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Area Attractions

Explore New England History amidst a Picturesque Landscape

The Simsbury Inn is surrounded by the best of Connecticut attractions - beautiful New England scenery, charming shops, and working farms. Dozens of Connecticut attractions and events are within a short driving distance, allowing for convenient day trips from the Inn. Of particular interest in the area are museums, historical home and garden tours, antique shops, performing arts, and a wide array of outdoor activities.

Landmarks and Museums

  • Hill-Stead Museum - National Historic Landmark noted for 1901 mansion, grounds, and garden. See impressionist paintings in home of original collector. - Farmington, CT (10 miles)
  • Wadsworth Atheneum - America's oldest public art museum, founded in 1842 and featuring a collection of American and European paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. - Hartford, CT (10 miles)
  • Mark Twain House - Tour the Hartford home where Mark Twain lived and worked from 1874 to 1891, includes children's activities and a Museum Shop. - Hartford, CT (10 miles)
  • Phelps Tavern Museum and Homestead - Simsbury, CT (2 miles)
  • Connecticut Science Center - Planetarium - West Hartford, CT (10miles)
  • New Britain Museum of American Art - New Britain, CT (17 miles)
  • CT Trolley Museum - East Windsor, CT (20 miles)
  • Norman Rockwell Museum - Stockbridge, MA (50 miles)
  • Governors Horse Guard - Avon, CT (6 miles)
  • National Iwo Jima Memorial - New Britain, CT (15 miles)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame - Springfield, MA (30 miles)
  • Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge, MA (47 miles)
  • New England Air Museum - Windsor Locks, CT (12 miles)
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Center - Hartford, CT (10 miles)
  • Mystic Seaport - Mystic, CT (64 miles)

Cultural Attractions

  • Farmington Valley Arts Center - Avon, CT (5 miles)
  • The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts - Hartford, CT (10 miles)

Sporting Activities

  • Outdoor activities - Canoe, Kayak, Fly Fishing, Hiking (2 miles)
  • Local Golf (2 miles)
  • Tennis (2 miles)
  • Horseback Riding - Lee's-Litchfield (23 miles)
  • Skiing - Ski Sundown - New Hartford, CT (15 miles)
  • International Skating Center - Simsbury, CT (4 miles)
  • Mclean Game Refuge - Granby, CT (6 miles)
  • Winding Trails Cross Country Skiing (10 miles)

Parks and Sightseeing

  • Lake Compounce - New England's Family Theme Park, one of the oldest in the country. - Bristol, CT (18 miles)
  • Talcott Mountain State Park, Heublien Tower - Avon, CT (3 miles)
  • Elizabeth Park - West Hartford, CT (9 miles)
  • Bushnell Park, Carousel, Soldiers Memorial - Hartford, CT (11 miles)
  • Riverfront Recapture - Hartford, CT (10 miles)
  • Women's Heritage Trail (9 miles)
  • Roaring Brook Nature Center - Canton, CT (5 miles)
  • Stratton Brook State Park - Beach - Simsbury, CT (3 miles)
  • Cruise the CT River - Lady Katherine - Hartford, CT (13 miles)
  • Farmington Valley Greenway - "Rails to Trails" - Walking distance
  • Hot Air Ballooning (6-10 miles)
  • Farms - Rosedale Farm / Flamig Farm (2 / 5 miles)
  • Amistad Freedom Trail - Farmington sites only (10 miles)
  • Six Flags New England - Agawam, MA (20 miles)