Berkshires County Attractions

Welcome to the Berkshires! Below, find numerous destinations for whatever interests you in our beautiful Berkshire towns. Or discover Berkshire real estate here.

Cultural Destinations:

Tanglewood Theatre Lenox MA

Tanglewood

297 West Street
Lenox, MA 01240
(617) 266-1492

Tanglewood was founded in 1936, when the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its first concerts in the Berkshires. Since then, Tanglewood has steadily grown into a defining Berkshires phenomenon frequented by James Taylor, John Williams and the Boston Pops. If you haven't enjoyed a concert on the lawn at Tanglewood you haven't really visited the Berkshires.

 

Shakespeare & Company Theater Lenox MA

Shakespeare & Company

70 Kemble Street
Lenox, MA 01240
(413) 637-1199

Shakespeare & Company is a theater group that performs like the Elizabethans did -- in love with poetry, physical intensity, and mystery. Though they specialize in the works of Shakespeare, they also put on locally produced originals. For the young Shakespearian, they offer acting camps for various age groups and experience levels.

 

Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge MA

Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Route 183
Stockbridge, MA, 01262
(413) 298-4100

The Norman Rockwell Museum is the world's largest collection of Norman Rockwell artwork. In 2008, it received the National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities. If you enjoy the work of Norman Rockwell or just want to learn more about him, this is the museum for you!

 

Jacob's Pillow in Becket, MA

Jacob's Pillow

358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223
(413) 243-0745

Originally settled in 1790, the Jacob's Pillow property is itself a historical landmark. When it was purchased in 1931 by modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn, it became much more than that. Jacob's Pillow is the oldest internationally acclaimed Summer dance festival in the United States and offers a professional school, extensive archives and year-round community programs.

 

Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield MA

Barrington Stage Company

30 Union Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 236-8888

Located in the former Berkshire Music Hall in downtown Pittsfield, the Barrington Stage Company adds a contemporary, musical-centered flair to the Berkshires theater scene. On top of developing top-notch current plays and musicals, Barrington Stage offers several theater programs for the young and old to hone their skills.

 

Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge MA

Berkshire Theatre Festival

6 East Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 298-5576

One of the oldest professional performing arts venues in the Berkshires, the Berkshire Theatre Festival celebrated its 80th anniversary season in 2008. Over the course of its 550 productions Berkshire Theatre Festival has run the theatrical gamut from classics and revivals to original premieres. When you go to a Berkshire Theatre Festival performance you can sense the rich history of the group.

 

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington MA

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

14 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
(413) 528-0100

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center offers something for everyone. At The Mahaiwe you can expect world-class dance, music, theater, opera, films and HD broadcasts depending on the day. Keep an eye on their event calendar because you never know what they'll be showing next!

 

Historical Destinations:

 

 

Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield MA

Hancock Shaker Village

1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(617) 266-1492

Unlike most historical destinations, Hancock Shaker Village is still very much alive despite being over 230 years old. Learn how the Shakers lived in the "City of Peace" by observing costumed reenactors amidst expertly crafted Shaker architecture. Free admission for children 12 and under!

 

 

Chesterwood Estate in Stockbridge MA

Chesterwood

4 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 298-3579

Previously the Marshall Werner farm, Chesterwood became the summer estate of famed sculptor Daniel Chester French in 1896. Each May, French moved to Chesterwood from New York with his family to drink in the natural beauty of the Berkshires. In 1965, Chesterwood became a museum and National Trust Historic site.

 

W.E.B. DuBois Birthplace in Great Barrington MA

Birthplace of W.E.B. DuBois

Great Barrington, MA 01230

W.E.B. Dubois was an African-American sociologist, historian, civil-rights activist and author at the turn of the 20th century. He co-founded the NAACP, wrote the seminal collection of essays, The Souls of Black Folk, and advanced civil-rights in countless other ways. Come to Great Barrington to see the town he grew up in!

 

Bidwell House Museum in Monterey MA

The Bidwell House Museum

Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245
(413) 528-6888

The Bidwell House is an elegant Georgian saltbox built in 1750. Authentically restored and filled with period antiques, The Bidwell House Museum offers a personal encounter with the history of early American home life as well as a beautiful Berkshires landscape.

 

The Mission House in Stockbridge MA

The Mission House

19 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 298-3239

This National Historic Landmark was home to the first missionary to the Mohican Indians. In the mid-1730s, the Mohicans living in western Massachusetts gave permission for Rev. John Sergeant to live among them, thus the Mission House was built. The Mission House not only provides a glimpse into Colonial history, but also the Native American tribe that preceded the Colonists.

 

The Mount Estate in Lenox MA

The Mount

2 Plunkett Street
Lenox, MA 01240
(413) 637-3366

Built in 1902, The Mount was the country estate of Edith Wharton, a Pulitzer Price-winning novelist. In addition to The Mounts historical significance, it is also a truly magnificent estate and a frequent wedding location. The house exterior is "a striking white stucco, strongly set off by dark green shutters, and rises from a quasi-rustic foundation of coarse field stone".

 

Naumkeag in Stockbridge MA

Naumkeag

5 Prospect Hill Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 298-3239

Naumkeag is a National Historic Landmark and an architectural masterpiece exemplifying Gilded-Age style. In 1958, it was bequeathed in its entirety "from furniture to garden tools to its intact dairy barn". The 44-room "cottage" is surrounded and complemented by beautiful gardens and breathtaking, panoramic Berkshires views.

 

The Ashley House Museum in Ashley Falls MA

The Ashley House Museum

Cooper Hill Road
Ashley Falls, MA 01222
(413) 298-3239

The Ashley House, built in 1735, was the site of a significant moment in the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts. Mum Bett, a slave at the Ashley House, was among the first to successfully file a "freedom suit" under the 1780 constitution and win her freedom. At The Ashley House Museum you can learn more about her inspirational story.

 

Natural Destinations:

 

 

Monument Mountain in Great Barrington MA

Monument Mountain

Route 7 South
Great Barrington, MA 01240
(413) 298-3239

Towering above the Housatonic River, Monument Mountain offers a jaw-dropping vantage point on the Berkshires. From the 1,642-foot summit of Squaw Peak, you can see as far as Mount Greylock in the North and the Catskills in the West. Ascending the mountain will require some sweat, but will be well rewarded with some of the best views the Berkshires has to offer.

 

 

Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge MA

Berkshire Botanical Garden

5 Massachusetts 183
Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 298-3926

Berkshire Botanical Garden is one part floral paradise, one part community-centered not-for-profit. The Berkshire Botanical Gardens 15 acres of cultivated land includes both functional and ornamental gardens. Make sure not to miss the Harvest Festival, an annual fund-raising event started in 1934, which offers fair-style fun amidst the beauty of the gardens.

 

Bartholomew's Cobble in Southfield MA

Bartholomew's Cobble

105 Weatogue Road
Southfield, MA 01259
(413) 229-8600

A 329-acre National Natural Landmark, Bartholomew's Cobble is a an open space bio-reserve harboring the greatest overall biodiversity of any reserve in Berkshire County. Bartholomew's Cobble is also home to Massachusetts' highest populations of ground-nesting bobolinks. On top of its ecological significance, Bartholomew's Cobble offers trails winding between hayfields, pastures, meadows and an open hilltop with panoramic views of the Housatonic River Valley.

 

Umpachene Falls in Southfield MA

Umpachene Falls

Umpachene Falls Road
Southfield, MA 01259

The scenic Umpachene Falls bridges the gap between the Umpachene River and the Konkapot River. This area is not only a beautiful place for a picnic, it offers several great swimming opportunities! The slow-flowing Konkapot River and the pools above the Umpachene Falls are both fun and relaxing places to take a dip.

 

Beartown State Forest in Monterey MA

Beartown State Forest

69 Blue Hill Road
Monterey, MA 01245
(413) 528-0904

Beartown State Forest is a 12,000-acre forest in Monterey. It has it all: swimming and boating at Benedict Pond; trails for hiking, horseback riding and motorsports; areas for camping and picnicking; and even facilities for restricted hunting. Beartown State Forest is a one-stop summer paradise!

 

Pleasant Valley in Lenox MA

Pleasant Valley

472 West Mountain Road
Lenox, MA 01240
(413) 637-0320

A Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary, Pleasant Valley consists of over 1,000-acres of protected, Berkshires wilderness. Trails weave through the preserves forests, meadows and wetlands leading to Lenox Mountain and Pike's Pond. Animal lovers take note, Pleasant Valley is known for its thriving beaver population!

 

Lake Garfield in Monterey MA

Lake Garfield

Route 23
Monterey, MA 01245

Whether you are looking to cool off after bathing in the sun, or looking to catch rainbow trout for a summer barbecue, Lake Garfield is your destination of choice. Located on Route 23 in Monterey, this scenic swim spot is ideal for off-the-grid relaxing.

 

Lake Buel in Monterey MA

Lake Buel

Route 57
Monterey, MA 01245

Looking for a longer swim in south county? Bring your flippers to Lake Buel. Previously known as the “Six Mile Pond,” this local lake was renamed for Samuel C. Buel in 1812 for saving wayward swimmers.

 

Stockbridge Bowl (Lake Mahkeenac) in Stockbridge MA

Stockbridge Bowl

Stockbridge, MA 01263

If boating’s your game, find your way to the Stockbridge bowl (also known as Lake Mahkeenac), where visitors can indulge in sculling, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, swimming, waterskiing, and power boating. This great pond, also known as Lake Mahkeenac, is a key part of the Berkshires annual triathlon, the Josh Billings Runaground.

 

Goose Pond Reservation in Lee MA

Goose Pond Reservation

Cooper Creek Road
Lee, MA 01238

Goose Pond is a rare geological site in the Berkshires; a mountain lake. This reservation protects over a quarter-mile of unparalleled rocky shoreline. Come to Goose Pond to swim in an environment unlike many others in Berkshire county.

 

Laurel Lake in Lee MA

Laurel Lake

Route 20
Lee, MA 01238
(413) 243-5505

Laurel Lake offers swimming, boating and several prime fishing locations. The lake is so teeming with fish that it is a popular fishing spot even in the dead of winter, making it the home of several local ice fishing competitions. Whatever the season, Laurel Lake is a great place for some rest and relaxation.

 

Butternut Mountain in Great Barrington MA

Butternut Mountain

380 State Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
(413) 528-2000

Butternut Mountain, also known as Butternut Basin, is a ski resort in Great Barrington. It offers 22 alpine ski trails of varying difficulty, 6 chair lifts, 2 terrain parks and a tubing area. If skiing isn't your thing, come to Butternut Mountain in the summer and enjoy a concert or festival like the annual Berkshires Arts Festival!
 
Catamount Mountain in Egremont MA

Catamount

17 Nicholson Road South
Egremont, MA 01258
(413) 528-1262

Catamount is a ski area located at the top of Mount Fray in Egremont. Impressively, Catamount is both one of the only family-owned ski areas and one of the largest in the Berkshire Mountains. At Catamount you can expect all the perks of a big ski area with the friendly attitude of a family-operated business.
Dry Hill Ski Area in Lenox MA

Dry Hill Ski Area

297 West Street
Lenox, MA 01240
(617) 266-1492

Dry Hill Ski Area promises fun for the whole family. Skiing, snowboarding, tubing and a bar in the lodge for mom and dad to relax after a long day in the snow. They even offer night-skiing for those who prefer to ski under the lights!