Life in the Berkshires

Find out what the Berkshires has to offer

A sampling of what the Berkshires has to offer.

Nature & Recreation

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail (Lanesborough to Adams)

The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is an old railroad track converted into a 10-foot wide paved trail. The trail runs 11.2 miles through the towns of Cheshire, Lanesborough, and Adams.

Lake Onota (Pittsfield)

Lake Onota has a large boot ramp that connects to a public beach with playgrounds and bathrooms. There are places to swim, hike, fish, or just hang out. Onota is also home to ‘Live on the Lake’, a free concert series that runs every summer

Massachusetts State Forests

The Massachusetts state parks system features locations for all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re looking to camp under the stars, hike a mountain, or fish for trout, there’s something for you and the Berkshires is home to 15 of them!

Ramblewild (Lanesborough) - $69 a ticket

Ramblewild is Feronia Forests’ first tree-to-tree adventure destination. Aerial parks are a new outdoor activity in and amongst the trees that offer excitement, challenge, and personal growth fro families and adventurists of all kinds.

Windsor Lake (North Adams) - $5 parking

Windsor Lake is North Adams’ hidden gem for outdoor recreation. Lifeguards are present during the summer, so swimming, boating and fishing are all encouraged. Camp grounds are also in the area, as well as many hiking trails.

Zoar Outdoors (Charlemont) - $40 to $120 a ticket

Since 1989, Zoar Outdoor has offered the best in New England white water rafting trips, kayaking clinics, zip line canopy tours, canoeing instruction, rock climbing classes and kayak rentals for adventurers of all abilities, from beginners to experts.

Shopping

The Bookloft (Great Barrington)

The Bookloft is a bookstore in south county that brings your great book and learning opportunities. They also have an online store to order books or get e-books.

Lee Premium Outlets (Lee)

Lee Premium Outlets, a shopping destination in the beautiful Berkshires, is designed to mirror an outdoor, quaint New England village. There are 17 different premium outlet stores on their campus.

Where'd You Get That!?, Inc. (Williamstown)

Where’d You Get That!?, Inc. is a quirky store that specializes in bringing you cool and unique items. Perfect for gifts or to discover your new favorite gadget, they have plenty of variety.

Arts

Beacon Cinema (Pittsfield) - $7 a ticket

The Beacon is an independent movie theater with stadium seating screens. They show the newest movies and independent films.

Berkshire Paint and Sip (All over Berkshire county) - $15 to $35

Paint a canvas, sip a beverage, socialize with friends. Reserve your seats at a public event, or book a private party.

Jacob's Pillow (Becket) - $25 to $75 a ticket

Jacob’s Pillow is a dance center, school and performance space in the Berkshires. The organization is known for the oldest internationally acclaimed summer dance festival in the United States.

Tanglewood (Lenox) - Free to $170 a ticket

Tanglewood is a music venue in the Berkshire Hills. It has been the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937.

Williamstown Theater Festival (Williamstown) - Free to $75 a ticket

Since 1955, Williamstown Theater Festival has brought America’s finest actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to the Berkshires, engaging a loyal audience of both residents and summer visitors.

Museums

Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield) - $13

The Berkshire Museum is a museum of art, natural history and ancient civilization. In the basement there is an aquarium and they have space called the Little Cinema where they show foreign films every weekend for $7.50.

Clark Art Institute (Williamstown) - Free (w/ student ID)

The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, commonly referred to as the Clark, is an art museum and research institution.

Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield) - $20

A living Shaker history museum with restored buildings, crafts, & activities plus a cafe & shop. 

MASS MoCA (North Adams) - $12 (w/ student ID) (MCLA & Williams students - Free)

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is a museum in a converted factory building complex. It is one of the largest centers for contemporary visual art and performing arts in the United States.

The Mount (Lenox) - $13 (w/ student ID)

The Mount is the home of noted American author Edith Wharton, who designed the house and its grounds and considered it her “first real home.” the estate, located in The Berkshires, is open to the public.

Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge) - $10 (w/ student ID)

The Norman Rockwell museum is an art museum dedicated to the art of Norman Rockwell. It is home to the world’s largest collection of original Rockwell art.

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