Worcester Introduction Walking Tour, Worcester

Worcester Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Worcester

Named after a town in England, Worcester is the second most populous city in New England after Boston. Once commonly referred to as the "Heart of the Commonwealth", due to its location in Central Massachusetts, Worcester is also known as the hometown of the first mass-produced Valentine's Day card. On top of that, the city holds a number of notable attractions, including the Civil War Memorial, Worcester Memorial Auditorium, Worcester Art Museum and more. Follow this orientation walk and explore them in their entirety.
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Guide Name: Worcester Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Worcester (See other walking tours in Worcester)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles
Author: Stella
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Worcester City Hall
  • Burnside Fountain (The Turtle Boy)
  • Notre Dame Des Canadiens Church
  • Civil War Memorial
  • Union Station
  • Glass Tower
  • Worcester Memorial Auditorium
  • Tuckerman Hall
  • Worcester Art Museum
  • Institute Park
  • Boynton Hall, Worcester Politechnic Institute
  • Chestnut Street Congregational Church
  • The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
  • Main street
Worcester City Hall

1) Worcester City Hall (must see)

Worcester City Hall was built by the Norcross brothers at the end of the 19th century, replacing the Old South Meeting house, which was the first town hall. The construction's design was created by Robert Peabody and John Stearns and looks like an Italian palace. Built of blocks of granite, the City Hall preserves the characteristics of the Renaissance Revival style: grand staircases, its cupola, the use of columns, harmonious and elegant forms. The facade is centered by a clock-tower. The City Hall is currently the 4th tallest building in Worcester.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Burnside Fountain (The Turtle Boy)

2) Burnside Fountain (The Turtle Boy) (must see)

Burnside Fountain is a drinking fountain. Intended to provide fresh water for people, horses and dogs, its pink granite watering trough and pedestal were designed by architect Henry Bacon, who later designed the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Atop its pedestal sits Boy with a Turtle, a bronze statue of a youth riding a hawksbill sea turtle, created by sculptor Charles Y. Harvey. The statue is affectionately nicknamed "Turtle Boy."

In the tradition of the Manneken Pis in Brussels, "Turtle Boy" is now a mascot for Worcester: a local music contest is named the Turtle Boy Music Award; a local brewer produces Turtle Boy Blueberry Ale, and the Turtle Boy Urban Gardeners, a group of volunteers, maintain the garden surrounding the fountain.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Notre Dame Des Canadiens Church

3) Notre Dame Des Canadiens Church

Four French-speaking parishes in Worcester merged into a single Catholic church, and with this Notre Dame des Canadiens was founded in 1869 ,in the place where Bancroft Hotel stands today. The church was destroyed by fire in 1908. Founded by Father J.P. Primeau, the present parish was built in 1929 in a Gothic Revival manner. Notre Dame des Canadiens serves as a holy place for prayer in downtown Worcester.
Civil War Memorial

4) Civil War Memorial (must see)

Situated in Common Park, the Worcester Civil War Memorial was designed by Randolph Roger and dedicated to the soldiers and sailors of the Civil War in 1874. The memorial is a victory bronze statue standing at the top of a high column. The figures around the column symbolize the branches of the military – Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry, Navy – with the whole resting upon a rough granite base flanked by four buried cannons barrels.The monument is approximately 66 ft (20.12 m) tall
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Union Station

5) Union Station

Union Station was originally built in 1911 during the heyday of railroading in the United States as a replacement for the previous one of 1875. It was abandoned in 1975 and fell into disrepair. It was acquired by the Worcester Redevelopment Authority and completely renovated at a cost of $32 million under the leadership of former Mayor Raymond Mariano. The renovated station opened in July 2000. An intercity and local bus terminal, with five bus ports, was added at a cost of $5.2 million and opened in August 2006. Despite this, of the eleven Amtrak stations in Worcester ranked 9th in FY 2011, boarding or detraining an average of approximately 23 passengers daily.

By 2015, Springfield will feature one of the United States' first two high-speed train terminals; currently, there is talk about extending the service to Worcester and points east.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Glass Tower

6) Glass Tower

Erected in the heart of Worcester's financial quarter, opposite the City Hall, the Sovereign Bank Tower offers the best office space for local business owners. The building has a parking garage and a restaurant attached to it. A glass-walled skyscraper, it is the only 25-story building in Worcester; thus it is the city's most visible construction. Built in 1974 on Main Street, the glass high-rise construction serves as an example of modern architectural achievements.
Worcester Memorial Auditorium

7) Worcester Memorial Auditorium (must see)

The Worcester Memorial Auditorium, also known simply as the Worcester Auditorium, is a multi-purpose arena and auditorium.

Built in 1933, as a World War I War memorial in the form of a multi-purpose hall, the Auditorium has a 116-foot-wide proscenium (35 m), and is located in Lincoln Square. Lincoln Square was recently ranked by Preservation Massachusetts as one of the "Most Endangered Historic Resources" in the state because of the three historical buildings in the square that are all empty or underutilized. Currently the Auditorium is used to house Massachusetts State Trial Court records and a small after-school program.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Tuckerman Hall

8) Tuckerman Hall (must see)

Intended as the residence of the Worcester Woman’s Club, Tuckerman Hall was constructed in 1902 on a lot donated to the Club by Stephen Salisbury III. The building bears the name of Mr. Salisbury's grandmother, Elizabeth Tuckerman. It was designed by Josephine Wright Chapman, one of the most famous architects of the time. The hall serves as a multipurpose venue, housing important community events like concerts, lectures, weddings and musical performances. The construction represents a mixing of stylistic elements taken from Georgian, Federal, and even Greek Revival sources and is considered to be one of New England's architectural treasures because of its symmetrical and elegant aspect.
Worcester Art Museum

9) Worcester Art Museum (must see)

The Worcester Art Museum, also known by its acronym WAM, houses over 35,000 works of art dating from antiquity to the present day, representing cultures from all over the world. The WAM opened in 1898 and is the second largest art museum in New England. The WAM also has a café, museum shop, library, and a year round roster of classes for children and adults.

Very little of the exterior this original building can be viewed due to the multiple expansions the museum has undertaken.

Installed in 1932 and linked to the Museum in 1933 via the grand Renaissance Court, the chapter house was the first medieval building ever transported from Europe to America.

In addition to the Roman mosaic-laden Renaissance court and French chapter house, strengths of the permanent collection include collections of European and North American painting, prints, photographs, and drawings; Asian art; Greek and Roman sculpture and mosaics; and Contemporary art.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Institute Park

10) Institute Park

Institute Park is a community resource and a true jewel to the city of Worcester. It is surrounded by a vibrant mix of residential, institutional, and commercial properties. The Park's history as the headwaters of the Blackstone River Corridor, as well as its use for summer concerts and other civic gatherings has allowed thousands of residents from Worcester and the surrounding towns, over the years, to benefit from the Park's tremendous natural attributes.
Boynton Hall, Worcester Politechnic Institute

11) Boynton Hall, Worcester Politechnic Institute

Worcester Boynton Hall is the main building of the Polytechnic Institute. WPI consistently ranks as a tier-one (top 25%) university according to U.S. News & World Report. The main building was raised in 1865 by the notorious tinware manufacturer, John Boynton. The edifice was designed by Stephen Carpenter Earle, one of Worcester’s most remarkable and creative architects in the nineteenth century. Later, his son, Rear Admiral Ralph Earle, became the president of the Institute and headed it until his death. Boynton Hall is built of pure granite in Gothic revival style.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Chestnut Street Congregational Church

12) Chestnut Street Congregational Church

Located on Chestnut Street, the Union Congregational Church, also Chestnut Street Congregational, was erected in 1895. It serves now as the city's central worship place and is ruled by New England Dream Center, a local non-profit organization. The members of the worship center are permanently involved in different social projects as well as charitable activities. Designed by the notable architects Stephen C. Earle and C. Fisher in a Gothic Revival style, the church architecture echoes Notre Dame de Paris and makes a great tourist attraction.
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

13) The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts is a 2,300 seat theatre that draws over 197,000 patrons annually with world-class performances and headlining acts including Broadway hits. Theatre as one of the Top Theatres in the World. After nine seasons, the award-winning, historic theatre continues to establish its place as a world-class performing arts venue, acting as a catalyst for the economic development of downtown Worcester.
Main street

14) Main street

Main street is located in the heart of downtown within walking distance to shopping, fine dining and world-class entertainment including live theater and great nightclubs

Walking Tours in Worcester, Massachusetts

Create Your Own Walk in Worcester

Create Your Own Walk in Worcester

Creating your own self-guided walk in Worcester is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Worcester Architectural Jewels

Worcester Architectural Jewels

Take a walk through the center of Worcester and enjoy admiring the architectural aspects of the main tourist attractions like the City Hall, Union Station, Tuckerman Hall, Lincoln Memorial Auditorium and other remarkable architectural jewels of this corner of New England.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles