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

February 12, 2018 Renato Branum

Plainville in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Art Museums. Discover best things to do in Plainville with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
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1. New Britain Museum of American Art

56 Lexington St, 56 Lexington St., New Britain, Connecticut, New Britain, CT 06052-1417 +1 860-229-0257
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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.

2. Team vs. Time

320 New Britain Rd, Berlin, CT 06037-1319 +1 860-259-6167
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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.

3. Lake Compounce

186 Enterprise Dr, Bristol, CT 06010-7493 +1 860-583-3300
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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. Complexity: A Puzzling Adventure

2 Eastview Dr, Farmington, CT 06032-1230 +1 860-409-7009
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5 based on 187 reviews

Complexity: A Puzzling Adventure

Complexity: A Puzzling Adventure An Escape Room type activity in Farmington, Connecticut Search the room, Find the clues, Solve the puzzles, Complete the mission! It is a great way to: Celebrate a birthday Engage in team building and be considered awesome for choosing it as your company event.

Reviewed By Rooindie - Farmington, Connecticut

We had a group of six, five of whom had never done one of these before. It was super fun, everyone contributed to the solution. I can't imagine doing this with a much smaller group, 6 felt like a good number. We thought we would make it without any hints, but in the last few minutes it became clear we needed help - we escaped with maybe 90 seconds to spare. We all agreed we'd like to come back and try one of the other rooms. We did the Cat Burglar room. We were there about an hour and a half in total.

5. Rogers Orchards

336 Long Bottom Rd, Southington, CT 06489-1352 +1 860-229-4240
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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!

6. Hill-Stead Museum

35 Mountain Rd, off Route 10, Farmington, CT 06032-2372 +1 860-677-4787
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5 based on 192 reviews

Hill-Stead Museum

This museum houses a large collection of French Impressionist paintings.

Reviewed By HappyTrailsTwoYou - Central Ct

Very nice historical visit with a guided tour. Take the tour during the spring when everything is flowering.

7. Forbidden Escape

442 East St, Plainville, CT 06062-3261 +1 860-222-7563
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5 based on 12 reviews

Forbidden Escape

Entertain Your Brain ! Forbidden Escape is filled with puzzles, gadgets, mysteries and challenges for you to solve. Solve all within 60 minutes and you "Escape the room". Perfect for ages 10 to 110. The newest trend in Date nights, Family nights, Social gatherings and Corporate team building.

Reviewed By Tc7744

Let's just be clear - I'm a wimp. I was nervous how I'd do with a scary theme and should have been. I totally sat out a portion of the game because there were areas in the room I was too scared to go near....Morethank you so much for your words. We enjoyed having you and watching you brave through the room. You both were great!

8. American Clock & Watch Museum

100 Maple St, Bristol, CT 06010-5034 +1 860-583-6070
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4.5 based on 84 reviews

American Clock & Watch Museum

Join us for a fascinating trip back in time. Learn about American clock & watch making with particular emphasis on Connecticut, once the clock capital of the country. Over 1500 timekeepers are on display and many chime & strike on the hour. The museum boasts one of the largest displays of American-made timepieces in the world. Designated as one of Connecticut's cultural treasures, the museum has been a destination in Connecticut for over 60 years. The museum is housed in an 1801 home with an authentic American sundial garden. The museum gift shop has a wide variety of clock-related gifts and books. The museum is open seven days a week, 10:00a.m. To 5:00p.m. Museum members admitted FREE, Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children 8-17 $3, Children under 8 admitted FREE. Group tour rates available for 10 or more visitors. Call for details.

Reviewed By GringoAlto2000 - Hartford, Connecticut

You will not be disappointed to visit and learn the history of "time" while in Bristol. Locals can get passes from Library. Check it out on a rainy day! Call ahead for hours..

9. Walnut Hill Park

184 W Main St, New Britain, CT 06052-1317 +1 860-826-3360
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4.5 based on 70 reviews

Walnut Hill Park

Reviewed By Robert C - Westbrook

Walnut Hill park is a beautiful place anytime of the year. The landscaping was done by architect Fredrick Olmstead who also landscaped Central Park NYC. The park once had a public swimming pool with a fountain at the center that doubled as a skating rink in the winter months. Today this area is a beautiful garden. The West side of the park has a hill perfect for sledding. The jogging and walking paths are all well maintained with exercise equipment stationed around the track. The rose garden is best in the early summer. It is a great place to exercise, enjoy a picnic or just sit on one of the many benches and relax. There is a WW 1 monument at the top of the hill. There is a shell concert stage that the city offers performances during the summer months. It is a popular spot for wedding photography.

10. West Hartford Reservoir

1420 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107-3136 +1 860-278-7850
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4.5 based on 167 reviews

West Hartford Reservoir

Reviewed By JBMartiniguy - Hartford, Connecticut

The 'Res itself is a an easy walk, flat and always near the water with great views, lots of sky, free parking and not too challenging. It can also be used to reach the Heublein Tower from the south side following the MMC Trail (Metacomet-Monadnock Trail) Blue Markers or south on the same trail.

On weekends the lots get full(er) late morning to l=mid afternoon, so plan accordingly.

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