Windsor Locks Community
Known for years as Pine Meadow, the town of Windsor Locks was incorporated in 1854. It is located halfway between Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA and is easily accessible via Interstate 91. With a population of approximately 12,500 it is a small suburban town rich in history and the home of Bradley International Airport the “Gateway to New England”. Windsor Locks combines the relaxing atmosphere of small-town New England with a mix of activities and events. There’s always plenty to do in and around Windsor Locks. Windsor Locks boasts an outstanding quality of life.
Windsor Locks is the home of the New England Air Museum (where you can look, touch and even climb into the cockpit of an airplane) and the Noden-Reed Museum (for a look into Windsor Locks past). For a taste of something a bit different, visit our Bradley Teletheater for the latest horse racing action or a great meal at their Turf Club Restaurant.
Further south, Hartford features the world-renowned Wadsworth Atheneum and the Connecticut Sports Museum and Hall of Fame. The Basketball Hall of Fame is just to the north in Springfield, Massachusetts. If you like your art live, then you have the choice: plays, concerts and dance abound in the Windsor Locks area. Hartford is home to Bushnell Memorial Hall, the XL Center, Hartford Stage Company, and the University of Hartford Lincoln Theatre, while Springfield Massachusetts offers performances at the Paramount Theater, Mass Mutual Center, Stage West and Symphony Hall.
Go for a walk, run or bike along the 6 miles of the Windsor Locks Canal and keep your eyes open for eagles and other wildlife often found nesting in the spring. Some of New England’s best beaches are only 1.5 hours from Windsor Locks along Connecticut’s Gold Coast and Long Island Sound, as well as along Rhode Island’s great shoreline.
Windsor Locks is the home of the 1965 Little League World Series Champions. Skiers have their choice of several downhill and cross-country ski areas close by in Connecticut. A quick 1.5 hours to the north, one of the country’s top ski regions can be found in Vermont. If you’re a sports fan, there’s plenty to see in the Windsor Locks area.
Just 12 miles south, the XL Center hosts the Connecticut Whale (American Hockey League) and the University of Connecticut Huskies (NCAA Division I/Big East Basketball). For a fun summer family event, take the 30 minute drive south to see the Double A Eastern League Baseball New Britain Rock Cats. For the golf fan, the best in PGA can annually be found at the Traveler’s Championship Golf Tournament, and UCONN Football at Rentschler Field.
There's something for everyone nearby. It could be the Six Flags New England Amusement Park located 15 minutes away in Agawam, Mass. or in the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casinos (the world’s largest gaming facility) about an hour to our south. For other thrills, shopping can be done at several plazas in town, 4 major shopping malls located within 20 minutes of Windsor Locks, or in New York City and Boston only a short car, bus or train ride away.