Walkable Town Centers Last Updated 7/16

Sometimes it’s nice just to get out of the car or off the train and walk. Connecticut has many town centers where a nice ramble takes you to shops, restaurants, galleries, museums and even a park bench or two. Here are some of the best ones to consider:

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1| West Hartford Center

The intersection of Farmington Avenue and South Main Street in West Hartford can lead you to many shopping or dining pleasures, and eventually to the adjacent Blue Back Square.

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2| New Canaan

This classic commuter town has an appealing downtown and many restaurants, especially in the triangle formed by Main, Locust and Forest Streets. Lots of places to shop, too.

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3| Chapel Street, New Haven

If you schedule visits to the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art or a show at Yale Rep, you can truly spend an entire day (and night) without getting off Chapel Street. Many dining options as well.

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4| Chester

If it’s small-town charm you’re looking for, you won’t find a better destination than Chester, in the Lower Connecticut River Valley. Galleries, tasteful little shops and an interesting variety of restaurants.

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5| Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich

A shopping mall would never do in affluent Greenwich, not when there’s fabulous Greenwich Avenue and its array of shops and restaurants running between Route 1 and Bruce Park Avenue.

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6| Litchfield

Perfect for browsing or a bite to eat, Litchfield’s West Street borders the village’s historic town green. Shop for everything from antiques to gourmet gifts while enjoying the scenery at this quintessential 18th century New England town.