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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.

Park
“The castle is stunning and it offers excellent views of the Connecticut River”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“The structure is a cool stone castle overlooking the Connecticut River, and with a number of trails surrounding the property to enjoy beautiful walks through the woods.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
“An 860 acre park features fishing, picnic areas and 15 miles of hiking trails. One of the 10 best birding sites in CT. A main feature is Chapman falls, drops 60 feet in three main cascades. A beautiful and serene park.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Library
“Stunning views of the Connecticut River and a charming historic building in the charming village of East Haddam. Tony Award winning theater, The Goodspeed produces musical treasures to delight, inspire and entertain you!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“A Connecticut landmark! Broadway-level theatre productions right on the picturesque shore of the Connecticut River.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Explore the beauty and wildlife of the lower CT river with a naturalist on board.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Upscale, riverfront dining with a classic Continental menu. Great food coupled with amazing sunsets along the Connecticut River. Amazing patio deck with outdoor dining options, too. Only 10 minutes away, in East Haddam!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Arrive by car or boat. Just up the river from us and owned by our neighbors at Simon's Marketplace. BYOB, very casual and very popular on nice summer evenings! ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Golf Anyone - great spot right around the corner. Stop by Fox Hopyard after a winning round!!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Zoo
“Animal sanctuary with a focus on horse, donkey and goat rescue. Children’s activities include riding lessons, farm games, animal feedings. Popular adult program includes group riding with a pot luck dinner afterwards.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Food
“Local farm and winery with sprawling acreage and orchards. Part of the Connecticut Wine Passport Program, which can be picked up for free at the winery May through October. www.staehlys.com ”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Nationally award winning musical theater venue in the iconic Goodspeed Opera House. Many shows have started here and continue on to Broadway where many have won Emmys. An absolute "must" attend for fabulous musical theater! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Health
“Original school house of the American Revolutionary War spy Nathan Hale. Beautiful views of the Connecticut River and East Haddam Swing Bridge. "My only regret is that I have but one life to give for my country"”
  • 2 locals recommend
Candy Store
  • 1 local recommends