Trip Planner:   USA  /  Connecticut  /  Meriden  /  Hubbard Park

Hubbard Park, Meriden

4.4
#17 of 140 in Parks in Connecticut
Hubbard Park, located in the Hanging Hills of Connecticut, is a wooded, mountainous park located just outside the city center of Meriden, Connecticut. It comprises approximately 1800acre of carefully kept woodlands, streams, dramatic cliff faces, flower gardens, and the James Barry bandshell and picnic spots, as well as its showpiece, Mirror Lake. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.HistoryMost of the land was given to the town by Walter Hubbard, president of the Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company. In his donation, the land was given outright, with the stipulation that everything connected with the park was to remain free of charge for the people of Meriden, and that no concessions for profit were ever allowed within the park area.Hubbard spent a great deal of time and energy creating the park. He personally spent between $400,000 and $500,000 to clear land, build roads, and construct Mirror Lake with the help of Frederick Law Olmsted, who is best known for designing New York City's Central Park. Hubbard built a tower on East Peak, known as Castle Craig, to resemble the towers built by the Turks along the Danube River in the 12th century.According to local folklore, Hubbard Park is said to be haunted by the ghostly presence of the Black Dog of the Hanging Hills (see Hanging Hills).
Arrange to visit Hubbard Park and other attractions in Meriden using our Meriden trip planner .
Source
Create an itinerary including Hubbard Park
map
Hubbard Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
175 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • Winter - Often iceskating if ice on pond is frozen; millions of Christmas lights twinkle Spring - Flowers are starting to open, over 600,000 daffodils on view Summer - Ducks floating (and you can feed...  more »
  • I look forward to the annual Daffidol Festival and Christmas Light Extravaganza held at Hubbard Park. At other times during the year it is a peaceful place to stop the car, roll down a window and just...  more »
  • The scenic views are amazing at this time of the year. I take walks, do my yoga, hike the trails, take photos, and feed the ducks. In December you can take the family through this he park for a glorio...  more »
Google
  • I have been going to this park since I was a child with my parents. I am in my retirement years. This is a great place to take your family for picnics. Swimming in the pool in the summer. Hiking or just watching the ducks float on the lake. Best part is everything is free.
  • I'm sorry no pics today, but if you head on over you will see the Christmas lights. Unfortunately they are lacking in imagination. They are still put up in the same places as they have been as they have been for the past what 15-20 years. Come on how hard is it to move them around a little? Well at least thus year 1 - 1 of them many animals on display has colored eyes... Oh joy!! That was nice to see. I hope that (girl) whoever did that didn't get fired..lol. Well on a More positive note Hubbard Park IS a Great place to bring your kids show them them the lights. Come spring and summer the play scape is awesome fun for them. And yes for you moms and dads and grandparents out there there is a public restroom. Although I'd bring bring some Lysol wipes with me... Ya never know right...
  • Hubbard Park is awesome. It's decorated beautifuly at Christmas time. It's also great in the summer time. U can walk around the pond. There's a lot of ducks walking around the kids can feed. There's a castle, up top of the hill. You can walk or drive to. The view from the castle is great.
  • This is one of the nice parks. We love their Christmas decorations. We love to go there it's very relaxing. It's also always well maintained. We go just to watch the ducks and the playground is cute.
  • If I could describe what a park should offer, then I and so many other people, would choose Hubbard Park in Meriden Connecticut. It's beauty and many options will thrill the young and the old. I'm not going to share what your eyes see. My petty words would not compare.
Places to stay near Hubbard Park

Plan your trip to Meriden

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Hubbard Park by other users

9 days in Meriden BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Meriden BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Los Angeles & Meriden BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Los Angeles & Meriden BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 58 days in Westport BY A USER FROM CANADA February, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 32 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM INDIA June, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Middlefield BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in New Haven BY A USER FROM ISRAEL February, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 32 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Connecticut BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans