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Farmington Travel Guide

Farmington Attractions

Top Attractions

Stanley Whitman House - this National Historic Landmark was built in 1720 and opened in 1935 as a museum. The house is one of the best examples of early New England architecture and embodies the style of the 17th and 18th centuries. There are tours of the house as well as a dooryard garden.

Day Lewis Museum - located on Main Street and housed in an authentic post and beam building which is one of the last remaining Tunxis Indian homes. The museum is owned by Yale and displays Indian artifacts found on the site. There is also still a dig site adjacent to the museum. Open March to November

Copernican Observatory and Planetarium - situated at the Central Connecticut State University, the planetarium runs special programs and presentations for young and old throughout the year and houses a wealth of information on the solar system. The observatory has one of the largest public telescopes in the US.

Living Museum of Avon - situated on Main Street, this restored 19th century schoolhouse houses a large collection of interesting photographs and maps as well as old implements and clothes all dating from the 1830's.

Hill Stead Museum - this colonial revival style house dating from 1901 is set on 150 acres with a lovely sunken garden and has been declared a National History Landmark. Hill Stead houses an impressive colletion of art including rare French impressionist paintings, Japanese woodblock prints, Chinese porcelains and decorative art and origional furnishings. The surrounding estate includes a 6 hole golf course, fields, woodlands and walking trails.

The Grist Mill Restaurant - Tavern Room Rustic, Quiet and the food is ample. Live entertainment Thursday & Friday. The Martinis are wonderful and the complimentary apps and snacks on Wednesday - Friday are outstanding. www.thegristmill.net
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Farmington Activities

Pickin Patch - located on Nod Road, this is Connecticuts 10th oldest family farm. A fun place for the whole family, you can pick your own fruit and vegetables in season and go on tractor drawn hey wagon rides to the pumpkin patch in October..

New Britain Youth Museum - founded in 1956, the museum exhibits childrens artifacts from America and around the world. The museum also has a prehistoric Connecticut room and lovely garden as well as a puppet theatre and hands on activities. Entrance is free.

Farmington Parks & Gardens

Tomasso Park - this lovely 11 acre park has 4 acres of wetlands that are home to almost 600 painted turtles as well as fish and other animals. There are guided tours and observation areas as well as great walking trails and bridges.

Stanley Quarter Park - this popular park offers an array of activities such as sports fields, skate board park, playground and ice skating. Stanley also has a childrens fishing pond and the lake offers paddle boat rides, hydrobikes and aqua cycles.

Farmington Restaurants and Bars

Farmington Restaurants

Chucks Steakhouse - located at 788 Farmington Avenue. Farmington's favourite steakhouse, Chucks has been in operation for 31 years and serves the finest beef in the state. The menu has now been expanded to include a wide selection of fresh seafood and a great salad bar with a selection of fresh vegetables and salad dressings. Open daily.

Murphy's Scarlettis Pasta, Grille and Bar - located at 270 Farmington Avenue. This lively Italian Restaurant has a pub like atmosphere with live music every night ranging from Rock n Roll to Jazz. There is a full bar and the dinner menu offers a large selection of brick oven pizzas and delicious pastas. Open for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner Monday to Saturday.

Piccolo Arancio - located at 819 Farmington Avenue. This charming, romantic restaurant has a full bar and a great Italian influenced menu. Try the most popular dish on the menu, Arancio Ravioli, which is pasta stuffed with spinach and ricotta and served with orange sage sauce. Carnivors are also well catered for with a delicious Osso Busso which is veal shank served with risotto and vegetables.

Rainforest Cafe - located in Westfarm Mall. Be amazed at the incredibly realistic indoor rainforest decor with lush plants, beautiful giant aquariums and cascading waterfalls. The menu has a selection of mouthwatering Mexican, Asian and Caribbean influenced cuisine.

Grist Mill Restaurant - located at 44 Mill Lane. Grist Mill has an extensive menu with specialities including the delicious Dover Sole and mouthwatering Tiramisu. The location of the restaurant means that in summer guests can sit outside and enjoy one of the best views of Framington river and in Winter the sophisticated interior is warm and inviting. Open for lunch and dinner Sunday to Saturday.

Farmington Bars & Clubs

Apricot's - located at 1593 Framington Avenue. The lower level of Apricot's has a lively bar and a piano where locals and tourists like to come for a drink. There is also an upper level dinning area with stunning views of the river. Open for lunch Monday to Saturday and dinner daily.

Zen Bar - located at 270 Framington Avenue. This great contemporary nightclub has a lively atmosphere and a young hip crowd that dances the night away till the early hours of the morning.

J Timothy's Taverne - located at 143 New Britain Avenue, Plainville. This famous New England style tavern has a casual dining area with a full evening menu and a friendly full pub.

Farmington children's activities

Pickin Patch - located on Nod Road, this is Connecticuts 10th oldest family farm. A fun place for the whole family, you can pick your own fruit and vegetables in season and go on tractor drawn hey wagon rides to the pumpkin patch in October..

New Britain Youth Museum - founded in 1956, the museum exhibits childrens artifacts from America and around the world. The museum also has a prehistoric Connecticut room and lovely garden as well as a puppet theatre and hands on activities. Entrance is free.

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