- The list below includes 115 free or cheap things to do in or near Amherst, Massachusetts, including 88 different types of inexpensive activities like Specialty Museums, Movie Theaters, Colleges & Universities and Art Museum.
- From Amherst College to Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Amherst and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Shelburne Falls.
The Botanic Garden of Smith College preserves the historic Olmsted landscape of the campus and is home to an extensive collection of plant specimens which are a part of the glass conservatory and numerous specialty gardens here.
Situated on over 150 acres, Look Memorial Park is named for Frank Newhall Look after donation of the land by his wife. The park features sports fields, picnic facilities, playgrounds, a zoo, walking paths, a train ride and pedal boating.
Situated by the Connecticut River, Holyoke Canoe Club offers its members recreational activities like tennis, swimming, and boating. The club hosts events like summer camps, soccer clinics, pancake breakfasts, and more.
Holyoke's Mount Tom State Reservation is located in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Its boasts more than 20 miles of trails and is adjacent to Lake Bray, a popular fishing spot. The Mount Tom State Reservation is also popular with cross-country skiers.
With a peak of 632 ft., the Little Tom Mountain is situated in the Connecticut River Valley within 2,500 acres of conservation land. A 5 mile round trip trail provides access to a scenic view overlooking the river valley.