Plan a Summer Stay in Sturbridge

Posted: April 1, 2019

Sturbridge is an ideal destination for a wholesome family vacation this summer. Visitors will appreciate the beauty of the great outdoors as they enjoy dining, shopping, and antiquing in this historic town. Sturbridge is conveniently located at the crossroads of the Massachusetts Turnpike, Route 20, Route 131, and Interstate 84.

Step Back In Time at Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village is a living history museum designed for families who love a taste of the outdoors. You and your tribe will encounter costumed content experts spread across a rural New England town with plenty of 1830s charm. The grounds consist of over 40 original structures including historic homes on 200 acres of pristine land.

Celebrate “Wool Days” on Memorial Day weekend as you partake in the annual sheep shearing festival. In June, you can attend the Antique Car Rally or brave the annual Scout Camp-out. Best of all, Independence Day always promises blooming gardens, craft beer, and the Roots Music Festival.

Stay at a Historic Inn

Families in search of some old fashioned “Yankee Hospitality” will find what they are looking for at The Publick House, which dates back to 1771. Nearby, Old Sturbridge Village also offers its own Inn & Reeder Family Lodges for overnight visitors.

Explore the Wilderness at Wells State Park

Wells State Park offers 60 campsites close to Walker Pond where adventurous families will enjoy canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Mountain biking and hiking trails abound for active campers, while warm showers and grill pits will evoke the comforts of home for less seasoned naturalists.

Enjoy Live Music at Rapscallion Brewery

Rapscallion is a family and dog friendly microbrewery located in a 1940s apple barn. The brewery is surrounded by a 150 acre orchard and regularly hosts festivals and live bands. Take a tour to learn more about their flagship brew, made with local wildflower honey. Rapscallion was named for Robin Hood by its owners who maintain a commitment to their self-made philosophy. 

Dare to Disc Golf

Rapscallion boasts an adjacent 18-hole disc golf course, which visitors will find open everyday from dawn until dusk. The beauty of disc golf is that you won’t even realize you’re hiking until the game is won. Green Light Disc Golf runs a Pro Shop on site for families looking to gear up or learn about the history of the sport. Disc golf has been around since the 1970’s and requires nothing but a disc and an elevated metal basket. This inexpensive game is sure to provide fun for all ages. 

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