Things to do in Rocky Hill
Connecticut River Ferry
The nation's oldest continuously operating ferry service crosses the Connecticut River between Rocky Hill and Glastonbury (1655). The three-car barge is towed back and forth by the "Cumberland," a diesel powered towboat. The ferry provides a convenient, direct link between Rocky Hill and Glastonbury at Route 160. Open April 1 - Nov 30.
Monday thru Friday7:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. $5 per vehicle, $2 per walk on or bike
Saturday & Sunday10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. $6 per vehicle, $2 per walk on or bike
Elm Ridge Park & The Rocky Hill Dog Park
This 101.5 acre park is Rocky Hills largest and most active park. Home to the towns award winning dog park and Veterans amphitheatre. In the summer enjoy free concerts, movies, a dip in the pool or do some tricks in the skate park.
Amenities include: Outdoor pool and wading pool, playscape, pavilion, gazebo, 1 softball field, 2 little league fields, volleyball, basketball, skate park, ice skating, Veterans Memorial Amphitheater, and a Dog Park.
Located at the intersection of Elm St. & Bailey Rd. Rocky Hill, CT
Dinosaur State Park
Dinosaur State Park is the actual location of an amazing discovery of more than 2,000 early Jurassic dinosaur footprints. The footprints were left behind by a group of Theropod dinosaurs visiting an ancient lakeshore 200 million years ago. At this one-of-a-kind attraction, a registered National Natural Landmark, you can view more than 600 of the footsteps, preserved in gray sandstone. The museum also houses exhibits, a gift shop, a discovery room and auditorium. And outside, the park sits on 60 acres, including a picnic area, the unique arboretum of evolution and 2 miles of hiking trails.
Located at 400 West St. Rocky Hill, CT
Ferry Park - CT River Fishing & Boat Launch
Located on the west bank of the CT river, this 16.2 acre park is a great place to grab a bite, launch a boat or catch a fish on the handicap accessible fishing docks. Adjacent the CT State Ferry, this park offers breathtaking views and some of the best fishing in the area.
Amenities include: picnic areas, boat launch and dock, handicap accessible fishing pier.
Veterans Memorial Ampitheatre
Located in Elm Ridge Park, Veterans Memorial Amphitheatre is home to Rocky Hill's free concert series, Movies in the park and the Rocky Hill Fallfest. Weekly free concerts are offered every summer drawing many local concert-goers. The amphitheatre has a sloped lawn, a dancing area in front of the stage, a playground at the top of the hill, and a spectacular view of the CT river valley.
Located at the intersection of Elm St. & Bailey Rd. Rocky Hill, CT (back of Elm Ridge Park)
Rocky Hill is home to the Rolling Greens Golf Club. Opened in 1973 Rolling Greens is a public 9-hole course set on a rolling terrain of luscious blue grass with a 70.1 rating. Rolling Greens Golf Club is surrounded by at least seven condominium communities and features a pro shop and an Italian-American restaurant, Casa Mia.
Other nearby golf courses include the TPC River Highlands & Wethersfield Country Club both less than 1 mile from Rocky Hill
Historic Homes & Buildings
The town of Rocky Hill was first settled in 1650 as part of Wethersfield. In 1843, it attained separate town status as Rocky Hill, so named for a ridge that rises in the northeast section.
The Connecticut River has always figured prominently in Rocky Hill’s history. Floods occurring about 1700 changed its course and hindered travel upstream so that Rocky Hill became the head of navigation for large vessels. Ferry Park area was a busy shipyard and the chief port of the region. Many old-time sea captains’ houses are still standing in Rocky Hill today on Old Main St and Elm St.
Rocky Hill United Methodist Church (1896) Eliel Williams House (1769)
Charles Bulkeley II House (1785) William Neff House (1850) James Warner House (1760)
Dr. Calvin Chapin House (1785) Jacob Robbins House (1770)
The town of Rocky Hill is home to many parks with hiking trails. Quarry Park offers passive and active recreational opportunities to the public such as hiking, bird watching, and views of the Connecticut River, Glastonbury and Hartford. Dividend Park and Upper Pond have a beautiful waterfall and pond, while Bulkly park offer short hikes in a wooded area. Dinosaur State park also offers over 2 miles of hiking trails that feature dinosaur tracks and flowers along the trails.
Rocky Hill is home to some of Connecticuts best restaurants. With more than 60 places to choose from no one ever leaves town hungry. Choose from Italians that light their cheese on fire at your table to sushi, steak, Mexican, Hibachi, even fresh caught CT river shad! Many restaurants have inside or outside dinning and some even overlook the CT River. Almost every style of food for a quick bite or a nice evening out is here in Rocky Hill.
The towns easy access from interstate 91 make Rocky Hill a great place to get some shopping done. Take exit 23 to Cromwell Ave (rt3) or 24 to the Silas Deane (rt99) for a Varity of shops & department stores. Visit our award winning consignment and Bridal shops or grab some flowers, a bike or some clothes for school. With so many places to shop you are sure to fine what you’re looking for!