10 Things to Do in Stafford Springs That You Shouldn't Miss

February 1, 2018 Jeremy Dunfee

Stafford Springs is a census-designated place located in Stafford, Connecticut. The population was 4,988 at the 2010 Census. The village was a borough until November 1991, when it was disincorporated.
Restaurants in Stafford Springs

1. Connecticut Parachutists Inc.

Rt 83, Ellington Airport, Ellington, CT 06029 +1 860-871-0021
Excellent
87%
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5 based on 23 reviews

Connecticut Parachutists Inc.

Reviewed By menkat - vernon

I went with my niece, something I've always wanted to do, she was the only brave soul that was willing to go with me. Brad was my tandem partner and Tim was my nieces. Both of them were THE BEST EVER!!!!! From start to finish they were friendly, funny and very clear with their instructions! I was so happy to have had them and would definitely return! Thanks guys !!!!!

2. Sonny's Place

349 Main St, Somers, CT 06071-1920 +1 860-763-5454
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 73 reviews

Sonny's Place

The Family Experience! Sonny's Place has become the perfect place for the whole family to visit, have fun and relax. We have an 18 hole challenging Mini Golf course, Rock Climbing Wall, and Monkey Motion. We also feature state of the art Go Karts, Batting Cages with baseball and softball, and a Driving Range with matt and grass tees. We also offer a 7,000 sq ft Arcade with miniature bowling. New this year is a pavilion, which is the perfect place to host your next group event. All of our activities are lit for night play. Hungry? Visit our restaurant for great food right off the grill or enjoy a delicious ice cream treat of soft or hard ice cream with many flavors to choose from. For corporate and private events, Sonny's Place invites you to join us for fun activities for the entire family. Your experience will be truly unforgettable. So come and celebrate friends, great food and fun at Sonny's Place.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member - Willington, Connecticut

This is a growing entertainment complex with mini golf, go karts, a small zip line, arcade, and other attractions. There is a restaurant, bar, and ice cream bar. On this visit, we played mini golf and had ice cream. The golf course was appropriately challenging, well kept and maintained. The ice cream was better than average. Prices were fair for both mini golf and ice cream.

3. Peaked Mountain

43 Butler Rd, Monson, MA 01057-9753
Excellent
77%
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5 based on 30 reviews

Peaked Mountain

Explore woods roads through a former working forest and trek to a summit that rewards with panoramic views from Mount Wachusett to Vermont's Green Mountains.

Reviewed By Tonto7 - Connecticut

We've been to the Peaked Mountain Reservation several times, and the views are still impressive. There is an ample parking lot on the east side of Butler Road, and usually there are trail maps in the kiosk. There are a number of intersecting trails on the mountain, and although they are well marked (numbered), a map is very helpful. There are dropoffs at the view areas, so care is needed, especially with small children.
There is also a second preserve area about 1 mile north of the Peaked Mountain parking area, on the west side of Butler Road. The parking lot here is considerably smaller, but there are a number of woods trails, and a loop around Lunden Pond.
The map covers the hiking trails in both areas.

4. Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, CT 06076
Excellent
63%
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4 based on 39 reviews

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Reviewed By FJtravelingpenguine - Willington

My son and I got this for my husband. He was over the moon thrilled. You can pick whether to drive or ride. My husband chose to ride. the drivers were going pretty slow. Guess they were afraid of all that horsepower. My husband told the guy he wanted to go FAST and that is exactly what they did! For the man who is hard to buy for this is the perfect gift.

5. The Adventure Park at Storrs

2007 Storrs Rd, Storrs, Mansfield, CT 06268-1139
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5 based on 174 reviews

The Adventure Park at Storrs

Come climb at The Adventure Park at Storrs! Within five beautiful acres of woodland you will find our amazing "aerial forest park." Experience "adventure in the trees" perfect on your own or with friends, family and parties. Seven trails through the trees interconnected by zip lines, ropes, obstacles, challenges and fun! Unlimited climbing for 2 or 3 hours. Ages 7 and up! Summer HOURS: Sunday - Thursday, 9am-8pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 9am - 10pm.Plus Select holidays, see updates on Home Page. Large Group Reservations 7 days a week (prefer 2 weeks in advance).

Reviewed By Leslie P

I went the The Adventure Park at Storrs (this time!) with a 6th grade field trip at my school. As usual, the staff was wonderful and the facility was excellent. In particular, I found one staff member to go above and beyond to assist our students. He came to our element where I was attempting to have a student overcome his fear of a particular part and he not only came up to assist us, trying several different ways, he actually went across the element with the student so he could complete the course and be/feel successful. He did this with more than 1 student and really went above to help our kids! He is amazing!

6. Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Scantic Road, Hampden, MA 01036
Excellent
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4 based on 6 reviews

Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Reviewed By Joseph G - Wilbraham

I didn't hear laughing at the brook but I did hear the brook and that sound with the fall colors was very soothing. Seriously, it's just off the road and if you're near Wilbraham or driving through Hampden, then stop for a moment, take a few deep breaths, and slow your pace.

7. Powder Hollow Brewery

504 Hazard Ave, Enfield, CT 06082-4733 +1 860-205-0942
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
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Poor
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Powder Hollow Brewery

Reviewed By Brandon R - Connecticut

This small brewery puts out some really good small batch craft beers, and being very local makes it easier to experience all their seasonal and experimental batches. I love their Russian Imperial Stout. My friend loves the West Coast Citrus IPA. A welcome addition

8. Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary ( Tupper Hill )

30 Peck Rd, Wales, MA 01081-9528 +1 413-267-9654
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5 based on 1 reviews

Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary ( Tupper Hill )

Reviewed By andesalive - Southbridge, Massachusetts

We finally found the time to take the scenic drive to this lovely place on the road between Wales and Monson. The Sanctuary entrance, trails, exhibits and specimens are well marked - this in itself is a big plus. There are special programs throughout the year, but the trails are open seasonally and the sanctuary is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.
There is a lovely shaded picnic area, well maintained trails, a reception building for sign-in, maps, and bathrooms. There's walkway from the parking area to the reception area decorated by flower gardens, animal track imprints in the walkway and nature crafted stones with the names of visiting school groups lining the edges. A museum area in the reception building highlights the animals, flowers, and interesting specimens you might find along the trails. A wood, rock, and shell museum and a rose garden that is pure magic awaited us at the far end of the trails.
We were able, with the naturalists' permission to take a double-wide stroller on the trails. The boardwalk seemed too narrow to negotiate but a good driver was able to safely navigate the bridge and ramp along the lower brook-side trail, through the "pine barrens" and into the open field. Check with the staff for permission before you take a stroller on the trails because the website and trail map prohibit pets,strollers and backpacks.
The staff are friendly and helpful and the sanctuary holds wonder-ful surprises for those with sharp eyes - a pitcher plant at trail-side in the "pine barrens", native orchids along the lower trail and best-of- all the scent of thyme in the air. - The walkways in the rose garden and the understory of the entire back field are a live herb garden. If you know the song "Wild Mountain Thyme", it will be echoing in your head as in mine as you hike that portion of the trails.
If you read the website, you'll come to understand that this is " the place that cards built". Fortune and love of the earth have combined to create this enduring legacy and treasure for all who care to visit.

9. Uconn Dairy Bar

3636 Horsebarn Hill Road Ext, Storrs, Mansfield, CT 06269-9008 +1 860-486-3128
Excellent
88%
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5 based on 77 reviews

Uconn Dairy Bar

Reviewed By KMB2013 - Hartford, Connecticut, Usa

Have been going to the Dairy Bar since I went to school there in the 1980's, and now next generation is attending. I have been accused of coming to visit the Dairy Bar, rather than my daughter. True test of ice cream IMHO is plain vanilla - if that is good, everything else should follow. And it is!!! Rich, creamy, smooth with delicious vanilla flavor - just decadent. Of course if you add some hot fudge and caramel, and whipped cream and a cherry - that is up to you ;) Often line is long, but moves pretty quickly - definitely worth the trip!

10. Cassidy Hill Vineyard

45 Cassidy Hill Rd, Coventry, CT 06238-1386 +1 860-498-1126
Excellent
57%
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Cassidy Hill Vineyard

Reviewed By A S - Kent, Connecticut

I visited Cassidy Hill for a wine tasting. Tastings are $7 to try 6 pre-selected wines, and it is an extra $3 to keep the glass. I visited with one other person, and there was a couple there when we arrived. The woman pouring the wines was attentive and shared information about most of the wines, while also engaging in some conversation. My favorite wine was the Catawba, which was a sweet white wine.

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