Fitchburg is a small city in central Massachusetts and is home to Fitchburg State University. Fitchburg's main attraction is the Fitchburg Art Museum, while in the Harry Potter universe, the city plays host to the Fitchburg Finches Quidditch Team.
Fitchburg is accessible by car from the east or west via MA 2. I-190 will bring travelers to the city from the south.
There is an MBTA Commuter rail station in downtown Fitchburg. Trains are infrequent on weekends.
Fitchburg covers a fairly large area, but most attractions are in and around downtown so walking is a good option.
Should be easy enough, the traffic generally isn't too bad. Be aware that this is a New England city that grew up before the automobile so there is no street grid and the streets can be narrow.
Fitchburg's past as an important industrial center has bequethed it with an art museum of a size and quality that most people wouldn't expect to see in a small post-industrial mill town. Possibly because of this and lots of cheap real estate, there are a few art galleries in the city as well.
- Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St, ☎ +1 978-345-4207. Small, but larger than you would expect to find in Fitchburg art museum with a large collection of Egyptian and African art as well as a permanent gallery displaying the work and collection of the museum's founder. Much of the museum space is dedicated to a rotating exhibition.
- The Rollstone Boulder, Fitchburg Upper Common. Local landmark that was blown up in the 1920's. Lovingly reassembled on Fitchburg Common.
- Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum, 21 Pritchard St, ☎ +1 978 342-2809. Toy aircraft museum.
- Coggshall Park, 65 Electric Avenue. Victorian era park with wooded walking trails, lake with a fountain in it, and swans.
- Rollstone Studios, 633 Main St. Cooperative artist run studio and gallery in downtown Fitchburg.
- Boulder Art Gallery, 960 Main Street, ☎ +1 978 345-7000. Original art, vintage art, photography, prints, and sculpture located on the Upper Common.
- Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park, 150 Great Wolf Dr, ☎ +1 978 343-9653. Large indoor waterpark with 15 different slides/pools. There is also an arcade, spa, and five different dining options.
Fitchburg doesn't have a lot of shopping options of interest to travelers. Some of the art galleries mentioned in the "See" section have works for sale and there is a gift shop at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Whitney Field Mall is in neighboring Leominster, but it is just a typical American mall.
- Andy's Sport Shop, 216 Daniels Street, ☎ +1 978 343-6330. Skiing and snowboarding equipment for winter, scuba gear for the summer.
To be perfectly honest, Fitchburg hasn't experienced the dining renaissance that some other mid-sized Massachusetts cities have.
- Bombay Tandoor Grill, 200 Lunenburg St, ☎ +1 978 348-1699. Affordable Indian food. One of Fitchburg's better reviewed restaurants.
- Chaibo, 37 Boulder Drive, ☎ +1 978 829-0088. Didn't expect there to be a fondue restaurant in Fitchburg, did you? Right downtown, an easy walk from the commuter rail.
- Moran Square Diner, 6 Myrtle Ave, Fitchburg, MA 01420, ☎ +1 978 343-9549. This historic diner is Worcester Lunch Car Co. #765 and has been in Fitchburg since 1940.
Fitchburg isn't a major nightlife destination, in part due to proximity to Boston and Worcester. The neighboring town of Westminster is home to Wachusett Brewing Co., the largest in Central Massachusetts.
- The Boulder Cafe, 880 Main Street, ☎ +1 978 345-0008. Enjoy the surprisingly good and very affordable selection of craft beer at this 80-year old bar that graces downtown Fitchburg's Upper Common. Lots of classic bar feel, including tin ceilings and well worn and slightly creaky wooden booths. The crowd is friendly, but be prepared to cheer on the Pats if they happen to be playing.
- Destaré, 320 Main Street, ☎ +1 978 345 5734, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Martini bar, nightclub. $$.
Fitchburg doesn't have many lodging options, but there are a few hotels just across the city line in Leominster.
- Great Wolf Lodge, 150 Great Wolf Dr, ☎ +1 978 343-9653. Hotel attached to Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark. $220/night.
|Routes through Fitchburg|
|Greenfield ← Westminster ←||W E||→ Leominster → Concord|
|Keene ← Westminster ←||N S||→ Leominster → Worcester|
|END ←||NW SE||→ Leominster → Boston|