Known as “Ye Most Auncient Towne” in Connecticut, Wethersfield is a former colonial port and agricultural village with a 400-year-old history. Now a leader in historic preservation, Wethersfield has various historic points of interest and nature areas for you and your best friend to check out. You'll also find three veterinary hospitals serving the needs of this pooch-friendly town's resident and visiting doggos.
The Broad Street Green, located in historic Old Wethersfield, is where early settlers used to graze their livestock. Today, it is a beautiful park surrounded by elegant old houses. A puptastic place to spend a beautiful afternoon Fido, the Broad Street Green is home to a number of trees, some as high as 15 stories tall. Take your furry buddy for a leashed walk among the oaks, elms, sycamores, and beech.
Explore the banks of the Connecticut River with your dog at Cove Park, which comprises open space and the cove. This quiet park also features nature trails and a popular boat launch, which is busy with activity during the summer. Locals say that the sunsets here are puptacular as well, so pack some food and Fido's favorite treats for a relaxing picnic with a view.
Come experience Wethersfield's rich New England heritage with your pup!
Spend some quality time with your best friend at Mill Woods Park! With plenty of open space and walking trails to explore, both you and your pup will have a fun time here. Mill Woods Park is also home to a beach, a fishing pond, a skate park, and several athletic fields, but if Fido could talk, he would say that the best part is the off-leash dog park. Surrounded by trees and covered with wood chips, the Wethersfield Dog Park is a pawsome spot to exercise and socialize your pooch. There is a separate area for small or timid dogs, as well as water stations, pet waste stations, benches, and picnic tables.
At first blush, the Wilkus Farm may appear to be just another piece of open land. But this 81-acre property, the last major piece of land in town, is an important symbol of Wethersfield's agricultural history. In fact, residents rallied to have it permanently protected some years ago. Fido is welcome to join you in exploring this historic site as long as he stays leashed, and don't forget to bring waste bags so you can clean up after him. A gem in the heart of Wethersfield, the Wilkus Farm is a great place for taking a relaxing stroll and watching the sunrise and sunset with your pooch.
Step back in time with the Wethersfield Heritage Walk, a three-mile, self-guided tour that will lead you and Fido to various points of historical significance in Old Wethersfield, the largest historic district in Connecticut. Follow the interpretive markers that highlight the town's historical, cultural, and architectural heritage, and see how Wethersfield grew from a frontier settlement to a modern suburb. Some of the attractions that you and your pooch will come across include the Buttolph-Williams House, Millionaires' Row, Red Onion, and Hanmer Park. Brochures are available at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, shops around Main St, and from the Wethersfield website.
Wintergreen Woods is a 110-acre New England forest surrounded by heavily developed suburbs. Featuring several nature trails, this area is frequented by folks who want to get some exercise and fresh air. Here, you can enjoy a relatively easy hike among large white pines, beech, and oaks with Fido. Though there are some slopes and soggy areas, bridges and boardwalks are present to keep Fido's paws dry. From Wintergreen Woods, you and your pooch can also access the Heritage Way Bike Trail, a 10-mile bike path that meanders through town, connecting various parks, open spaces, and schools. Many portions of the trail are suitable for walking Fido.
Spanning 37 acres, Bushnell Park is a must-visit if you and Fido find yourselves in nearby Hartford. An important space for recreation and gatherings in the city for more than 130 years, Bushnell Park currently serves as the venue for a variety of events and as the landscape setting for the State Capitol. As you and your pooch go for a leashed stroll around this historic park, you will encounter monuments such as the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch and the Corning Fountain. The park's nearly 500 trees are also a sight to behold. Pick up a free Tree Walk brochure at the adjacent Legislative Office Building to get to know them better!