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Sites & Sounds

The City of Worcester is proud to offer something for everybody.

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Worcester is a place where culture shines. From world renowned museums and concert halls to regionally lauded theaters and galleries, musical groups and ethnic festivals, Worcester can satisfy any appetite for cultural nourishment.

Nightlife and fine dining options are available throughout the city, including downtown, on our restaurant row on Shrewsbury Street and in the emerging Canal District behind Union Station.

The City boasts through its ethnic diversity a wonderful assortment of entertainment, arts, dining and cultural offerings.

Sports and Leisure

Worcester is a proud sports town with passionate fans.

Our city is home to two sports teams; the Worcester Sharks, an American Hockey League franchise of the San Jose Sharks and the Worcester Bravehearts, a member of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League as well as several colleges and universities. These teams offer the die hard sports fan a wide variety of professional, NCAA Division 1, Division 2, Division 3 and Junior College sports including baseball, hockey, football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse and more.

However, if you enjoy a more relaxing afternoon try the City's par-72 18 hole Green Hill Golf Course. The golf course is located in Green Hill Park and boats a full service club house and pro shop.

Additionally, each Spring the City plays host to multiple crew regattas culminating with the Eastern Sprints which brings teams from around the country to compete on Lake Quinsigamond which is widely accepted as one of the best lakes in the country for crew races.

Worcester's Parks

Worcester is home to numerous parks providing the City with a large area of urban green space for residents and visitors to enjoy. These City Parks include ponds; playgrounds; baseball, softball and football fields; basketball and tennis courts, etc. Worcester incorporated in 1848 was a pioneer in preserving space for public use. The best known historic park in Worcester is Elm Park. Purchased in 1854 using public funds, it is recognized as one of the first purchases of land for a public park in the U.S.

War Memorials

Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans' MemorialWorcester has a long and proud history of involvement in the evolution of America dating back to the Civil War era. Therefore, Worcester is honored to be home to the Massachusetts' Vietnam War and Korean War memorials.

The World War II Memorial at the corner of Lake Avenue and Hamilton Street in Worcester was built and dedicated in 1947. It pays tribute to 253 local WWII Veterans.

The Massachusetts Vietnam War Memorial located in the heart of Green Hill Park on Skyline Drive dedicated in June 2002 honors all 1,536 Massachusetts men and 1 woman veteran who remain missing or who died in combat as a result of wounds received while in action in Vietnam.

The Korean War Memorial is located on Worcester Center Boulevard near Washington Square and Union Station dedicated in November 2003 honors the 191 young soldiers from Worcester County who made the supreme sacrifice in the Korean War.

The Southwest Asia War Memorial is located on the Worcester City Hall Common was designated in 1993 and is in memory of those who gave their lives in the Desert Shield/Desert Storm conflict.

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