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

July 23, 2017 Flossie Demartino

Southington is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, it had a population of 43,069. Southington contains the villages of Marion, Milldale, and Plantsville.
Restaurants in Southington

1. Hubbard Park

999 W Main St, Meriden, CT 06451-2622 +1 203-630-4259
Excellent
52%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 175 reviews

Hubbard Park

Reviewed By Rita S - Brevard County, Florida

Very pretty Park - large wooded areas, hiking trails, picnic tables, grills, duck pond, fishing, swimming pool, tennis court, covered gazebo, band shell, swings & playground. Something for everyone. Well maintained and clean. Many trees, shrubberies and flowers. Sunny & shady spots. Popular place. Lots of parking available. Enjoyable outing.

2. Rogers Orchards

336 Long Bottom Rd, Southington, CT 06489-1352 +1 860-229-4240
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

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!

3. Lake Compounce

186 Enterprise Dr, Bristol, CT 06010-7493 +1 860-583-3300
Excellent
49%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 687 reviews

Lake Compounce

With over 402 acres of fun, Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America, welcoming families since 1846. Lake Compounce has ten cozy catering pavilions and plenty of room to host your next birthday, party, family reunion, and corporate event! Lake Compounce combines unique and exciting thrill rides and coasters for all ages with a full-sized water park—all for one low price. As the park continues to delight families from all around the New England area and beyond, the balance of evolution and tradition continues to play an important role at the nation’s first amusement park.

Reviewed By RoadtripCowboy - Burlington, CT

The family and I visited the Lake Compounce lights display on Thanksgiving weekend to begin the holiday season. It was surprisingly crowded on that first night, considering it was quite cold. The giant lighted Christmas tree by the entrance was a wonderful sight to see. The train ride around the park with Christmas music was fun with the many lighted figures and signs along the way. We even dared to go on a few of the smaller rides that were open, if we bundled up. We found the building where Santa was posing for pictures with help from the elves. The hot chocolate was popular that night. The synchronized light and music presentation that occurred every so often at certain areas of the park was really entertaining. We even picked up a few holiday item souvenirs at one of the gift shops. It was a great way to get into the holiday spirit and we enjoyed it.

4. Team vs. Time

320 New Britain Rd, Berlin, CT 06037-1319 +1 860-259-6167
Excellent
96%
Good
3%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

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.

5. Mount Southington Ski Area

396 Mount Vernon Rd, Plantsville, Southington, CT 06479-1241 +1 860-628-0954
Excellent
36%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 52 reviews

Mount Southington Ski Area

Just minutes from Exit 30 on Route 84. Mount Southington offers a full range of slopes and terrain for beginners and experts to enjoy! Four chairlifts provide easy access to our varied trails, including our Drop Zone terrain park with new and challenging features. State-of-the-art snowmaking and grooming make every run a great run - all across the mountain. Just starting out? Our ski and boarding lessons and weekly children's programs provide a fun and nurturing environment, giving kids (and adults) the skills they need to progress quickly and safely! We've got racing teams, afterschool programs, night skiing, affordable packages and more. There are so many ways to bring the delight of skiing and riding into your winter. We've been doing it for over 50 years!

Reviewed By MarieannD1215 - Deer Park, New York

We were looking for a ski area that was good for beginners and intermediate skiers. This location had both. The view of the mountain from the lodge was nice to watch my kids from inside as i warmed up. All staff members were super helpful and the area wasn't over crowded like the highly advertised places.

6. 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%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

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.

7. Kinsmen Brewing

409 Canal Street, Milldale, Southington, CT 06467 +1 860-578-4778
Excellent
56%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

Kinsmen Brewing

Reviewed By KRTRIPSTER - Madison, Connecticut

Another new microbrewery in the Southington area! Went on a Saturday afternoon and it was packed. On the Rails to Trails, a large renovated warehouse with a small outdoor patio offers a large variety of beers. Bring your own food and make an afternoon of sampling with friends!

8. Barker Character Comic and Cartoon Museum

1188 Highland Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410-1624 +1 203-699-3822
Excellent
50%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Barker Character Comic and Cartoon Museum

Reviewed By ANNE R - New England

Went to entertain the oldest member of the group--my husband knew most of the characters-(did the man ever leave the tv and comics?) and this endless journey through the aisles of the past had husband, his son and HIS son laughing and amazed. The collection is displayed well-and the lady who greets one at the entrance is pleasant, knowledgeable and I enjoyed chatting with her while my family wandered all over. The gallery also is full of wonderful items to just enjoy seeing or to collect. A definite artsy/kitchy place!!

9. Castle Craig

Peak Dr, East Peak in the Hanging Hills, Meriden, CT 06451
Excellent
79%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Castle Craig

Reviewed By Kim449 - Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

We really loved our visit here! The surrounding area is beautiful and this provides a fantastic view! I was thrilled that my mom could enjoy the views without feeling like she was in danger and she didn't have to hike there (although you can). She is so afraid of heights and this provided the best opportunity for her to enjoy the overlook. My husband and I took full advantage of the view from the tower and even climbed out on the rocks for some great photos. It only takes an hour to visit especially if you drive to the top so don't miss it!

10. Panthorn Park

485 Burritt St, Plantsville, Southington, CT 06479-1465 +1 860-621-8761
Excellent
60%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Panthorn Park

Reviewed By Realtor44 - Hamden, Connecticut

Panthorn Park
Plantsville, Ct
My granddaughter plays youth softball for an area team. Like many grandparents we enjoy watching the kids compete and play. On many occasions we have had to travel to Panthorn Park for games. The town got it right when they designed this. It’s huge with so many ball fields for competition. It also offers for its’ residents areas for basketball, tennis, soccer, lacrosse and a playground area for toddlers and younger children. There is also a concession area but I'm unsure of the hours of operation. Good job.

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