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Worcester Local History

Worcester dates back to the 17th century when it was first settled in 1684. Numerous disputes with the local Nipmuc people caused the abandonment of Worcester on two occasions. The village became a town in 1722 and major development followed the opening of the Blackstone canal in 1828, when the town was linked to Providence.

In 1926, Robert Goddard, the grandfather of American rocketry launched the first liquid fueled rocket near here. Today the city has a flourishing biotech economy with numerous facilities doing work for companies around the country. The city is second only to Boston in size and importance in the state of Massachusetts.

Worcester Attractions

Worcester Activities

Worcester Eco-Tarium This excellent facility features three floors of exhibits that teach visitors about our planet's ecological history as well as New England's environments of today. A highlight is a walk through the indoor forest where you will encounter a host of creatures and plant life. The green carnivores exhibit features the bizarre world of plants that catch and feed off insects like the Venus flytrap. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Worcester Parks & Gardens

Elm Park Undoubtedly the city's mot treasured park, Elm Park is one of the nations oldest. It contains a wonderful iron bridge that has become one of the most photographed landmarks in town.

Worcester Restaurants and Bars

Worcester Restaurants

Anthony's Restaurant Using only the freshest ingredients, this fine Italian restaurant is an excellent choice for dining out in Worcester. The food is freshly prepared using the best quality ingredients and includes an assortment of pasta and traditional Italian dishes. The restaurant is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 5pm to 10pm; the address is 172 Shrewsbury Street.

Harlequin This five star restaurant can be located at the Beechwood hotel at 363 Plantation Street. The restaurant boasts two award winning chefs and an excellent menu featuring local and international cuisine.

Amore Cafe This stylish restaurant lends a bit of 'urban sophistication' to the traditionally countrified atmosphere usually encountered in Worcester. The menu features contemporary Italian cuisine using only the finest and freshest ingredients. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, you are treated to live piano music while you dine. The address is 92 Shrewsbury Street.

Worcester Bars & Clubs

Finnegans & The Art Bar Dance Club This three level establishment is one of the top spots in Worcester. The first floor is dedicated to Finnegan's Irish pub, with rich wood paneling, a cosy fireplace, local and Irish beer on tap and decent music. The second floor is dedicated to the Art Bar Dance Club, with state of the art sound and lighting. The top level is the VIP area of the Art Bar Dance Club. The address is 90 Commercial Street.

The Lucky Dog This music club features a different gig every night and is well worth a visit. Music ranges from jazz to rock to the latest hits. Sunday night is Karaoke evening.

Sh-Booms This entertainment complex is the longest running, most successful entertainment venue in central Massachusetts. Featuring three clubs, you will find the complex at 30 Worcester Center Boulevard.

Worcester children's activities

Worcester Eco-Tarium This excellent facility features three floors of exhibits that teach visitors about our planet's ecological history as well as New England's environments of today. A highlight is a walk through the indoor forest where you will encounter a host of creatures and plant life. The green carnivores exhibit features the bizarre world of plants that catch and feed off insects like the Venus flytrap. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

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