Worcester is located in central Massachusetts, 45 minutes west of Boston and north of Providence, RI. Set in Worcester County, on a series of hills overlooking the Blackstone River and Lake Quinsigamond, the eastern boundary of the city. Worcester is the state’s second-largest city, with a population of 182,500 and more than six million people living within a 50-mile radius. An important manufacturing, medical, insurance, and transportation center the city has convenient highway access and daily train service from major metropolitan cities, offering visitors direct connections from all points. A five-time recipient of the All-American City Award, Worcester combines the historic charm of a small town with the convenience of a thriving metropolitan city.
A beautifully restored Union Station offers attendees a fully functioning transportation center, with commuter rail service to and from Boston, Amtrak’s daily train service to and from Albany, Chicago, New York andWashington, D.C. Union Station is also served by several bus lines connecting to destinations throughout New England and beyond. All of this is walking distance from downtown Worcester and the DCU Center arena and convention center. Taxis are always available and shuttle service is available for your attendees, upon request. A manufacturing and innovation giant for more than 200 years, Worcester has emerged as a leader in education, medicine, biotechnology, culture and entertainment. A growing business and commercial base, the recent addition of a multi-million biotechnology research park, and an influx of high technology companies into the region have positioned Worcester as an attractive location for developers and companies.Every great American city boasts at least one college. Worcester is home to ten colleges and universities. With more than 35,000 students arriving in Worcester every September to begin the new school year, the colleges and their students make an enormous impact on the area’s economy and culture.
A mix of new and old, Worcester’s landscape blends impressive mills and diverse architecture with community-oriented neighborhoods and inviting green spaces. The downtown district is on the brink of a dramatic renaissance with a new hotel adjacent to the DCU Center, a new courthouse, a performing arts theater and housing and retail projects in the works. Worcester’s many development projects confirm the city’s arrival into the 21st century as an energized community with a renewed sense of momentum, vitality and pride.
When in Worcester, there is plenty to do and attendees will have the opportunity to experience the city and everything it has to offer. Whether a day trip to Broad Meadow Brook, shopping in the eclectic Canal District or a visit to any of the dozens of boutique shops and eateries that line popular Shrewsbury Street, Worcester will deliver an exciting and unique experience for the meeting attendee, athletes, fans and all those associated with events here in Worcester.
Worcester is home to a world-class, 14,800-seat DCU Arena and Convention Center and boasts a professional sports teams, the Worcester Sharks, an AHL franchise of the San Jose Sharks. Our convention center has hosted political conventions, association and corporate meetings with great success. Public and private tradeshows have filled its halls and gala events have graced the ballrooms. Our facilities are truly versatile and staffed by veteran hospitality professionals.
Worcester is a place where art and culture shine from world-renowned museums to award-winning restaurants to theater performances and festivals.
Stay for a visit.