Things to do in Meriden, CT
Looking for things to do in Meriden, CT? Below is a list of some of the area’s popular attractions that you can explore and see while you are in the area. With easy access to Interstate 91, our Meriden hotel puts you right where you want to be. Step out for great local shopping, sports, parks, and more. Located in the heart of Meriden and only one mile from Wallingford, we’re also minutes away from local companies and all of the attractions you want to see most.
- Quassy Amusement Park - 24.4 miles
From roller coasters to kiddie rides, find something for everyone in the family at Connecticut's "affordable family fun park".
- Lake Compounce Amusement Park – 16.6 miles
Take the kids for a day of fun and excitement at North America's oldest continuously operating amusement and waterpark.
- Powder Ridge Mountain Park - 5.1 miles
Feeling outdoorsy? Head to this park and take your pick of fun outdoor activities, from mountain biking to tubing the ridge.
- Oakdale Musical Theater - 9.3 miles
Since its opening in 1954, this multipurpose venue has hosted a variety of events through the years. Check out what kind of performance you'll see during your stay.
- Giuffrida Park – 4.3 miles
Enjoy the park’s many hiking trails and relaxing green spaces. The challenging hike to Chauncey Peak offers beautiful views of southern Connecticut. The park also features many other trails with varying difficulty, moderate climbing and ridge walking, or enjoy a relaxed stroll along Crescent Lake.
- Hubbard Park – 6.7 miles
Spend the day outdoors at this 1,800-acre park. Enjoy hiking trails through the park’s daffodil fields. Climb to the top of Castle Craig for a spectacular view of the Greater Meriden area. The park also offers ample green space for picnicking and playgrounds and relaxing watering holes for fishing and swimming.
- Bishop Farms of Cheshire - 8.7 miles
Experience one of Meriden’s oldest full working farms. Spend the day enjoying many of the fun seasonal activities like taking a hayride through the farm’s land, getting up close with the farm’s animals in the petting zoo, walking through fields picking apples and blueberries, and more.
- Dinosaur State Park – 12 miles
Explore a 63-acre dinosaur track site. As one of the largest dinosaur sites in North America, explore displays of early Jurassic fossil and trail through fossil tracks. Then discover the Dinosaur State Park Arboretum which contains over 250 species of fossils from the age of the dinosaurs.
- Hammonasset Beach State Park - 25 miles
Visit Connecticut’s largest shoreline park. Hammonasset Beach State Park offers environmental education programs and activities. You can also enjoy the day outdoors on the grounds bicycling, boating, hiking, picnicking, and more.
- Gillette Castle State Park - 30 miles
Located between the towns of East Haddam and Lyme, enjoy a variety of outdoor activities at this state park.
- Mystic Seaport - 55 miles
Learn about the sea at the largest maritime museum in the world. Experience life in a 19th-century seafaring village and explore the museum’s large collection of sailing ships and boats.
- Hunter Memorial Golf Course - 2.5 miles
Play a round of golf at one of Connecticut’s best public courses located outside of Meriden’s Hubbard Park. Enjoy a challenging 18-hole course that showcases great surrounding views of the local area’s trap rock ridges. This course also hosts several tournaments including the CT Women’s State Amateur and the Senior New England Public Links Championship.
- Lyman Orchards Golf Club – 6.2 miles
Lyman Orchards Golf Club offers nationally ranked championship courses. As one of the best golf facilities in the Northeast, this golf center offers three courses for you to improve your game.
- Eli Whitney Museum - 17 miles
Be innovative through the Eli Whitney Museum’s experiential learning. The museum offers workshops that promote hands-on projects to inspire design and invention. Enjoy walk-in programs, plan a visit, or tour through the museum’s seasonal exhibits.
- Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History - 19 miles
Discover the evolution of natural history at the Yale Peabody Museum. Explore the museum’s several collections of natural subjects like anthropology, botany, paleontology, and more. Then tour through the many permanent natural history halls, discovery room, or featured temporary exhibits.
- Essex Steam Train - 27 miles
Take a ride on a steam train. Enjoy a four-course meal in a 1920s Pullman steam car, a breathtaking sunset onboard an evening Riverboat charter, or learn about steam engines at the interactive museum.
SHOPPING & ENTERTAINMENT
- Clinton Crossings Premium Outlets – 25 miles
Indulge in some retail therapy at the Clinton Crossings Factory Outlet Mall. This expansive shopping center features over 70 exceptional branded stores offering great savings on clothes, shoes, accessories, and more.
- Tanger Outlets Westbrook - 31 miles
Shop the day away at the Tanger Outlets in Westbrook. These outlets feature over 100 stores of favorite designer brands. Then satisfy your appetite by getting a bite to eat at the cafés on site.
- Mohegan Sun Casino - 46 miles
Visit one of the United States’ largest casinos. Mohegan Sun Casino features a large game floor, meeting and function space, shopping, and a theater.
- Foxwoods Resort Casino - 50 miles
Foxwood Resort Casino is located on the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Reservation and includes a complex of six casinos. These casinos feature close to 400 gaming tables and over 6,000 slot machines. After playing a couple rounds of games, enjoy a meal at any of the several restaurants.
Schools & Universities
- Choate-Rosemary Hall - 5.4 miles
- Cheshire Academy - 9.5 miles
- Wesleyan University - 7.1 miles
- Quinnipiac University - 11 miles
- Yale University - 20 miles
- Paier College of Art College - 16.7 miles
- University of New Haven - 23 miles
- Central Connecticut State University - 12.4 miles