National Parks / Natural World

Wolcott Park and Spray Pad West Hartford

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Wolcott Park and Spray Pad
New Britain Ave & Wolcott Road
West Hartford
CT
06110
Tel: 860 561 7510

Where are we going today?

Wolcott Park is a family friendly park that's popular with those who want a fun park day out in the Connecticut sun!

It offers that classic park experience with wide open spaces for traditional family games. We love to hear about places where kids can just run around and be, well...kids!

Wolcott Park features immaculate landscaping with pushchair accessible walkways, so it's a lovely place to stroll with the family.

And we know those Connecticut summers can get lovely and hot, so make sure you head on over to the modern splash pad that's available in summer months! This fun splash pad has interactive water play features to keep the kids cool and amused!

Wolcott Park is a great way to introduce younger kids to this sort of play as it is FREE (that's what we love to hear!). They can play with the water sprays, run around, play games, and maybe enjoy a tasty family picnic under the trees.

It's your classic park experience for the family, where it's all about each other, and what Mother Nature can offer! Well, the spray pad helps too!

Charming Connecticut fun. 

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How much does it cost?

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LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

Water features generally 9am to 6pm during summer.

Year round daylight access to park.

Any Top Tips?

Normal shoes are not permitted on the splash pad, so take aqua style beach shoes instead..

Need a little extra help?

There are plenty of paved pathways at the park so you can use wheelchairs easily.

Can I get one of those?

Make sure you bring plenty of bottled water!.

More information

Make sure you take your hats and sunscreen! A spare pair of clothes and towels are a great idea too.

What people are saying?

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    very friendly experience. the granddaughters REALLY enjoyed the water area(warm weather ) and the dino walk. the dinos look amazing. inside, the rock hound areas with the "gold" panning sluce and dig are cool. the shops have an interesting enough selection of rocks, minerals and semi-precious stones to keep a jaded old rockhound like me enthralled.
    on the antiques side, the grand kids weren't as interested, but grandma and I enjoyed the selection and variety.
    the museum, it is a wonder. the displays are interesting and the explanations were informative....Read More

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    This place was very cool looking, and seemed like a cool place to take my son when he was a small child. The gift shop was mindblowingly cool, but also mindblowingly expensive. However at every turn, this place seemed like they were more interested in finding new ways to get your money (especially at the "Discovery Depot"), than they were in providing an educational experience. They even get you at the snack bar. This was when my family was in much more difficult economic circumstances.

    Now that we are in better circumstances, we will not be going...Read More

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    WOW! Just WOW!!! How have I never been to this gem?!?!? I took my boys, 3 and 6, and I was blown away. I'll have to admit the $19.99 price tag had me a little intimidated after reading some reviews and I almost didn't go because of that BUT.... I am SO glad I went. The $19.99/person price is amazing. It is far less than you would spend at a day at Lake Compounce, Six Flags, and even Quassy. Yes this is a full day place to be if your children love to walk and run (whose don't!?!?) and amble through a maze that ends with going in a t-rex's mouth to...Read More

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    Just spoke with these guys, to access all the activities they offer at this place they offer a deal, 47.00+ for my child, then they will take a dollar off admission for adults. Much better deal for the Science Center where every activity is always included. I can see chrging more for a show or something, but to seperste their so called park up, then charge additional fees is robbery. Hpoe they close soon!

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    This place was cool when you could take a nice walk through the woods, look at dinosaurs, and not pay an arm and a leg. Now, the kids want to spend all their time on the playground and the splash pad, which gives Mom and Dad time to think about what else a family of four can do for $100.

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by charles riley

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very friendly experience. the granddaughters REALLY enjoyed the water area(warm weather ) and the dino walk. the dinos look amazing. inside, the rock hound areas with the "gold" panning sluce and dig are cool. the shops have an interesting enough selection of rocks, minerals and semi-precious stones to keep a jaded old rockhound like me enthralled.
on the antiques side, the grand kids weren't as interested, but grandma and I enjoyed the selection and variety.
the museum, it is a wonder. the displays are interesting and the explanations were informative. probably our favorite in this was the period Chris Craft steam powered runabout. this is in a restoration process. it looks like a small version of the African Queen (anyone remember that boat?). we will be back.

by Paul Doyle

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This place was very cool looking, and seemed like a cool place to take my son when he was a small child. The gift shop was mindblowingly cool, but also mindblowingly expensive. However at every turn, this place seemed like they were more interested in finding new ways to get your money (especially at the "Discovery Depot"), than they were in providing an educational experience. They even get you at the snack bar. This was when my family was in much more difficult economic circumstances.

Now that we are in better circumstances, we will not be going back. Since the last time we visited, the Connecticut Science Center opened in Hartford. It's a much better value to drive there (the Science Center, which has a safe parking garage despite being in Hartford) for a truly engrossing fun and affordable educational experience, than to hang around here (Dinosaur Place/Nature's Art) and get fleeced in the name of keeping your kids happy. Judging by some of the reviews, and the pricing on the Dinosaur Place website, not much seems to have changed since my family visited a few years ago!

Lower the prices, hire a few more employees, and watch the buying customers increase dramatically.

by Elisabeth Larson

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WOW! Just WOW!!! How have I never been to this gem?!?!? I took my boys, 3 and 6, and I was blown away. I'll have to admit the $19.99 price tag had me a little intimidated after reading some reviews and I almost didn't go because of that BUT.... I am SO glad I went. The $19.99/person price is amazing. It is far less than you would spend at a day at Lake Compounce, Six Flags, and even Quassy. Yes this is a full day place to be if your children love to walk and run (whose don't!?!?) and amble through a maze that ends with going in a t-rex's mouth to go down a slide, walk around in a very large splash pad, play on a creative playground, watch a volcano erupt, and go in a moon bounce equipped with a slide. The dinosaurs were huge and so fun for the kids to spot. Not only did it have all these features plus kid friendly food, the grounds were spotless an beautiful. I would swear this park was BRAND NEW. That is how it felt, that is how it looked, and that is how it was maintained. The staff was friendly, the food was great the fun was awesome. After the park we meandered over to the shops and dug for gems in the mine (they also have panning for gold) for an additional fee but well worth the fun. We were there from 12-5 and only left because I wanted to try and beat the traffic home. We could have easily stayed all day and then some. Thanks for the fun. Hoping to return before school starts again. Wish you were closer to Newtown! If you have a child that loves dinosaurs, nay if you have a young child and you haven't gone- GO! You are missing out!

The Weather

Tuesday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 76° F / 24° C
Humidity: 58 %
Wind: SW - 6 MPH

Wednesday

Conditions: Overcast
Temp: 67° F / 19° C
Humidity: 75 %
Wind: NE - 12 MPH

Thursday

Conditions: Chance of Rain
Temp: 65° F / 18° C
Humidity: 76 %
Wind: NE - 12 MPH

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