Set along the Connecticut River just south of Hartford in Hartford County, Wethersfield, CT is a quiet town with state's largest historic district. Visit the Old Wethersfield Historic District, Wethersfield Cove, the Old Wethersfield Country Store, Lara's Labyrinth, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, and the Dinosaur State Park & Museum.
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Old Wethersfield, also known as Old Wethersfield Historic District, is a lovely neighborhood in the heart of Wethersfield that is home to over 1,000 beautifully preserved houses and buildings dating back to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Historically known as Watertown or Pyquag, this section town is the state's largest historic district and was the site of the first settlements in Connecticut. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the village includes 50 houses that were built before the American Revolutionary War, around 250 additional dwellings built before the 20th century, and about 100 of which were built earlier than the American Civil War. Other notable buildings in the district include the Buttolph-Williams House, the Joseph Webb House, the Silas Deane House, and the First Church of Christ.
Bounded by Hartford, railroad tracks, I-91, and Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, Connecticut
2.Webb Deane Stevens Museum
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Located in the center of Old Wethersfield, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum documents life in New England during the mid-18th and early-19th centuries with enlightening exhibits and informative displays. Established in 1919, the Museum takes visitors on a journey back to colonial times with fascinating immersive exhibitions and presentations, entertaining one-hour tours of the museum, and a variety of annual events. Owned and operated by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Connecticut, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum offers a quintessential New England experience to both local and visitors.
211 Main St, Wethersfield, CT 06109, Phone: 860-529-0612
Once a site of much local trade and travel, the Wethersfield Cove is a sheltered cove with deep water access to the Connecticut River upriver from Essex and is a prime recreational, boating and fishing resource for the region. Located 40 miles from Long Island Sound and sitting 10 feet above sea level, the cove has a rich history from its days of trade, but today is a great place to have a picnic and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. The Wethersfield Cove features several historical private homes, including the Solomon Welles House, and the Folly Brook Natural Preserve, and a marina with a boat launch ramp, boater moorings, a tender dock, and seven slips available to transient boaters.
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Lara's Labyrinth offers an exciting adventure for the whole family in which teams are locked in a room and have 60 minutes to escape by finding and using clues and puzzles in the room. Designed to be like an interactive live-action game, the rooms have the latest 5G technology to allow players to interact with the room’s physical space and enhance every experience. Lara's Labyrinth has four chambers that each offers a different experience. Cell Block 4 places players in jail and they have to escape; The Curse of Osiris features an Egyptian Tomb from which participants have to try and find their way out; Dragonborne is based on the popular HBO television show, and Red Riding Hood is all about the classic fairytale with a twist.
860 Silas Deane Hwy, Wethersfield, CT 06109, Phone: 860-785-8984
5.Old Wethersfield Country Store
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Located in Old Wethersfield, Old Wethersfield Country Store is a traditional general store that sells a wide variety of fresh produce, homemade foods and prepared meals, artisan cheeses and charcuterie, traditional products from Connecticut and unique gifts. Visitors can choose from over 70 fine cheeses, 300 kinds of candies and fine chocolates, beautifully prepared food and gift baskets, imported delicacies, and handmade clothing, accessories, and gifts. The Old Wethersfield Country Store is open seven days a week throughout the year.
221 Main St, Wethersfield, CT 06109, Phone: 860-436-3782
6.Comstock, Ferre & Co.
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Comstock, Ferre & Co., is a heirloom seed shop, natural foods market and café all under one roof. Located in the heart of Wethersfield, the charming store has been providing the local agricul¬tural community with seeds since the early 1800s and is still going strong today. The store also houses the Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre, a natural foods grocery store and café that offers farm-to-table fare in a rustic and relaxed environment. The Market features local, organic, GMO-free groceries and essential household items, along with gardening supplies and heirloom seeds from Baker Creek. The café also serves locally roasted coffee and espresso drinks and freshly baked pastries, bread, and a casual lunch menu of handcrafted sandwiches, panini, homemade soups, and fresh salads. The seed and garden center houses all of Baker Creek's heirloom seed varieties and basic gardening supplies.
263 Main St, Wethersfield, CT 06109, Phone: 860-257-2790
7.Dinosaur State Park & Museum
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The Dinosaur State Park & Museum is a massive track site that features an exceptional display of early Jurassic fossil tracks dating back 200 million years. The park features an Exhibit Center that displays an array of outstanding specimens that were uncovered in the 19th century, a spectacular view of the exquisitely preserved Mesozoic floodplain that is covered with fossilized tracks, collections of fossils, and dioramas of certain Triassic and Jurassic environments. The center is surrounded by more than two miles of nature and hiking trails, as well as the Dinosaur State Park Arboretum, which is home to more than 250 species and cultivars of conifers, as well as magnolias, ginkgoes, katsuras, and other living representatives of plant families from the Dinosaur Age. Visitors can see more than 500 fossilized dinosaur tracks in the Exhibit Center's geodesic dome.
400 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT 06067, Phone: 860-529-8423
8.Lucky Lou's Bar and Grill
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Situated in the 1787 Deming-Standish House at the historic crossroads of Main and Marsh Streets in Wethersfield, Lucky Lou’s Bar and Grill is a pet- and family-friendly restaurant that serves American and Italian fare in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Owner/executive chef Lucas Kyriakos creates a menu of sublime cuisine using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and local flavors which diners can enjoy in one of several raised-panel dining rooms, the pub-style bar area, or out on the seasonal outdoor patio, which can seat up to 100 people and boasts beautiful views. Lucky Lou’s Bar and Grill is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday and offers happy hour specials and catering services for special events and functions.
222 Main St, Wethersfield, CT 06109, Phone: 860-257-0700
9.Village Pizza of Wethersfield
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The Village Pizza of Wethersfield is a friendly, neighborhood pizzeria that serves a delicious combination of traditional Italian and Greek food. Established in 1983 as a typical Greek pizzeria, Village Pizza is a favorite gathering spot for the community who flock through the doors to enjoy a creative menu of dishes such as wood-fired pizzas, souvlaki, gyros, calzones, subs, and traditional Greek dishes. Signature dishes include Mushroom Ravioli with melted mozzarella and marinara sauce, Penne ala Vodka with plum tomatoes and fresh garlic, and Chicken Piccata with white wine and sun-dried tomatoes. The Village Pizza of Wethersfield is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
233 Main St, Wethersfield, CT 06109, Phone: 860-563-1513
10.Chip's Family Restaurant
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Chip’s Family Restaurant is a long-running local chain that serves classic American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual, old-school setting. Established in 1966, Chip’s Family Restaurant is owned by George Chatzopoulos, better known as Georgie, who brings the flavors of Greece and the Mediterranean to the table. The breakfast menu features all the favorites such as pancakes, waffles, benedicts, omelets, and skillets, while other lunch options range from sandwiches, salads, and grilled cheese to burgers, wraps, and paninis. The dinner menu boasts a variety of entrées such as Penne Alla Vodka, Chicken & Broccoli Pasta, Homemade Baked Macaroni, and Cheese, Shepherd’s Pie, Roasted Boston Cod, and more and there are always freshly prepared desserts on offer.
1301 Silas Deane Hwy, Wethersfield, CT 06109, Phone: 860-757-3500
10 Best Things to Do in Wethersfield, Connecticut
- Old Wethersfield, Photo: Town of Wethersfield CT
- Webb Deane Stevens Museum, Photo: Webb Deane Stevens Museum
- Wethersfield Cove, Photo: Cliff/stock.adobe.com
- Lara's Labyrinth, Photo: Lara's Labyrinth
- Old Wethersfield Country Store, Photo: Old Wethersfield Country Store
- Comstock, Ferre & Co., Photo: Comstock, Ferre & Co.
- Dinosaur State Park & Museum, Photo: Dinosaur State Park & Museum
- Lucky Lou's Bar and Grill, Photo: Lucky Lou's Bar and Grill
- Village Pizza of Wethersfield, Photo: Village Pizza of Wethersfield
- Chip's Family Restaurant, Photo: Chip's Family Restaurant
- Cover Photo: Town of Wethersfield CT