Date Of Visit: August 12, 2017
Location: 843 W. Main St, Meriden, CT (about 30 minutes southwest of Hartford, CT)
Hours: Open daily sunrise to sunset
Parking: There is a small parking lot for about a dozen cars at the front of the park. There is additional parking along the side of the park and at the back of the park.
Park Size/Trails: 1,803 acres, easy trails
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Website: Hubbard Park
Highlights: lake, birds, trails, pool, tennis courts, play area for children, dinosaur track, picnic spots
- There is ample parking allowed in the back of the park
- You need a special pass to use the pool at the park and it’s not open during the weekends
- A trail that you can hike or drive up takes you to Castle Craig
Hubbard Park in Meriden, CT, is not your average park. With its trails, bodies of water, recreation areas and a winding trail to Castle Craig, Hubbard Park is a great place to spend the entire day.
There are streams, bridges and trails to the right of the entrance to the park.
The lake at Hubbard Park, Mirror Lake, is the highlight of the park. Turtles, birds and frogs inhabit the lake and fountains are placed throughout the lake.
Hubbard Park attracts a lot of birds, particularly Canadian Geese.
But, there are more than just Canadian Geese at the park.
The ducks, geese and other birds are so used to being around people, and being fed by people I suspect, that they seem to be waiting for people to feed them.
This goose was tired from all of the activity at the park.
There are also dinosaur tracks at the park. The origins of the tracks remain a mystery. You can see the prints in the puddles from rain earlier in the day.
Walter Hubbard, president of the Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company, donated most of the land at the park in 1901. John Olmsted, the son of Frederick Law Olmsted who designed Central Park, helped design Lake Meriden.
From the park, you can see the jewel of the Hubbard Park area, Castle Craig. In my next post, we will explore this beautiful tower.
Dogs are allowed at Castle Craig. Because of its ample space and wide trails, Hubbard Park is a great place to take your dog. Below are just two of the many dogs we saw there.
Mollie is a 9 and a half year old Dalmatian.
Beck is a 10 year old Border Collie mix.
Today’s featured link is Out And About Mom. Out and About Mom explores the many family friendly spots in Connecticut. A few years ago, she posted about the Festival Of Silver Lights, a family friendly light display at Hubbard Park.