The 10 Best Things to Do in Middletown, United States

April 10, 2018 Kelli Reichel

Middletown is a city located in Middlesex County, Connecticut, along the Connecticut River, in the central part of the state, 16 miles (26 km) south of Hartford. In 1650, it was incorporated as a town under its original Indian name, Mattabeseck. It received its present name in 1653. Middletown was included within Hartford County upon its creation on May 10, 1666. In 1784, the central settlement was incorporated as a city distinct from the town. Both were included within newly formed Middlesex County in May 1785. In 1923, the City of Middletown was consolidated with the Town, making the city limits of the city quite extensive.
Restaurants in Middletown

1. Kidcity Children's Museum

119 Washington St, Middletown, CT 06457-2817 +1 860-347-0495
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 142 reviews

Kidcity Children's Museum

Imagination play for kids from 1 to 8 and their favorite grown-ups. Picked by Yankee Magazine in 2012 as the "Best Indoor Adventure" in New England!

Reviewed By Little_PC - Cromwell, Connecticut

We had friends with four small children come for the weekend. We invited our daughter and our granddaughter too. We have lived in the Middletown area for over 40 years and this was our first time visiting Kidcity.
We all had a blast! There was so much to do and the kids loved all the hands-on exhibits. It was my husband's 66th birthday and he loved it just as much as the children did. It was not crowded either, since it was a sunny day. That is the best time to go.

2. Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park

161 Brownstone Ave, Portland, CT 06480-1855 +1 866-860-0208
Excellent
44%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 146 reviews

Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park

Reviewed By parsinc2 - West Springfield, Massachusetts

They have zip lines, swimming, slides, climbing ropes....etc....etc. You can bring your own food and drinks, I would suggest bringing a chair to sit in. What' s not to like about this place. I SHALL return..LOL Great place....thank you

3. Lyman Orchards

32 Reeds Gap Rd, Middlefield, CT 06455-1122 +1 860-349-1793
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 199 reviews

Lyman Orchards

Set on 1,100 scenic acres in central Connecticut, we're a year-round destination for great food, wholesome family fun and beginner and championship public golf. Established in 1741 and now in its 9th generation, Lyman Orchards is recognized as the twelfth oldest family owned business in the USA. Shop in the Apple Barrel market for fresh farm produce and award-winning Hi-Top Apple Pies; enjoy picking fresh fruits in season, and golf on our two 18-hole championship courses, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and Gary Player; or learn the game of golf or improve your stroke at our new Golf Center and Apple Nine course. One visit and you'll see why Lyman Orchards is "Connecticut's Sweet Spot!"

Reviewed By Gloria H - Fairfield, Connecticut

This was our first time going apple picking here. They have an attendant that gives out plastic bags(located in a booth). They had all kinds of apples and bosc pears to pick. They have a very large orchard with names displayed at the beginning of the row. We picked Macintosh and Cortland apples. We also picked bosc pears. They also had a pumpkin patch. My granddaughter had a lot of fun getting the fruit off the trees. All the fruit was in excellent condition. After we finished we checked out at the booth and paid for the fruit. I plan on returning in late Spring to pick strawberries, blueberries and later on peaches.

4. Dinosaur State Park & Museum

400 West St, Rocky Hill, CT 06067-3506 +1 860-529-5816
Excellent
45%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 210 reviews

Dinosaur State Park & Museum

This state park is devoted to dinosaurs and contains several dinosaur footprints.

Reviewed By Richard_Harpum - Doncaster, United Kingdom

My wife and I visited Dinosaur State park near Rocky Hill, CT, during a tour of New England. We decided to visit based upon the information in our guide book and were glad that we made the detour.
The Park is famous for its 200 million-year-old dinosaur footprints, which are now housed in a large covered gallery with plenty of interesting displays and activities for children.
After a tour of the facility, we decided to walk one of the trails in the surrounding park. This offered a variety of woodland scenery and was most enjoyable.
Parking is free.
Highly recommended.

5. Connecticut River Expeditions - RiverQuest

Route 82/Bridge Road, Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam, CT 06438
Excellent
96%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 66 reviews

Connecticut River Expeditions - RiverQuest

View the scenic lower Connecticut River aboard the friendly, intimate, eco-tour vessel RiverQuest. As we cruise south on our Daytime Excursion, we'll see Goodspeed Opera House, Gillette's Castle. Light narration provided on local history, flora and fauna and other areas of interest. Other cruises: Sunset/Evening (may go north or south), Foliage, Eagle, Private Charters (company, family, birthday, etc). Leave from Eagle Landing State Park, Route 82, Haddam, CT. For schedule, prices, info see website.

Reviewed By Jd707700

We absolutely loved this river tour! We took an afternoon tour that lasted approximately 2 hours. Our guides and captain (the owners) were amazing and very knowledgeable tour guides, providing so much information on history and legends of the river homes and islands and are incredibly knowledgeable about the local wildlife, and are avid bird watchers. It shows they love what they do. They are very kind, gracious and wonderful people who (it is apparent) love what they do. Their boats are not only part of their business but an integral part of their lives. Initially, we looked at other boat tour options in the area and couldn't be happier that we made this selection over other choices. It was a great calm, relaxing and fun day with the family. We all enjoyed this tour, especially my elementary and high school age kids and the tour was easily accessible to an elderly handicapped family member. A portion of the RiverQuest boat is covered and surrounded by windows if you want to stay out of the sun. During the tour you can move between the front and the back of the boat for easier viewing; space and passenger load permitting. You can bring food or beverage on the boat during some day tours, to enjoy during your trip and they even provided some binoculars for us to view wildlife up close. Departs from a local park that has a lot of space for picnicking, boat and bird watching. Very well done and very reasonably priced! I would recommend this tour to anyone.

6. Team vs. Time

320 New Britain Rd, Berlin, CT 06037-1319 +1 860-259-6167
Excellent
96%
Good
3%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

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.

7. River Highlands State Park

Field Road, Cromwell, CT 06416-1504 +1 203-789-7498
Excellent
33%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

River Highlands State Park

Reviewed By Manny S - Newton, Massachusetts

An amazing slice of Connecticut Valley flora and fauna. You very much felt like you were in a primitive place far from society. Believe we encountered bear footprints and even bare human footprints (?!?!). The river view and campground there is absolutely stunning, as is the view from the promontory. We saw many bolete mushrooms.

8. Arrigoni Winery

1287 Portland Cobalt Rd, Portland, CT 06480-1748 +1 860-342-1999
Excellent
34%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
9%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 66 reviews

Arrigoni Winery

Reviewed By Amy D - Windsor Locks, Connecticut

Stopped by on our way thru to check it out, wasn't the biggest fan of the wine tasting. Have been to many vineyards and wasn't the best.

9. Wadsworth Falls State Park

721 Wadsworth St, Middletown, CT 06457-4021
Excellent
58%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Wadsworth Falls State Park

Reviewed By Jeffrey W

The park is big, but try to find the area where the waterfall is. Parking right next to it. People fish there, but we were there for the sights. Waterfall from below and climb to the top for above waterfall.

10. Waterview Wellness Center

553 Portland Cobalt Rd, Portland, CT 06480-1968 +1 860-506-5353
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Waterview Wellness Center

Reviewed By Leslyann J

My husband and I went to Waterview Wellness Center for a couples massage and the experience was fantastic. Everyone was truly welcoming and the therapists paid close attention to the target areas during the massage. We left the Center feeling completely relaxed and renewed. It was a very pleasant experience and we are planning to return soon!

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