Located in Central Connecticut along the Connecticut River, Saint Clements Castle is situated in an extraordinary location. The surrounding communities offer a wide variety of recreational activities just waiting to be enjoyed by you and your guests. Please ask one of our event planners to provide you with further information.
The Goodspeed Opera House
The Goodspeed Opera House was built in 1876 by William Goodspeed for his shipping and banking business and to provide a venue for his love of theatre. The opera house opened on October 24, 1877, with the comedy Charles II and the farces Box and Cox and Turn Him Out. After Goodspeedís death, the opera house went from serving as a militia base during World War I to a general store to a storage depot for the State of Connecticut Highway Department. In 1959, Goodspeed Musicals restored the building, and the Goodspeed Opera House was rededicated on June 18, 1963, with the opening of the musical Oh, Lady! Lady! Goodspeed has achieved international acclaim as the home of musical theatre. Mixing classics by the Gershwins, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern with the very best of this countryís newest musicals, Goodspeed pioneered the practice of rethinking, restoring and revitalizing Americaís musical theatre heritage.
The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat ride is a fun-filled trip for adults and children of all ages! There are two coal-fired locomotives available to pull a collection of lovingly restored railroad cars. You will be swept away by the hiss of steam, the blast of the whistle, and the clickety-clack of the tracks. From the exciting "All Aboard" to the engineer checking the locomotive before the run, you will experience an authentic journey back to the days of steam. As a tourist excursion, this adventure will take you through some of the most beautiful country in the state. You will find forests and streams, beautiful vistas and nostalgic towns, and some gorgeous views of the Connecticut River.
Gillette Castle State Park
Atop the most southerly hill in a chain known as the Seven Sisters, William Hooker Gillette, noted actor, director, and playwright, built this one hundred and eighty-four acre estate, the Seventh Sister. The focal point of his effort was a twenty four room mansion reminiscent of a medieval castle.
Quarry Ridge Golf Course
Quarry Ridge Golf Course opened in 1993 as a nine-hole golf course designed by Al Zikorus and Joe Kelley. Nine new holes were added in 1998, making Quarry Ridge an 18-hole golf course in one of the most spectacular settings you will find anywhere. Come play Quarry Ridge where everyone can enjoy the views and terrific golf.
Foxwoods Resort Casino
Foxwoods Resort Casino is the internationally recognized gaming destination. With its six casinos, Foxwoods offers more than 7,400 slot machines, 388 table games, and the world's largest bingo hall. Keno lovers can play the ever-popular Keno throughout the property, as well as in a comfortable Keno lounge. And the spectacular Ultimate Race Book is a sure bet to delight racing fans. Located just 40 minutes from Saint Clements Castle.
The Connecticut Convention Center
The Connecticut Convention Center, the Northeastís newest convention center, is located on the eastern edge of Downtown Hartford, overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River and Adriaenís Landing, the cityís exciting new riverfront district. With over 140,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 40,000 square foot ballroom and 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, it is the largest convention facility between New York and Boston, featuring exceptional highway access at Interstates 84 and 91, just 25 minutes from Saint Clements Castle.