Once you find your way to this quaint New England town, it may be hard to go back home. You can fill your days with all the wonderful things to do in Wallingford, CT. Tour museums, galleries, and historic sites as you experience the rich history and culture of New England.
Explore our local antique and specialty shops where you might find some unexpected treasures. If you yearn for old-fashioned summer nights, you can dance under the stars at the town green or sit on a park bench with home-made ice cream. Visit the local deli or farmer’s market for a picnic lunch to enjoy as you hike a trail up a mountain or stroll along the river on the Linear Trail.
The Oakdale Theatre has scheduled performances by popular artists throughout the year too. If you’re looking for more than just the things to do in Wallingford, we’re just 15 minutes from New Haven and less than 30 minutes from Hartford.
Check out suggestions for our favorite things to do in Wallingford, CT and throughout New England or visit our regional tourism bureau website which offers information on a wide range of attractions, events, and exhibits.
Holiday Cinema Stadium 14
Wallingford’s new 14 screen multiplex cinema is less than two miles away.
Choate’s Paul Mellon Arts Center
Guest Artists – Children’s Theater – Student productions and concerts – Gallery Exhibitions, all just 2 blocks away.
Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum
Yale University Art Gallery In Cheshire
The Peabody Museum of Natural History In New Haven
Wesleyan Center for the Arts In Middletown
Connecticut Historical Society
Museum exhibitions, library and genealogy school.
Wallingford Center Inc.
Dances, summer music concerts, farmer's markets, festivals, and holiday celebrations.
Blue Trail Shooting Range and Gun Store
In Durham, about five miles away.
Lyman Orchards in Middlefield
Pick your own fresh produce! There's also a corn maze with hayrides and ponies.
Mt. Southington Ski Area in Southington
Less than twenty miles to our north.
Castleview Balloons in Cheshire
Hot air balloon rides by appointment.
Adventure Balloon in Portland, CT
Hot air balloon rides by appointment.
Empower Zipline Canopy Tours
B&R Stables Prospect, CT
Horseback riding by appointment only. 203-758-5031
Dinosaur State Park
One of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America.
Wharton Brook State Park
For a walk, picnic, swimming, and fishing less than three miles away.
Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden
Known as one of Connecticut’s best places for fall foliage leaf peeping – five miles away.
Silver Sands State Park
Family-friendly beach and a pirate’s island just offshore.
Hammonasset Beach and State Park
On Long Island Sound.
Gillette Castle State Park
Hiking trails and a castle to boot (no pun intended.) Built by actor/director/playwright William Gillette, with many unique and creative touches. Grounds open year-round. castle open memorial day weekend to Columbus Day.
New England’s Family Theme Park and Connecticut’s Biggest Water Park.
Connecticut Science Center
Planetarium shows, hands-on exhibits, and live animals.
Mark Twain House
Tour the beautifully restored home of Samuel Clements.
Connecticut Audubon Society
Offering riverboat eagle watch tours, hikes, and more.
Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
Take a ride during the fall foliage, or have you ever wanted to experience an Agatha Christie-like Murder Mystery Train Ride? October offers Fright Train, December brings the Santa Special and North Pole Express, Day Out With Thomas is in May.
Indoor climbing for all ages. Great for team building.
On Track Karting Ultimate Indoor Racing
A 1,700-foot track & fleet of Sodi Karts.
Whether you come in for Parents weekends, commencement activities, or sports events, you can enjoy large, quiet rooms, and a full breakfast every day. Modern amenities include free satellite TV and high-speed internet access. All our suites have private bathrooms.
If you must attend to work during your visit, we also have desks in most of our rooms as well as complimentary coffee and tea. Ask about an extended family suite for family members traveling together.