Things To Do in the Farmington Valley

Connecticut’s Best Attractions Are Minutes Away

Rich in early American history, full of New England charm, Connecticut attractions, and resplendent rural beauty, the region surrounding the Simsbury 1820 House in Simsbury, Connecticut offers year-round activities and an ever changing palette of seasonal vistas.

Autumn brings its beautiful fall foliage to this perfect leaf peeping New England destination. Winter finds snow-covered hills, roaring fires, sleigh rides, and skiing. Get a bird's-eye view of spring's riotous blooms from a hot air balloon. Spend a lazy summer afternoon tubing or kayaking on the peaceful Farmington River. Explore the area's early American history with visits to its quaint antique shops, many museums, historical homes, and other Connecticut attractions.

Whether you are looking for outdoor adventure, a romantic escape, family fun or a unique corporate retreat you'll find it all in this quintessential New England town. Simsbury is the perfect gateway to all attractions and things to do in Farmington Valley.

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The Pickin' Patch- Avon Cider Mill

: 4 miles
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The Pickin Patch is one of Connecticut's longest running farms, established in 1666! Open Seasonally for pick your own produce and vegetables.

Farm Store open daily

Kid Friendly

Pumpkin Patch and Hayrides in the Fall- Tuesday- Friday in October 9AM-4PM. Cider and donuts available seasonally.

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The Shoppes at Farmington Valley

: 6.5 miles
Shoppes

110 Albany Turnpike

Canton, CT 06019

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Huck Finn Adventures

: 5.5 miles
HFA

21 Waterville Road

Avon, CT 06001

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Blue Back Square

: 9.5 miles
BBS

65 Memorial Road

West Hartford, CT 06107

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The Bushnell

: 11.5 miles
Bushnell

166 Capitol Ave

Hartford, CT 06106

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Ski Sundown

: 14 miles
SS

126 Ratlum Road

New Hartford, CT 06057

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International Skating Center of Connecticut

: 5 miles
ISCC

1375 Hopmeadow Street

Simsbury, CT 06070

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Xfinity Theatre

: 14 miles
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61 Savitt Way

Hartford, CT 06120

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Talcott Mountain State Park

: 4 miles
TMSP

560 SImsbury Road

Bloomfield, CT 06002

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Farmington Inn

: 11 miles
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827 Farmington Ave.

Farmington, CT 06032

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Elizabeth Park

: 9 miles
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1561 Asylum Ave.

West Hartford, CT 06117

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Bridge Street Live

: 8.5 miles
BSL

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41 Bridge Street,

Collinsville, CT 06019

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Antiques on the Farmington

: 8.5 miles
Antiques

10 Depot Street

Collinsville, CT 06019

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Avon Old Farms Hotel

: 5 miles
AOFH

279 Avon Mountain Road

Avon, CT 06001

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Tunxis Country Club

: 10 miles
Tunxis CC

87 Town Farm Road

Farmington, CT 06032

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Hartford Connecticut Temple

: 10 miles
LDS

2 Central Way,

Farmington, CT 06032

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West Farms Mall

: 12 miles
WF Mall

1500 New Britain Ave.

West Hartford, CT 06110

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Uconn Medical Center

: 11 miles
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263 Farmington Ave.

Farmington, CT 06032

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The Simsbury Inn

: 1.5 miles
SI

397 Hopmeadow Street

Simsbury, CT

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Evergreens Restaurant

: 1.5 miles
Evergreens

397 Hopmeadow Street

Simsbury, CT

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Governor’s Horse Guard

: 6 miles
Exterior at Simsbury 1820 House

Established in 1778 this is the oldest active continuously mounted cavalry unit in the country.

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Hill-Stead Museum

: 10 miles
Exterior at Simsbury 1820 House

This National Historic Landmark is noted for its 1901 mansion, grounds, and garden. See impressionist paintings in the home of their original collector.

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Phelps Tavern Museum and Homestead

: 2 miles
Exterior at Simsbury 1820 House

Built in 1771, Phelps House served as a tavern for travelers for more than 80 years. Today, the museum includes the tavern room, card room, kitchen, guest rooms, ballroom and meeting room, which are all filled with 18th century furniture and family items from the era. 

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Connecticut Science Center

: 10 miles
Exterior at Simsbury 1820 House

This world-class museum makes learning fun for kids of all ages with over 165 interactive activities and exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater and diverse daily programs and events. 

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Mark Twain House

: 8 miles
Exterior at Simsbury 1820 House

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The Hartford home where Mark Twain lived and worked from 1874 to 1891. The museum includes children's activities and a Museum Shop.

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Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

: 10 miles
Exterior at Simsbury 1820 House

Learn about the life and times of the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the best-selling anti-slavery novel written in 1852. In addition to the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, where the author lived for 33 years, the center features the Katharine Seymour Day House, a Visitor Center with a museum store and historic gardens.

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National Iwo Jima Memorial

: 15 miles
Exterior at Simsbury 1820 House

Learn about the bravery and sacrifices of American soldiers during one of the greatest battles in American history. The memorial features a 40-foot bronze and granite monument, two eight-foot black granite plaques honoring the clergy and medical personnel and the World War II Memorial Eternal Flame. 

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New Britain Museum of American Art

: 17 miles
Exterior at Simsbury 1820 House

Founded in 1903, the New Britain Museum of American Art is the country’s first museum focused strictly on American art and artists. Today, the museum features more than 10,236 works from the colonial portraiture era, the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, and the Ash Can School and a mural series called “The Arts of Life in America” by Thomas Hart Benton.

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Lake Compounce

: 14 miles
Exterior at Simsbury 1820 House

New England's best family theme park is one of the oldest in the country.

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New England Air Museum

: 12 miles
Exterior at Simsbury 1820 House

The largest aviation museum in the northeastern United States, the New England Air Museum features over 100 aircraft spanning from the earliest flying contraptions to supersonic jets in three large exhibit hangars and in an outdoor display area.

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Connecticut Trolley Museum

: 20 miles
Exterior at Simsbury 1820 House

Dedicated to the preservation of the trolley era, the Connecticut Trolley Museum welcomes you aboard for a three-mile round trip ride on antique trolleys. Before or after your ride you can climb aboard and explore historic static trolleys, check out the interactive exhibits, visit the Fire Truck Museum and see a movie in the theater. 

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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

: 30 miles
Exterior at Simsbury 1820 House

In addition to fascinating bios on its more than 300 inductees, the Basketball Hall of Fame features 40,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, skills games, live clinics and shooting contest games. 

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Norman Rockwell Museum

: 50 miles
Exterior at Simsbury 1820 House

Located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where Rockwell spent the last 25 years of his life, this museum houses the world’s largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art, including 998 original paintings and drawings, original art materials, his library, furnishings, and personal items, photographs, letters and more. 

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The Simsbury 1820 House

Exterior at Simsbury 1820 House

731 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070

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