Any Worcester guide needs to point out that this town is the definition of small town living with a big city attitude. It's a short, one hour drive from Boston and Providence, but residents here don't need to travel to have fun. No matter who's doing the searching, there are many amazing things to do in Worcester.

Topping the list of Worcester things to do is the Worcester Art Museum. This museum boasts an art collection spanning five millennia, ranging from a stunning collection of Paul Revere silver to ancient Roman sculptures. The museum has been particularly invested in modern art since it first opened, and the collection representing this milieu is expansive. The museum building itself is a testament to renaissance revival architecture, so local architecture enthusiasts will be proud.

Many Worcester residents used to feel the need to go to Boston to see a show; but since the Hanover Theater for the Performing Arts was wonderfully restored, they no longer have to. This is the place to see touring Broadway plays, famous entertainers and local art groups. One night Amy Grant may be onstage, the next might showcase the Miss Massachusetts pageant, and the next could host a massive Zumba class. Any worthy guide to Worcester will mention the Hanover.

Next on the list of things to do in Worcester is a trip to Elm Park. Set right in the middle of the city, Elm Park is one of the oldest planned parks in the country and a major source of local pride. It's the perfect place to have a quiet lunch, practice taking nature photos with that new camera, or merely take a break from a hectic day.

The Worcester Food Truck Festival is a must for local foodies, and the ticket prices make it one of the best Worcester deals around. It takes place in July in Elm Park and sells out fast, so it would be wise to purchase tickets early.

This Worcester guide is just a sampling of all the city has to offer.

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