Community Arts, Leisure & Recreation

Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts, UMass Amherst offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

On-Campus Fitness and Wellness

Offers a range of educational programs, individual and institutional advocacy, interfaith dialogue, and other bridge-building activities designed to foster an informed, caring, and supportive campus community for members of all backgrounds and beliefs. Includes a listing of local houses of worship.

Off-Campus Leisure

Museums, festivals, dining, skiing, water sports, shopping, theme parks, nightlife, fishing,  and more are abundant in the Pioneer Valley. Below is a sampling of the local greatest hits.

Year-round Activities, Museums, and Family Fun

Dining, Farmers Markets, Recreation, and more in Hampshire County and Franklin County.

Recreation and Attractions

Outdoor recreation opportunities: White water rafting, zip-line canopy tours, kayaking, canoeing, rowing, hiking, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, bicycling, mountain roller coaster, theme parks, fishing, golf, corn maze, and swimming in a quiet local pond.

Indoor recreation also abounds: Rock climbing, Circus studio, bowling, pilates, martial arts, roller skating and laser tag, ice skating, indoor racing, and a trampoline park!

Area Arts and Culture

Opportunities abound in Pioneer Valley, here is a sample of local venues and events: Academy of Music, Amherst Cinema, Arcadia Players, Bridge of Flowers, Green River FestivalKo Festival of Performance, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Snow Farm Crafts, Tanglewood, National Yiddish Book Center, Normal Rockwell Museum, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Wistariahurst Museum.