Quality of Life

Few areas can match the natural beauty, cultural diversity, entertainment or wealth of activities you will find in western Massachusetts.

The Baystate area offers much to do for any area of interest.

Baystate Health System is located in the heart of the Pioneer Valley. Comprised of the Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin Counties in Massachusetts the valley boasts a lively mix of the old world New England charm and the vibrant energy of the revitalized city of Springfield.

Residents of the Valley enjoy a multitude of arts, entertainment and recreational opportunities within a short drive. Whether you are enjoying a beautiful evening concert at the world-renowned summer home of the Boston Pops at Tanglewood, hiking the in the beautiful Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary or dining at one of the many multicultural restaurant offerings of Springfield’s vibrant foodie scene there is something for everyone!

Take a virtual tour of the area below! Get a taste of what it’s like to live here – the sights, the sounds and the culture! Come join us, and live your life to the fullest.

BMC is in the heart of Springfield. Its quality of life goes well beyond city limits.

Iconic venues like the Quadrangle museum cluster, Basketball Hall of Fame and MASSMutual Center give way to picturesque Forest Park and Zoo, Six Flags New England, historic towns, and great dining, shopping and entertainment.

The area boasts many beautiful homes in good neighborhoods, a great selection of public and private schools, as well as prestigious colleges and universities. Living costs in Springfield are also 14% lower than the Massachusetts average.

  • Yankee Candle Village, South Deerfield MA: Massachusetts’ most popular tourist attraction
  • Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens, Deerfield MA: wear your brightest colors and walk among hundreds of butterflies
  • Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield MA
  • Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke MA
  • Kringle Candle and the Farm Table Restaurant, Bernardston MA
  • Springfield Museums, MA: Dr. Seuss Museum, Science Museum, Museum of Springfield History, Museum of Fine Arts
  • Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst MA
  • Six Flags New England, Agawam MA
  • Zoar Outdoor Adventure & Whitewater Rafting, Charlemont MA
  • Glacial Potholes and Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls MA
  • Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst MA
  • Enders Falls, Granby CT
  • Yiddish Book Center, Amherst MA
  • Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Springfield MA
  • Randall Farms & Greenhouse, Ludlow MA
  • Atkins Farms Country Market, Amherst MA
  • Outlook Farm & Market, Westhampton MA
  • Berkshire Brewing Company, Deerfield MA: tour and tasting Holyoke Children’s Museum & Carousel, Holyoke MA
  • DAR State Forest, Goshen MA: swimming, hiking, fishing
  • Connecticut Wine Trail, Hartford CT
  • Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown, Ware, Orange MA: Fishing, hiking, boat rentals
  • Barton Cove, Gill MA: Camping, kayak and canoe rentals
  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge MA: recreation of 1830s colonial village Gillet Castle & State Park, Haddam CT
  • Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA
  • Tanglewood Music Venue & Summer Home of Boston Symphony Orchestra, Lenox MA
  • Bish Bash Falls State Park Waterfall, Mt. Washington MA
  • Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Ride, Essex CT- scenic tours, Polar Express, sunset cruises
  • Lupa Zoo at Forrest Park, Springfield MA
  • McCray’s Farm, South Hadley MA- petting zoo, mini golf, creamery
  • Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park, Portland CT- water sports, zip line Jumptown Skydiving, Orange MA
  • The New England Peace Pagoda, Leverett MA
  • Quonquot Farm, Whatley MA: pick your own apples, peaches, blueberries, flowers
  • North Hadley Sugar Shack, Hadley MA
  • Berkshire East, Charlemont MA: ski in the winter, zip line in the summer!
  • Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Stockbridge MA
  • Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket MA
  • Snow Farm, Williamsburg MA: craft workshops and galleries
  • Mass MoCA, North Adams MA: Museum of Contemporary Arts
  • Bassett Planetarium, Amherst College, Amherst MA
  • Bright Nights at Forrest Park, Springfield MA- November through January
  • Brimfield Antique Flea Market, Brimfield MA- May, July, September. One of the country’s largest!
  • First Night New Year’s Eve Party, Northampton MA
  • Paradise City Arts Festival, Northampton MA, May
  • Eastern States Exposition “Big E”- West Springfield MA, September
  • Long Meddowe Days, Longmeadow MA- celebration of colonial history, May
  • East Longmeadow 4th of July Parade and Carnival
  • Mattoon Street arts Festival, Springfield MA- September
  • Springfield Annual Pancake Breakfast- world’s largest group breakfast! May Litchfield Jazz Festival, Goshen CT, August
  • Green River Festival, Music & Hot Air Balloons, July, Greenfield MA
  • Cummington Fair, Cummington MA: animals, demolition derby, carnival- July
  • Strolling of the Heifers, Brattleboro VT- June. You cannot miss this!
  • King Richard’s Faire, Carver MA- 16th Century Medieval Faire, September through October
  • Mystic CT: explore the town and the Mystic Aquarium
  • Newport RI: tour the mansions, lunch by the sea
  • Salem MA: a must-see at Halloween!
  • Portland ME: local shopping and lobster rolls
  • Bennington VT: charming town and famous Bennington Pottery
  • Portsmouth, NH: lunch with a view of the sail boats
  • New York City
  • Boston
  • Great Wolf Lodge, Framingham MA
  • Vermont Covered Bridge tour
  • Howe Caverns, NY
  • Battleship Cove, Fall River MA
  • Skiing in Vermont: Stowe, Stratton, Killington, Okemo, Sugar Bush, Jay Peak, Suicide Six, etc!
  • Skiing in New Hampshire: Cranmore, Bretton Woods, Loon Mountain, Mount Sunapee, Attitash, etc!
  • Edaville Family Amusement Park, Carver MA: Home of Thomas the Train
  • WaterFire, Providence RI: 100+ fire sculptures on the river, live music, regularly May through November

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