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A Picture-Perfect New England Setting

Rich in early American history, full of New England charm, Connecticut attractions, and resplendent rural beauty, the region surrounding the Simsbury Inn 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 Connecticut attractions and things to do in Connecticut.

Landmarks and Museums

  • Hill-Stead Museum - National Historic Landmark noted for 1901 mansion, grounds, and garden. See impressionist paintings in home of original collector. - Farmington, CT (5 miles)
  • Wadsworth Atheneum - America's oldest public art museum, founded in 1842 and featuring a collection of American and European paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. - Hartford, CT (10 miles)
  • Mark Twain House - Tour the Hartford home where Mark Twain lived and worked from 1874 to 1891, includes children's activities and a Museum Shop. - Hartford, CT (8 miles)
  • Phelps Tavern Museum and Homestead - Simsbury, CT (6 miles)
  • Connecticut Science Center - Planetarium - West Hartford, CT (6.3 miles)
  • New Britain Museum of American Art - New Britain, CT (14 miles)
  • CT Trolley Museum - East Windsor, CT (20.3 miles)
  • Norman Rockwell Museum - Stockbridge, MA (54.9 miles)
  • Governors Horse Guard - Avon, CT (2.9 miles)
  • National Iwo Jima Memorial - New Britain, CT (12 miles)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame - Springfield, MA (33.2 miles)
  • Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge, MA (51.6 miles)
  • New England Air Museum - Windsor Locks, CT (17 miles)
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Center - Hartford, CT (8 miles)
  • Mystic Seaport - Mystic, CT (72.1 miles)

Cultural Attractions

  • Farmington Valley Arts Center - Avon, CT (2 miles)
  • The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts - Hartford, CT (8.5 miles)

Sporting Activities

  • Outdoor activities - Canoe, Kayak, Fly Fishing, Hiking (.5 miles)
  • Local Golf (.5 miles)
  • Tennis - Marmington Farms (6.5 miles)
  • Horseback Riding - Lee's-Litchfield (22.9 miles)
  • Skiing - Ski Sundown - New Hartford, CT (11.6 miles)
  • International Skating Center - Simsbury, CT (8.1 miles)
  • Mclean Game Refuge - Granby, CT (7.1 miles)
  • Winding Trails Cross Country Skiing (6.8 miles)

Parks and Sightseeing

  • Lake Compounce - New England's Family Theme Park, one of the oldest in the country. - Bristol, CT (14.5 miles)
  • Talcott Mountain State Park, Heublien Tower - Avon, CT (4 miles)
  • Elizabeth Park - West Hartford, CT (5.6 miles)
  • Bushnell Park, Carousel, Soldiers Memorial - Hartford, CT (8.5 miles)
  • Riverfront Recapture - Hartford, CT (10 miles)
  • Women's Heritage Trail (6.3-90.8 miles)
  • Roaring Brook Nature Center - Canton, CT (5.4 miles)
  • Stratton Brook State Park - Beach - Simsbury, CT (5.7 miles)
  • Cruise the CT River - Lady Katherine - Hartford, CT (10 miles)
  • Farmington Valley Greenway - Ensign Drive start point (1 mile)
  • Hot Air Ballooning (6-10 miles)
  • Farms - Pickin' Patch/Flamig (1-7.4 miles)
  • Amistad Freedom Trail - Farmington sites only (6-10 miles)
  • Six Flags New England - Agawam, MA (31.7 miles)

Fun & Relaxation

  • Dodge Music Center - Hartford, CT (12 miles)
  • Hartford XL Center - Hartford, CT (10 miles)
  • Day Spas (0-1.5 miles)
  • Foxwoods Casino- Ledyard, CT (56.8 miles)
  • Mohegan Sun Casino - Uncasville, CT (53.8 miles)