Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam

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#1 of 29 in Nature in Connecticut
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. To visit Gillette Castle State Park on your trip to East Haddam, use our East Haddam family vacation planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    most people go to see the castle, but for those who like to hike, they have great trails that lead down to the ct river and through the woods, over bridges. We spent 1/2 day here. It was in August and...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    My husband is a Sherlock Holmes fan so he knew the story of Gillette and we planned the weekend around this. First we did a train boat tour which took us along the river and we got amazing views of th...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Just goes to show you what you can do with a little imagination and a lot of money. The State called it a castle but the owner called it home. Well thought out construction for a turn of the century h...  more »
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  • June 19, 2017
    I loved this place. It had some nice trails to the CT river. The castle itself was a nice little historic place to see. The prices weren't terrible. I think $6 for adults and $3 for kids. You enter the castle and are advised to take your time on each level because once you go up you sent allowed back down. It took maybe an hour for the entire self led tour just because we stopped and read everything.
  • June 18, 2017
    Park down at the river next to the Ferry Launch. A large wooden structure marks the head of the trail leading up a steeply-inclined trail. At the end of the hike awaits Connecticut's own stone castle. There are picnic tables and a wonderful field perfect for playing games with kids or watching the boats pass by on the riverway.
  • April 2, 2017
    It's a longish drive from just about anywhere — and there's not really an awful lot to take in — but the grounds are lovely and the "castle" interesting. And if you're a Sherlock Holmes fan, as was my grandson, when I took his sister and him, it's pretty satisfying. Overlooks the Connecticut River from high above, an impressive sight in any season.
  • June 29, 2017
    Very pretty outside. It was still closed for inside when we were on the way through Thursday and Friday. Memorual day weekend should be from Thursday through Monday.
  • June 12, 2017
    Very scenic and quirky place to visit. The castle area has a great overlook of the river, and the castle itself is a fun little excursion and piece of history.

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