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Worcester, MA

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Worcester will surprise you—not only because it’s the second largest city in New England, after Boston. It was always known for its innovation in commerce, industry, education, and social thought! In 1776, the first reading if the Declaration of Independence was in front of Worcester City Hall. In 1908, the largest US employer of over 1200 women was the Royal Worcester Corset Factory. Anarchist Emma Goldman lived here and 1960s radical Abbie Hoffman was born in Worcester.

Getting Around in Worcester, MA

Commuting by car is the most popular way to travel, but certain parts of the city are actually very walkable. Residents in the heart of the city can easily access the museums, the Historic Districts, and Clark University by foot. Cycling enthusiasts won't find a great deal of bike lanes, but the hills around town will make sure that you're getting a workout and there are plenty of established trails to explore. Public transportation is available through the Worcester Regional Transit Authority bus fleet and commuter rail is offered through the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Plus the Worcester Regional Airport is in town too.

Walk Score®
"Very Walkable"
Transit Score®
The average commuter time in Worcester is:
15 to 19 minutes
Explore info about this city
  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 4.79%
  • 9.83%
  • 1.91%

Worcester Art Museum

<p>The Worcester Art Museum (or, as it's lovingly referred to, WAM) is the second largest art museum in New England, which houses over 35,000 works of art from all over the world, dating from antiquity to present day. It also has a cafe , a museum shop, library and classes. Just a few of its claims-to-fame are that it was the first US museum to purchase the works of Monet and Gauguin and was also the first to take a medieval structure from Europe and install it in the States.</p>

Broad Brook Meadow Conservation Area

<p>A sanctuary run by the Mass Audubon society, Broad Brook Meadow Conservation has an extensive trail system (make sure you grab a map!) as well as a visitor system. Right in the city of Worcester, you can explore hundreds of acres of beautiful woods, fields, streams and marshes. There are over 80 different species of butterflies and birds in the Conservation Area. BBM can help you start to recognize birds and, if you&Otilde;d like, expand you&Otilde;re interest with special trips to identify various species of birds in their natural habitat. Also, while you are here, enjoy the gorgeous water garden, the rain garden demonstrations, various trails, and interpretive exhibits in the conservation center.</p>