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Things to do in Northampton, Mass?

Asked by omfgTALIjustIMDu (9050points) August 5th, 2008

I’m going to be in Northampton for 3 days with 2 friends. We’ll have our bikes, but no other form of transportation (besides walking, of course). We’re 17 years old and staying in the Autumn Inn, so we’ll be in the heart of Northampton. Any suggestions of things to do?

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rowenaz's avatar

There is free busing between the five colleges in the area, so you could visit Hampshire, Amherst, UMASS, and Mount Holyoke, in addition to Smith, all of which have tons of stuff to do and see. This site has a breakdown of all the events at the five colleges:

There are several nice museums in the area, too

I’m biased, because I went to Hampshire. I couldn’t say what you should do, because there are too many things TO do. It depends what you like. But looking through the calendar is a good place to start.

lily's avatar

I’ve heard that there’s a place w/ great concerts and live music but i have no idea what the name is! i got the feeling that its pretty well known in the area, so maybe a quick google search?

gailcalled's avatar

Prowling around N.Hampton and Amherst makes for inexhaustible shopping, too. The area, called the Pioneer Valley, is chock-a-block. Rowenaz beat me to the punch.

cwilbur's avatar

Unless things have changed very recently, the buses are only free for college students. That changed a few years ago, when the state reneged on a commitment to fund the PVTA and sent the money to pay for the Big Dig instead.

The best thing to do is to get your hands on the Valley Advocate, a free newspaper, that’s full of movie and concert and lecture listings.

@Lily: the place you’re thinking of might be the Iron Horse Music Hall, “the acoustic epicenter of the northeast”? Everyone who’s anyone in the folk and indie singer-songwriter music scene has played there, it seems. There’s also the Pearl Street nightclub, the Academy of Music (which has had financial issues, and may no longer have live music shows), and the Calvin Theater, all of which are excellent live music venues.

rowenaz's avatar

Wow look at that! Those bastards….

unacornea's avatar

get pierced by the bearded lady, amiee ross

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