Springfield has a population of 153,060 making it the 4th biggest city in Massachusetts. It operates on the EDT time zone, which means that it follows the same time zone as Boston.
|Country||The United States Of America|
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Welcome to the city in which James Naismith invented basketball and the famed Theodor Seuss Geisel (The Beloved Dr. Seuss) was born.
The largest city on the Connecticut River and the seat of Hamden County in Massachusetts, Springfield is known as "The City of Homes" due to its many stately Victorian mansions, and the plethora of single-family houses once inhabited by mill workers in the late 19th century.
Springfield is home to Forest Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the U.S., the Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Dr. Seuss Memorial. Six Flags, the largest amusement park in New England, known for many years as Riverside Park is located in Springfield. The historic site of America's first armory is also here.
This is an eclectic vacation stop with diverse restaurants, a rich sports history, a well-respected orchestra and the western world's largest collection of Chinese cloisonné at the G.W. Vincent Smith Museum.
Did you know?
- This Springfield is the first of the 34 in the USA and is also the biggest Springfield in the country.
- Located midway between New York and Boston and on the main route between New York and Canada, Springfield is ideally located for travel in all directions throughout the Northeast.
- Springfield is old! It was first founded as a town in 1636 and became a city in 1852.
- Basketball Hall of Fame
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors everyone and everything connected with the sport of basketball: exceptional players, outstanding coaches, referees, executives and major contributors to the game of 'round ball'.
Named after basketball inventor, Dr. James Naismith, the Memorial's goal is to preserve and promote the history and culture of basketball at all levels.
- Six Flags New England
The largest theme park in New England, located in nearby Agawam, MA, Six Flags New England is synonymous with great fun and excitement!
Featuring over 50 rides, including "Superman – Ride of Steel" and "Batman – The Dark Knight", this amusement park known as Riverside by the locals, is sure to get the adrenaline flying. Special events at Six Flags include rock concerts, fireworks, holiday celebrations and acrobatic expositions.
- Springfield Armory
The Springfield Armory was the primary center for the manufacture of U.S. military small arms and the site of many important technological advances in gun manufacturing. Many different models produced at the armory from 1794 to 1968 were referred to as "Springfield rifles".
Overlooking the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts, the Springfield Armory National Historic Site - run by the National Park Service - offers visitors a most interesting look of America's first armory.
- Dr. Seuss Memorial
The sculpture garden located at the Springfield Quadrangle, honors Theodor Seuss Geisel, one of the nation's most beloved children authors.
The Dr. Seuss Memorial features beautiful bronze sculptures created by Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, who was Geisel's step-daughter. Depicting famous characters such as the Cat in the Hat, Sam-I-Am, Thing One, Thing Two, Sally and her Brother, and Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, along with a Seussian storytelling chair and the Lorax, the Memorial is a lovely way to learn about the magnificent work of Dr. Seuss.
- Forest Park
Located on the banks of the Connecticut River, Forest Park is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy great open spaces. Forest Park is the largest city park in Massachusetts and one of the largest in the Northeast.
Among its many attractions, the park includes a zoo, a baseball diamond and grandstands, a gorgeous rose garden, multiple picnic sites, a hockey and ice-skating rink, swimming pool and miles of walking trails.