West Springfield is one of the communities along the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, a natural area that spans an epic 114 miles. The hiking is of easy or moderate difficulty on all parts of the trail, making it a great place to take a short day hike, although some hardcore hikers use the campsites along the trail and do the whole thing in one go. Although technically the trail is never more than a mile from a public road, the craggy cliffs, sweeping vistas, and rugged landscape make it seem remote. The Northern end of the trail is at the summit of Grand Monadnock, the most frequently climbed mountain in the United States.
The Big E in West Spr
The Eastern States Exhibition, known by locals as The Big E, is the largest fair in the Northeast and the sixth largest in the nation. Every year, two weeks after Labor Day, the fair begins its 17-day run during which time hundreds of thousands of visitors will stream through the gates. The Big E has everything one would expect to find at a state fair, only bigger. It can be easy to get lost in the midway and the livestock competitions are some of the fiercest around. The Mardi Gras-themed parade is always a big hit as well for all members of the family.
The Majestic Theater
Because of its laid-back nature and friendly residents, there is a healthy and active arts scene in West Springfield and a prime example of just how creative this community can be is the Majestic Theater. Originally built as a single screen movie house, the theater has been converted to house a live community theater. Every season, the professional actor's company at the Majestic puts on five shows, including one musical. During the summer months, the wonderfully restored space is used to host improv comedy shows, acting classes, and a top-notch children's theater program. Season passes provide a discount to the avid theater-goer, but door admission also proves reasonable for all budgets.