If you’re in the mood for a nice hike (be warned the first third is mostly uphill) Heublein Tower on Talcott Mountain in Simsbury is the perfect activity. The views from the top of the mountain are both breathtaking and thrilling and that is coming from someone who is scared of heights.
Once you reach the top, you’ll get a perfect vantage point to view the rural hills of this part of Connecticut. At the peak, you will encounter the tower itself, equipped with a gift shop, snacks, and bathrooms. However, I would recommend bringing something to eat and drink and practical shoes for the trip (I’ve hiked it in flip flops and although possible, it wasn’t the most comfortable.)
The trek is a short 1.25 miles, perfect for some light activity with friends or family. There is a more difficult trail for experienced hikers as well.
I love to go with my sister when we feel like a night drive. It’s good for a bike ride or picnic since the bridge isn’t meant for cars. It’s even fun to visit in winter if you want a secluded location to play in the snow.