What to do and see in East Windsor, United States: The Best Places and Tips

January 6, 2018 Vergie Nakamoto

East Windsor is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 11,162 at the 2010 census. The town has five villages: Broad Brook, Melrose, Scantic, Warehouse Point and Windsorville.
Restaurants in East Windsor

1. Connecticut Trolley Museum

58 North Rd, East Windsor, CT 06088-9606 +1 860-627-6540
Excellent
36%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 105 reviews

Connecticut Trolley Museum

This museum features vintage trolleys.

Reviewed By loishms - East Windsor, Connecticut

We needed something nearby to entertain our grandchildren - ages 3 and 1 - while they visited. Very happy that we used library passes and didn't have to pay regular admission. The museum was perfect for killing a few hours. They rode 2 trolleys for...MoreThanks for the feedback, hope you will visit again soon!

2. New England Air Museum

Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, CT 06096 +1 860-623-3305
Excellent
70%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 253 reviews

New England Air Museum

The New England Air Museum houses over 80 aircraft in three large hangars and outdoor display area, as well as an extensive collection of engines, instruments, aircraft parts, uniforms and personal memorabilia. Plan a visit today to check out exciting aircraft, displays, exhibits and programs that are perfect for all ages!

Reviewed By Amberjack03 - Brooklyn, Connecticut

Once you've paid the very reasonable admission fee, you enter the first room where right in front of you are all kinds of Viet Nam era warplanes and various helicopters. The second room provides you with more aircraft to view and in some cases, stand right up next to the cockpits for a good birds-eye view of what the pilots would see. The third room houses only a few planes but is the best example I've ever seen of a pristine condition B-29 Bomber and a couple of other propeller driven small planes. Overall, a great place to spend a couple of hours viewing the flying machines. The gift shop is quite filled with books, souveniers, and other memorabilia of the machines and military.

3. Puzzle Theory, LLC

46 Kennedy Rd, Unit 1, South Windsor, CT 06074-1267 +1 860-925-6800
Excellent
81%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 125 reviews

Puzzle Theory, LLC

Puzzle Theory is a Connecticut Escape Room. We thrust you and your group into a thematic and sometimes absurd story for 60 minutes! Explore the room, find clues, and solve all the riddles. Some of the puzzles are straightforward and simple. Some will require intense analytic skills and deductive reasoning. Communication and teamwork is extremely important. Solve everything within 60 minutes!

Reviewed By mensign912 - Willington, Connecticut

3 of us decided to try one of the rooms here Friday night. WE HAD A BLAST! We picked the room based on our group size of just the 3 of us. The puzzles were awesome- and Nick did a great job of explaining the procedure of the room to us. We should have asked for more hints, i think we would have made it out if we did...or we needed 15 more minutes! lol Even though we didn't make it out-we would definitely come again and try a different room.
Highly recommend this place!
Thanks NICK!

4. The Vintage Shops

42 Bridge St, East Windsor Hill, CT 06088-9679 +1 860-810-4514
Excellent
68%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

The Vintage Shops

Ten seperate vendors selling: Antiques,many different styles of Clocks, many handmade items, coins, jewelry, furniture & repurposed items.

Reviewed By Abiextra - Amherst, Massachusetts

This shop is actually a collection of about 9 dealers located in several rooms of a two story house.

We found it listed in an antiques guide and were glad we took the time to check it out. Although it's easy to get to and has it's own parking, I feel it probably does not get the attention it deserves - which is why I'm writing this review.

Each of the collections had its own personality and each had items that we found interesting. I picked up a couple of Codd-neck type bottles in The Clock Man's room.

Be sure to check out the upstairs rooms. The displays are lovely. We had a great chat with two of the ladies.

We will definitely check back in to see what's new whenever we are in the area.

An added bonus is the nice little restaurant in the same parking lot that serves breakfast all day.

5. Northwest Park

145 Lang Rd, Windsor, CT 06095-1550 +1 860-285-1886
Excellent
68%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 66 reviews

Northwest Park

Reviewed By kzsull01 - Windsor, Connecticut

We have visited Northwest Park and Nature Preserve in Windsor, Connecticut many times over the past 30 years and have always enjoyed it. The park is a diverse habitat with forests, fields, streams and a lot of scenic views. The many trails in the park vary in length, are well-marked and maintained and are nice to hike. The park offers a nice detailed map/guide of their trail system. Some of the trails even provide a good view of Rainbow Reservoir on the Farmington River and the associated boating activities happening on the river.

The park’s Nature Center has an interesting assortment of wildlife, including snakes, turtles, frogs and fish as well as additional exhibits on the species of animals native to the park, all with good write-ups and is educational. Exhibits on the weather associated with the park and the center’s geothermal heating and cooling system are also included as well as a gift shop.

The multiple types of gardens, including the butterfly and organic demonstration gardens are interesting and so is the maple sugar house, which is seasonal. The animal barn is quite nice with various types of heritage breed farm animals, including a donkey and a goat, sheep, chickens, rabbits, turkeys, pigs, and ducks. Two separate areas in the park include a pasture with the park’s cow, Strawberry, and another large section with a mule and a hinny, all quite unique. There is also a pond with turtles and multiple types of fish that children really enjoy.

The park even has a tobacco museum (Luddy Tobacco Museum and Archives) which is housed in two separate buildings. One of the buildings has exhibits of the early and modern types of equipment and the process used in growing and harvesting the cigar tobacco crop. The other building is an archive exhibiting paintings, photographs, writings and other artifacts related to tobacco. Both buildings provide a good representation of the history associated with the park and of the tobacco growing industry in the Connecticut River Valley.

The park could be used for picnicking as well as group functions, having multiple picnic areas, including a picnic pavilion, a warming shed and a group of picnic tables under trees. Some of the picnic areas require a permit in order to use them.

The park could be enjoyed by children as well as adults, and includes a playground with multiple activities for children. It is a nice place to walk a dog and includes a fenced in Dog Park with benches with two separate sections, one for small dogs and another for large dogs. The only thing is dogs are not allowed in most of the buildings in the park. The park is a hidden gem in Windsor, a great place to get away for a while, relax and enjoy nature as well as the exhibits on display. The park has changed throughout the many years that we have been going there, with many improvements. It has a lot to offer with something for everyone and changes with the seasons with several events throughout the year, including a country fair, coffee houses and day camps. It’s a great place to visit for the whole family.

6. Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail

1200 Canal Rd, Suffield, CT 06078-1986
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail

Reviewed By Anthony R - Enfield, Connecticut

This trail offers nice and slow pace for strollers but also offers nice views. The Connecticut River provides nice serenity and the paved walkways are good for bikers, hikers and such. My wife and I frequents this trail and is conveniently located off the I-91 corridor.

7. Powder Hollow Brewery

504 Hazard Ave, Enfield, CT 06082-4733 +1 860-205-0942
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 48 reviews

Powder Hollow Brewery

Reviewed By Brandon R - Connecticut

This small brewery puts out some really good small batch craft beers, and being very local makes it easier to experience all their seasonal and experimental batches. I love their Russian Imperial Stout. My friend loves the West Coast Citrus IPA. A welcome addition

8. Broad Brook Brewing

2 North Rd, East Windsor, CT 06088-9516 +1 860-623-1000
Excellent
26%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Broad Brook Brewing

Reviewed By Melissa V

I've been to Broad Brook a few times now and each time was just as awesome as the last. The first time we went for their tap room tasting and tour, but now we go in to have glasses of our favorite beers plus check out their seasonal selections. My favorites are the Broad Brook Ale and Pink Dragon WIT. They even have a rotating seasonal cider for non beer drinkers. The staff is very helpful even in their busiest hours.

9. Escape Lounge

Gate 1, Windsor Locks, CT 06096 +1 860-758-7743
Excellent
80%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
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Poor
0%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Escape Lounge

Escape Lounge at Hartford’s Bradley International Airport has fabulous views over the airfield and boasts an appetizing menu, carefully crafted from fresh, local ingredients by Chef Tyler Anderson of Millwright’s Tavern & Restaurant. Choose from an enticing range of complimentary items accompanied by a selection of soft and alcoholic beverages, or upgrade to our premium a la carte menu.

Reviewed By DaveRoadWarrior - Normal, il

There are a large number of flights departing Bradley early in the morning.

i tried to enter the lounge at 4:50 am - about an 30 minutes before my flight is boarding, and it is closed.

so for bradley travelers leaving early, you have a choice of two long lines in the A concourse at mcdonald's or dunkin.


10. Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut

115 Pierson Ln, Windsor, CT 06095-2050 +1 860-683-2903
Excellent
79%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut

Visit Connecticut's newest cultural attraction and learn how communications technology has changed our lives. It's fun, educational and entertaining! Tune radios over 80 years old... talk over candlestick telephones like your grandparents used... send a message in Morse Code... crank a phonograph and listen to 100-year-old records... see what television was like when the only color choices were black and white. Learn about the telegraph, telephone, mechanical sound recording, wireless telegraphy, radio and television, and the seeds of computers, satellite communications and the Internet.

Reviewed By BobbyP009 - West Brookfield, Massachusetts

About once a year I return to this wonderful museum of sound.I think everyone with a hobby must visit museums of their choice annually. The collection or radios, record players rings my chimes! The attendant docents will guide you in your interests.

As our technologies advance it is important, in my opinion, to he hip. At age 74, and as an auctioneer, I feel I am. History is personified here in Windsor. Vintage is just the beginning of your next visit!

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