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. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Welles-Turner Memorial Library
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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
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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
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4.Cotton Hollow Preserve, Glastonbury, Connecticut
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
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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
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If you are interested in star-gazing and learning more about astronomy and the thousands of stars and planets which surround our Earth, you will enjoy attending one of the shows hosted by the Glastonbury Planetarium. The planetarium presents free public shows on select Thursday and Saturday nights. You can also introduce the younger members of the family to the fascinating world of astronomy by accessing their Young Kid Shows which are both fun and educational. The planetarium also hosts a series of Musical Concerts under the Stars – you can check their website for details of what’s on and to find a list of further educational resources.
95 Oak Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033, 860-652-7925
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7.Scotts Orchard and Nursery, Glastonbury, Connecticut
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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
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8.Riverview Farms, Glastonbury, Connecticut
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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
9.Max Fish, Glastonbury, Connecticut
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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
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10.Bricco Trattoria, Glastonbury, CT
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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
11.Museum on the Green
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Owned and operated by the Glastonbury Historical Society, the Museum on the Green preserves and showcases a treasure-trove of local history. Starting with the Wangunk, who were the First Peoples in the area, exhibits span several centuries, covering early colonization, slavery, Abolition, European immigration and everything in between. The museum is housed in the former Town Hall, which dates back to 1840. The Glastonbury Historical Society hosts a number of interesting walking tours throughout the year where you can learn all about the historic background of Glastonbury. Other fun and educational events include Harvest Day celebration and guided Green Cemetery Tours.
1944 Main St, Glastonbury, CT 06033, 860-633-6890
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12.Bar Near Me: Plan B Burger Bar, Glastonbury, CT
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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: 860-430-9737
Located in East Glastonbury, Eastbury Pond is a large public recreational facility which draws many visitors all year round. In summer you can spend long sunny days soaking up the sun on the beach area and swimming in the pond. You can bring a picnic to enjoy in one of the picnic areas and relax while the children paddle in the shallow waters of the gently sloping beach area. Other activities include hiking/walking the woodland trails, fishing and enjoying the attractive natural surroundings. In winter the pond freezes over and ice skating is a popular activity. An accessible fishing pier makes it easy for everyone to enjoy fishing on the pond.
Eastbury Pond, 39 Fisher Hill Rd, Glastonbury, CT 06033, 860-652-7679
14.Oakwood Sports Center
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The Oakwood Sports Center is a state-of-the-art facility which offers indoor soccer fields where soccer enthusiasts can play and train all year round. The outdoor part of the complex (which is located off-site on the Glastonbury Turnpike) boasts 2 flood-lit turf fields with on-site parking, changing rooms and a snack bar. The Indoor Center boasts a further 4 fields which are used for training and games during the colder months. The complex offers a host of soccer training clinics for children of all ages, from toddlers to teens. The center can be used for fitness programs and children’s soccer birthday parties. The fields may also be booked for other sports including lacrosse and volleyball.
40 Oakwood Drive, Glastonbury, CT 06033, 860-633-3689
15.Patty Cakes Bakery, Bagels and More
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Proud to please Glastonbury taste-buds with the best of Italian/American bakery delights, Patty Cakes Bakery, Bagels and More uses generations-old tried-and-tested family recipes from Sicily to present visitors with delicious cakes, biscuits, sandwiches and much more. Everything is made from scratch on the premises using only the very best and freshest ingredients. The bakery serves delicious breakfasts and lunches including all kinds of bagels, sandwiches, pizza and irresistible sweet treats to savor with your coffee. They also make an excellent variety of cakes, pies and sweet delights which you can order for your special occasion. The bakery is open daily from around 5.30am to 3.00pm.
Patty Cakes Bakery, Bagels and More, 217 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury, CT 06033,
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- 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, Glastonbury, Connecticut, Photo: alexandco/stock.adobe.com
- Minnechaug Golf Course, Photo: Minnechaug Golf Course
- Glastonbury Planetarium, Photo: sunghoon/stock.adobe.com
- Scotts Orchard and Nursery, Glastonbury, Connecticut, Photo: Scotts Orchard and Nursery
- Riverview Farms, Glastonbury, Connecticut, Photo: Riverview Farms
- Max Fish, Glastonbury, Connecticut, Photo: Max Fish
- Bricco Trattoria, Glastonbury, CT, Photo: Bricco Trattoria
- Museum on the Green, Photo: Museum on the Green
- Bar Near Me: Plan B Burger Bar, Glastonbury, CT, Photo: Plan B Burger Bar
- Eastbury Pond, Photo: srki66/stock.adobe.com
- Oakwood Sports Center, Photo: Naypong Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Patty Cakes Bakery, Bagels and More, Photo: David Smith/Josh Cho Photography
- Cover Photo: duke2015/stock.adobe.com
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