Take your family to the Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley

Marriage equality has helped Massachusetts earn over $111 million since 2004. The state recently celebrated the six-year anniversary of its first same-sex marriage license, and gay couples are moving to Massachusetts in droves.

Why not visit Massachusetts with your family – and enjoy a liberal, relaxed, and welcoming environment?

The Connecticut River passes through a region in Western Massachusetts known as Pioneer Valley. The area consists of three beautiful counties. The city of Springfield, college towns of Northampton and Amherst – plus some impressive historic villages are thriving in the Valley.

Family attractions like arts and culture, awesome outdoor recreation and great shopping help make the Pioneer Valley a consummate destination for a long weekend or full vacation. Fish, boat, bike, hike and camp during the spring and summer. You’ll find winter sports during certain months too. Getting around the region is easy, thanks to major interstate highways 90 and 91, as well as scenic country roads.

Out In The Park at Six Flags New England has been a major event for the GLBT community for over a decade. Six Flags is located in Agawam, Massachusetts. Over 10,000 people attended last year, and this year will be the 3rd Annual Private Party at the amusement park. Bring your family to Out In The Park this year Sunday, September 19. Purchase an Out in the Park Day Package online.

Springfield’s Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level worldwide – professional, collegiate, men and women. Check it out!

Yankee Candle Village – in South Deerfield – is one of New England’s most popular destinations. The Village offers a unique shopping, entertainment, and dining experience. Explore the largest selection of Yankee Candle fragrances and styles. Stroll through the Bavarian Christmas Village, Nutcracker Castle, and Home Store. Try the freshly made fudge and other sweet treats in the Fudge Shop. And guests can dip their own candles in the Candlemaking Museum. Yankee Candle Village is open daily.

Visit the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, and the town is considered inspiration for most of his work. Sculptor Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, who is also Geisel’s step-daughter, created the bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss and most of his characters for the Springfield Library & Museums Association.

And stop by Deerfield’s Memorial Hall Museum & Children’s Museum – which is presented in the former Deerfield Academy 18th century brick school building. You’ll find American antiques – dolls, furniture, art, portraits, and Native American artifacts – displayed in nineteen galleries. Open daily May through October, 11AM – 5PM.

Look for museum-quality crafts, art and sculpture at the Paradise City Arts Festival, October 9, 10 & 11, in Northampton, MA. 275 exhibitors from over 40 states!

And don’t miss the Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA – September 17 through October 3. Also known as The Big E, New England’s Autumn Tradition and the largest fair in the northeast – with top name entertainment, major exhibits, The Big E Super Circus, New England history and agriculture, animals, rides, shopping, and a daily parade.

Pioneer Valley welcomes everyone and invites your family to visit any time.

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