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10 Things You Must Do In Worcester Before You Die

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Let's face it. When it comes to Worcester, there's a lot to do. There's plenty of history, great landmarks, excellent restaurants, a superb nightlife, a solid music scene and wonderful arts.

But what are the things that you have to do? Where are the places you have to see? 

SEE SLIDES BELOW: 10 Things You Must Do in Worcester Before You Die

Like Ferris Bueller once said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around for a while, you might miss it." With that in mind, GoLocalWorcester has put together a list of ten things you absolutely have to do in Worcester in your lifetime.

We've covered a number of bases here - food and drink, music, nature, the arts, history, and sporting events. All in Worcester, all must-dos.

Here are the Ten Things You Must Do in Worcester Before You Die:


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Catch a Film at the Elm Draught House

Okay. You caught us. The Elm Draught House isn't in Worcester. It's in Millbury. A stone's throw away though!

If you haven't been to this place, you're missing out. They serve food, beer and wine during the movies. All the movies are second-run, so if you miss it in the big theaters, you can always catch a few here. Or if you're like us, you just wait for them to get to this place so you can drink a beer and watch a good movie.

The theater opened sometime in the late 1930s-early 1940s.

Best part? It's only $5. And the pizza is pretty good.

Where: 35 Elm Court, Millbury

Elm Draught House

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Have a Solid Breakfast at Miss Worcester

Earlier this spring, Buzzfeed.com named the Miss Worcester Diner the #1 Diner in America to eat at before you die. 

And it's #9 on our list of anything you can do in Worcester...so you do the math.

Miss Worcester opened in 1948 and was built by the Worcester Lunch Car Company. In 2003, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

And that's all well and good, but the best part is the food and the service. Just all around excellent. You'll be eating in history.

Where: 300 Southbridge Street, Worcester

Miss Worcester Diner

Image: "Miss worcester" by Improbcat - Own work

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Eat a Regatta Sandwich from the Regatta Deli at the Regatta Races

A Worcester classic. If you plan on catching the Regatta Races this summer on Lake Quinsigamond, plan on working up an appetite. Lucky for you, right across the street is the Regatta Deli where they serve their famous Regatta Italian grinders.

Where: 28 Lake Avenue, Worcester

Regatta Deli

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Walk/Jog/Hike (Skip?) Through the Bird Sanctuary 

You probably didn't know this (or maybe you did), but there are some great walking and hiking paths behind the Audubon Society on Massasoit Road in Worcester.

Want to be at peace and escape the city without really leaving the city? Take a brisk walk through the Bird Sanctuary. If you don't feel better by the time you leave there...then turn around and go back in.

Where: 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester

Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook 

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Have Pizza at the Wonder Bar

Granted it's not open yet. But it will be! And when it does re-open under new ownership of the Prizio family (Regatta Deli), they swear it will have the same famous pizza as before.

You may want to get in line outside the door now because that place is going to be crazy packed when it's ready.

The Wonder Bar is one of GoLocalWorcester's 15 to Watch in 2015, and we are watching...and we are hungry.

Where: 121 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

The Wonder Bar

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Have a Beer at Moynagh's, the Cosmopolitan, and Moynihan's

These are the three oldest bars in the city - the oldest is Moynagh's - and they all opened in the early 1930s. They're neighborhood bars with the best clientele.

At the very least, go in and have a beer or a drink. That way you can tell everyone you know that you've been to the oldest bars in the city - and in no way is that depressing.

Head on down to Moynagh's on Saturday nights and see the Birdman. Tell em' GoLocal sent you.

Where: Moynagh's Tavern - 25 Exchange Street, Worcester

The Cosmpolitan - 96 Hamilton Street, Worcester

Moynihan's Pub - 897 Main Street, Worcester

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Catch a Concert - Any Concert - At Ralph's Chadwick Square Rock Diner

Someone recently told us that they went to Ralph's for the first time ever in their life. And they had a great time. And they're in their 50s. 

They told us, "We can't wait to go back. We don't care when."

And that's usually the response Ralph's always get. You will have fun and you will be having fun in a Worcester landmark. And they rock as hard as anyone in the city.

Where: 148 Grove Street, Worcester

Ralph's Rock Diner

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Enjoy a Sunset at Grill on the Hill at Green Hill Golf Course

Like everyone that's ever been there says, "It's like you're not even in Worcester." And when it comes to the sunset, that's a great thing. Easily the best sunset in Worcester - having a restaurant with a great deck and good food and drinks make it even better. 

Also, great place to watch the Worcester Fireworks from.

Where: 1929 Skyline Drive, Worcester

Grill on the Hill

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Have 2 Coney Island Dogs with the Works

We're being generous here. No one can eat just two...right? And there's no better way truly experience Worcester than to have your hot dogs smothered in yellow mustard, chili sauce and chopped onions.

Where: 158 Southbridge Street, Worcester

George's Coney Island Hot Dogs

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Take a Tour of the Speakeasy in the Cellar of Hotel Vernon

There are some catches to this. First, someone has to be there to give the tour. Second, that someone has to be willing to give the tour. Third, it can't be busy - so go during the afternoon.

It's one of the coolest, must-see experiences you'll find in Worcester. Babe Ruth used to drink in the speakeasy in the cellar. There's a secret back door, a dumbwaiter and a bar.

Where: 16 Kelley Square, Worcester

Hotel Vernon and the Ship Room


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