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Established in 1964. Mount Southington is the go-to spot for Plantsville and its surrounding areas for winter sports. The ski area is equipped with modern facilities and numerous trails to suit every kind of skier. For those new to winter sports, the resort also offers extensive lessons.
Located just a few miles from the urban hustle-bustle of Meriden, Connecticut, lies a beautiful park with gentle hillocks, streaming rivulets, crystal clear lakes, awe inspiring cliffs, meandering trails and vibrant gardens. The Hubbard Park makes for an ideal spot for a picnic with family or friends. Recreation activities like hiking, bicycling and cross country skiing in the winter make it a fun destination. Also, the park has been the venue for many concerts and shows.
Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously operated theme park in the United States and was founded on the shores of Lake Compounce. The amusement park and adjoining water park are one of the hottest summer attractions in the region, featuring a spooky Haunted Graveyard, a wooden roller coaster (the Wildcat, built in 1927 and reconstructed with new wood in 1985) and a carousel built in 1911. No other theme park in the country can offer the fun and the history that is Lake Compounce.
Sleeping Giant State Park lives up to its billing as a wilderness park and is a great get-a-way to the country. There are an abundance of hiking trails and picnic areas that add up to 32 miles of wilderness. If you go, fishing gear in hand, the trout-stocked river will fulfill your fishing dreams; if you do not plan a fishing excursion, tote along your camera, climb the tower trail and head to the stone tower where you can catch a panoramic view of the countryside.
This state park, like its sister East Rock Park, offers a spectacular overview of the city of New Haven and its environs. The park is the creation of a more tumultuous time, a ridge of basalt rock forced skyward by volcanic action about 200 million years ago. The 1,500-acre park is located at the apex, where visitors can enjoy miles of hiking trails, picnic areas and a fishing pond. The infamous Judges Cave is located here, where, in 1660, Edward Whalley, John Dixwell and William Goffe eluded capture by royal bounty hunters. The three men had been among the signers of the death warrant against England's King Charles. Opens daily at 8am.
An easy drive from downtown New Haven, this park is a beautiful respite from the harried city pace. As you meander along the curved, tree-lined roads up to the summit, you will be greeted by a spectacular view of the city, Long Island Sound and the New Haven Harbor. There is a prized bird sanctuary, picnic and playground facilities, and if you are in the mood for a brisk walk, there are 10 miles of hiking trails. Enjoy the great outdoors right in the city.
Marsh Botanical Garden is situated within the precincts of Yale University. Its name pays tribute to Othniel Charles Marsh, who bestowed this property upon the university. Beatrix Farrand planned the landscape of the garden that houses a wide variety of plant species. Faculty, students, nature lovers, researchers and many other visitors head to this botanical gardens that has four greenhouses, perennial beds, seasonal plants and much more.
The David S. Ingalls Rink in Yale University is a specimen of great architecture. Designed by Eero Saarinen, the structure has been inspired by the sport of skating. It has been the venue for many an exciting men's and women's hoceky games. An audience of 3,486 can be seated in the hall, while there are three locker rooms for the players. The rink is well-lit and has good facilities. A special mention must be made of the reception room which proudly displays photographs of previous games. The rink is open 18 hours a day. Call for details.
Yet another of the Olmstead brothers' creations in Hartford, Pope Park is 90 acres (36 hectares) of public space, ponds and walking or biking paths to appeal to all. Founded by Colonel Albert Pope as a place for his employees to go during their off-hours, the park is particularly friendly to bike riders thanks to Colonel Pope's business: the Pope Manufacturing Company - which made bicycles.
Sprawling over 6,749 yards, the The Course at Yale is an 18-hole golf course. Opened in 1924, this grand golf course was designed by Charles Blair McDonald. This spacious golf course also features the picturesque Geirst Pond, which makes it an ideal place for events like receptions or weddings. The lush green golf course is enhanced by colored plants and flowers which add to its beauty and charm.
This greenway and trail started out as a canal when it was first built in the 1820s. Since then, it has gone from canal, to railway line, to finally this park and greenway trail that leads from New Haven to Northampton. Much of the trail is paved for all kinds of recreation including hiking, running and biking.
Elizabeth Park spans over a vast land cover of 102 acres (41 hectares). Presently, the park includes several garden areas, the century-old Lord and Burnham Greenhouses, verdant pathways and lawns. It also provides facilities for recreational activities like bowling greens, a picnic grove and tennis courts.