Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam

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Perched on the hills above the Connecticut River, Gillette Castle State Park features an early 20th-century mansion and a series of lakeside walking trails. Here you'll find the crumbling former glory of actor William Gillette's medieval-looking residence, built of stone and surrounded by thick forest. You can wander the grounds, which are ideal for easy walks, thanks to pathways made from former railroad tracks. Explore the "castle" itself to see a great number of carved oak woodworks and creative features, such as built-in couches and a sliding table. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Gillette Castle State Park and many more East Haddam attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's East Haddam holiday builder.
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  • If you’re into history, architecture, hiking, nature, and scenic vistas, this is a must visit! Gillette was as much of an inventor as an actor. The park employees do an excellent job of explaining.....  more
    If you’re into history, architecture, hiking, nature, and scenic vistas, this is a must visit! Gillette was as much of an inventor as an actor. The park employees do an excellent job of explaining.....  more »
  • The Castle was closed, but the grounds are beautiful. Great views overlooking the CT River. Fall colors were gorgeous. 
    The Castle was closed, but the grounds are beautiful. Great views overlooking the CT River. Fall colors were gorgeous.  more »
  • We were leaf popping with our dog and decided to visit this state park that is situated high above the Connecticut river. Since our fur baby has shown no interest in being a service dog, we limited.....  more
    We were leaf popping with our dog and decided to visit this state park that is situated high above the Connecticut river. Since our fur baby has shown no interest in being a service dog, we limited.....  more »
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  • A very unexpected surprise in a good way. As a non history buff, I yawn at the sound of history. However, I was shocked and actually enjoyed learning about the castle's history. While reading about the Gillette castle state park, I saw the numerous positive reviews but wasn't expecting it to be as good as it sounded. The park itself was amazing. There are lots of pathways to walk and beautiful bridges and ponds. There are also picnic tables to allow you to eat and enjoy the scenery. The visitor center has videos and lots of fun information about the original owner and creator of the castle.
  • Beautiful park. Well managed and clean. Had an awesome time in the castle seeing all the unique items. Trails were fun to walk on. We had brought our own food and had lunch on the grounds. They had provided a wonderful play outside called "The Professor" written by Gillette. I would recommend this State Park to everyone.
  • Beautiful and Unique! The grounds are a picturesque State Park overlooking the Connecticut River with trails, picnic tables plus an area of maintained lawn. Bring a lunch or grab something from the cafe. Parking and admission to the grounds are free. Gillette Castle itself is a bargain at $6.00 and if you live in Connecticut your library will usually loan you a free pass. The detailed carvings inside are a must see. The unique 'fire suppression', light switches, window latches show a mind that never stopped working. This park warrants a return visit.
  • We love this place. We have checked out this place so many times. We also got our engagement photo there. Great view of the river. I love checking inside the building and learning more about who he was and how he lived his life. It is great place for kids and adults to get educated and have fun!
  • Nice state park along the Connecticut river, beautiful views. The Castle added a mysterious feel to the park. Not a large castle, but has many interesting and creative design points. Not sure if there are many trails around. Good to come if you are in the area!

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