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“Short Scenic Ride”

Chester-Hadlyme Ferry
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Hadlyme
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Dallas, Texas
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271 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
“Short Scenic Ride”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

As more and more river ferries get replaced by bridges, experiences like this become rarer. This site became a ferry crossing in 1769 and is still in use today. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a short ride, lasting about five minutes, but provides some wonderful views up and down the Connecticut River. It’s also a good way to get some pictures of Gillette Castle on the hill on the east bank of the river. We were there at the peak of the fall colors, and the scenery was incredible. Even though it is a short ride, it’s a good way to get from one side to the other if your destination is closer to the ferry crossing than one of the bridges up- or down-stream. Children that we have taken in the past have usually found it exciting, since ferries aren’t as common as they used to be.

Visited October 2012
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Hadlyme CT
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34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful ride across Conn River.”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

Great ride. Don't miss Gillette Castle and Hadlyme Country Store on Hadlyme side of river. Ferry crew can tell you how find both. Ferry operates April 1-Nov 30.

Visited November 2012
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Killingworth, CT
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682 reviews
171 attraction reviews
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“A beautiful short ride across the gorgeous Connecticut River”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

This little ferry carries just a few cars and it only lasts a few minutes, but the ride is just beautiful. The bluffs topped with Gillette Castle are really spectacular and the views up and down the river can be breathtaking. This little boat ride never disappoints.

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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340 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“Fun and scenic”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Added this to our day trip to this part of the state on a whim. Had to wait a bit for the ferry but it was well worth it.

For our $3 we had a fun, scenic (great view of Gillette Castle), but too quick ride across the Connecticut River.

Not a practical way to go if you are in a rush, but lots and lots of fun.

Visited September 2012
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Waterford, Connecticut
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185 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“looks like it will be around a while, but make the trip anyway”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

a real relic which costs the state a pretty penny each year, and certainly not a shortcut, but a delightful escape from I-95 that affords access to very pretty views and roads less taked.

Visited August 2012
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