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

July 27, 2017 Rebbecca Marino

New Britain is a city in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. It is located approximately 9 miles (14 km) southwest of Hartford. According to 2010 Census, the population of the city is 73,206.
Restaurants in New Britain

1. New Britain Museum of American Art

56 Lexington St, 56 Lexington St., New Britain, Connecticut, New Britain, CT 06052-1417 +1 860-229-0257
Excellent
81%
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5 based on 299 reviews

New Britain Museum of American Art

Acknowledged as the first museum in the world dedicated solely to collecting American art, the NBMAA is renowned for its preeminent collection spanning three centuries of American history. The award-winning Chase Family Building, which opened in 2006 to critical and public acclaim, features 15 spacious galleries which showcase the permanent collection and upwards of 25 special exhibitions a year featuring American masters, emerging artists and private collections. Education and community outreach programs for all ages include docent-led school and adult tours, teacher services, studio classes and vacation programs, Art Happy Hour gallery talks, lectures, symposia, concerts, film, monthly First Friday jazz evenings, quarterly Museum After Dark parties for young professionals, and the annual Juneteenth celebration. Enjoy Café on the Park for a light lunch prepared by “Best Caterer in Connecticut” Jordan Caterers. Visit the Museum Shop for unique gifts. Drop by the “ArtLab” learning gallery with your little ones. Gems not to be missed include Thomas Hart Benton’s murals “The Arts of Life in America,” “The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy, September 11, 2001” by Graydon Parrish,” and Dale Chihuly’s “Blue and Beyond Blue” spectacular chandelier. Called “a destination for art lovers everywhere,” “first-class,” “a full-size, transparent temple of art, mixing New York ambience with Yankee ingenuity and all-American beauty,” the NBMAA is not to be missed.

Reviewed By Off_Beaten_Tracker - Manlius, New York

As a top flight Museum-ite world wide, this ranks as one of my favorites. Matthew right size, excellent mix of art types with offerings always surprising delights. Easy free parking, free admission Saturdays til noon, local fare tasty cafe (til 3pm). Be refreshed & gently elevated by a visit. You will leave smiling.

2. Iwo Jima Survivors Memorial Park

Ella Grasso Blvd., Exit 29 off of Route 9, Newington, CT 06111 +1 860-291-9666
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Iwo Jima Survivors Memorial Park

Reviewed By GringoAlto2000 - Hartford, Connecticut

This is a simply and emotional monument that can help explain the die-heart sacrifice during wwII. Please respect the seriousness and atmosphere, good to be prepared with an authentic account of history.

3. Rogers Orchards

336 Long Bottom Rd, Southington, CT 06489-1352 +1 860-229-4240
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Rogers Orchards

Reviewed By Nicole G

I've been coming here since I was a child. We love the donuts and usual leave with 2 or 3 dozen. All of the homemade pies and pastries are delicious. Cider available to purchase by the cup. Apples of course are always great and pick your own is a must!

4. Complexity: A Puzzling Adventure

2 Eastview Dr, Farmington, CT 06032-1230 +1 860-409-7009
Excellent
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5 based on 187 reviews

Complexity: A Puzzling Adventure

Complexity: A Puzzling Adventure An Escape Room type activity in Farmington, Connecticut Search the room, Find the clues, Solve the puzzles, Complete the mission! It is a great way to: Celebrate a birthday Engage in team building and be considered awesome for choosing it as your company event.

Reviewed By Rooindie - Farmington, Connecticut

We had a group of six, five of whom had never done one of these before. It was super fun, everyone contributed to the solution. I can't imagine doing this with a much smaller group, 6 felt like a good number. We thought we would make it without any hints, but in the last few minutes it became clear we needed help - we escaped with maybe 90 seconds to spare. We all agreed we'd like to come back and try one of the other rooms. We did the Cat Burglar room. We were there about an hour and a half in total.

5. Team vs. Time

320 New Britain Rd, Berlin, CT 06037-1319 +1 860-259-6167
Excellent
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5 based on 181 reviews

Team vs. Time

This is an award winning interactive group entertainment experience. This is room escape for the room escape enthusiasts. Travel back in time, explore unique environments, examine artifacts, and do your best to solve the mystery before time runs out. Good luck! HOW IT WORKS: ASSEMBLE YOUR TEAM, RESERVE YOUR PRIVATE EVENT, IT’S YOUR TEAM VERSUS TIME

Reviewed By Anna R

My husband and I did The Book of Spells room for Valentine’s Day and had a blast. Challenging and clever clues, with really impressive quality props. Staff was super friendly. We liked that you could choose to have the room to yourselves (as opposed to being placed with strangers). We will definitely be back.

If you’re new to escape rooms, you should probably have at least 3 or 4 people for this room.

6. Hill-Stead Museum

35 Mountain Rd, off Route 10, Farmington, CT 06032-2372 +1 860-677-4787
Excellent
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5 based on 192 reviews

Hill-Stead Museum

This museum houses a large collection of French Impressionist paintings.

Reviewed By HappyTrailsTwoYou - Central Ct

Very nice historical visit with a guided tour. Take the tour during the spring when everything is flowering.

7. Walnut Hill Park

184 W Main St, New Britain, CT 06052-1317 +1 860-826-3360
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 70 reviews

Walnut Hill Park

Reviewed By Robert C - Westbrook

Walnut Hill park is a beautiful place anytime of the year. The landscaping was done by architect Fredrick Olmstead who also landscaped Central Park NYC. The park once had a public swimming pool with a fountain at the center that doubled as a skating rink in the winter months. Today this area is a beautiful garden. The West side of the park has a hill perfect for sledding. The jogging and walking paths are all well maintained with exercise equipment stationed around the track. The rose garden is best in the early summer. It is a great place to exercise, enjoy a picnic or just sit on one of the many benches and relax. There is a WW 1 monument at the top of the hill. There is a shell concert stage that the city offers performances during the summer months. It is a popular spot for wedding photography.

8. West Hartford Reservoir

1420 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107-3136 +1 860-278-7850
Excellent
72%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 167 reviews

West Hartford Reservoir

Reviewed By JBMartiniguy - Hartford, Connecticut

The 'Res itself is a an easy walk, flat and always near the water with great views, lots of sky, free parking and not too challenging. It can also be used to reach the Heublein Tower from the south side following the MMC Trail (Metacomet-Monadnock Trail) Blue Markers or south on the same trail.

On weekends the lots get full(er) late morning to l=mid afternoon, so plan accordingly.

9. Mill pond park

123 Garfield Rd, Newington, CT 06107-2909
Excellent
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Poor
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Mill pond park

Reviewed By Rachel R

I saw a picture of the waterfall online and went to check it out. It was very pretty! There is a short loop trail too that was plowed. Glad I checked it out!

10. New Britain Stadium

230 John Karbonic Way, New Britain, CT 06051-4015 +1 860-224-8383
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

New Britain Stadium

New Britain Stadium is the home of the New Britain Rock Cats, the AA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

Reviewed By Jesse E - North Lewisburg, Ohio

New Britain Stadium is a fun ballpark. Plenty of close. By parking. Nice staff. Comfortable seats with good views of the game. The concession menu was rather limited but almost e everything else about the park is great. The team plays in the independent Atlantic League and the quality of play is very good.

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