Welcome to Springfield
Downtown, you'll find some striking reminders of the city's 19th-century wealth, including a handful of quality museums, a grand symphony hall and stately Romanesque Revival buildings at Court Sq. Up the hill there's an intriguing armory dating back to the American Revolution. And, as all local grade-schoolers know, basketball originated in Springfield, which explains the presence of the Hall of Fame.
While most of the business types who work here flee promptly at 5pm, Springfield somehow supports a lively night scene. Not to mention one of the best Cajun eateries this side of New Orleans. Another surprise.