Nothing is more exciting than seeing your family after a good month of hard school work. With Family Weekend quickly approaching, it’s sure to be a fun time with all of the activities happening on campus. Being stuck on campus can sometimes be a drag. Take advantage of the beautiful city of Springfield and go out to see some sights and eat some good food. Here is a list of some of the best places to go to in the city of Springfield.
According to tripadvisor.com, the top three places for “tourists” to enjoy in Springfield are as follows:
The Quadrangle: Located on State Street, the quadrangle is a wonderful place full of museums, sculptures and even some cool “samurai” artifacts.
The Basketball Hall of Fame: You cannot visit Springfield and not see the Basketball Hall of Fame. Not only was basketball founded in Springfield, but it was founded at Springfield College. So drag your parents to go see this, it is a must see!
Springfield Museum of Fine Arts: Looking to break away from the Springfield College campus? Well, the Museum of Fine Arts is a great way to see some Springfield culture. It is the home to a large collection of medieval and contemporary American sculptures and paintings.
Cheney might be great, but if you want to break away from the normal college food and have something a little nicer, here are a few restaurants that are a big hit in the city according to yelp.com.
Big Mamou: 4.5 out of 5, Price: $$, Hours – Sat: 12 p.m.-4 p.m., 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Big Mamou is a Cajun-style restaurant that is known for its jambalaya and delicious crab cakes. Give it a try when you’re in the mood for something a little hot.
Plan B Burger: 3.5 out of 5, Price: $$, Hours – Mon-Sun: 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
Although it can be a little on the loud side, Plan B Burger is a great place to grab…well, a burger. On top of their burgers, their jalapeno poppers and American nachos are crowd favorites. For an added bonus, it is located right near the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Student Prince Café: 4 out of 5, Price: $$, Hours – Sat: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun: 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Taking up nearly one whole block in downtown Springfield, The Student Prince Café has been a staple in Springfield since 1935. It serves up authentic German food, and has one of the largest collections of steins in the United States.
Let’s not forget that, as much as the city of Springfield can be exciting, there will be plenty going on around campus as well.
Farmers Market at 11 a.m. on the Cheney patio;
Men’s rugby vs. CCSU at 7:30 p.m. on Schmidt Turf;
Family Frenzied BINGO at 8 p.m. in the Richard B. Flynn Campus Union café.
Family Fun on the lawn at 10:30 a.m. on Naismith Green;
Football vs. Union College at 12 p.m. on Stagg Field;
Woman’s soccer vs. Babson College at 12 p.m. on Schmidt Sports Complex;
Men’s soccer vs. Clark University at 2:30 p.m. on Schmidt Sports Complex.