Bundle Up & Head Out to the Mountains
Perhaps the most obvious snowy day adventure starts on the mountain. The snow bunnies in the crowd can head straight to the summit elevation of 2,006 feet at Wachusett Mountain's 26 trails, and options for every skill level. The on-site 38,000-square-foot lodge, cited for excellence in architectural design, offers a warm, comfortable atmosphere with exposed beam construction, a huge fireplace and sun decks surrounding the building.
Minutes from Worcester and less than an hour from Boston, Ski Ward is at your disposal for skiing, snowboarding and tubing adventures. Ski Ward is also host to the Slopeside Bar & Grill serving lunch, dinner, beer, wine and ice cream both indoors and outdoors on a patio with fantastic views. The mountain offers nine trails, four lifts and eight tubing lanes for any snowy-day celebratory needs.
Sharpen Your Game at X-Golf Worcester
X-Golf Worcester, the sports hub for new and experienced golfers, is a coolly unique spot offering nine simulators, a bevy of beverages, bites, televisions and tournaments—making for a truly year-round destination, no matter the weather. On their state of the art simulators, visitors can play any one of over 100 world renowned courses, and consider golf leagues, lessons and club fittings for the golf gurus.
Discover Science & Nature at the EcoTarium
The EcoTarium serves as New England’s leading museum of science and nature, dedicated to inspiring a passion for both with every visitor who passes through. With hands-on activities and an entire museum to explore, spending a day here is a true combination of excitement and education. The venue also boasts a playground, train ride and planetarium, adding movement and joy to the many lessons being learned. From group and camp programs to after-school initiatives and early learning, there's so much for kids to discover during every season.
Exercise Your Mind in an Escape Room
Become part of a story, find hidden clues, solve puzzles and crack the code. Live Action Escapes brings an immersive environment to Worcester, one for solving puzzles and challenges with customizable experiences for two to 25 players per hour. Here, you'll get a variety of escape room settings, all with their own theme and storyline.
By the same token, Sturbridge's Escape the Pike is locally-owned and operated by Army veterans who seek to entertain and challenge visitors with puzzles, problems and clues to solve and uncover—with high quality props and the workmanship of local craftsmen.
Enliven the Day at APEX entertainment
APEX Entertainment sits at the nucleus of food, attractions and events, offering 100,000 square feet of serotonin. Boundless activity options include luxury bowling, arcade games, a multi-level go-kart track, bumper cars, laser tag, glow-in-the-dark mini golf and sports simulators.
Take a Ride at Cornerstone Ranch
Enjoy the grounds of Cornerstone Ranch, even on snowy days. With a gorgeous new pavilion heated by a wood stove, the ranch will warm any cold-weather attendee. Riders of any age can embark on a 30-minute winter horse-drawn ride, complemented by a rich history of our Pioneer days and some of the novelties around driving horses as a form of transportation in the U.S.—with hot chocolate and s'mores to boot.
Explore Experiences at Local Museums
For the love of art, take a visit to Worcester Art Museum, whose encyclopedic 37,500-piece collection covers 51 centuries—and as the first U.S. museum to focus on collaborating with local schools, has been at the forefront of engaging audiences and giving them a meaningful and personal experience. Youth programs add even more life to the walls of the WAM, with hyper-specialized classes for art topic and age, from Creative with Clay and Painting Palooza to Exploring Arms & Armor and Around the World.
Learn all about the “Heart of the Commonwealth” during a visit to Worcester Historical Museum. Enhance your visit by joining a tour, lecture, concert, performance, family day, party or other event offered throughout the year—like the Valentine history and craft workshops kicking off Free February at the Museum.
Extend Your Stay at the Beechwood Hotel
From the warm glow and crackling embers of the Beechwood’s Fireplaced Lobby to its spacious and elegant Fireplace Suites, an escape at the Beechwood is the perfect way to watch the snowflakes flurry. Worcester’s only AAA Four Diamond boutique hotel is also pet-friendly, so you can enjoy a wonderland stroll across the property’s extensive and sprawling walking trails with the entire crew in tow.