. For an additional fee, you can get even closer during an animal encounter program with an African penguin, beluga whale, or even feed stingrays. Children and grownups can take educational programs at the aquarium to find out more about the marine life and conservation practices. Bring your own food and dine at the outdoor picnic area or try out the on-site cafe, which offers burgers, pizzas, snacks, wraps, and so on.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Wormtown Brewery

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. Go City: Boston All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions and Tours

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Explore Boston your own way with Go City's Boston All-Inclusive Pass. Do as much or as little sightseeing as you like, at your own pace while saving precious vacation dollars. Receive admission to popular Boston attractions, and enjoy great savings compared to buying separate attraction tickets. Enjoy direct entry to attractions. Simply save your pass (available as your 'ticket' after purchase) on your mobile device and go – no voucher redemption required!
Suggested duration: 1 to 7 days
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9. Crompton Collective

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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10. Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket

Foxwoods Resort Casino is a hotel and casino complex owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation on their reservation located in Ledyard, Connecticut. Including six casinos, the resort covers an area of 9,000,000 sq ft (840,000 m2). The casinos have more than 250 gaming tables for blackjack, craps, roulette, and poker, and have more than 5,500 slot machines. The casinos also have several restaurants, among them a Hard Rock Cafe. It has been developed since changes in state and federal laws in the late 20th century enabled Native American gaming on the sovereign reservations of federally recognized tribes.

Foxwoods has two hotel towers, with a total of 2,228 hotel rooms; and an arcade for children and teens. The original tower, the Grand Pequot Tower, opened in 1997, while the second opened in 2008 as the MGM Grand. It was re-branded the Fox Tower in 2013. In 2015, a retail complex, known as Tanger Outlet Mall, opened between the two hotel towers with 85 stores featuring luxury goods.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. American Antiquarian Society

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS), located in Worcester, Massachusetts, is both a learned society and a national research library of pre-twentieth-century American history and culture. Founded in 1812, it is the oldest historical society in the United States with a national focus. Its main building, known as Antiquarian Hall, is a U.S. National Historic Landmark in recognition of this legacy. The mission of the AAS is to collect, preserve and make available for study all printed records of what is now known as the United States of America. This includes materials from the first European settlement through the year 1876.
The AAS offers programs for professional scholars, pre-collegiate, undergraduate and graduate students, educators, professional artists, writers, genealogists, and the general public.
The collections of the AAS contain over four million books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, graphic arts materials and manuscripts. The Society is estimated to hold copies of two-thirds of the total books known to have been printed in what is now the United States from the establishment of the first press in 1640 through the year 1820; many of these volumes are exceedingly rare and a number of them are unique. Historic materials from all fifty U.S. states, most of Canada and the British West Indies are included in the AAS repository. One of the more famous volumes held by the Society is a copy of the first book printed in America, the Bay Psalm Book. AAS has one of the largest collections of newspapers printed in America through 1876, with more than two million issues in its collection. Its collections contain the first American women's magazine edited by a woman, The Humming Bird, or Herald of Taste.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. Elm Park

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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13. Green Hill Park

Green Hill Park is a large public park in Worcester, Massachusetts. The largest in the city, the park covers over 480 acres (1.9 km2). It is home to the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, which honors veterans of the Vietnam War from Massachusetts. The Memorial was opened in June 2002. It is home to the Green Hill Park Shelter, an historic building on the National Register of Historic Places.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic

The largest maritime museum in the world, Mystic Seaport Museum is home to a collection of historical ships and boats. Along with seacraft, a re-creation of a 19th-century fishing village is one of the attraction's most popular spots. The museum is housed in 60 historical commercial buildings where traditional crafts are still made the same way they were when the town was founded.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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