There is something for everyone to do here in Northampton. Choose from getting pampered, to exploring, hike, bike, ride in a hot air balloon, kayak down the Connecticut River, take in some cultural events, listen to live music or climb a wall.


East Heaven Hot Tub  Slip into private indoor or outdoor hot tub rentals, enjoy couples and individual massage and rejuvenating organic facials. This is a great way to relax.  I highly recommend the outdoor tubs, especially if it is snowing or a starry night. Call and check on tub availability.

33 West Street    413.587.0000


Academy of Music  The Academy offers first class performing arts and film presentations in an historic theatre of national significance. Check the schedule of events when visiting.

274 Main Street    413.584.9032


Calvin Theater  Performing arts center located in a renovated theater downtown. Check the schedule of events when visiting.

19 King Street   413.584.1444

Photo by Alvin-San Whaley Photography


Iron Horse Music Hall  A cozy little music hall with a small dance floor, some eats and a full bar. Children 6 and older admitted with ticket. Check the schedule of events when visiting.

20 Center Street    413.586.8686


Pearl Street Music Hall Larger performing halls with dance floors. Venues upstairs and down.  Full bar.  Children 6 and older admitted with ticket. Check the schedule of events when visiting.

10 Pearl Street   413.584.7771


Pleasant Street Theater  A small theater venue that has been showing art films for the past 30 years. The main theater is street level and wheel chair accessible. The other small theater is downstairs along with the restrooms and not wheel chair accessible.  Assistive hearing equipment offered upon request.

27 Pleasant Street   413.584.5848


Dr. Sketchy’s Northampton  Happens every first Friday of each month, with a different theme.  Get your sketching on, while sipping your favorite libation. At the Elevens.  Small cover charge and have some bills ready  to tip the models.

140 Pleasant Street  413.586.9155

Photo by Alvin-San Whaley Photography


Smith College  Be sure to include a walk around the campus, as part of your trip to Northampton. Additionally, there are all sorts of events and activities at Smith. Down by the boathouse and lagoon, you can follow the path and walk into the woods where you’ll most likely meet runners and other neighbors walking their dogs.  The path runs along the Mill River, which can swell, from time to time. If the weather has been rainy, wear appropriate walking shoes.

7 Elm Street 413.584.2700


Smith College Museum of Art  This world-renowned art museum has a permanent collection and rotating exhibitions. Check the schedule.  Be sure to visit the gift shop. Closed on Monday’s.

Elm Street at Bedford Terrace   413.585.2760


Smith College Botanic Garden  Fostering education about the plant kingdom is just a part of the wonder at the Botanic Garden. The first Saturday in March begins the Spring Bulb Show and the first Saturday in November boosts the Fall Chrysanthemum Show. Donations are gratefully accepted as admission. Open year round and while you are on campus, be sure to visit the beautiful trees [each are labeled] and take the self-guided Campus Tree Tour.  Download a free copy here

16 College Lane    413.585.2740

Photo by Mary Wiseman

Forbes Library  A destination onto itself and well worth the visit to this end of town. Upstairs is the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum as well as the Hosmer Gallery inside the Forbes Library. Check the schedule for current exhibition

20 West Street     413.587.1011


APE Gallery  Supports contemporary artists, working in all disciplines.  Be sure to check the exhibition schedule.

126 Main Street  413.586.5553


WM Baczek Gallery  Fine arts gallery. Pop in and have a peek.

36 Main Street   413.587.9880


Don Mueller Gallery  Showcasing a truly unbelievable selection of jewelry and art pieces. This is a shop within a gallery and a must see.

40 Main Street 413.586.1119


The Artisan Gallery  This store too is like being inside an art gallery.  Contemporary crafts, imaginative clothing, jewelry and accessories are all here. Come look at the jewelry, pottery, and other beautiful pieces.

162 Main Street   413.586.1942


Misty River Ballooning  For something really different glide above The Pioneer Valley in a hot air balloon.  You’ll float quietly above the valley along the Connecticut River and enjoy a traditional champagne toast and light snacks post flight. Groups can be accommodated for as well with several balloons.  Call for reservations.

413.586.9579 or 413.387.5658


Northampton Bike Rental  Daily rates apply.  They have comfor bikes and tandems to rent as well.

319 Pleasant Street 413.586.3810


Historic Northampton Museum and Education Center  A museum of local history of the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts.  Come learn the history of Northampton and the area.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5pm and on Sunday noon until 5 pm. $3 individual admission and $6 for families.

46 Bridge Street    413.584.6011


Kayak Rentals  A Sportsman’s Marina Boat Rental Co.  Just over the Calvin Coolidge Bridge and Connecticut River, on Hwy 9 towards Hadley, canoes and kayaks can be rented. Call for details.

1 Russell Street, Hadley   413.586.2426

Rock Climbing  A little further down the road towards Hadley you can find an indoor climbing gym.  Central Rock Climbing Center  climbing for beginners to advanced.

165 Russell Street, Hadley   413.584.7625


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