Welcome To Hampden County, Massachusetts

Welcome to Hampden County, Massachusetts.  Hampden County is part of the Pioneer Valley.  

Hampden County is made up of the following towns/areas:

Agawam, Blandford, Bondsville, Brimfield, Chester, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Feeding Hills, Granville, Hampden, Holland, Holyoke, Indian Orchard, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Russell, Southwick, Springfield, Thorndike, Three Rivers, Wales, West Springfield, Westfield, Wilbraham & Woronoco


This area borders Connecticut and is in southwestern Massachusetts.   The county’s terrain is characterized by mountains in the west and by ridges and valleys in the east, bisected north-south by the Connecticut River. Other watercourses include the Chicopee and Westfield rivers and the Cobble Mountain Reservoir. Chester-Blandford, Granville, and Tolland state forests are found in the west, while Brimfield State Forest is in the east.


For the NATURE Lover:

1. Mount Tom State Reservation

Mount Tom State Reservation encompasses the Mount Tom Range and is located in the Connecticut River Valley region of Massachusetts, just north of the city of Springfield. The reservation is noted for its biologic diversity, high cliffs, and rugged scenery.

2. Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary


With 374 acres of preserve and 4 miles of trails, this is a great place to relax and enjoy nature.

Sanctuary Highlights

  • Home to more than 400 plant species, found in or around fields, streams, and meadows.
  • Pavilion on the Mort and Helen Bates Trail that overlooks the pond, where one can watch for kingfishers and orioles, signs of beavers, and water striders on the surface.
  • Burgess’s former home viewable from Main Street, now on the historic register and currently occupied by staff; exterior photographs are encouraged.
  • The Neff Trail, a longer hike to a beautiful New England hemlock forest.
  • Programs offered through Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary.

3. Stanley Park


Stanley Park is a non-profit privately owned park including an arboretum and botanical garden, located in Westfield, Massachusetts. It is open to the public daily without charge from May to November. Although the park is closed during the winter, people can still enter the park at their own risk. The duck pond area is monitored 24/7 with three security cameras, which are accessible on the park’s websites. These security cameras were installed about 6 months after three teenagers killed a Muscovy Duck, in November 2011. Westfield Bank donated the security cameras, after public outcry that the park did not have any surveillance on the duck pond area. In 2017 a volunteer at the park created a memorial sign to be placed in sight of the life size bronze statue, so people would know why there is a statue there, and can read more about it if they scanned the QR code with their phone.


For The ADVENTURE seeker:

1.Six Flags New England

Six Flags New England, formerly known as Gallup’s Grove, Riverside Grove, Riverside Park and Riverside: The Great Escape, is an amusement park located in Agawam, Massachusetts, a western suburb of Springfield, Massachusetts. Opening in the late 19th century, it is the oldest amusement park in the Six Flags chain, acquired by Premier Parks in 1996 and rebranded Six Flags New England in 2000. Superman The Ride is among the park’s most notable rides, having appeared as a highly ranked roller coaster in the annual Golden Ticket Awards from Amusement Today since the ride opened in 2000. 


2.  The Zoo in Forest Park


The Zoo In Forest Park and Education Center is a nonprofit zoo situated in Forest Park located in Springfield, Massachusetts. It spans over an area of four acres and is home to a variety of exotic, native, and endangered species.


3. The Holyoke Children’s Museum


The Children’s Museum at Holyoke is a children’s museum in Holyoke, Massachusetts, featuring participatory art, exhibits related to science, daily life, and an elaborate climbing area. The museum is located Downtown, within Holyoke Heritage State Park, in the renovated Sheldon Building of the former William Skinner and Sons silk mill complex.


4. The Big E / Eastern States Exposition


The Big E, formally known as The Eastern States Exposition, and billed as “New England’s Great State fair”, is the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard and the fifth-largest fair in the nation. The Big E is inclusive of all six of the New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Each of the New England states is prominently represented at the fair. Located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, a short distance from the Memorial Bridge spanning the Connecticut River, The Big E is held every autumn in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Each year, the fair opens on the second Friday after Labor Day and runs for seventeen days.


5. The Agawam Axe House


Offering indoor axe throwing as well as footbowling (a combo of throwing a football and trying to knock down ten pins in bowling!)


6. MGM Casino


MGM Springfield is a hotel and casino complex situated in the heart of Metro Center, Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. Opening on August 24, 2018 in a block of buildings that are historically or culturally influential to Springfield, it became the first resort casino in the Commonwealth. 

For the HISTORY Buff:

  1. The Springfield Museums

The Quadrangle is the common name for a cluster of museums and cultural institutions in Metro Center, Springfield, Massachusetts, on Chestnut Street between State and Edwards Streets. The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, in the center of the Quadrangle, is surrounded by a park, a library, five museums, and a cathedral.


2. The Basketball Hall of Fame


The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is dedicated to promoting and preserving the history of the game of basketball. It boasts the Edward J. and Gena G. Hickox Library, which documents the sport as played by men and women at all levels from high school to professional, not only in the US but also internationally. The Hall of Fame’s more than 285 inductees include the game’s most prominent figures, such as college coaching legend and player John Wooden, professional players Wilt Chamberlain and Julius “Dr. J” Erving, and the inventor of the game, James Naismith, for whom the Hall of Fame is named.


3. Springfield Armory National Historic Site


Springfield Armory National Historic Site is a historic site in Massachusetts governed by the National Park Service.


4. Dinosaur Footprints

Dinosaur Footprints in Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA is an 8-acre wilderness reservation purchased for the public in 1935 by The Trustees of Reservations. The Reservation is currently being managed with the assistance from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The fossil and plant resources on the adjacent Holyoke Gas and Electric riverfront property are being managed cooperatively by The Trustees, Mass DCR, and HG&E. The dinosaur tracks at this site were among the first to be scientifically described in 1836, and are still visible to visitors. Hundreds of tracks, which were made by as many as four distinct types of two-legged dinosaur, are present in the sandstone outcrops. Additional fossils that have been found at the site or nearby include invertebrate burrows, fish, and plants. 



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