The river was originally crossed by canoe, later by raft. Eventually a chain and sail scow was employed. Finally, in 1894, the most modern river conveyance, a steam ferry, was installed. Today the bridge which swings to accommodate river traffic, is a local landmark. Built in 1913, the 899-foot long bridge is reputed to be the longest of its type in the world. The bridge opens to recreational traffic on the hour and half hour and on-demand for commercial barge traffic.
The Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park is described as a sports park as well as a water park. One of the most popular features at Brownstone Park are the two zip lines that cut across the quarry installed in July 2007. The first line goes from the west side of the park to the peninsula at the center of the park. The second line travels south along the west side of the quarry. The lines are 750 and 780 feet long respectively. For the 2010 season, the Park added another two zip lines at 1000 feet, one of which is only accessible by climbing up an 80-foot rock wall.
Allegra Farm is the largest authentic livery stable in Connecticut, catering solely to those who desire a unique experience from a bygone era. While its true the 19th century is well over 100 years behind us now, John Allegra and Allegra Farm are keeping this era alive with the restoration of vintage horse drawn carriages, wagons and equipment.
Atop the most southerly hill in a chain known as the Seven Sisters, William Hooker Gillette, noted actor, director, and playwright, built this one hundred and eighty-four acre estate, the Seventh Sister. The focal point of his effort was a twenty four room mansion reminiscent of a medieval castle. Purchased by the State of Connecticut in 1943 from the executors of Mr. Gillette’s will, Gillette Castle and the adjoining property with its fine woodlands, trails, and vistas are now administered for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center is committed to delivering extraordinary customer experiences that promote self and team development. By creating a unique and stimulating environment, EMPOWER provides the opportunity for individuals and groups to embark on a one of a kind adventure that will enhance their mental and physical fortitude.
Priam Vineyards is a completely solar powered winery and sustainable vineyard nestled in the Salmon River Watershed area. Their thirteen International Award-Winning wines produced are estate grown, blended, bottled and cellared on premises. The seasonally beautiful surroundings offer a number of outdoor activities throughout all seasons. It’s a wonderful weekend destination for the entire family.
Located at the foot of Ocean Avenue in Mystic Country, New London’s premier recreational facility provides excellent public access to the Atlantic Ocean from a beautiful white, sugar sand beach, complemented by an Olympic-size freshwater pool, lockers, and event staging. The 50-acre Park also boasts a beautifully landscaped 18-hole miniature golf course and various attractions.
KidCity is a perfect spot for young children aged 1-8 years old. It’s more than just a museum; it’s a fun, interactive mix between a museum and an indoor playground where you and your child can play pretend together while using your imagination to have fun. Each room has a different theme such as a pirate ship, fishery, space age, farming, and is filled with tons of props to play with.
A beautifully rebuilt covered bridge. Follow the road up the river to find nice fly fishing areas and other great places to enjoy the Salmon River. The bridge was built in 1840 and is one of only three historical covered bridges in the state. The 30 ft. long east span is significant in its own right as the only remaining example in Connecticut of an enclosed wooden pony truss, that is, one with no overhead roof or other bracing.
Enjoy the beauty of the historic Goodspeed Opera House - home of the American musical! Birthplace of the original productions of Man of La Mancha, Shenandoah, and Annie, and the first regional theatre to receive two Special Tony Awards for its outstanding achievements, Goodspeed produces America’s musical treasures to delight, inspire, and entertain you.
Family owned and operated, the inspiration for Arrigoni Winery was introduced by boxing champion John Jack LaSalle Gherlone — grandfather to the current winery owner. The winery is named after the landmark Arrigoni Bridge that spans the Connecticut River between Middletown and Portland. Arrigoni Winery is situated on 200 acres of farmland nestled between Route 66 and the Connecticut River.