The Heart of Massachusetts, the central region of the state spanning Boston’s MetroWest suburbs, Greater Worcester, north towards Fitchburg, and south to Sturbridge, is an easy drive from New York and the New England states.

Visitors will find hotels and local dining establishments at various price points. Take a look at some top picks that will delight travelers of all ages. Check websites for ticket information, schedules, and event details.

Celebrate the 100th Start in Hopkinton of the Boston Marathon Celebrate the 100th start of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, MA with a series of events all month long. Highlights of the celebrations include a unique showcase of local artistic talent inspired by the marathon, stART Line experience offering visitors a self-guided art and education tour of the ‘Marathon Legend’ sculptures in Hopkinton and a special event featuring best selling author, Paul Clerici, sharing stories about the iconic Boston Marathon. Winged Foot Art Installation and Auction (April 1 – April 21) stART Line Experience (April 1 – April 21 | 9 am to 5 pm) Boston Marathon Traditions and Lore (April  10 | 6:30—7:45)    

Davis Farmland (Opens for the season on April 11) A premier destination for family fun and education, offering a unique blend of interactive animal experiences, engaging activities, and beautiful landscapes. With a commitment to conservation and entertainment, Davis Farmland stands out as the perfect place for a memorable day out with loved ones this April Vacation and all season long.

Southwick’s Zoo (Opens for the season on April 13) Southwick’s Zoo offers a captivating experience for all ages, featuring a diverse array of animals from around the globe in a picturesque New England setting. With interactive exhibits, and exciting attractions, Southwick’s Zoo promises a day of adventure and learning for the whole family. (April 13)    

New England Botanic Garden April Break (Secret Life of Bugs/Spring Discoveries) (April 13 -19) Experience an unforgettable school vacation at the New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill, where a week-long celebration awaits! Enjoy a variety of family classes, nature walks, scavenger hunts, and a themed drop-in activity room filled with hands-on crafts and projects for children of all ages.  

Athol Lions Club’s 59th Annual River Rat Race (April 13) Participants will embark on a thrilling 6-mile canoe race down the scenic Millers River with 200+ canoes from Athol to Orange. Experience the excitement of this long standing event with friends and family.

Creative Arts & Movement April Vacation Camp (April 16 – 18) At Earth & Aerial Yoga in Hudson, Massachusetts, kids ages 6-10 can embark on an exhilarating journey of movement and creativity at the three-day school vacation camp. Led by resident instructors, kids will immerse themselves in a world of springtime fun, exploring traditional and aerial yoga, theater, arts and crafts, meditation, and more  for three unforgettable afternoons filled with self-expression and joy.    

Discovery Adventures at Old Sturbridge Village (Starts in April) Old Sturbridge Village, showcasing  life in rural New England from the 1790s to the 1830s, offers an immersive three-day and five-day Adventures programs designed by educators for children of different ages and interests. Each session provides a deep dive into the Village’s history and environment, complete with hands-on crafts, afternoon snacks, and new friendships.

New England Folk Festival (April 19 – 21) The New England Folk Festival, widely known as NEFFA, is an annual celebration that artfully combines dance, music, crafts, and cuisine from diverse global traditions and this year marks the 80th anniversary. NEFFA is organized by the New England Folk Festival Association, a non-profit cultural and educational organization operated entirely by volunteers, hosted at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center.

Wachusett Mountain State Reservation The 3,000-acre Wachusett Mountain State Reservation invites visitors to explore its abundant natural and recreational offerings. Whether hiking, biking or simply driving to the summit for breathtaking 360-degree views, the Reservation provides an ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts.     History Exploration Each region in the Heart of Massachusetts, offers a rich tapestry of history waiting to be explored. Visit North Central, Discover Central MA and MetroWest Boston are steeped in fascinating stories and landmarks.

The Samuel Slater Experience in Webster, highlights Samuel Slater and his impact on American manufacturing, showcasing his  pioneering contributions to the industrial revolution by offering an immersive experience. Children under 12 who visit with an adult receive free admission (April 15)

The Johnny Appleseed Trail winds through picturesque landscapes and historic towns. Visitors can find John Chapman, known as Johnny Appleseed’s birth place, a small cabin, located just off of Route 2.

The American Heritage Museum in Hudson, Massachusetts showcases the world’s military history with a remarkable collection of tanks, vehicles and artifacts spanning from World War I to present day through immersive exhibits and living history events.