9 Worcester Experiences Worth Traveling For


Posted: October 17, 2018

There are a few things that all travelers crave. We love having options to choose from. We appreciate personalization and good hospitality. We all want to feel safe. But, above else we long for new experiences. Whether you’re visiting Worcester for the first time or choosing to make our city your home, we’ve got plenty of immersive experiences to pave your way.

01 / Get Crafty with Designer Cupcakes

The Queen's Cups / 56 Water Street / Worcester, MA

This gourmet cupcake shop is overflowing with scratch made treats and instagrammable backdrops fit for a queen. Arrange for a byob cupcake decorating party in the space that once housed Bucky’s Garage and now accounts for a chic new showplace. An ever-rotating roster of fun flavors include picks like cotton candy donut, animal cracker, Fruity Pebble cake batter, chicken & waffles, and Dunkaroo cookie dough. +discover

02 / Hit the Flame Shop and Blow Some Glass

Worcester Center for Crafts / 35B New Street in Worcester / Worcester, MA

This professional glass studio hosts youth and adult classes including hot-shop, cold-shop, and flame-shop options along with kiln rental depending on your level of experience. Start with a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the processes and see the shops in action. Blow your beer nerd friends away by crafting proper glassware at one of the classes designed for novices. Master the basics of safety and studio etiquette before modeling a 2,000-year-old artform. Please note: the 8,000-square-foot studio is separate from Worcester Center for Crafts’ Sagamore Street hub. +discover

03 / Go Off Script

The Hanover Theatre / 2 Southbridge Street / Worcester, MA

Adult improv (Ages 18+) will allow you to explore exercises in humor and participate in “skill-driven” games within a structured environment for serious improvisers. Feel your confidence build as you experience individual success and subsequently find harmony in ensemble. You’ll learn the mantra “yes, and,” along with collaboration, commitment, and communication. Classes are one hour long every Thursday and run for fifteen weeks at a time. +discover

04 / Master the Art of Pasta Making

Volturno / 72 Shrewsbury Street / Worcester, MA

Volturno proprietor Greg Califano teaches a monthly pasta class in the function space at his Neapolitan pizzeria located along Worcester’s restaurant row. Volturno’s rustic charm benefits from the added intimacy of a smaller space in the “Privato” room. Roll up your sleeves, pour some wine, and get ready for a culinary education. Learn from artisan pasta makers and take home a container of noodles to boot. The kitchen promises to send out multiple courses as you craft your pasta dough. No two pasta classes are ever the same, so if you enjoy yourself, you can keep coming back. +discover

05 / Get Wise to the Wine

Lock 50 / 50 Water Street / Worcester, MA

Lock 50 regularly hosts “dueling wine” events and young professional tastings which include light appetizers from Chef Tim Russo. Tickets are very reasonably priced (hovering around $25) and draw passionate crowds of wine hobbyists, aspiring sommeliers, and social butterflies alike. +discover

06 / Practice Your Brushstrokes

The Worcester Art Museum / 55 Salisbury Street / Worcester, MA

WAM’s Studio Art Program boasts top notch art instruction in an approachable classroom environment open to students of all abilities. Access to the Museum will undoubtedly ‘broaden students' perspectives and inspire classroom creativity.’ Classes are offered at a variety of convenient times, designed to accommodate a wide range of schedules. Choose from classes like The Art of Humorous Illustration, Pastel Drawing, and Asian Brush Painting. +discover

07 / Get Stitched

Stitching with Gina / 59 Main Street #102 / Sturbridge, MA

Stitching with Gina, formerly Sturbridge Quilting and Sewing Center, offers a number of “sew-cations” and “quilt camps.” Gina provides hand-guided machine quilting services with pride and patience for all of her customers. +discover

08 / Know Your Nature

Ohana Farm / North Brookfield, MA

Folk Herbalist Amber Kennedy of Bohéme Botanika regularly offers plant identification hikes for beginners, flower pressing workshops, and tea blending classes. Kennedy’s programming takes place in a variety of local forests and farms throughout Central Mass. Hike participants identify wild plants and learn of their magical, medicinal, and historical properties while absorbing the powerful lunar energy. Inquire at bohemebotanika@gmail.com and look for Boheme Botanika’s tea and fresh cut herbs at local farmers markets. 

09 / Macrame Under the Stars

Birch Alley / 19 Harrison Street / Worcester, MA

Birch Alley hosts occasional classes to teach customers how to make their own macrame plant holders. Fresh greenery is available for purchase prior to class for those who arrive early. Classes hover around $30 with very limited space. Owners have even organized special opportunities for guests to partake in "macrame under the stars" on Birch Alley's beautiful outdoor patio. +discover