Flights to Worcester
A city situated in the state of Massachusetts, Worcester is one of the largest cities in the New England region of the USA. Named after Worcester in England the city is known for its Victorian era architecture and is a nice alternative to Boston.
There is a regional airport in Worcester (airport code: ORH) but it does not handle traffic for any international flights to Worcester. The nearest major airport would be Logan International Airport (code: BOS) located in Boston, and there are daily trains from Boston to Worcester. Flights to Worcester (arriving in Boston) from South Africa typically have 1 connection, such as a flight with British Airways that stops in London. KLM has a transfer in Amsterdam. Delta Airlines takes a 2-stop approach, and travels through Atlanta and New York City.
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The Tourist Attractions in Worcester:
Worcester is one of the United States’ older settlements as it was first settled in 1673 by the English. Just a few years later the small original settlement was destroyed, but by 1683 it was settled again. This second settlement was again abandoned in 1702, then settled again in 1713 and officially incorporated as a town in 1722. When the town first started life it was originally called Quinsigamond, named after the lake, but the name was changed to Worcester and named after the town of Worcester in England. Worcester grew as an important town and is credited with being the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. Buildings from that period still stand in the city today and form part of Worcester’s tourist attractions.
Architecture in Worcester
Visitors who are interested in architecture will find that Worcester is a great city for simply wandering around and seeking out interesting and historical buildings. There are many fine examples of buildings from throughout different periods in Worcester’s history. Places like the foreboding Old Worcester State Hospital, the 1911 Union Station, the Warner Memorial Theatre, Bancroft Tower, Worcester Market Building, Worcester North Works, and Worcester Corset Factory.
Museums in Worcester
Once you’ve seen the buildings, visit the museums to find out more about the city. The Worcester Historical Museum is a good place to start or if you’re interested in armour and arms, visit the Higgins Armoury Museum. Worcester Art Museum is a popular choice as it features works from many well known artists including Matisse, Renoir, Pollock, and El Greco.
If you’re visiting with children the EcoTarium – A Museum of Science and Nature usually goes down well with kids. There’s a zoo, planetarium, mini diesel train, and more.
Festivals in Worcester
Whenever you’re visiting Worcester make sure you check what festivals are happening in the city as there’s often something on. Whether it’s New Year’s, St Patrick’s Day, the Albanian Festival, Italian or Grecian, there’s quite a variety!
When Should You Visit?:
Worcester has a continental climate so if you’re looking for warm weather you’d be best visiting during the summer months, particularly June, July and August. Rainfall should be expected at any time of the year, and during the winter this will fall as snow. Winters are cold, but late spring and early autumn could be a good time to visit also.