Ledyard, Connecticut is home to the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Reservation, the home of the federally-recognized Algonquian-language Pequot tribe. The region is best known today as the site of the expansive Foxwoods Resort Casino, which is one of the world's largest public casinos by floor size and number of casino games offered. Resort visitors will find a wide variety of activities to suit guests of all ages, including the shops and attractions of the Tanger Outlets Foxwoods retail complex, which is home to more than 85 upscale retailers and attractions such as the Spellbound Escapes escape room center. Thrill seekers can soar at speeds of over 60 miles per hour along the HighFlyer Zipline or freefall on the Foxwoods Thrill Tower, while history buffs can peruse the exhibits of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. A wide variety of upscale dining options are also offered, ranging from national favorites such as Hard Rock Cafe to celebrity chef ventures such as Guy Fieri's Foxwoods Kitchen and Bar.
1.Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
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Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center is a nonprofit museum and outreach organization overseen by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, located adjacent to the tribally-owned Foxwoods Resort Casino. The museum, which was opened to the public in 1998, strives to foster understanding of the history and culture of the Pequot and other indigenous people throughout the United States and Canada. 85,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space details the natural history of the Mashantucket region and the history of the Pequot, from the group's arrival in the region to their reservation removal in the 1600s up through present-day next-generation Native perspectives. Exhibits include a recreated 16th-century Pequot village and daily showings of the 30-minute documentary film The Witness, which details the 1637 Pequot War. Indigenous cuisine is served up at the Pequot Cafe, while Native artisan works are sold at the Trading Post Gift Shop.
110 Pequot Trail, Ledyard, CT 06338, Phone: 800-411-9671
2.Foxwoods Resort Casino
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Foxwoods Resort Casino is a spectacular 9,000,000-square-foot casino and resort complex in Ledyard, operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation since 1986. The resort, which was developed in cooperation with noted Malaysian developer Lim Goh Tong, offers six separate casino floor spaces showcasing more than 5,500 top-of-the-line slot machines, along with a race book facility, a bingo hall accommodating 5,000 players and over 350 tables for popular table games such as poker, roulette, craps, baccarat, and blackjack. Two hotel towers offer more than 2,200 luxurious rooms and suites for overnight guests, with amenities offered such as a children's arcade and a 4,000-seat theater hosting mixed martial arts competitions and other special events. An 85-store Tanger Outlets retail complex separates the resort's hotel towers, and a wide variety of dining options are offered for guests, including national chain favorites Hard Rock Cafe and California Pizza Kitchen.
350 Trolley Line Blvd, Mashantucket, CT 06338, Phone: 860-312-3000
3.High Rollers Luxury Lanes and Lounge
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High Rollers Luxury Lanes and Lounge is an upscale bowling alley and lounge located within the Foxwoods Resort Casino, owned and operated by the Big Night Entertainment Group. The vintage Vegas-themed lounge offers 20 PBA-regulation bowling lanes for guests to enjoy, including six VIP lanes. Four Brunswick Gold Crown billiard tables are also available for play, with private seating areas located at the top of each lane for guest use. A delicious bar menu crafted by award-winning executive chef Kevin Long highlights build-your-own pizzas, clever burgers, and shareable appetizers such as buffalo teriyaki chicken sticks, Rhode Island calamari, and crab and scallion dip with truffle-herbed tortilla chips. Extensive draft beer, fine wine, and craft cocktail lists are also available, with high-end bottle service available for private groups.
350 Trolley Line Blvd, Mashantucket, CT 06338, Phone: 860-312-2695
4.The HighFlyer Zipline
The HighFlyer Zipline is one of the Foxwoods Resort Casino's most unique visitor attractions, taking participants on a mile-long journey over 350 feet in the air between the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and the resort's impressive Fox Tower. Youth and adult riders can reach speeds of over 60 miles per hour while soaring throughout Mashantucket's beautiful forested canopies, reaching heights as tall as a 32-story skyscraper. Four parallel lines operate along Connecticut's highest zipline, sending one guest at a time on the adventure of a lifetime and offering unparalleled views of the surrounding natural scenery and resort skyline. Zipline experiences are offered daily throughout the summer months, with limited autumn, winter, and spring operations offered weather-permitting. Experiences are designed for riders weighing between 65 and 300 pounds, with complimentary shuttle service offered between the Fox Tower and the museum for all riders and spectators.
350 Trolley Line Blvd Foxwoods Resort parking rotunda, Fox Tower Dr, Mashantucket, CT 06338, Phone: 860-312-3597
5.Foxwoods Thrill Tower
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Foxwoods Thrill Tower is a unique choose-your-adventure thrill ride that offers two of New England's most exciting ride experiences, located at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. The tower, which was added to the resort's grounds in 2017, is home to the thrilling 10-story Sky Drop drop tower ride, which lifts riders up into the air before launching them downward in an exhilarating free fall experience. On the other side of the tower, groups of two riders at a time can experience the unique human catapult experience of Sky Launch, which tosses riders more than 140 feet into the air and completes several revolutions before returning to the ground. Stunning views of the surrounding hillside are offered from both rides, which are located outside the lobby of the resort's Fox Tower. Ticket rates are offered for individual rides or for combination experiences on both rides, with rides available between noon and midnight seasonally.
350 Trolley Line Blvd suite 3777, Mashantucket, CT 06338, Phone: 860-312-5867
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Spellbound Escapes is an exciting escape room game experience at the Tanger Outlets retail complex at Foxwoods Resort Casino, opened to the public in October of 2018. The immersive game experience, which was created by Jenny Killoran, challenges participants to escape a themed room within 60 minutes or less, using clues found throughout the room to aid in their escape. Themed puzzle games include The Temple of the Laughing God, which challenges participants to uncover the secrets of mysterious Mayan ruins that are said to house the spirit of a malevolent entity. All games are designed for two to eight participants, with private group experiences available for team-building activities, birthday parties, and other special event groups.
455 Trolley Line Blvd Ste 540, Mashantucket, CT 06338, Phone: 860-222-8424
7.Lake of Isles
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Lake of Isles is a scenic golf course located across from the Foxwoods Resort Casino, owned and overseen by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. The beautiful 900-acre course, which was named as one of Golf Magazine's top 100 courses for 2017, was designed by acclaimed golf architect Rees Jones and offers 36 holes of challenging play, which are seamlessly integrated into the surrounding natural landscape. Resort guests can combine their play as part of several golf experience resort packages, which allow players to stay in luxury at the nearby Fox Tower. Professional golf instruction is offered by the Troon Golf Academy, including 3D swing analysis services, golf biodynamics, and 60,000 square feet of practice space. After a round of golf, players can enjoy delicious hearty pub fare and ice-cold beverages at Matches Tavern, which offers a spacious patio and six large-screen televisions.
1227, 1 Clubhouse Dr, North Stonington, CT 06359, Phone: 888-475-3746
8.David Burke Prime
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David Burke Prime is a gourmet steakhouse at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, opened to the public in July of 2008 by the Craveable Hospitality Group. The steakhouse, which is helmed by executive chef Pedro Avila, is known for its patented dry-aging process, with all meats hand-selected and cured at the restaurant's dedicated dry-aging room. Classic cuts include high-quality filet mignons, boneless short ribs, and grade-A Japanese wagyu steaks. Other delectable dinner specialties include double-cut Berkshire pork chops, surf-and-turf dumplings with kombu ginger-soy broth, and lobster fra diavolo. An impressive wine list offers thousands of premium bottles from around the world, with extensive draft beer, craft cocktail, and fine liquor selections also available.
350 Trolley Line Blvd, Mashantucket, CT 06338, Phone: 860-312-8753
9.Alta Strada Foxwoods
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Alta Strada Foxwoods is the Foxwoods Resort Casino branch of the popular East Coast Italian fare chain, which was originally opened in Massachusetts in 2007 and also offers locations in Washington, D.C., Connecticut, and Northern Virginia. The restaurant, which is helmed by acclaimed executive chef Michael Schlow, serves up time-tested Italian favorites at brunch, lunch, and dinner, including a wide selection of comforting housemade pastas such as mushroom mezzeluna, fettuccine primavera, and Italian sausage rigatoni with tomato cream. Delicious Neapolitan-style pizzas are also served up in a variety of flavors alongside signature entrees such as veal saltimbocca, zuppa di pesce, and giant chicken parmesan. Fine wines and cocktails are available to complement meals, along with authentic Italian desserts and digestifs.
240 Fox Tower Dr, Mashantucket, CT 06338, Phone: 860-312-2582
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10.Guy Fieri's Foxwoods Kitchen and Bar
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Guy Fieri's Foxwoods Kitchen + Bar is one of the latest restaurant offerings from celebrity chef Guy Fieri, best known as one of the leading personalities of Food Network. The restaurant, which is overseen by the Big Night Entertainment Group, offers seating for up to 375 diners and serves up brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night delicacies throughout the week at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. Award-winning American-style cuisine pairs with an extensive beverage menu, which offers signature cocktails alongside draft beers and fine wines. Bold twists on traditional favorites include bacon mac-and-cheese burgers, crab cake sandwiches with Old Bay aioli, and jalapeno-apricot-glazed salmon with smoked sweet potatoes and grilled asparagus. Brunch selections include maple-bacon French toast, breakfast burgers, and signature Big Bite burritos, served alongside classic brunch drinks such as mimosas and oversized bloody marys.
350 Trolley Line Blvd, Ledyard, CT 06338, Phone: 860-312-5000
11.The Scorpion Bar
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The Scorpion Bar is a delightful bar and lounge at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, serving up more than 100 types of fine tequilas alongside Mexican-inspired dining options. The bar, which also offers locations in Boston and Foxborough, serves up a wide variety of clever Mexican favorites, including quesadillas, fajitas, and the restaurant's signature burritos, available in unique flavors such as jalapeno barbecue or beef-and-cheese-infused cheeseburger burritos. A large selection of craft tacos is also available, ranging from classic beef and shrimp variants to unique flavors such as buffalo chicken or hot barbacoa. Diners can also share Mexican-inspired appetizers such as jalapeno raviolis, taquitos, and buffalo chicken flautas. Signature margaritas are available, along with south-of-the-border cocktails, martinis, and the restaurant's shareable oversized Scorpion Bowl drinks.
350 Trolley Line Blvd, Mashantucket, CT 06338, Phone: 860-312-5201
11 Best Things to Do in Mashantucket, Connecticut
- Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Photo: Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
- Foxwoods Resort Casino, Photo: Foxwoods Resort Casino
- High Rollers Luxury Lanes and Lounge, Photo: High Rollers Luxury Lanes and Lounge
- The HighFlyer Zipline, Photo: xy/stock.adobe.com
- Foxwoods Thrill Tower, Photo: Foxwoods Thrill Tower
- Spellbound Escapes, Photo: Jérôme Rommé/stock.adobe.com
- Lake of Isles, Photo: Lake of Isles
- David Burke Prime, Photo: David Burke Prime
- Alta Strada Foxwoods, Photo: Alta Strada Foxwoods
- Guy Fieri's Foxwoods Kitchen and Bar, Photo: Guy Fieri's Foxwoods Kitchen + Bar
- The Scorpion Bar, Photo: Tim Porter/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: AndreasJ/stock.adobe.com