Another in a series of New England getaways on public transportation.
SPRINGFIELD — The museums of the Springfield Quadrangle constitute a Massachusetts mini-Smithsonian. They’re mostly clustered around a plaza with a bronze zoo of Horton, the Whos, the Cat in the Hat, Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel himself, and other fictive figures of tongue-twisting rhyme-jangling fame. When cabin fever sets in and spring seems impossibly far away, an escape to Springfield is not. It’s especially fitting that these treasure houses of art, science, and history grace the hometown of Dr. Seuss, who saw the wonder in everything. As Geisel wrote in “Oh, The Places You’ll Go,” “Out there things can happen / and frequently do / to people as brainy / and footsy as you.” Hop a bus and have a look.