Hotel At a Glance: La Quinta Inn & Suites Springfield
La Quinta Inn & Suites Springfield is a comfortable and convenient hotel in the heart of Springfield, Massachusetts. The only downtown hotel with free parking, it also offers free breakfast, a fully equipped fitness center, and an onsite snack shop. What's more, guests are within walking distance of the restaurants and shops of downtown Springfield.
- Within two miles: the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
- Complimentary breakfast: includes waffles, coffee, fruit, eggs, and sausage
- Freshly updated rooms include microwaves and mini refrigerators.
- Take a dip in the gigantic indoor pool.
Springfield, Massachusetts: World-Class Museums in the Birthplace of Basketball
There are 38 Springfields in the United States, but Massachusetts has the oldest. The New England city also holds the distinction of being the birthplace of modern basketball. You can pay homage to the court sport at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which houses 40,000-square-feet worth of basketball history in a gigantic, ball-shaped structure along the Connecticut River. Visitors can browse classic photos of hall of fame inductees and wander through hundreds of interactive exhibits.
No visit to Springfield would be complete without a trip to the Quadrangle, a five-museum campus downtown that surrounds the whimsical Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden. Stroll among bronze likenesses of beloved Dr. Seuss characters before heading inside the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, which houses a collection of Impressionist and Dutch Renaissance works. Check out the popular Springfield Science Museum to see the oldest planetarium in the U.S. and a massive dinosaur exhibit.
If you're visiting Springfield during the holiday season, don't miss Bright Nights, a display of more than 600,000 twinkling lights in the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Forest Park.