UMass Duck Pond, Amherst, MA

Kids find a lot of things fascinating when walking through UMass Amherst. The dramatic architecture of the Fine Arts Center, the W.E.B. Dubois Library, the sidewalks, installation art, etc.
Throwing stale bread to the ducks is just the icing on the cake. You can also go into the library and take a LOOOOOONG elevator ride.
Exploring the campus on foot, especially if you did not attend UMass or grow up near it, is pretty cool. It's a large place when you are walking, and the conglomeration of landscaped pockets, handicapped access ramps, lawns and roads and sidewalks, make for visual interest and a feeling of discovery.
Sometimes I participate in psychology experiments at Tobin Hall at UMass - the kids do anyways. You don't get paid, but you get to park in the heart of the campus and it's usually fun for the children. They get a little toy at the end.
So, best bets for parking, in my opinion, are free spots on town streets adjacent to campus. That's a bit of a walk. There are metered spots in the U shaped drive in front of the Fine Arts Center. I'm a paranoid parker - always convinced I'll get a parking ticket, which I have already dedicated thousands of dollars to paying. Thousands.

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