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A quintessential New England town steeped in history, Glastonbury sits on the banks of the Connecticut River, offering a diverse array of charms: riverfront recreation, Colonial-era homes, rolling hills, farms and fields, and a full calendar of seasonal events and festivals.  Incorporated in 1636, the town boasts five historic districts and the oldest continually operating ferry in the United States. The quaint and bustling downtown provides residents plenty of opportunities to shop local, while the town’s parks and green spaces are a perfect fit for nature lovers.

Here are some of the best things to eat, buy, see, and do in Glastonbury:

Parks & Recreation

Riverfront Park and Boathouse
2155 Main St, Glastonbury

Located right in the heart of town, Riverfront Park is a favorite spot for exercise, community activity, and enjoying Glastonbury’s waterfront beauty. The park grounds include the beautiful Riverfront Boathouse (a popular wedding and events venue), playing fields, a fountain, a pavilion, a children’s playground, walking trails, a Dog Park, public restrooms, boat storage, and a public boat launch. Pontoon boat rentals are also available, and the town’s partnership with LL Bean offers various activities through its Outdoor Discovery Schools.


865 Main St, Glastonbury

With its vibrant atmosphere and authentic vibe, Sayulita draws diners seeking elevated versions of classic Mexican cuisine, using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Expect everything from tacos, burritos, and fajitas to entrees such as cornmeal-crusted chili relleno and ancho coffee bavette steak. Sayulita’s culinary delights also include a robust menu of hard-to-find tequilas.

Two Hopewell Bistro & Tavern
2 Hopewell Rd, Glastonbury

For those seeking a taste of classic New England fare with a modern twist, Two Hopewell is a must-visit. The cozy bistro exudes warmth and hospitality, serving up a diverse and innovative menu showcasing local ingredients. Start with small plates and salads, enjoy main dishes such as Faroe Island salmon and short rib, then save room for sweet treats like rumchata bread pudding. Make sure to sample a vino or two from Two Hopewell’s Wine Spectator-awarded wine list.


Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry
Rte 160, Rocky HillStep back in time with a ride on the oldest continually operating ferry in the United States, which runs between Glastonbury and Rocky Hill. In operation since 1655, the ferry offers a scenic, 10-minute journey across the Connecticut River and is open to vehicles, bicyclists, and passengers on foot.


Crystal Ridge Winery
257 Belltown Rd, South Glastonbury

Wine tastings, tours, and events are on offer at this scenic vineyard located on a 250-acre estate in the hills of South Glastonbury. What started as a small family affair is now a full-fledged boutique winery producing a variety of wines made from both vinifera and hybrid varieties, including Riesling, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc. Open year-round for tastings and seasonal events, Crystal Ridge is a popular spot to sip and watch the sunset.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Riverfront Community Center and Fairgrounds
300 Welles Street, Glastonbury

Don some green and celebrate the luck of the Irish at Glastonbury’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The lively event includes a performance by The McLean Avenue Band, known for its renditions of Irish-American music and hits from the ’50s to today. Attendees can also catch an Irish step-dancing performance and enjoy a traditional Irish lunch of family-style corned beef and cabbage or baked cod.

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