American Heritage Museum
Visitors to the American Heritage Museum learn and discover by interacting with heritage through history, changing technology and America’s fight to preserve freedom. The museum explores major historic conflicts, ranging from the Revolutionary War to today, and boasts one of the world’s largest collections of armored vehicles and tanks, which are displayed in specialized dioramas and exhibits. With interest-based catered tours and a daily scavenger hunt, kiddos learn through focused (and fun) education.
Marlborough’s Apex Entertainment is the nucleus of food, attractions and events—displaying 100,000 square feet of pure fun. Think: luxury bowling, indoor go-karts, arcade games, laser tag, a ropes course, bumper cars, glow-in-the-dark mini golf and multi-sport simulators. There’s even a bar on site for adults, and a full restaurant menu for when it's time to refuel. Whether it’s a family outing or a full-blown holiday party, the weather is always conducive to activities at Apex.
As an immersive museum concept, the EcoTarium marries indoor and outdoor learning opportunities to inspire a passion for scientific and nature-based education. With science programs, a digital planetarium, live animal habitats, nature trails and a fully packed outdoor exhibit (with areas for digging, building, climbing and crawling) the EcoTarium is a rare local gem for engaging even the pickiest of crowds. You can even take a train ride during your visit!
Samuel Slater Experience
Curated by Webster Museums Incorporated to foster public knowledge of the history of the American Industrial Revolution in New England, the Samuel Slater Experience is a historical museum focusing on textile manufacturing. Samuel Slater, considered by some as the “Father of the American Industrial Revolution,” is at the forefront of bringing this area’s rich industrial history to life.
Worcester Historical Museum
Discover the true heart and history behind Worcester and its role in the wider world with a visit to the Worcester Historical Museum. Specially designed with children and interactive learning in mind, the Alden Family Gallery offers a curated experience for families to uncover Worcester’s history together in a community-inclusive and imaginative manner. Don’t leave without visiting the smiley-face focused room on the second floor!
Worcester Art Museum
Internationally known for its collection of European and American art, Worcester Art Museum (WAM) is home to a collection of 37,500 pieces spanning 51 centuries. With art carts, touch carts, hands-on activities and programs, WAM is an ideal spot for wintertime wonderment. Pro tip: Families and visitors of all ages can visit for free on the first Sunday of each month, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.