Mother’s Day in Western MA

Happy Mother’s Day

Take the mom(s) in your life to the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, one of the Commonwealth’s most unusual and enchanting “gardens,” found in Franklin County. The Bridge of Flowers is a former trolley bridge that was originally built in 1908, but became weed-covered 20 years later. In 1929, a plan was implemented to turn the bridge into a garden that would span the length of the bridge. Currently more than 20,000 people per year enjoy its impressive and rich floral beauty from the first appearance of tulips in April through the bloom of autumn mums. Free to the public.

If you’re looking for ideas for getting out on Mother’s Day, we have a few suggestions…

Not up for breakfast in bed, then head out for breakfast or brunch.  We asked our readers for family friendly restaurant recommendations for Mother’s Day and they had several to offer. Check out Mother’s Day Brunch to see their suggestions… and add one of your own.

After breakfast/brunch, celebrate Mother’s Day by taking her to one of the many gorgeous gardens dotted throughout Western Massachusetts including the Bridge of Flower in Shelburne Falls, one of the Commonwealth’s most unusual and enchanting “gardens” is found in Franklin County.  Read our post The Art of Great Gardens in Western MA for a list of recommended public gardens in the region.

If you’re looking for something a little more scheduled, here are more ideas:

Sunday, May 10, 9:30am-4:30pm: Spend Mother’s Day at Historic Deerfield, where moms and grandmas get free admission for the day! Learn about life in historic New England, enjoy fun activities, and walk the beautiful grounds. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (>$)

Sunday, May 10, 9:30am-5pm: Celebrate Mother’s Day and learn about colonial New England at Old Sturbridge Village on May 10! Families can spend time together learning about historic New England trades, families, chores, games, and activities, and can do a craft and see a performance. There will also be a moms vs. kids tug of war! Moms get in free on this special day. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (>$)

Sunday, May 10, 10am-12noon: Celebrate Mother’s Day with a guided wildflower walk at Bartholomew’s Cobble with The Trustees of Reservations. All ages can stroll around the grounds looking for wild columbine and other native wildflowers. Families can even learn about how to grow these flowers at home to attract butterflies and other creatures! Please register in advance. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. ($)

Sunday, May 10, 12noon-4pm: Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round! Moms and grandmas ride free with a paying ticket. 413-538-9838. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)

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