The 10 Best Things to Do in Greenfield, United States

July 20, 2017 Tonie Szymanski

Greenfield is a city in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. Greenfield was first settled in 1686. The population was 17,456 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Franklin County. Greenfield is home to Greenfield Community College, the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Franklin County Fair. The city has a Main Street Historic District containing fine examples of Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian architecture.
Restaurants in Greenfield

1. Poet's Seat Tower

Greenfield, MA
Excellent
53%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
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4.5 based on 109 reviews

Poet's Seat Tower

Reviewed By tedmc_12 - Richmond, Virginia

Wanted to visit the tower on a Friday evening before dinner. Arrived at the gated entrance off Mountain Rd. to find it closed and the parking lot full. The satellite view showed cars around the Tower and some side streets either side of a sports complex appeared to provide on-street parking but may have required bushwacking through the woods to get to the tower. Didn't go.

2. Historic Deerfield

80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342-5005 +1 413-775-7214
Excellent
66%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 238 reviews

Historic Deerfield

This New England museum of history and art is presented as a preserved 330-year-old western Massachusetts village, which features a collection of 18th- and 19th-century houses.

Reviewed By Ali921 - Edinburgh, Scotland

We came through with low expectations on a driving holiday but were totally impressed with what the local community has achieved. The "Main street" is beautiful. The restored houses were the most authentic we saw throughout our holiday in New England. The guides have tremendous knowledge and very happy to chat (or not) about the town or properties. Absolutely worth a visit if in the area.

3. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens

281 Greenfield Rd, South Deerfield, MA 01373-9790 +1 413-665-2805
Excellent
67%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 342 reviews

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens

Reviewed By Blanca L - Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Wanted to stay! Such a pretty and relaxing place. You interact with the most beautiful butterflies, it's a hidden gem. Please make the time to visit, with or without kids. Facilities are pretty good, nice cafeteria and gift shop.

4. Kringle Candle Company

220 South St, Rt. 5, Bernardston, MA 01337-9447 +1 413-648-3077
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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4.5 based on 214 reviews

Kringle Candle Company

Kringle Candle unites the best of the traditional and the new, with exciting candle products designed to mesh with virtually any decor. We've worked hand-in-hand with the industry's finest perfumers to select an array of robust, realistic candle fragrances. Our all-white candles not only blend perfectly with all backdrops, they emit the purest, brightest light possible.

Reviewed By BrieChickadee - Grafton, Massachusetts

I really love shopping in Kringle Candle..more like a lovely stroll with incredible fragrances everywhere.
And there are great decorating ideas along your stroll.
It really is a variety of stores to visit.
There is the candle experience, the restaurant, the barn, and chocolate store.
The grounds are gorgeous as well.

5. Great Falls Discovery Center

2 Avenue a, Turners Falls, MA 01376-1101 +1 413-863-3221
Excellent
66%
Good
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Great Falls Discovery Center

Housed within a complex of old mill buildings in historic Turners Falls, Massachusetts, the Great Falls Discovery Center's exhibits show the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River watershed. The Center's four acres of native plants, butterfly gardens, and open lawn nestle into a bend in the Connecticut River to provide a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere and the perfect place for fun and learning. Inside the main building, exquisite walk-through dioramas show the plants, animals, and landscapes of this 410-mile-long river from its arboreal source near the Canadian border, through forests and farms, past villages, towns, and cities, all the way down to the estuary at the Long Island Sound. A timeline indicates the impacts of human habitation on each environment over time and suggests safeguards to keep the watershed healthy and useful for all-people, plants, and animals-that live here together. The Center's charming Great Hall is in a separate building, a former machine shop, with a high ceiling, brick walls, large windows, and gleaming old wood floors. It is connected to the main building by a corridor whose windows on one side open onto an old canal (once used for transportation, now for power), faced on the other by a mural depicting what is found beneath the canal water rushing by. The Great Hall is used for regularly held art exhibits and special educational programs and activities for children and adults, as well as for the Friends of GFDC's monthly live-music Coffeehouses that warm up the room while raising funds that support the Center's free public programs. Located in town yet close to nature, the Center is one end of an easy self-guided walking tour of the interesting little town of Turners Falls, with its historical industrial architecture and distinctive geology, restaurants, shops, and old Carnegie Library. The walk and bike path along the river and canal runs from Turners Falls to Deerfield and is a favorite site for bird watching. A short distance along the other side of the bridge leads to Barton Cove's picnic area and camp grounds, where eagles soar over the peninsula. The Center's building and exhibits are fully accessible and are free and open to the public. It is a cooperative program of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, with financial and program support from the Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center.

Reviewed By Vicki V - Turners Falls, Massachusetts

I took my grandson here for a Junior Ranger program last summer and he had a great time. Very interactive - four days, once a week. They also offer nature programs on a regular basis. It is right next to the bike path and near...MoreYou are right about this being a place for kids! Thank you for attending Junior Rangers and thinking of telling people about your experiences through a review. We love it here and hope you do too!

6. Montague Bookmill

Rt. 116, Montague, MA +1 413-367-9206
Excellent
72%
Good
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Satisfactory
8%
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4.5 based on 73 reviews

Montague Bookmill

Reviewed By KLGri - Providence, Rhode Island

This is in a charming setting, and it is a rather "eclectic" used book store. Having said that, if you are looking for something in particular, you'd be better off going on the internet and ordering from Powell's or Abebooks or someplace else that sells used books. But if you just want to poke around a used bookstore, in a beautiful setting, and maybe (or maybe not) find a book you didn't know you wanted, then this is the place.

7. Bridge of Flowers

Shelburne Falls, MA
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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4.5 based on 490 reviews

Bridge of Flowers

Bring your camera when you visit this former trolley bridge, which is a flower garden ablaze with color.

Reviewed By Weekend_Roamer1 - Warrington, United Kingdom

Originally built in 1908 as a trolley bridge to cross the Deerfield River, this is a beautiful attempt at regeneration. I did read the plaque that explains who first converted it into a bridge of flowers but my memory cells are not at their full capacity!
We were there on a sunny day in October and the display was fantastic. I appreciate that the display will depend on the time of year you visit but even if all you get are the gnarled trees growing around the lamplight supports it is still nature at it's best.
Take the time to take photo's and walk it in both directions because you see something new that way.

8. Museum of Our Industrial Heritage

2 Mead St, Greenfield, MA 01301-3862
Excellent
67%
Good
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Museum of Our Industrial Heritage

Reviewed By LilCapalini - North America

We attended opening day for the 2013 season and found the enthusiasm, dedication, and knowledge-base of the staff simply contagious. The Museum of Our Industrial Heritage brings to life the history of industrial Greenfield and the surrounding communities through their collections, photographs, notations, and personal narrative. The weather cooperated the day of our visit and we were treated to a walk behind the old mill building along the Green River, providing us with an even richer understanding of the place of industry in the Pioneer Valley.

It is critical to look to our past in order to secure a vision for our future, which makes the MOIH an invaluable resource for the entire community. Be sure to spend a few moments at their wonderful website, meticulously maintained, for their online exhibits!

9. The Garden Cinemas

361 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301-3303 +1 413-774-4881
Excellent
28%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

The Garden Cinemas

Reviewed By Marianne W

So -- it's a partially renovated movie theater. Sometimes I have gone and the place was freezing cold (in winter) -- but many times the temperature is perfectly fine. I will continue to support these guys b/c they are trying to be good neighbors. I was on the school PTO and they were great to work with on a fund raiser. The school community got in early for a current-run movie (family friendly) and had the whole theater to ourselves. The snack bar is great. The biggest consistent 'issue' is the bathrooms. They need employees to check it more often. I have gone into a stall and walked right out again. The bathroom is very old and breaking down but the biggest issues are keeping it clean and supplied with soap and paper towel. _But I will continue to support a local business despite the bathroom situation. Also, I don't always want to drive to Hadley or Keene to see a show.

10. Apex Orchards

153 Peckville Rd, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370-9644 +1 413-625-2744
Excellent
84%
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8%
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Apex Orchards

Reviewed By AnniE34203 - Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts

On a day trip to view foliage on the Mohawk Trail, we took a short side trip off Rte. 2 to the Apex Orchards. When we arrived, we were blown away by the spectacular view. We later agreed that the view from Apex Orchards was so great that we did not need to travel the Mohawk Trail. Their gift shop sells local products. We bought Massachusetts maple syrup made in Conway, MA and honey made in Shelburne, MA. Of course, I comparison shopped at other gift shops along the way, and discovered Apex Orchards' prices were the lowest. The gift shop is small and sells quality products at reasonable prices. We also stopped at Yankee Candle and Pete's Fish Market. We suggest you enjoy the Deerfield, Greenfield, and Shelburne area as a day trip destination.

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