Worcester Landmarks Tour (Self Guided), Worcester

Worcester is full of historical monuments. Take this walking tour to visit downtown Worcester with its wonderful landmarks, like the Civil War Memorial, Burnside Fountain, the Korean War Memorial and others. The blue glass-walled skyscraper will be your "light house" helping with city orientation.
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Worcester Landmarks Tour Map

Guide Name: Worcester Landmarks Tour
Guide Location: USA » Worcester (See other walking tours in Worcester)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Author: Stella
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Korean War Memorial
  • Worcester Public Library
  • Burnside Fountain (The Turtle Boy)
  • Civil War Memorial
  • Glass Tower
  • General Charles Devens Statue
  • Earle Bridge
  • Aldus Chapin Higgins House
  • Antiquarian Society
  • Worcester Center for Crafts
  • Rural Cemetery
Korean War Memorial

1) Korean War Memorial

Located on Center Boulevard near Union Station in Worcester, the Korean War Memorial honors the memory of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Korean War. 191 names are immortalized on a black granite stone. The memorial also includes bronze statues of an American soldier and a Korean child, symbolizing the 100,000 orphan children helped by veterans during and after the war.
Worcester Public Library

2) Worcester Public Library

A member of Urban Libraries Council and of Central Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing, Worcester Public Library was founded in 1889 by Dr. John Green. It is the biggest library in Massachusetts. Its objectives include informing people about the history of Worcester. Renovated in 2001, the library is headed by Penelope Johnson and houses a large collection of U.S. government documents, federal and state codes and regulations. The shop in front of the library building sells well-preserved old books.
Burnside Fountain (The Turtle Boy)

3) 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
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
Glass Tower

5) 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.
General Charles Devens Statue

6) General Charles Devens Statue

The statue of General Charles Devens stands on the lawn in front of the old Worcester County Courthouse. Designed by the sculptor Daniel Chester French, the memorial was installed in 1906. It was dedicated to Charles Devens for his notable service in the state military during the Civil War. Besides serving the Union Army, General Devens acted as a solicitor for the city of Worcester, later being promoted several times up to the Attorney General of the USA. The statue also honors the memory of the soldiers of Worcester County who fought in the war for the Union.
Earle Bridge

7) Earle Bridge (must see)

Dating back to the 1930s, the Earle Bridge was constructed on the grounds of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. It bears the name of Rear Admiral Ralph Earle, the sixth headmaster of the institute. He became admiral serving the US Navy during the World War I. On Commencement Day the students march over the bridge as part of the ceremony.
Aldus Chapin Higgins House

8) Aldus Chapin Higgins House

Higgins House, one of Worcester's remarkable historic treasures, was built in 1923 by Aldus Chapin Higgins, a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). It was designed by Grosvenor Atterbury in the Tudor Revival style. Higgins's wife, May, willed the house to WPI and now it serves as headquarters for the Office of Alumni Relations, housing different alumni events. The house is adorned with a typical English garden and looks like an imitation of the Compton Wynyates Castle in Warwickshire, England. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Antiquarian Society

9) Antiquarian Society (must see)

The American Antiquarian Society was founded in 1812 by Isaiah Thomas and it is one of the oldest American historical societies. The building was designed by Winslow, Bigelow and Wadswort in a Colonial Revival style. The library's printed documents and manuscripts record the historical and cultural life of the American people from the first European settlement through the Civil War. The collection includes the rarest volumes from all 50 states.The mission of the AAS is to collect, preserve and make available for study all printed records of what is now known as the United States of America. This includes printed records from first European settlement through the year 1876.The Library collection of the AAS contains over three million books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, graphic arts materials and manuscripts as well as books from all fifty U.S. states
Sight description based on wikipedia
Worcester Center for Crafts

10) Worcester Center for Crafts

Established in 1856, the Worcester Center for Crafts was a place where new immigrants could earn money for their living by creating and selling handicraft items. At present the Craft Center is a place where everyone can learn the secrets of modern crafts like glass blowing, flame work, clay and wood work, design, photography, and more. The Center also houses the biggest regional visual arts gallery and a gallery gift shop, selling jewelry, glassware, and cards. The Annual Festival of Crafts is held here on Thanksgiving, a tradition dating back to the 1800s.
Rural Cemetery

11) Rural Cemetery

The Rural Cemetery is situated a little bit more than a mile from City Hall. The land for the cemetery was donated to the city by Daniel Waldo in 1838. Since then the cemetery has been a peaceful resting place for the people who shaped Worcester. Some of the elegant trees around the place are older than the cemetery itself. Right at the entrance you will find the Ellen Rogers Kennedy Memorial Chapel that is used not only for funeral services, but also for small gatherings like concerts and lectures.

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
Worcester Introduction Walking Tour

Worcester Introduction Walking Tour

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles
Worcester Art Museums and Galleries

Worcester Art Museums and Galleries

Take a break from the everyday and spend some time enjoying Worcester's art museums and galleries. Wandering among magnificent works and sampling some of the city's fine art exhibitions, you're certain to have a pleasant time.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings

Historical Religious Buildings

Worcester is a city characterized by religious diversity. Its places of worship make wonderful attractions for tourists. Take this walking tour to visit Notre Dame des Canadiens, Wesley United Methodist Church, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Saint Matthews Parish and other sacred places in Worcester: you'll learn about the city while soothing your spirit.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 Km or 4 Miles