After a morning in Boston, head out to the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Upon arriving in Springfield, visit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Hall features countless exhibits, memorabilia and interactive areas. Become a sportscaster in the media wing, shoot hoops on the full-size regulation basketball court or play one-on-one in virtual basketball.

Then take a quick ride over to the Springfield Museums, which are clustered around a quadrangle that contains the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. In addition, you will find the country’s only permanent gallery of Currier & Ives prints as well as French Impressionist paintings. The Science Museum enchants visitors of all ages and imaginations, and the Museum of Springfield History contains rare artifacts that highlight the city’s manufacturing history.

If it’s April through October, Six Flags New England is a must-see stop on the tour. The quintessential American theme park, Six Flags boasts 10 coasters plus Splash Island, Hurricane Harbor, Looney Tunes Movie Town, the Hall of Justice and countless other exciting attractions. It’s a world of fun in nearby Agawam!

Top off your trip with a visit to any of downtown Springfield’s great eateries before heading back to Boston for the night. Theodores Booze, Blues and BBQ – in addition to being named #1 Blues Club in the Country by the Blues Foundation – features a stellar Cajun and BBQ-influenced lineup, Max’s Tavern is renowned for its innovative menu with contemporary American cuisine, and for authentic German fare with a flair, look no further than The Student Prince Café, a landmark downtown restaurant since 1935.