Trip Descriptions

Trip registration is closed. If you are interested in joining other Fall 2014 events and trips visit our Events page.



1. Amherst Community Reception and Host-Family Sign-up REGISTRATION CLOSED

This bus tour will show you around the quaint town of Amherst and surrounding areas while highlighting local venues and bike trails. Since the trip is sponsored by the Town of Amherst, you will be greeted by local government officials at the conclusion of the bus tour. You may also opt to sign up with a local host family - a wonderful opportunity to experience American culture and tradition away from the university setting. You will walk back to UMass at the end of this trip. 

Sign-up is required.
Cost: Free
​Time: 3PM-6:00PM

TRIPS ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014 (3 available trips; CHOOSE ONE)



Featuring nearly 200 stores and shops on three levels, the Holyoke Mall will satisfy nearly all of your shopping desires.  The mall is approximately 20 miles (35 km) away from campus and the drive takes about 25 minutes.

Sign-up is required.

Cost: Free
Time: 10:30AM-5PM (includes travel time)




2. Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College REGISTRATION CLOSED

Come enjoy the local Amherst College Museum of Natural History!  Once you arrive at the museum, explore the exhibits and learn about this amazing local resource. The museum contains three floors of exhibits and over 1700 specimens on display, as well as a large collection of dinosaur tracks!


Sign-up is required.
Cost: Free
Time: 1:15PM - 3:15PM (includes travel time)


3. Walking Trip up Mount Sugarloaf REGISTRATION CLOSED

Mount Sugarloaf has a vertical height of 652 feet (199 m). After a brief 15-20 minute walk up the road, you will have stunning views of the Connecticut River Valley, the Holyoke Range of mountains, and UMass! Mount Sugarloaf is about 9 miles (15 km) away from campus and takes about 15 minutes. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water.

Sign-up is required.
Cost: Free
Time: 2PM-4:30PM (includes travel time) 


TRIPS ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2014 (2 available trips; CHOOSE ONE)

1. Hiking Trip to the Notch REGISTRATION CLOSED

Hike to the peak of the Holyoke Mountain range (1106 feet or 337 meters) and enjoy the stunning views of the Connecticut River Valley and UMass. Hiking shoes or sneakers required (NO sandals or dress shoes). Bring a bottle of water.

Sign-up is required.
Cost: Free
Time: 12:45PM-4:30PM (includes travel time)



Enjoy a few hours of fun at the Western Massachusetts Family Fun Center, located just down the road in Hadley. You will receive four tickets and can use one ticket for any of the activities offered; golf ball driving range, baseball and softball batting cages, mini golf and paintball gallery. Visit their snack bar with items available for your purchase.

Payment Required.
Cost: $15 
Time:  1:45PM - 5PM (includes travel time)




Boston is approximately 90 miles (145 km) from Amherst and the drive takes approximately 2 hours. Round trip transportation is provided between UMass Amherst and Boston. Upon returning from Boston you will be dropped off at the Haigis Mall Fine Arts Center bus stop. You should plan to take a PVTA bus to your off-campus housing location. Click here for some activity suggestions

Payment Required.
Cost: $35

Time:  8:45AM-10:30PM (includes travel time)


Be aware that some trips overlap in time and space is limited on all trips.