10 Things to Do in Guilford That You Shouldn't Miss

July 31, 2017 Jasper Kershner

Guilford is a town in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States, that borders Madison, Branford, North Branford and Durham, and is situated on I-95 and the coast. The population was 22,375 at the 2010 census. In 2015 the population stands at approximately 22,413 people. It was named one of the top 100 places to live in the United States by Money magazine in 2005.
Restaurants in Guilford

1. Bishop's Orchards

1355 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT 06437-2399 +1 203-453-2338
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 165 reviews

Bishop's Orchards

Reviewed By Bob J - Old Saybrook, CT

Bishop's Orchards is tough to describe. There is a small supermarket with an incredible variety of fresh produce (besides apples), baked good, wines, meats, frozen items as well as meals ready to heat and sandwiches. Outside they have a seasonal floral market, animals, and pick your own produce that changes with the season.

Easy on and off Exit 57 of I-95 in CT. Just follow the Wine Tour signs.

2. Thimble Islands

Branford, CT +1 203-488-8905
Excellent
72%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 236 reviews

Thimble Islands

Reviewed By Lynn C - Shelton, Connecticut

Earlier this summer we watched the sunset at the point and saw they did Thimble Islands tours, so when we did a stay vacation, we went and was not disappointed. It was a beautiful day and got to see the homes that are on the Islands with the history of the Islands. Highly recommend.

3. RJ Julia Booksellers

768 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443-3047 +1 203-245-3959
Excellent
90%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 121 reviews

RJ Julia Booksellers

Reviewed By Kathy H - Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

Luckily I spend time in Madison several times a year and RJ Julia's is always a highlight. The selection beats all for fiction, the staff recommendations are spot on and I always find titles I've not come across in my book adventures. I have to limit my visits or my annual book budget will be blown. I read e books but nothing compares to a wonderful paper book from RJ Julia

4. Rose Orchards

33 Branford Rd, North Branford, CT 06471-1323 +1 203-488-7996
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Rose Orchards

Reviewed By peggyvb - Woodmere, New York

we liked this place a lot last year but found the porta potties to be gross. I guess going on a weekday was why one was clean this trip. That aside, the apple picking is lovely with the farm animals, pumpkins, little store with great pies and ice cream stand. Our grandson loved it. It is smaller and quieter than Bishops which is just 2 exits further.

5. Shoreline Segway

1310 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT 06437-2441
Excellent
97%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 30 reviews

Shoreline Segway

Reviewed By dylgramps - Cumberland, Rhode Island

My wife and I, who are both 69, recently enjoyed an amazing experience with Shoreline Segway. Our instructor/guide, Devlin, made the experience all that it could have been. He spent as much time as we needed in the parking lot to be sure that we were completely comfortable before heading out. Since this was our first Segway ride we were both a little apprehensive but Devlin alleviated our unspoken concerns with his patience and positive attitude. After about 15 minutes we were all comfortable and ventured out through beautiful, historic Guilford al the way to the ocean. There were a few areas where we rode in the bike lane or on a sidewalk but we also had lots of open spaces with a carefree ride. About half way through we got off our Segways to stretch a bit and wander around an historic area. Guilford is beautiful in and of itself but Devlin enhanced the experience for us. Shoreline Segway is a "don"t miss" in Guliford.

6. Thimble Island Cruise

Town Dock, Stony Creek, Branford, CT
Excellent
81%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 73 reviews

Thimble Island Cruise

Reviewed By ShelSouthShore_MA - South Shore, MA

We had a nice morning, cruising through the Thimble Islands. We were on the middle sized boat as the big boat was not cruising that day. The wait can be long and hot but the cruise is very entertaining and informative, Fun Day!

7. Hammonasset Beach State Park

1288 Boston Post Rd, South of I-95 Exit 62, Madison, CT 06443-3444 +1 203-245-2785
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 459 reviews

Hammonasset Beach State Park

Sandy beach ideal for walking.

Reviewed By LMJTravels - Tennessee

Fun, interactive nature center. There is a large Osprey nesting station outside the nature center. Wide, clean, well maintained beach. Beautiful sunset. The beach was uncrowded and there were several bicyclists riding in the park. Clean restrooms.

8. Henry Whitfield State Museum

248 Old Whitfield St, Guilford, CT 06437-3459 +1 203-453-2457
Excellent
35%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

Henry Whitfield State Museum

The Henry Whitfield State Museum is the site of Connecticut's oldest house -- the Whitfield House was built in 1639 for the Reverend Henry Whitfield, one of the founders of Guilford. Now a museum for over 100 years, self-guided tours include three floors of antique furnishings and local artifacts, an introductory exhibit "The Old Stone House," as well as changing exhibits in the Visitor Center and displays in the Education Building. No admission is required for visiting the gift shop or using the research library. The museum hosts special events throughout the year, culminating in the annual Firelight Festival the second Friday after Thanksgiving.

Reviewed By ConnecticutLocavore - Connecticut

Although the house has been changed over the years by "restorers" and others, it is a wonderful way to learn the story of life in the early European colonies. Well-furnished with antique artifacts, one can get a real sense of early life here. There are...MoreThank you for taking the time to review our museum! We really appreciate the feedback and have discussed it with our docents to prevent errors like this one from happening again.

9. Stony Creek Brewery

5 Indian Neck Ave, Branford, CT 06405-4615 +1 203-433-4545
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 105 reviews

Stony Creek Brewery

Reviewed By Janet S - Branford

One of my favorite places to hang out with friends any day of the week! On a nice summer day it's great to be outside by the river. I have also been there in the winter, and it's just as fun inside, cozy by the fire. Although it's not my favorite beer, they always have a good variety, with something for everyone. Cheers!

10. Meigs Point Nature Center

1288 Boston Post Rd, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, CT 06443-3444 +1 203-245-8743
Excellent
69%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Meigs Point Nature Center

Meigs Point Nature Center is an exciting and vital environmental learning center open to all ages at Hammonasset Beach State Park. The Nature Center is host to a variety of native animals, including: turtles, snakes, amphibians, crabs and fish. Most of the animals at the Nature Center cannot be released because of previous previous injuries or for other reasons, but are well cared for.

Reviewed By markrS9301NT - Berlin, United States

My kids love learning about nature not only from exhibits but from knowledgeable volunteers that know the questions and make facts interesting for the kids. We go in every time it's open but go to the website the Nature Center has different hours for the Fall and Winter seasons.

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