Stockbridge is one of the most charming and beautiful towns to visit in Western Massachusetts! There is a small but lively town center and lots of fun things to do in Stockbridge MA. Come with us as we visit the historic downtown and discover all the best activities, museums, and much more.
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1. Explore the Town Center
So many of the best things to do in Stockbridge start in the gorgeous town center! Main Street is full of life, and plenty of great cafes and local restaurants. Our favorite part about the downtown area is visiting it at different times of the year.
Whether the flowers are blooming in Spring, leaves are changing colors in Fall, or you catch a snowy winter day, it’s always a perfect time to be in Stockbridge! Park anywhere along the main strip or surrounding streets and go for a leisurely stroll through Stockbridge MA.
2. Grab a Drink at the Red Lion Inn
You might as well start off your trip to town at one of the most iconic places in the Berkshires! If you can believe it, the Red Lion Inn first opened as a tavern way back in 1773. By the late 19th century it expanded into a 100 guest hotel, and to this day it has still retained its colonial features.
Don’t worry, even if you’re not staying overnight at the Red Lion Inn you can still enjoy it! One of the best things to do in Stockbridge MA is to grab a drink, sit on the porch, and let the day pass you by.
3. Hike at Goodrich Memorial Park
Stockbridge Massachusetts has some amazing walking and hiking trails. One of our favorite spots to experience nature is Goodrich Memorial Park. Here you’ll find 3 different and unique paths that will take you around and above the Housatonic River. After parking, cross the Goodrich Memorial footbridge to start your walk. The trails are mostly flat and perfect for all ages.
- Mary V Flynn Trail: This path follows along the river and is a popular one for people with dogs.
- Ice Glen: Hike up into the magical Ice Glen where you’ll be jumping over boulders and expecting fairy’s to fly past at any moment!
- Laura Lookout Tower: The steepest of the three hikes at Goodrich Memorial Park, the tower has beautiful views of Stockbridge and the surrounding area.
4. Shop At the Unique Stockbridge Stores
Ready for some shopping? You’re in luck! One of the best things to do in Stockbridge MA is to peruse the shops on Main Street. You’ll find everything from jewelry and souvenir stores to local chocolate and wine! Even with new storefronts opening, Stockbridge has kept its historic charm which can be felt throughout town.
5. Visit Naumkeag in Stockbridge
Stockbridge Massachusetts is rich in history and cultural attractions. Naumkeag is a stunning public garden and historic home sitting on 48 acres. The forty-four-room gem was built in 1884 as a summer home for the former U.S. ambassador to Great Britain Joseph Choat.
Today, touring the grounds is a must when looking for what to do in Stockbridge MA. Also, if you happen to visit at certain times of the year you can book ahead and reserve tickets to the popular shows where they transform the grounds. Our personal favorite is seeing the winter lights at Naumkeag!
6. The Norman Rockwell Museum
Speaking of history… Did you know Stockbridge Massachusetts was home to one of the most famous American painters? Norman Rockwell spent his later years in this Berkshires town and now there is a wonderful museum dedicated to his work.
In fact, the Norman Rockwell Museum has the world’s largest collection of his paintings! You may recogine one in particular on your trip to the museum. Norman Rockwell painted Main Street in Stockbridge in 1967 which has become one of his most iconic pieces.
7. Stroll through the Berkshire Botanical Gardens
If you couldn’t tell already, there is an abundance of great nature activities in Stockbridge Massachusetts. One of our absolute favorite places is the Berkshire Botanical Garden! The 24-acre property is filled with unique garden areas and dozens of endless types of colorful flowers!
In addition to hosting weddings and private events, the Berkshire Botanical Gardens has workshops, classes, and numerous exhibits. If you’re visiting Stockbridge NA in the Fall don’t miss the annual Harvest Festival.
8. See a Performance With Berkshire Theatre Group
One of the best things to do in Stockbridge MA in the summertime is to see a performance with Berkshire Theatre Group. The Unicorn Theatre and the Fitzpatrick Main Stage are both located in Stockbridge Massachusetts, while there is also the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. From plays to concerts and even movie premiers, a summer night with the Berkshire Theatre Group is the way to go!
9. Visit Chesterwood in Stockbridge MA
Like Rockwell and Choat, Stockbridge MA had another famous resident! The summer home of sculptor Daniel Chester French is on full display here as a beautiful museum and sculpture garden. Spending the afternoon at Chesterwood is such an interesting activity if you’re looking for what to do in Stockbridge MA.
10. Kayak the Stockbridge Bowl
Also known as Lake Mahkeenac, the Stockbridge Bowl is a fun place to go swimming during summer in the Berkshires. Another one of the best things to do in Stockbridge MA is to kayak out on the lake. Also, make sure to see it from above at Olivia’s Overlook!
Have any questions on Stockbridge Massachusetts or want to share your own favorite things to do in Stockbridge MA? Leave us a comment below!
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Where to Stay in the Berkshires
Ultra Luxury – Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa – Take in some luxury in this historic Wyndhurst Mansion turned resort. Enjoy golfing, spa treatments, and views of the beautiful Berkshire countryside.
Fun Vacation – Courtyard by Marriott Lenox – Just a quick drive from downtown Lenox, this is the perfect spot to relax after a fun day of exploring. While there are plenty of historic hotels and Airbnb’s in the area, we enjoyed having the modern amenities and swimming pool at the Courtyard by Marriot.
Bed & Breakfast – Chambery Inn – This beautiful bed and breakfast is situated out in the countryside of Lee, but still close enough to walk to local restaurants and shops. You’ll also be just a few miles from attractions such a Tanglewood and Butternut Ski Resort.
Historic Hotel – Red Lion Inn – This historic hotel is a landmark in the town of Stockbridge. Stroll through town which is right at your doorstep, or simply watch the day pass you by while sipping on drinks on the front porch.
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