Wickham Park

Wickham Park, Manchester: Hours, Address, Wickham Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Wickham Park
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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Very good

1 contribution
Jul 2020
we were in town for one evening and looking for a place to explore/walk.
You do have to pay $5/car but the price is worth it. The 'wetlands' were a bit lackluster, but all the other parts of the park were great! There are numerous gardens to explore and a wooded path to walk.
At the cabin, there is a great view of Hartford.
We enjoyed the aviary with the sanctuary for birds.
Overall a great way to spend a few hours
Written July 26, 2020
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Southington, CT96 contributions
Sep 2021
Beautiful park to spend some time at. Would love to return for all the seasons. We had an enjoyable picnic and enjoyed the walk to the different gardens. The views were awesome and the park is well thought out. You can walk the entire park or drive to each area. Make sure you visit the birds and the sensory garden. Thou we do not have small children any more the playground looked like fun!
Written September 8, 2021
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Manchester, CT24 contributions
Jul 2021
They've developed an array of specialty gardens (English, Japanese, Sensory, etc.) and a small boardwalk and gravel trail through wetlands. And there are picnic sites, a nice view of Hartford, ball fields, a kite hill, an aviary(!), a kids' playground, great places for wedding photos, even for the wedding itself. Really nice place to visit.
Written August 30, 2021
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Robin T
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Oct 2016 • Couples
We had a beautiful wedding at Wickham Pavilion, no thanks to the event coordinator. To list the number of issues we had communicating with Pamela over the past year would be absolutely ridiculous. Once the "sale" was made, little by little we found out that we were lied to and the park was misrepresented over and over. It would be one thing if Pamela were busy or spread thin, but she gave me the distinct impression that she just had no ounce of concern for our experience.

The park is gorgeous, and even though in the end we had an amazing day, I would never recommend to anyone to get married there. It was a miserable frustration that came close to ruining our wedding day, which was hardly high maintenance. We had a conscious wedding--part of holding it at a non-profit park. If it weren't for the support of our amazing family and friends, we would have had to cancel or relocate last minute.

I'm amazed that more reviews don't reflect the terrible service. Nearly every vendor we spoke with also said the park is difficult to deal with. Every other business we hired was a pleasure, so I know it's not us. We requested our guests donate to a charity (one where I work, the caterer we hired, our church, or their choice) as their gift, and half-way through the year I removed Wickham from that list. We were also planning on donating to each charity we worked with, but I can't in good faith support the park again.

I can't imagine I'm the only bride that was treated this way, and I expect an apology to my guests more than anything. For anyone who has had this issue and not spoken up--you're doing a beautiful park a disservice by not alerting the director to this issue. I've never in my life had such a negative experience or worked with someone less professional.

I wish to be connected with the director (I've been trying to get his info for a month now unsuccessfully) so that I can recount the entire experience. It's truly a shame the park supports this type of practice, and I'll be telling everyone I know to warn their friends.
Written October 25, 2016
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Willington, CT69 contributions
Nov 2019
This is a beautiful park, near the city, with a great view. We have been going to this park for many years - for group outings, cross country events, and just to hike. The park is kept very clean and it usually is not crowded. It could use better facilities but the grounds are really nice.
Written November 7, 2019
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Manchester,CT212 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
Living in Manchester, CT, we had heard of Wickham Park. It was several years ago, when we decided to begin walking and hiking, that we learned a bit more about it. Still, we never seemed to get there. We drove by on several Sunday's and saw a line of cars down the road and thought, we would try again later. During our staycation, it was #1 on our to do list. We wished we had gone much, much earlier! Our visit took place in October, during the off-season and we are not sure how busy the park is during peak times.

We drove there on Monday in inclement weather, just to take a look around. We found out then that you pay $4 on a weekday to park, which we had no problem with; especially now that we know what that $4 gets you! We had researched the park before we went and downloaded a map from their website to familiarize ourselves before hand. I will do my best to fill you in. We stayed on the paved road throughout the park and were amazed at what we saw. Large rolling green hills, ample parking, gardens, cabins, views, playgrounds, you name it. We only went around the smaller circle and realized we had seen enough to know; we were coming back tomorrow when it was sunny!

Tuesday was here and the sun was shining, perfect day for Wickham Park. Since it is set on 250 acres (to put that into perspective it is 100 acres larger than the Magic Kingdom and only 50 acres smaller than all of Epcot). We had made a game plan of our must do's for day one as to appreciate everything, you need more than one day. We started on the Wetland Garden walk, which is the first of 8 gardens here. This walk takes you through marshlands with waterways and beautiful mature trees of all types great for relaxing, bird watching and getting lost in the beauty. Most of the trail is boardwalk style with benches to sit on to relax and take photos. You can spend as much or as little time here and you can go at your own pace.

We went from the Wetlands to the English Gardens. At just about 2 acres, they are amazing. You will not believe the condition of all the gardens, I mean top notch, stunningly gorgeous, you can see the time that goes into maintaining these works of art for us to enjoy. There is a beautiful rose garden and a large open lawn area featuring large gardens and hedges with a gazebo. Perfect place to get married! Once again you can meander to appreciate everything or walk through faster to cover more ground.

From there we went to the Scottish Garden with it rows of columns, statues and flowers to the Oriental Garden in all it's beauty. At 8 acres, it is large and dates back to 1920. It offers a beautiful pond, structures, statues and a beautiful bridge. Almost surrounded by trees and flowers, it is a private oasis of serenity.

We moved onto the Italian Shrine, which was built in 1920 by the Wickham family for a place for their servants to worship. Just next store is the gorgeous Lotus Garden. Offering a pagoda, fountain, water feature and statues all surrounded by beautiful trees, plants and flowers. All the gardens are immaculately maintained and a beauty to see. Behind the Lotus Garden is the rhododendron garden, which was not in bloom but with 130 of them will be a gorgeous sight to behold next year.

We walked up the big hill to the top so we could see the Cabin; it's garden and the amazing view of downtown Hartford over beautifully colored Fall trees. It is a sight to behold! There is an outdoor amphitheatre set up and other benches so you can stop, relax and enjoy the view. With the HUGE rolling yard, enjoy acres of open land to picnic, play games, sunbathe, you name it. The Cabin is only open for special occasions but it a gorgeous building with it's own beautiful garden with hedges, plants, flowers, gazebo, benches and the view of Hartford. We walked down what we thought was the trail to go back to our car and that concluded day 1. At 2+ hours, we had covered a lot of land and got in a good workout to boot!

The next 3 days were spent seeing what the rest of the Park had to offer. We hiked the fitness trail (the shorter route) which it a nice hike out in the woods. We were trying to find the bird sanctuary and missed it somehow. We also drove to see the tennis courts, volleyball area and the 2 softball fields along with gorgeous open spaces and large mature trees. We eventually hiked the longer fitness trail and found the sanctuary only to find out that it was cut off from the trail by the storms we got over the past few years. They have not had time to cut the trees and brush back yet. Hopefully it will happen soon as it looks like a cool park of the Park.

We hiked the trails that go through the center of the Park. We enjoyed a quiet walk through the woods as other visitors hiked, jogged or played disc golf as we went by. The aviary is a nice place where they house birds that have been injured and cannot be released back into the wild. From peacocks and roosters, to birds with more colors than the rainbow, and for .25 you can feed them! The Nature Center, right next to the aviary offers an interactive nature experience with real stuffed animals ranging from bear to fox and squirrel. The Sensory Garden is just down the walkway. You can enjoy one of the largest Sensory Gardens in the country at ¾ acre and evoke harmony for the senses. Throughout the park there are 3 playgrounds, all generously sized along with many places to have a picnic. There are several places for snacks and drinks from vending machines as well as restrooms and water fountains.

On many occasions, I felt as if I had left Manchester and gone to some great destination. Then reality hits and you realize this great destination is in your own backyard for you to enjoy when you want. Whether you are a local or come from a distance, Wickham Park is a place you can spend the day with family and friends or relax on your own. I highly recommend!
Written December 31, 2014
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70 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
Really nice hidden areas in this part such as the Asian Garden. The swans are always a pretty sight. There are plenty of areas for walking, picnics and to explore The park is nice and tidy. On occasion you might see a setchty person wandering about (just a few...nothing like Central Park in NYC). You feel as if you are away from the hustle and some of the urban areas of East Hartford CT.
Written December 9, 2014
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Hartford, CT16 contributions
May 2012
We park in the lower lot and tour the gardens. Don't forget to bring bread to feed the ducks. Also don't forget to view the Japanese influenced garden. Then we drive up the hill to view the mini zoo and visit the peacocks. The kids like to play on the playground for a quick break. The rose gardens are beautilul in the spring and early summer. If it is windy, it's fun to fly a kite on the hill after a picnic lunch.
Written July 29, 2012
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West Hartford, CT21 contributions
Apr 2012 • Family
We love this park, visit several times a year and never mind paying the admission fee. We like wandering through the various gardens, so peaceful and inspiring. The sensory garden near the playground is a delight in every season. A great place for a picnic, Frisbee golf, or reflection. Stunning view of the Hartford skyline.
Written April 23, 2012
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Orlando, FL1,120 contributions
Aug 2019
You do have to pay a small fee. I believe it's $5. Its a private park not run by the government. There are many gardens you can venture in and walk around (Irish, English, Japanese, etc) They do have many species of birds (many can't survive in the wild so this is their home). You can really spend all day there. I remember as a kid all the local children would go and go sledding on the hill. Go and experience it for yourself. Its great to see all the painters painting the scenery, photographers shooting and people just enjoying themselves. This park has so much to offer.
Written September 12, 2019
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