Ashley Reservoir, a Class II hazard reservoir, is the secondary drinking supply for the city of Holyoke, Massachusetts. The reservoir, consisting of Wright Pond and Ashley Pond, has an impound capacity of more than 795 million gallons of water and a safe yield of 2.1 million gallons of water per day.
Regulations designed to ensure pure water include the prohibiting of dogs, horseback riding, camping, smoking, sledding and motorcycle riding are among prohibited activities from the reservoir and abutting property. Pedestrians are allowed on the paths and roads around the reservoir but the scenic expanse that contains a drinking water supply limits activity.
Children’s Museum Holyoke
444 Dwight Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
The Children's Museum at Holyoke is one of the most popular destinations from across the state. Located in Heritage State Park the museum is situated alongside the historic Merry-Go-Round. We have over 30 exhibits including a new stem-based world of motion room, the curvy climber, water table, air maze and much more. Additionally, we are home to a very extensive PEZ collection. Families can pack a lunch and spend the day. Over 50,000 people visit the museum each year. For more information, visit our website at www.childrensmuseum.holyoke.org.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm and Sundays12pm-4pm
Admission: $8.00 for adults and children/$5.00for seniors/children under 1 are free
Holyoke Craft Beer
208 Race Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
Located in the historical Steam Building, Holyoke Craft Beer is the city’s newest entity inspired by the growing art and innovation scene in downtown Holyoke! The brewery is focused on supporting and developing a vibrant community all while providing a quality and delicious product. The hops and grains used during production are sourced locally and the beer is served in small, fresh batches.
221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
Hours: Every weekend 12:00pm-4:00pm; Summer hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30am-4:00pm; Sunday 12:00pm-4:00pm
About 150 antique merry-go-rounds exist in North America and 1 very special one has a home in Holyoke. Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, a recent recipient of the National Carousel Association's 2018 Historic Award, is still in working order and can be ridden by children, families, and carousel devotees at Holyoke Heritage State Park. The carousel and original band organ were restored and moved to the city park over 25 years ago after spending 65 years at Holyoke's Mountain Park. The ride is handicapped accessible and open to the public on weekends, holidays, and school vacations, September through June from 12 noon til 4:00 pm, and in the summer Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 am til 4:00 pm and Sundays 12 noon til 4:00 pm.
The Merry-Go-Round can be rented for private family & corporate parties, weddings, children's birthday parties & school field trips. Rides are only $2 per person. Summer camps, daycare & non-profit group rates are $1.50 per person.
For more information regarding private rates as well as information regarding upcoming fun & family events log on to www.holyokemerrygoround.org. You can also find us on Facebook!
The Orchards Golf Course
18 Silverwood Terr., South Hadley, MA 01075
For over 90 years The Orchards has preserved its 160 acres of sloped terrain and remains a hidden gem here in the Pioneer Valley. The Orchards prides themselves as a spirit of great tradition and providing the essence of golf as it was meant to be played. The Orchards has been a proud host to many renowned tournaments, including the 2004 US Women’s Open. Come experience the wonderful atmosphere in one of the finest private clubs in New England.
Robert Barrett Fishway
1 Bridge Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
413-536-9460 or 413-536-9300
Each spring when the shadbush blooms, American Shad, Sea Lamprey, Atlantic Salmon and other anadromous fish swim up the Connecticut River as they begin their annual spring migration. Driven by their evolutionary instincts, adult fish return to spawn in the rivers of their birth. The fishlift at HG&E’s Robert E. Barrett Fishway helps migrating fish over the dam. It was the first and most successful fish lift on the Atlantic coast. It consists of two elevators or “lifts” which carry migrating fish up and over the Holyoke dam. Visit hged.com to schedule a FREE guided tour, educational program, or school trip!
238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
Wistariahurst is a cultural and educational center owned and operated by the City of Holyoke and supported by Historic Holyoke at Wistariahurst. Wistariahurst is dedicated to preserving Holyoke’s history and inspiring an appreciation of history and culture through educational programs, exhibits and special events. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Wistariahurst is the former home of William Skinner, a prominent silk manufacturer and was built in 1874.
The buildings and grounds were owned continually by the Skinner family until 1959, when Katharine Skinner Kilborne, the youngest child of William and Sarah Skinner, and her heirs gave Wistariahurst to the City of Holyoke for cultural and educational purposes.
Today, Wistariahurst offers a wide variety of public programs and events including: workshops, concerts, lectures and demonstrations and serves the community through educational programs, community partnerships, history projects, and outreach activities.