Middletown (Connecticut)Middletown in a small city in Connecticut located on the Connecticut River, about 20 miles south of Hartford.
There is one major college - Wesleyan University - located up the hill from downtown but aside from the restaurants and bars on Main Street, there aren't many things for college students to do right in Middletown. Where are the bookstores? The import clothing stores? Well, there may be one or two but they're hiding. To find the heart of Middletown you've got to do a little snooping around.
There are excellent resources here for those with an artistic bent. A few years ago Middletown was rated one of the 100 best art towns in America. The Buttonwood Tree is an intimate performance art space on the North End of Main St. Oddfellows Playhouse provides a start in the world of theater for kids of all ages. Then there's Kid City - sort of an exploratorium - a great place to take your kids on a rainy afternoon. For adults, the cultural offerings on the Wesleyan University campus (films, theater, a variety of music performances, and a gallery hosting art exhibits) are nearly all open to the public, and will probably trump these.
Middletown is also the home to Connecticut Valley Hospital, the major psychiatric facility for southern New England. So if you see a few questionable people on the streets, relax, they're outpatients and they're probably properly medicated.
By carFrom Hartford -
91 S to
9 S first or second light on the highway take a right.
From the Shoreline -
Take 9 N - left at the lights.
From the west (or New Haven) -
Take Rt 66 E
From the east -
get thee to Portland and go over the Portland Bridge
By busThe "M Link" Middletown/Meriden Connection Service provides service between Meriden and Middletown.
Meriden has an Amtrak stop.
Dattco offers service between New Haven and Hartford stopping in Middletown.
address: 119 Washington St
Wadsworth Mansionaddress: 421 Wadsworth St
Oddfellow's Playhouseaddress: 128 Washington St
The Buttonwood Treeaddress: 605 Main St
Indian Hill Cemeteryaddress: 383 Washington St
General Mansfield Houseaddress: 151 Main St
Destinta Theatresphone: +1 860 344-0077address: 49 College St
phone: +1 860 343-3899address: 423 Main St$8.50 per person for one game. $7 per hour per person or $17 for three hours per person for Underworld Gaming and 20% off of five hours. A business party of up to 50 guests is $400 for two hours. A birthday private party of up to 50 guests is $700 for two hours. Call to get prices for parties of more than 50 guests. Laser Tag is a fun game for teenagers and other ages to play, relatively harmless.
- The entrance to Wadsworth Falls State Park is in Middletown, though most of the park, including the falls themselves, is in Middlefield.
Wesleyan Potters Shopphone: +1 860 347-5925address: 350 South Main Street
Amici Italian Grill Restaurantaddress: 280 Main StCasual chic, classic Italian food, romantic or business atmosphere. Accepts reservations for any size party.
Brew Bakersaddress: 169 Main StCounter-service offering breakfast, lunch and baked goods. Owned and operated by an award-winning Austrian chef.
address: 1960 Saybrook RdCasual Mexican fare, great Margaritas served in 16oz mugs. No reservations.
Klekolo World Coffeeaddress: 181 Court StVery cool independent coffee shop / espresso bar. Lots of odd college kids mixed with locals provides an interesting atmosphere. International coffees and based drinks. Teas - black, green or herbal.
phone: +1 860 347-4777address: 337 Main StCasual restaurant and bar serving Mexican foods and drinks in the Cantina. Happy hour: M–Fr 3PM-6PM.
address: 120 College StCall for all reservations, any group and private parties of 10-100 guests. Tuscany offers fine dining and a chic atmosphere, serving Italian foods.
Typhoon Restaurantaddress: 360 Main StThai and assorted Asian foods. BYOB.
Eli Cannon's Taproomaddress: 695 Main StreetMany beers on tap, good pub food, great atmosphere.
address: 80 Harbor DriveThe place to be on a Summer night - on the deck at Harbor Park Restaurant, grooving to live music and watching the river traffic.
address: 70 Main StreetAfter a long absence, Middletown again has a major hotel to call its own, a 100-room inn converted from the historic National Guard Armory. Visitors no longer need to stay in Cromwell when they come in for Wesleyan Parent's Weekend.
Wesley Inn & Suitesphone: +1 860 346-9251address: 988 Washington St
Although the Police Department is stationed on Main Street near and around popular restaurants, it is advised to walk with others at night and be aware of local gang members and area sexual offenders.
There are various towns surrounding Middletown, each providing a slightly different experience. Across the river is Portland. Which has many small delis and bakeries with a notable Italian influence. The next town over to the east is East Hampton. A formerly rural but increasingly suburban town offering Lake Pocatapaug as peaceful oasis during a hot summers day. Also bordering Middletown is Cromwell. More densely populated than Portland and East Hampton, Cromwell has more to offer in the way of restaurants, activities, and shopping etc... Explore the neighboring towns and you might find something that interests you!