Family trips, romantic getaways, a solo adventure into the unknown: no matter what you’re planning for your next holiday, Shelton, CT may be the perfect place for you. A few of the popular sites from our list below include the Wells Hollow Creamery, Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard and Indian Well State Park.
1.Jones Family Farm
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For over 150 years, the Jones family has been working the lands on their 400-acre farm. As generation after generation took over the responsibility of the farm, it grew in popularity to become one of the best harvest-your-own picking experiences in the state. Guests visit the farm year after year, often having been there during their childhood and now visiting with their own grandchildren. The farm has many things you can do, whether it be to pick your own strawberries, blueberries, or pumpkins, or to pick up a Christmas tree during the holidays. You can stop by their kitchen or winery for a delicious, fresh treat or a refreshing glass of wine.
606 Walnut Tree Hill Rd, Shelton, CT 06484, Phone: 203-929-8425
2.Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard
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The land in which you’ll find Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard has been owned and operated by the Beardsley family since 1849. Originally, it was a dairy farm, and everything from hay to turkeys has been raised there. Currently, Beardsley’s has over 400 peach, nectarine, and plum trees and over 10,000 dwarf apple trees. They offer the perfect pick-your-own orchard experience for the entire family to enjoy. Apple varieties which you’ll find there include gala, honey crisp, empire, liberty, red delicious, and the deep, dark red enterprise apple among many others. Be sure to try their array of cider and hard cider while you’re there as well.
278 Leavenworth Rd, Shelton, CT 06484, Phone: 203-926-1098
3.Wells Hollow Creamery
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Wells Hollow Creamery is more than just an ice cream shop; the local, family-owned establishment is a 5th generation farm that has become an integral part of the community at Shelton. They offer over 40 flavors of ice cream, each one just as delicious as the other. You can have your favorite in a cup or a cone or opt instead for a sundae or a milkshake. They also have a popular corn maze for you to navigate through - don’t forget to bring a flashlight because it can get extremely dark! While you’re there, relax on the outdoor patio and take in your surroundings, visit the friendly farm animals, and make memories your family will cherish for years to come.
656 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484, Phone: 203-926-0101
4.Indian Well State Park
Situated on the banks of Lake Housatonic, Indian Well State Park is a stunning outdoor recreation area which spans over 153 acres. There are several scenic views you can enjoy as you explore the park such as looking over the lake at sunset, but none compare to the beautiful 15-foot horsetail waterfalls which drops into a splash pool at the base. There are so many things to see and do; the entire family will have a wonderful time hiking, bicycling, swimming, picnicking, boating, or fishing for largemouth bass, yellow perch, American eel, and several other species of fish.
1 Indian Well Rd, Shelton, CT 06484
5.Shelton Lakes Recreation Path
The Shelton Lakes Recreation Path, popularly known as Rec Path, is a multi-use trail which can be found in the heart of Shelton. Since its completion in 2012 residents and visitors have flocked there for a leisurely to moderate stroll. The path, which is 8 to 12 feet wide, is handicapped accessible and will take you from Pine Lake through the dam at Silent Waters and to an overlook of the Hope Lake Dam. You’re sure to see some amazing views as you hike or bike your way through the park. Pack a lunch and stop at the picnicking area near Hope Lake for a meal with a view.
54 Hill Street, Shelton, CT 06484, Phone: 203-924-1555
6.Sports Center of Connecticut
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The Sports Center of Connecticut is an enjoyable family entertainment center that has over a dozen on-site activities for visitors of all ages. From toddlers to the elderly, they’ve got something for everyone, making it a great place to spend the day with friends and family. Some of the sections of the sport center include a bowling alley, lazer tag arena, a gaming arcade, hockey rink, ice skating rink, golfing range, mini golf, paintball, batting cages, and an arts and crafts area. The fun is endless at the center so be sure to stop by when you’re in Shelton.
784 River Rd, Shelton, CT 06484, Phone: 203-929-6500
7.Osbornedale State Park
Located within the Naugatuck Valley Hills, Osbornedale State Park is a gorgeous wilderness area which was once a lush hunting grounds for the Paugussett Indians. After settlers arrived, the land was used for farming, as a trading port, and mined for silver. Today, visitors will be able to see and enjoy so much during their visit to the park. During the summer months you can take part in picnicking and pond fishing while ice skating is available in the winter; hikers will find the trails to be stunning throughout the year. Head over to the Kellogg Environmental Center within the park to learn about the flora and fauna you’ll come across there.
43 Chatfield St, Derby, CT 06418, Phone: 203-735-4311
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8.Il Palio Restaurant
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Owner Bob Scinto wanted to bring extraordinary Tuscan-style dining to Shelton, Connecticut, and that’s exactly what he accomplished when he opened the Il Palio Restaurant. As soon as you walk in, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a beautiful Italian countryside. Their meticulously crafted meals will enliven your taste buds. Try some of the most popular items on their menu such as their ever-changing seasonal soup, the house made lasagna layered with pork and beef ragu, veal served with roasted potatoes, grilled NY prime steak with Tuscan fries, and the roasted Atlantic salmon which is encrusted in Dijon mustard.
5 Corporate Dr, Shelton, CT 06484, Phone: 203-944-0770
Serving outstanding Italian cuisine alongside exceptional service, Amici’s Restaurant is one of the most favored dining establishments in Shelton. Since it was founded in 2006, the restaurant has been dedicated to concocting culinary masterpieces with the freshest ingredients available. The menu changes seasonally to reflect the local produce and other ingredients which are readily available. You’ll feast on classic Northern and Southern Italian cuisine which you won’t find anywhere else. Items on the menu include the shellfish martini, veal chop parmigiana, chicken sorrentino, and the certified angus beef NY strip. Be sure to keep space for delicious desserts such as the homemade cannoli, tiramisu, and salted caramel cheesecake.
500-C Howe Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484, Phone: 203-926-1809
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© Riverdale Diner
The Riverdale Diner is a family owned and operated restaurant that has been a welcome addition to the many dining establishments in Shelton since 2002. Locals and visitors who dine there fall in the love with their twist on American diner classics as well as Tex-Mex favorites. Everything served is made with high-quality, fresh ingredients to ensure that patrons are served the very best. You’ll love that breakfast is served all day, enabling you to satisfy your craving whenever you get one. Feast on comfort foods such as their famous hash and eggs, Belgian waffles, B.L.T. sandwiches with smashed avocado, and their Philly cheese steak on grilled Italian bread.
521 River Road, Shelton, CT 06484, Phone: 203-924-4084
10 Best Things to Do in Shelton, Connecticut
- Jones Family Farm, Photo: Jones Family Farm
- Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard, Photo: Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard
- Wells Hollow Creamery, Photo: Wells Hollow Creamery
- Indian Well State Park, Photo: Kenneth/stock.adobe.com
- Shelton Lakes Recreation Path, Photo: Rawpixel.com/stock.adobe.com
- Sports Center of Connecticut, Photo: kathy libby/stock.adobe.com
- Osbornedale State Park, Photo: GCapture/stock.adobe.com
- Il Palio Restaurant, Photo: Il Palio Restaurant
- Amici's Restaurant, Photo: BillionPhotos.com/stock.adobe.com
- Riverdale Diner, Photo: Riverdale Diner
- Cover Photo: closertoinfinity/stock.adobe.com