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

November 25, 2017 Marissa Gamble

Manchester is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 58,241. The urban center of the town is the Manchester census-designated place, with a population of 30,577 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Manchester, in England.
Restaurants in Manchester

1. Wickham Park

1329 Middle Tpke W, Manchester, CT 06040-1805 +1 860-528-0856
Excellent
70%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 178 reviews

Wickham Park

Reviewed By Geno1015 - Manchester, Connecticut

This is a great picnic spot for couples, parents and children or whole family groups. It is well maintained with flowers, duck ponds, mini-zoo with various birds and a children's play scape. Schools use the grounds for cross-country races and at Christmas time they have a Santa visit at the log cabin. All year round, the scenery and views are special.

2. 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
0%
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!

3. Hartford Stage

50 Church St, Hartford, CT 06103-1201 +1 860-527-5151
Excellent
78%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 209 reviews

Hartford Stage

Hartford Stage, located in Hartford, Connecticut, is one of the nation's leading resident theatres, known for producing innovative revivals of classics and provocative new plays and musicals, including 68 world and American premieres, as well as offering a distinguished education program, which reaches more than 20,000 students annually.

Reviewed By gersty - NYC

This is our 15th year attending this production. We have loved this production since we first saw it with our 4 year old daughter in 2003. Attending this production is a family holiday tradition that always puts us in the Christmas spirit. While we lament the retirement of Bill Raymond from the production, Michael Preston's Scrooge was a deft and more than acceptable replacement. We hope to come back for our 16th year in 2018.
Bravo Hartford Stage!

4. The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk

501 Evergreen Way, Suite 503, South Windsor, CT 06074-6969 +1 860-432-3398
Excellent
53%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 100 reviews

The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk

Whether shopping, dining, or strolling down the vibrant main street, The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk has quickly become South Windsor’s go-to lifestyle destination. With 374,000 SF of highly coveted retailers, restaurants, and amenities, it’s easy to see why. Shoppers have access to the best stores in the area and can relax in front of the cozy fire pit in the Village Green, enjoy concerts and events in Evergreen Walk Park, experience pet-friendly shopping, and take advantage of storefront parking. No matter what brings you to The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk, it is sure to please.

Reviewed By Wayne K - South Windsor, Connecticut

Great shopping mail with excellent high quality stores and restaurants. Great for everyone in the family. Parking in front of the stores, including Handicapped Parking, with additional parking lots behind the stores. Easy in and out shopping without the "maze" of most large shopping malls. Great restaurants with Burton's Grill, Ted's Montana Grill as two of my favorites. Outside music makes the area very relaxing and a joyful place to visit. Don;t forget to stop at Ben & Jerry's for an ice-cream treat!

5. Case Mountain

Manchester, CT
Excellent
56%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

Case Mountain

Reviewed By BusterBusBus - Orlando, Florida

Beautiful setting and some good hiking trails. Some of the smaller hiking trails are not marked as well. The road/trail to walk into the woods had huge rocks, like ditch drainage rocks and the road had large groves in it that the rain had made. Not enjoyable to walk on. They do have benches along some of the trails which I thought was nice. I didn't find a trail map posted. The place was clean and no trash. I did see some people have dogs on leashes.

6. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

600 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103-2911 +1 860-278-2670
Excellent
72%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 458 reviews

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The first public art museum in the United States features 50,000 pieces ranging from ancient to contemporary, the largest collection of Hudson River School paintings in the world, an impressive array of Pilgrim-era furnishings and European and American art.

Reviewed By Carlton M - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

We had so much fun with Sez Zion, Lamont Williams and group were incredible. The buffet was wonderful as usual with fresh orange juice (PLUS). Quiche Lorraine, Tomato and Spinach Quiche, Challah French Toast, Bagels & Cream Cheese, Breakfast Potatoes, Assorted Pastries, Fresh Fruit, Sausage and Bacon. Great coffee and wonderful service. Mimosas or Bloody Mary complimentary. The new Edward Gorey Exhibit ends May 6th. If you love PBS/Masterpiece Mystery, he did the art work, drawings and more. Don't miss it! It is inspiring and emotional for some of us who remember the beginnings of "Mystery".

7. Rave Cinemas

99 Redstone Rd, Manchester, CT 06042-8754
Excellent
32%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 68 reviews

Rave Cinemas

Reviewed By HiTea - Connecticut

Movies and refreshments are quite expensive here, but I think one day a week they are lower on admission. The staff seems efficient and helpful, though. And, they have quite a few movie choices at one time.
It is hard to remember their name for looking up online. It seems to change quite a bit.

8. The Wood Memorial Library & Museum

783 Main St, South Windsor, CT 06074-3912 +1 860-289-1783
Excellent
91%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 21 reviews

The Wood Memorial Library & Museum

Reviewed By Marianne S

The Wood is a small library/museum on the East Hartford end of South Windsor's historic old Main Street. The library is home to a collection of taxidermy birds in addition to books on the main floor. At Christmas gingerbread houses are displayed. The lower level often serves as a gallery for local artists. The upper level is used for intimate concerts, American Girl teas, and more. The Wood is not open everyday, so check before coming from a distance. And, be sure to take a leisurely drive down old Main Street to view our town's lovely historic homes.

9. Lutz Children's Museum

247 S Main St, Manchester, CT 06040-6561 +1 860-643-0949
Excellent
30%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 42 reviews

Lutz Children's Museum

Reviewed By ruthieCt - CT

Recently brought my grandchildren to the Lutz Children's Museum and they had a wonderful time. They delivered "mail" from the post office, "shopped" at Marlow's and went to "school" at South St school. There's a pretend apartment above the post office, store and school. A nature center. Small animals and more. The kiddos loved it and I enjoyed watching them use their imaginations and just be kids. Go and enjoy

10. Nomads Outdoor Adventure

240 Governors Hwy, South Windsor, CT 06074-2420 +1 860-436-5467
Excellent
89%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 18 reviews

Nomads Outdoor Adventure

Reviewed By Kenneth P - Hartford, Connecticut

My daughter had her 10th birthday party here and it was awesome. I was expecting some really easy stuff here meant for kids but I was surprised by how challenging the courses were. I actually loved this and look forward to going back and trying some of the even harder courses.

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