Thinking about moving to Worcester? As the second largest city in New England, Worcester has a bit of a reputation—you might think of traffic, noise, and the hustle and bustle of the big city. This can be intimidating for many seniors who may be looking for a calm, quiet place to call home, but don’t be quick to dismiss it! Worcester may be a big city, but it’s filled with things to do and has pockets of peaceful places. Whether you’re a sports fan, arts enthusiast, or prefer the peace and quiet of nature, Worcester offers something for everyone! Take a look at some of our favorite attractions in Worcester.
Attractions in Worcester for a Briarwood Resident
We in Massachusetts are no strangers to great sports teams! Looking for the excitement of sporting events without having to go all the way to Boston? Look no further! With no fewer than nine colleges in Worcester, there’s no shortage of collegiate teams and exciting games to watch! Stop by Holy Cross to see the Worcester Bravehearts baseball team play home games, or follow nearby colleges’ athletic calendars for basketball, hockey, track, and more!
For added excitement, see professional hockey games played by the Worcester Railers or watch the Massachusetts Pirates play indoor football! (Bonus: these teams both play at the DCU Center, a stadium which frequently hosts sporting events, shows, concerts, and more—take a look at their event calendar!)
And that’s not all. Last year, the Pawtucket Red Sox, better known as the “PawSox,” announced their upcoming move to Worcester. Beginning in 2021, the “WooSox” will be playing minor league baseball at the new “Polar Park” downtown. To incorporate the new park and make it easier for spectators to navigate the city, Worcester’s notorious Kelley Square is undergoing a remodel. Keep up with all the WooSox news on their website, WooSox Nation!
Arts and Culture
Worcester may seem like nothing more than a big city, but its variety of cultural attractions should not be overlooked!
Love art? Spend the day perusing the expansive collections at the Worcester Art Museum, including historical and contemporary pieces from around the world! The museum is also the new home of the armor collection from Higgins Armory, which closed in 2013. In addition to viewing the art pieces, you can sign up for art classes or even view armor demonstrations!
Worcester also hosts several art festivals throughout the year, such as StART on the Street in September or Art in the Park, a celebration of sculptures that are put on display in Elm Park throughout the summer. Keep an eye out for these and other special events!
Prefer performing arts? Worcester’s historic and beautiful Hanover Theatre puts on shows ranging from professional plays to comedy shows—there’s something for everyone!
And for those interested in history, be sure to stop by the Worcester Historical Museum. This small museum tells the riveting history of the city of Worcester and its people, including both permanent and temporary exhibits. Keep an eye on their calendar to see what’s coming up next!
Want to spend some time in the great outdoors? Worcester has you covered with beautiful parks and outdoor attractions.
Finished in 1882, Elm Park was one of the first public parks in the nation! With its walking paths and decorative bridges set around a scenic pond, Elm Park is a great place to spend some time relaxing in the sunshine.
Or, pay a visit to spacious Green Hill Park. See Worcester’s Vietnam War Memorial, visit the park’s free petting zoo, and keep an eye out for frogs and turtles in the pond!
If you love plants and nature, Tower Hill Botanical Garden is a must-see. Made up of 71 gardens spanning 171 acres, this is the home of the Worcester County Horticultural Society. Stroll through the park, take a look at the wildlife, and even attend yearly tasting events!
For a change of scenery, make your way up to Bancroft Tower. This medieval style tower was built in 1900 and stands on a hill high above the rest of Worcester. You can view the tower year-round, but for added excitement, it is opened up on Sundays in October. During this time, members of the public can go to the top of the tower and see the changing leaves throughout the city! As a caution: the inside of the tower is not handicap accessible, so only plan to climb it if you are able to do so without assistance.
For more outdoor attractions in Worcester, take a look at the complete list of city parks.
Just for Fun
Looking to try something new? Worcester has no shortage of unique attractions!
For an interesting dining experience, keep an eye out for Worcester’s historic diner cars. These diners were produced by the Worcester Lunch Car and Carriage Manufacturing Company beginning in 1906, and they can still be found all over the city. Stop by the Miss Worcester Diner for unique dining!
Taking the grandkids out for a day? Worcester’s EcoTarium is a great place for kids and seniors alike! Stroll around the campus to see the rescued animals, from foxes and otters to owls and eagles! Take a ride on the train, stop in the planetarium, and take some time to inspect the dinosaur fossils. The EcoTarium always has something new to offer!
A Place to Call Home
Despite Worcester’s reputation as a big, busy city, it has plenty of hidden gems to offer. That’s why we love our Briarwood campus. Briarwood Retirement is set in Worcester, close to all of these great attractions—but despite being located in the city, our campus is spacious, private, and beautiful.
If you’re considering moving to a retirement community, come pay us a visit. See our campus, meet our staff, and take a look around the city. We hope you’ll find that Worcester is a place you can call home.