This is a steadily growing town, which has been stunted for centuries. Springfield boasts several weird firsts and famous people, as well new parks and a new civic center.
The celebrities all have their museums, including the Naismith inspired Basketball Hall of Fame, the Dr. Seuss Museum, and the Norman Rockwell Museum. Also, a revitalized downtown makes an interesting stop for cozy shelter and sustenance.
Only ninety miles from Boston and located amidst several bodies of water, Springfield has gained a reputation as a plain, cozy town with a storied past. For a more historical angle, check out Old Sturbridge Village, a fully functioning museum/town.