10 Things to Do in Madison That You Shouldn't Miss

November 9, 2017 Timmy Ribble

Madison is a town in the southeastern corner of New Haven County, Connecticut, United States, occupying a central location on Connecticut's Long Island Sound shoreline. The population was 18,269 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Madison

1. RJ Julia Booksellers

768 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443-3047 +1 203-245-3959
Excellent
90%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 121 reviews

RJ Julia Booksellers

Reviewed By Kathy H - Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

Luckily I spend time in Madison several times a year and RJ Julia's is always a highlight. The selection beats all for fiction, the staff recommendations are spot on and I always find titles I've not come across in my book adventures. I have to limit my visits or my annual book budget will be blown. I read e books but nothing compares to a wonderful paper book from RJ Julia

2. Indian River Marina

58 Commerce St, Clinton, CT 06413-2084
Excellent
91%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 52 reviews

Indian River Marina

Reviewed By DefibtechDonna - Guilford, Connecticut

I've organized group trips with Indian River Marina both for company outings and for groups of personal friends. Chris and his staff were super easy to work with to organize group trips; they were very accommodating, efficient, helpful and pleasant! I would highly recommend planning a group trip with Indian River Marina!

3. Bishop's Orchards

1355 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT 06437-2399 +1 203-453-2338
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 165 reviews

Bishop's Orchards

Reviewed By Bob J - Old Saybrook, CT

Bishop's Orchards is tough to describe. There is a small supermarket with an incredible variety of fresh produce (besides apples), baked good, wines, meats, frozen items as well as meals ready to heat and sandwiches. Outside they have a seasonal floral market, animals, and pick your own produce that changes with the season.

Easy on and off Exit 57 of I-95 in CT. Just follow the Wine Tour signs.

4. Thimble Islands

Branford, CT +1 203-488-8905
Excellent
72%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 236 reviews

Thimble Islands

Reviewed By Lynn C - Shelton, Connecticut

Earlier this summer we watched the sunset at the point and saw they did Thimble Islands tours, so when we did a stay vacation, we went and was not disappointed. It was a beautiful day and got to see the homes that are on the Islands with the history of the Islands. Highly recommend.

5. Chatfield Hollow State Park

Route 80 West, Killingworth, CT 06419 +1 860-663-2030
Excellent
63%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

Chatfield Hollow State Park

Reviewed By Y0ungSter - Dallas, Texas

This state park has multiple trails to hike. The Covered Bridge trail was a moderately difficult trail with changes in elevation, rocks and roots. Scenery was nice, plenty of spots to get back on the park road, sit for a while or use the porta potty. A great place to picnic or swim too. Nature Center is only open on weekends and holidays.

6. Hammonasset Beach State Park

1288 Boston Post Rd, South of I-95 Exit 62, Madison, CT 06443-3444 +1 203-245-2785
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 459 reviews

Hammonasset Beach State Park

Sandy beach ideal for walking.

Reviewed By LMJTravels - Tennessee

Fun, interactive nature center. There is a large Osprey nesting station outside the nature center. Wide, clean, well maintained beach. Beautiful sunset. The beach was uncrowded and there were several bicyclists riding in the park. Clean restrooms.

7. Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets

20 Killingworth Tpke, Clinton, CT 06413-1377 +1 860-669-3066
Excellent
33%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
1%
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4 based on 127 reviews

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets features an impressive collection of the finest designer labels and brands for you, your family and your home. Include a shopping stop during your next trip to the area. Located along the Connecticut Shoreline, directly off I-95, this is Connecticut's only upscale outlet center. Local Shop & Stay packages are available. Don't forget to stop by Guest Services for a center Savings Passport, filled with hundreds of dollars in savings from designer brands.

Reviewed By votfinoski - Middletown, Connecticut

Wonderful outlet shopping with great selection of stores! Something for everyone and customer service in all stores I shopped in was very good.

8. Shoreline Segway

1310 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT 06437-2441
Excellent
97%
Good
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Satisfactory
3%
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5 based on 30 reviews

Shoreline Segway

Reviewed By dylgramps - Cumberland, Rhode Island

My wife and I, who are both 69, recently enjoyed an amazing experience with Shoreline Segway. Our instructor/guide, Devlin, made the experience all that it could have been. He spent as much time as we needed in the parking lot to be sure that we were completely comfortable before heading out. Since this was our first Segway ride we were both a little apprehensive but Devlin alleviated our unspoken concerns with his patience and positive attitude. After about 15 minutes we were all comfortable and ventured out through beautiful, historic Guilford al the way to the ocean. There were a few areas where we rode in the bike lane or on a sidewalk but we also had lots of open spaces with a carefree ride. About half way through we got off our Segways to stretch a bit and wander around an historic area. Guilford is beautiful in and of itself but Devlin enhanced the experience for us. Shoreline Segway is a "don"t miss" in Guliford.

9. Thimble Island Cruise

Town Dock, Stony Creek, Branford, CT
Excellent
81%
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19%
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5 based on 73 reviews

Thimble Island Cruise

Reviewed By ShelSouthShore_MA - South Shore, MA

We had a nice morning, cruising through the Thimble Islands. We were on the middle sized boat as the big boat was not cruising that day. The wait can be long and hot but the cruise is very entertaining and informative, Fun Day!

10. Meigs Point Nature Center

1288 Boston Post Rd, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, CT 06443-3444 +1 203-245-8743
Excellent
69%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Meigs Point Nature Center

Meigs Point Nature Center is an exciting and vital environmental learning center open to all ages at Hammonasset Beach State Park. The Nature Center is host to a variety of native animals, including: turtles, snakes, amphibians, crabs and fish. Most of the animals at the Nature Center cannot be released because of previous previous injuries or for other reasons, but are well cared for.

Reviewed By markrS9301NT - Berlin, United States

My kids love learning about nature not only from exhibits but from knowledgeable volunteers that know the questions and make facts interesting for the kids. We go in every time it's open but go to the website the Nature Center has different hours for the Fall and Winter seasons.

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