Staycation Location: Shelburne Falls, MA

Local Day Trip to Shelburne Falls, MA

Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, MA

Bridge of Flowers (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

The summer vacation time is in full swing! And, with frugality more in than ever, more and more vacationers are opting to stay close to home. Within forty five minutes of Springfield, Holyoke and Northampton is the delightful town of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.

Shelburne Falls is located in the Franklin County area of Massachusetts along the scenic Mohawk Trail. It is also home to the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. The museum is a great operating attraction for families of all ages. Featuring restored Trolley Number 10, the original trolley which ran across the Bridge of Flowers, plus an operating pump car and steam locomotive display.

Ancient Glacier Pot Holes - Geological Wonder (Shelburne Falls, MA)

Ancient Glacier Pot Holes: Geological Wonder (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Besides the operating trolley museum, other town features include:

  • Cafes, such as McCusker’s Market Co-Op
  • Artisan Shops, including handblown glass demos at Angelic Glass
  • Restaurants
  • Historic Bridge of Flowers(photo above)
  • Famed Glacial Potholes of the Deerfield River


Visitors to the trolley museum can board the beautifully restored trolley Number 10 at the visitor’s center and ride it to the end of the line at Salmon Falls. The Salmon Falls stop is high above the Deerfield River – with a breathtaking view of the river, waterfall, glacial potholes and the town center of Buckland and Shelburne Falls.

Artisian Studio: Angelic Glass in Shelburne Falls, MA

Watch handblown glass demos at Angelic Glass (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

With the purchase of a train ticket, visitors can park at the museum all day and shuttle to the Salmon Falls for easy access to Shelburne Falls village attractions.

The museum is situated just above the Bridge of Flowers and the Deerfield River in the former Buckland rail yard. Its growth and success over the years has been attributed to its easy proximity to the downtown area of scenic Shelburne Falls, as well as the many attractions and rides on both trolley Number Ten and other working railroad equipment – including an old fashion pump car that you can ride !

The Museum is open Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, from Saturday May 5 until November. Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In July and August, the museum will also be open Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

McCusker's Market in Shelburne Falls, MA

Enjoy lunch at McCusker's Market Food Co-op (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Admission to the shop and the Visitors Center and grounds is free. Tickets for a 15-minute ride on the trolley car, with interpretive talk on the history of the trolley, the Bridge of Flowers and the Shelburne Falls & Colrain Street Railway, are available to purchase with special rates for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are free. Every ticket is good for an all day pass. Members always ride free!

The Visitors Center, car barn and Museum store may be open at other times and other days by chance. They will provide a complete tour, including trolley rides for your school, group or party, outside of the scheduled hours and/or days for a fee. On the web at:

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