Valley Transporter is offering the following sightseeing tour options for IC participants. Those interested in signing up, should contact Valley Transporter directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with the tour, date, and number of tickets you would like to reserve. Please reference FPSPI in your email. Tours are being coordinated for Thursday 6 June, and Saturday 8 June only.
Closer to the tour date, Valley Transporter will contact all those that have made reservations to confirm activity details and secure payment.
1. Six Flags New England
$90.00 per person
Visit the “Thrill capital of New England”. This theme park includes looping and wooden roller coasters as well as live entertainment only 30 miles from UMass Amherst. This full day excursion to Six Flags of New England includes admission and transportation to and from the theme park. Meals are not included; however, food is available for purchase at the park.
2. Historic Deerfield
$62.00 per Adult
$55.00 per Child
This half day excursion provides transportation to through Historic Deerfield with stops at the Yankee Candle Village and the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens. Yankee Candle Village offers a unique shopping, entertainment and dining experience that includes a Bavarian Christmas Village, the opportunity to dip your own candles, and tour the candle-making museum. Magic Wings allows you enjoy a beautiful plant filled atrium, Japanese koi pond, and thousands upon thousands of butterflies. Food is available for purchase in Historic Deerfield.
3. Southwick Zoo
$74.00 per person
Located approximately 90 minutes from UMass, Southwick’s Zoo is home to more than 800 exotic animals cared for on over 200 acres. Explore the petting zoo, Earth Discovery center, and Parakeet Landing before enjoying a ride on the Woodlands Express train. This full day excursion provides transportation to and from the zoo, zoo admission, and the Train & Rainforest adventure. Meals are not included; however, food is available for purchase at the zoo.
4. Downtown Springfield
$84.00 per Adult
$73.00 per Child
Only 30 minutes from UMass, The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors more than 300 inductees and houses 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, The Springfield Museums offer access to five world-class museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. This full day excursion includes transportation to downtown Springfield and admission to the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Springfield Museums. Meals are not included; however, attendees will have free time for lunch at one of the many restaurants in the area.
5. Old Sturbridge Village
$67.00 per Adult
$62.00 per Child
Located approximately 60 minutes from UMass, Old Sturbridge Village, is the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast. Depicting a rural 1830s town, the village includes more than 40 original buildings. Attendees have the opportunity to explore homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, working farm, three water-powered mills, and trade shops – all situated on more than 200 scenic acres. Talk with authentically costumed historians and see heritage breed farm animals. Meals are not included; however, the Village includes a number of dining options.
6. Exploring Amherst
$56.00 per Adult
$52.00 per Child
Amherst is home to the Eric Carle Picture Book Museum. Founded by the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the museum celebrates the art of the picture book and children’s books more generally. Atkins Farm Country Market is both a popular and modern, specialty food retail store of today combined with an old fashioned country market of yesteryear. With origins in 1887, today the market features locally produced fruits vegetables, meats, cheeses, maple syrup and more. One of New England’s largest natural history museums, the Beneski Museum of Natural History Museum boasts three floors of exhibits with dramatic displays of dinosaur fossils, dazzling minerals, and meteorites. This half-day excursion includes admission to the Museums and roundtrip transportation. Meals are not included; however, the Market offers many options.