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Things to do in Candlewood Lake

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“Great for hikes & picnics; large beach with canoe, kayak rentals available. Best for weekdays or non-peak (summer) weekends”
  • 5 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Candlewood Lake is the largest lake in Connecticut and also the most popular lake for recreation in the State. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“This is a HUGE super store.. everything you might want. Beer sales stop at 10pm; store is open until midnight. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is the only restaurant/bar on Candelwood Lake (open seasonally). The food is really just OK (seafood, burgers, salads, etc.), but the drinks, lively crowd, lake breezes and sunsets make this a fun, super casual spot to hang out and have a few drinks or nibbles.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Sports, pool, darts and just down the road. Good beer selection and full menu”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“Bear Mountain is a great place to hike, especially with dogs. While leash laws are in effect there are many untethered dogs in the park. You can also hike right down to the Lake Candlewood Shore and take a dip!”
  • 5 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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  • 2 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“A small, family-run grocery store and deli with just about anything you could possibly need, including great options for picnics at the lake.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
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  • 1 local recommends
Harbour / Marina
“As a full service marina, we provide the local community and beyond with Boat Sales, Service, Rentals, Indoor Storage, Docking, Dock Builds and Installation and Lake Located Gas Service.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“This place is great for hanging with friends, shooting pool and outback by the bon fire! Justin is a wonderful host and bar owner!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great italian food! Their marinara sauce is incredible and the specials are wonderful, too.”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Bar
“This is the only restaurant/bar on Candelwood Lake (open seasonally). The food is really just OK (seafood, burgers, salads, etc.), but the drinks, lively crowd, lake breezes and sunsets make this a fun, super casual spot to hang out and have a few drinks or nibbles.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Sports, pool, darts and just down the road. Good beer selection and full menu”
  • 6 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 4 locals recommend
Sports Bar
“This place is great for hanging with friends, shooting pool and outback by the bon fire! Justin is a wonderful host and bar owner!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great italian food! Their marinara sauce is incredible and the specials are wonderful, too.”
  • 1 local recommends
Bakery

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