Town Resources

Resources for parents and educators in Southington, Plantsville, Marion and Milldale

Outdoor Spaces

Barnes Nature Center

Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center in Bristol, part of the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, Inc., offers exhibits and activities, an extensive collection of reptiles and amphibians, live birds of prey, interactive exhibits, and hiking trails. 68 acres.

175 Shrub Road
Bristol,

Web Site: http://elcct.org/harry-c-barnes-memorial-nature-center/harry-barnes-nature-center/

Bradley Mountain Farm

Bradley Mountain Farm is located on a 200 year old dairy farm, next to Crescent Lake, that is on the registry of National Historical Places. They offer opportunities to visit the farm, Goat Walks and Hikes, Goat Yoga, Soap Making Classes, Birthday Parties, Team Building activities, Farm Weddings and More. The farm hosts a 4-H Club and offers Goat Nanny and Crafty Cuddler volunteer opportunities. Goat Milk Soap is available for sale. Note the farm is closed from January to March.

537 Shuttle Meadow Rd
Southington,

Phone: (860) 385-4628

Web Site: https://bradleymountainfarm.com/

Bristol Parks

Our neighbors in Bristol, CT have several parks with playgrounds, hiking trails, sports fields and other amenities. Page Park has an especially good playground area.


Bristol,

Web Site: http://www.bristolrec.com/info/facilities/default.aspx

Centennial Park

Centennial Park has a small playground and passive recreation area. 1.5 acres.

Grove Street
Southington,

Cheshire Parks

Our neighbors in Cheshire have several parks.
Bartlem Recreation Area, located on Route 10 across from Cheshire High School, has amenities that include the Community Pool, a 90 foot baseball diamond, soccer, lacrosse, Kids In Motion playscape, a pavilion, picnic area, community gardens and skate park.
The Quinnipiac Recreation Area on Cheshire Road has a playground towards the front of the property, an in-line skating rink and plenty of fields for running around.
Cheshire Park, located on Route 10 toward the Cheshire/Southington town line, has 75 acres, of which 25% are set aside for active recreation and the park has a basketball court, softball fields, a pavilion, picnic area, theater and tennis courts.
The 2.9 mile Farmington Canal Linear Park was designed to create a safe place for fitness activities along the Farmington Canal including walking, bicycling, running, in-line skating, cross country skiing and a place for people with disabilities.


Cheshire,

Web Site: http://www.cheshirect.org/recreation-and-leisure/parks

Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake in Southington offers Boating, Fishing and Ice Fishing, hiking trails and picnic grove. Note that bowhunting is allowed (Seasonally; Permits Required) so wear bright colors and stay on the trails in season. 223 Acres; 56 Acre Lake

Shuttle Meadow Rd
Southington,

Web Site: http://www.southington.org/content/17216/33018/17526.aspx

Hotchkiss Field

This park in Prospect has the Field of Dreams playscape area, a cinder track which runs for a full mile, basketball courts, soccer fields, picnic area, and an ice skating rink.

59 Waterbury Rd
Prospect, CT 06712

Hubbard Park

Hubbard Park in Meriden, has a recreation area with a bandshell, tennis courts, pavilion, swings and playground equipment. Castle Craig is a tower at the top of the park which offers a spectacular view of the Greater Meriden area. There is a pedestrian bridge that crosses the highway and connects to hiking trails to the Tower. There is also a road to the tower which is open from May 1st through October 31st. 1,800 acres
Trail map: http://www.meridenlandtrust.com/Hubbard_quad.pdf

West Main Street
Meriden,

Web Site: https://www.meridenct.gov/city-services/parks-and-recreation/hubbard-park/

Hungerford Park Nature Center

The Hungerford Park Nature Center in Kensington is home to many domestic animals and native wild birds. There is a farm-yard, indoor exhibits, walking trails, and a picnic and play area. They offer preschool programs, summer programs, a 4-H club and rentals for birthday parties.

191 Farmington Ave
Kensington,

Web Site: http://www.newbritainyouthmuseum.org/home.aspx

Indian Rock Nature Preserve

Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, Inc. offers educational programs, birthday parties and a summer day camp, with optional extended day hours, for grades K to 12 at Indian Rock Nature Preserve.


501 Wolcott Road
Bristol, CT 06010

Web Site: http://elcct.org

Jaycee Park

Southington's Jaycee Park has a picnic grove and passive recreation area. 4.2 acres.

20 Union Street
Southington,

Lake Compounce

A family friendly amusement park and waterpark with themed events and activities. Home to the top-rated wooden roller coaster in the world, Boulder Dash, as well as the largest waterpark in Connecticut

186 Enterprise Drive
Bristol,

Phone: (860)-583-3300

Web Site: https://www.lakecompounce.com/

Linear Trail

Southington's Linear Trail is 4.1 miles in length. It currently runs from the Cheshire/Southington town line north to Hart Street (Southington). This paved trail is used for walking, bicycling, roller blading and strollers. The Southington "Rails to Trails" pathway is part of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail


Southington4,

Web Site: http://www.southington.org/content/17216/33018/20459.aspx

Little People’s Playground

This park in Berlin is designed for 2-5 year olds. Fully fenced. Bathroom and water fountain. Lots of shade. Picnic tables. Nice playground features and large sandbox.

218 Kensington Rd
Berlin, CT 06037

Phone: (860) 828-7009

Panthorn Park

Panthorn Park in Plantsville has a child's playscape, hiking trails, fishing pond, picnic groves and a passive recreation. There are softball and lacrosse fields and tennis courts. Several competitive sports leagues meet here. 139 acres.

Burritt Street

Web Site: http://www.southington.org/content/17216/33018/17528.aspx

Recreation Park

Recreation Park in Plantsville has a child's playscape, swimming pool, picnic groves and a gazebo/community pavilion. There are softball, baseball, soccer and football fields and tennis, basketball, volleyball and bocce courts. Several competitive sports leagues meet here. The Southington Drive-in is located on the property and shows family-friendly movies on Saturday nights in the summer. 37.6 acres.

Maxwell Noble Drive
Plantsville,

Web Site: http://www.southington.org/content/17216/33018/17529.aspx

Riverbound Farm Sanctuary

Riverbound Farm Sanctuary, on the Quinnipiac River in Cheshire CT includes a house built in 1814 and 23.4 acres of diverse habitat preserved permanently as open space.
The grounds, which include hiking trails, an outdoor amphitheater and bird viewing blinds, are open to the public every day from dawn to dusk. The nature museum is open the third Sunday each month from April to November. It is owned by the Quinnipiac Valley Audubon Society.

1881 Cheshire Street
Cheshire,

Web Site: http://quinnipiacvalleyaudubon.org/riverbound-farm-sanctuary.html

School Playgrounds

Every elementary school in the Southington Public School district has its own playground. These are available for public use when school is not in session.

Varies
Southington,

Web Site: https://www.southingtonschools.org/schools/elementary-school

Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area

Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area focuses on conservation education, offering educational programs, demonstrations, and workshops pertaining to wildlife and natural resource management. These facilities include an education center with an exhibit area and a large meeting room, as well as interpretive trails, and habitat management demonstration sites. 771-acre state preserve.

341 Milford Street (Rte 69)
Burlington,

Web Site: http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=326220&deepNav_GID=1655%20

Southington Dog Park

Southington Dog Park has a fenced area for dogs and their owners.
Note that children under 12 years of old are not allowed in the fenced area.

Mill Street
Southington,

Web Site: http://www.southington.org/content/17216/33018/17554.aspx

Southington Open Space

Southington has over 30 Open Space parcels, several which allow hiking and passive recreation.


Southington,

Web Site: http://www.southington.org/OpenSpace

Veterans Memorial Park

Veterans Memorial Park in Southington has Duck Pond/Ice Skating Pond (No Fishing), Picnic Grove, Playscape, Swimming Pool/Changing Rooms, basketball and tennis courts and football and baseball fields. 20.5 acres.


Woodruff Street
Southington,

Web Site: http://www.southington.org/content/17216/33018/17555.aspx