Pittsfield Attractions

PITTSFIELD ATTRACTIONS

Albany Berkshire Ballet
51 North Street, Pittsfield, Ma.  01201
Phone: 413-445-5382

Professional ballet company, performing classical and contemporary dance 15 weeks a year at the Koussevitzky Arts Center at Berkshire Community College.

Artscape

A self guided tour of artwork in downtown Pittsfield. Walk the downtown area and view 13 contemporary sculptures by well-known accomplished artists. All the sculptures are outdoors and located within a comfortable walking distance so you can easily experience the culture and charm of downtown Pittfield.

Arrowhead, Home of Herman Melville
780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, Ma.  01201
Phone: 413-442-1793

Melville's home from 1850 - 1862. Site where Moby Dick and other works were written. House tours, gardens, nature trail, exhibits, museum shop, special events and programs.

Berkshire Artisans
28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, Ma.  01201
Phone: 413-499-9348

Municipal arts center providing programs which are both physically and economically accessible year round. Gallery, workshops, studios, public murals, Artabout performing art series, writers workshops.

Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, Ma.  01201
Phone: 413-499-9486

Herman Melville Memorial Room: unique collection of books, pictures, letters and memorabilia relating to the author of Moby-Dick, written in Pittsfield. Local history room, extensive genealogy collection.

Berkshire Lyric Theatre
P.O. Box 347, Pittfield, Ma.  01202

Classic choral repertoire, adult oratoria chorus and children's chorus from September to June.

Berkshire Museum
Route 7, Downtown Pittsfield, Ma.  01201
Phone: 413-443-7171

The region's only museum of art, science and history. Aquarium, gift shop and vend-o-mat snack room.

Barrington Stage Company
58 Union Street, Pittsfield, Ma 01201
Phone: 413-499-5446

The company that produced the Tony Award-winning musical 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has established itself in its newly renovated theater on Union Street in downtown Pittsfield.

Berkshire Opera Company
297 North Street, Pittsfield, Ma.  01201
Phone: 413-442-9955

Performances at Koussevitzky Arts Center, Berkshire Community College

Professional Opera Company, performances are held throughout the summer and are fully staged and performed in Italian with English super-titles. 

The Colonial Theatre
111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone: 413-448-8084

The newly restored historic Colonial Theatre opened in August 2006 with the smash musical Rent, and has been established as a hub of world-class entertainment, community performances, and special events in the heart of downtown Pittsfield.  

Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock Shaker Village

Route 20 and 41, P.O. Box 927,
Pittsfield, Ma.  01201
Phone: 413-443-0188

Explore Shaker life as you visit twenty historic buildings located within a working heritage farm. Watch traditional crafts being produced in Shaker workshops and try crafts in the Discovery Room. Presentations of Shaker Music, worship and life and first person portrayals offer a variety of experiences from which to choose.

Park Square Historic District

Downtown Pittsfield

Historic buildings, Civil War Memorial, Holocaust Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, numerous commemorative painted murals, Historic Walking Tour, maps and other tourist brochures available at the Pittsfield Visitors Center, 121 South Street,  413-395-0105.

South Mountain Concerts

Route 7 & 20, Box 23, Pittsfield, Ma.  01202
Phone: 413-442-2106

South Mountain's Concert Hall has been the scene of distinguished chamber music since 1918. Concerts performed on Sunday afternoons, September through October.

Town Players

Performing at Berkshire Community College
Phone: 413-443-9279

America's oldest community theater. October through May.

RECREATION

Bousquet Ski Area/Play Bousquet

101 Dan Fox Drive
Pittsfield, Ma.  01201
Phone: 413-442-8316

21 trails, 98% snowmaking. Day and night family oriented ski school. Rental skis and snowboards. In the summer water slides and other activities are available at Play Bousquet.

BOATING

Onota Boat Livery

463 Pecks Road, Pittsfield, Ma.  01201
Phone: 413-442-1724

Boating on Onota Lake.

U-Drive Boat Rentals

1651 North Street
Pittsfield, Ma.  01201
Phone: 413-442-7020

Boat rentals on Pontoosuc Lake. Call for daily schedule.

Berkshire Sculling Association

Burbank Park, Onota Lake,

Adjacent to public boat launch

413-496-9160

info@berkshiresculling.com

Instruction and rentals are available at various lakes by appointment only. Call for arrangements and daily schedules.

TENNIS COURTS

(first come - first serve)

Herberg Middle School

501 Pomeroy Avenue
Pittsfield, Ma.

Lakewood Park

Newell Street
Pittsfield, Ma.

Pittsfield High School

300 East Street
Pittsfield, Ma.

Ponterril Tennis Courts

East Acres Road
Pittsfield, Ma. 

Taconic High School

96 Valentine Road
Pittsfield, Ma. 

PUBLIC GOLF COURSES

 

General Electric Athletic Club

Crane Avenue
Pittsfield, Ma.
Phone: 413-443-5746

Pontoosuc Lake Country Club

Ridge Avenue
Pittsfield, Ma.
Phone: 413-445-4217

STATE PARKS

 

Pittsfield State Forest

Cascade Street
Pittsfield, Ma.
Phone: 413-442-8992

31 Campsites, 10,000 acres

CITY PARKS

(For more information on City Parks, contact Department of Parks and Recreation at 413-499-9343)

Pittsfield Common
First Street, Pittsfield, Ma.

Playground, skateboard park

Crane Playground

Benedict Road and Springside Avenue
Pittsfield, Ma.

Inline street hockey rink.

Springside Park

North Street, Pittsfield, Ma.

Vincent J. Herbert Arboretum, gardens

Burbank Park on Onota Lake

Valentine Road and Lakeway Drive

Swimming, boating and picnicking

Pontoosuc Lake Park

Route 7 and Hancock Road

Swimming, boating and picnicking

Clapp Park

West Housatonic Street

Sledding, walking and running track.

Fred Garner River Park

Pomeroy Avenue

Canoe launch and parking area.

MASSACHUSETTS AUDUBON SOCIETY

Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Phone: 413-637-0320

Trails, observation building, guided activities.

WINTER SPORTS

Downhill Skiing

Bousquet Ski Resort

Phone: 442-8316

Ice Skating

Boys and Girls Club

Phone: 448-8258 (indoor)

The Pittsfield Common

(outdoor - weather permitting)

Ice Fishing

Onota and Pontoosuc Lakes

Sledding

Clapp Park, Osceola Park

Cross Country Skiing

Canoe Meadows, Pittsfield State Forest, Springside Park

SPECIAL EVENTS

Pittsfield always has something going on no matter what the season. Throughout the year, fairs, festivals, parades and concerts abound, sponsored by the many cultural organizations in the city. We invite your family to enjoy our city’s activities beginning with spring. Take a fresh look at new life on the farm with baby animals or learn all about the weaving process from sheep to shawl featured at the Hancock Shaker Village. Then join us at Celebrate Pittsfield Street Festival as summer starts and plan to attend six juried outdoor art shows, “Artshow Amherst in Pittsfield”

located on the streets in downtown Pittsfield. In July, you will want to attend our popular Fourth of July Parade and enjoy watching the Pittsfield Dukes play ball in historic Wahconah Park. Other unique summer venues include the Pittsfield Garden Tour, Jewish Film Festival at Knesset Israel Synagogue and Arrowhead’s Civil War Days. A host of outdoor concerts, farmers markets and antique fairs beckon visitors as well as the locals. The bright autumn colors signal the end of summer with fall harvest celebrations at the Hancock Shaker Village with their Shaker Suppers. Of course, the fun of pumpkin carving and scarecrow making add to this season’s fun. The holidays play host to the spectacular Festival of Trees at the Berkshire Museum and other traditional events held at Arrowhead and the Hancock Shaker Village. And finally, when mother nature paints the countryside white, it’s time for the city’s Winter Festival featuring multiple outdoor activities for the whole family, including sledding, ice skating, skiing and other activities. Add to that Hancock Shaker Village’s Winter Weekend when families can glimpse life in the 19th century and learn about ice cutting, children’s games and other shaker traditions.

Links:
Arrowhead, Home of Herman Melville
Barrington Stage
Berkshire Athenaeum
Berkshire Museum
Berkshire Music School
Berkshire Opera Company
Colonial Theatre
Fourth of July Parade
Hancock Shaker Village
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
Pittsfield Elms Vintage Baseball Club
Pittsfield State Forest
Wahconah Park