Glastonbury, CT has historical sites, recreational activities, and beautiful parks in abundance. The town is also filled with a great assortment of shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants. Glastonbury is located along the Connecticut River, providing ideal landscape for farms, including ones that offer “pick-your-own” fruits and vegetables.
1.Welles-Turner Memorial Library
© Welles-Turner Memorial Library
The Welles-Turner Memorial Library is named in honor of Harriet Welles Turner Burnham and documents her legacy to Glastonbury, Connecticut. Born in the town back in the year 1856, Harriet Welles and her husband, Sturgis P. Turner.built and lived in the house on Main Street that is now a library. She later married John W. Burnham after Sturgis died in 1916. She willed her estate to the Town of Glastonbury to build and maintain a public library on the site of her home. The Welles-Turner Memorial Library offers a wide variety of programs and events for visitors of all ages.
2407 Main St, Glastonbury, CT 06033, Phone: 860-652-7719
2.Rose's Berry Farms, LLC
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Rose’s Berry Farm is in the town of South Glastonbury in Connecticut is a “pick-you-own” berry farm. The goal of the farm is offer customers the freshest produce year-round, along with a one-of-a-kind farming experience. First opening to the community in 1908, the farm is Connecticut’s largest blueberry farm, featuring more than forty acres of blueberry plants. Other seasonal favorites at Rose’s Berry Farm include strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, pears, apples, pumpkins, and even Christmas trees. Pick-your-own blueberries is offered July through August, raspberries June through July and middle of August through September, and apples in September and October.
295 Matson Hill Rd, South Glastonbury, CT 06073, Phone: 860-633-7467
3.Central Rock Gym
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The Central Rock Gym of Glastonbury, Connecticut provides world-class indoor rock climbing, other fitness activities and classes, summer camps, youth programs, and community events in a state-of-the-art facility that features expansive climbing walls, professional yoga classes, and cutting edge equipment. One of the main offerings of the Central Rock Gym is the one hour long Belay Classes, offering everyone a chance to learn how to belay. From 11:00am until 4:00pm on the weekends, staff are available to do the work for visitors, taking away the need for the belay class. Guests can climb for an hour under staff direction.
259 Eastern Blvd, Glastonbury, CT 06033, Phone: 860-659-8260
4.Cotton Hollow Preserve
The Cotton Hollow Preserve is made up of eighty acres of extensive pristine woodlands that are traversed by the area’s Roaring Brook. During the eighteenth century and the nineteenth century, the grounds were home to a cotton mill constructed in 1814, iron foundries, saw mills, and grist mills. Visitors can still see the cotton mill’s imposing ruins in the preserve today. The Cotton Hollow Preserve today is home to several passive recreational activities, such as fishing and hiking. The western entrance for the Cotton Hollow Preserve, just off of Main Street, is the site of a tree trail.
493 Hopewell Rd, Glastonbury, CT 06033
5.Minnechaug Golf Course
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The Minnechaug Golf Course in the town of Glastonbury, Connecticut is a Par 35, nine-hole golf course situated at the base of the state’s Minnechaug Mountain. The gem of a golf course is home to one of golf’s most exciting attractions: an island green. The island green at the eighth hole is a par 3, 126-yard hole and is the first island green anywhere in the region of New England, as well as one of the first island greens in America. While the Minnechaug Golf Course is on the small side, it provides plenty of challenges for experienced golfers.
16 Fairway Crossing, Glastonbury, CT 06033, Phone: 860-643-9914
6.Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury
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The Connecticut Audubon Center in Glastonbury is situated close to the Connecticut River, and since the year 1982, has taken complete advantage of the unique location. The Audubon Center is committed to promoting awareness of the ecosystem of the river, along with the habitats and species of birds the river supports.Visitors can explore several hands-on exhibits, a nature store, a reference library, a station for bird watching, interpretive exhibits related to natural history, and wildlife mounts. The Four Seasons Wildlife Garden, a picnic area, and an aviary with raptors surround the center. Next to the center is the Earle Park.
1361 Main St, Glastonbury, CT 06033, Phone: 860-633-8402
7.Scotts Orchard and Nursery
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The Scotts Orchard and Nursery began when JoAnn and Woody Scott bought the Villa Orchard more than forty-five years ago on top of Apple Hill. The Farmstand opens after the planting season with local produce, including sweet corn, raspberries, and blueberries. Summer brings fresh plums and peaches, followed later in the season by pears and apples. During harvests, visitors can come and pick their own fruits and vegetables. The end of the year’s growing season brings pumpkins and November is the start of the Christmas tree season. Family-oriented festivals take place during the weekends during the harvest season as well.
1838 New London Tpk, Glastonbury, CT 06033, Phone: 860-633-8681
© Riverview Farms
Bill Dufford, owner of Riverview Farms, bought the Funk orchard back in 1977 and used to rent the Old Cider Mill as a place to market the orchard’s apples. Dufford is a bit of a kid at hard and decided to add some fun things for visitors to do in addition to the cider and apple sales. Events during the fall at Riverview Farms include face painting, hay rides, a petting zoo, holding baby chicks, the Pumpkin Bounce that measure twenty-four feet, and tours of the farm. The Fall Festival begins that weekend following Labor Day and run until Halloween.
91 Wassuc Rd, South Glastonbury, CT 06073, Phone: 860-657-9197
© Max Fish
Max Fish, located in the town of Glastonbury in Connecticut, is a popular seafood restaurant for both visitors and locals alike to enjoy a meal when they are hungry or in the mood for award-winning food and great service. The menu at Max Fish consists of a wide variety of the finest, freshest seafood available in dishes made with highest possible quality of ingredients. There are other dishes on the menu as well that aren’t seafood dishes. Max Fish has been voted by the Connecticut Magazine for “Best Seafood” and by the Hartford Courant for “Best Boozy Brunch.”
110 Glastonbury Blvd, Glastonbury, CT 06033, Phone: 860-652-3474
© Bricco Trattoria
The owners of Bricco Trattoria grew just around the corner from the town of Glastonbury in East Hartford, Connecticut, making the restaurant a truly local place. Along with some talented people, the owners aimed to create an atmosphere of that of a vineyard home or an Italian farmhouse. The goal is for guests to feel comfortable at Bricco Trattoria and just enjoy the simple pleasure of eating a meal with friends and family. Service is meant to be polished, proper, and polite, and the food delicious, simple, and fresh. The menu features antipasto, cheese, and salumi to artisan pizzas and house-made pastas.
124 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury, CT 06033, Phone: 860-659-0220
© Max Amore
Max Amore was founded in 1995 in the heart of a growing area of Glastonbury, Connecticut and is the sister location of Max A Mia, another popular restaurant in the area. The cuisine from Northern Italy that is served at the Italian eatery has earned Max Amore several awards and a very good score from Zagat. The mission of the staff is to offer a truly enjoyable and unique dining experience for all customers. The menu at Max Amore includes house-made pastas crafted with only the freshest ingredients available, pizzas cooked in a brick-oven, and a variety of pork, beef, and seafood dishes.
140 Glastonbury Blvd, Glastonbury, CT 06033, Phone: 860-659-2819
12.Plan B Burger Bar
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The Plan B Burger Bar, or b Glastonbury, offers good times for both residents and visitors alike, made locally. The founders of Plan B had the idea of bringing people together in several different ways, such as bourbon enthusiasts with bourbons, local with local ingredients, and neighbors with neighbors. The b Restaurants came into existence in 2006, providing cool surroundings, good beer, and one of the best burgers around. B Glastonbury serves what they call “the one burger to rule them all.” Burgers are hand-formed, freshly ground twice a day. The beer menu include a rotating draft list of fourteen brews.
120 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury, CT 06033, Phone: 860-430-9783
12 Best Things to Do in Glastonbury, Connecticut
- Welles-Turner Memorial Library, Photo: Welles-Turner Memorial Library
- Rose's Berry Farms, LLC, Photo: Rose's Berry Farms, LLC
- Central Rock Gym, Photo: Central Rock Gym
- Cotton Hollow Preserve, Photo: alexandco/stock.adobe.com
- Minnechaug Golf Course, Photo: Minnechaug Golf Course
- Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury, Photo: V&P Photo Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Scotts Orchard and Nursery, Photo: Scotts Orchard and Nursery
- Riverview Farms, Photo: Riverview Farms
- Max Fish, Photo: Max Fish
- Bricco Trattoria, Photo: Bricco Trattoria
- Max Amore, Photo: Max Amore
- Plan B Burger Bar, Photo: Plan B Burger Bar
- Cover Photo: duke2015/stock.adobe.com