Besides the swings, slides and play areas at Bruce Park, McAlister Intermediate School, there is a small playground at Sunrise Park. Go outside the borders a little and it’s a short drive to a large playstructure at Salmon Brook Park in Granby or Simsbury Meadows on Iron Horse Boulevard in Simsbury. Bliss Park in Longmeadow, MA, is only 20 minutes away, too.
Parks and Trails:
You can bike, trike, scooter or walk the nicely paved Windsor Locks Canal Trail. Be careful of the drop-offs into the water on this 4.5 mile trail, once used during the 1800s by horses and mules to tow boats along the canal. Also, park near the Red Riding Hood’s Basket Restaurant off of Congamond Road in Southwick and bike, walk or stroller stroll south into Suffield along the Farmington Canal Trail. Turn around and head back to the car and a sweet treat at the little breakfast and lunch spot.
A quick pick for many Suffield parents is Northwest Park in Windsor. “Northwest Park is my favorite because of trails and animals,” says Michelle Boecher, Suffield mom of three.
Indoor Quiet Time:
“Kent Memorial Library of course,” says Suffield mom Dana Gauntner. The revamped library is great for exploring new reading material, magazines, videos and, of course, there are free passes to area museums. And while you’re there, she says you can walk Main Street looking at the plaques on the trees and houses
Mountain Park Exploring:
Gauntner also recommends Sunrise Park, Suffield’s own recreation area up Mountain Road. Open daily from 8 am until dusk for Suffield residents and guests, there is plenty of easy hiking, swimming, picnicking and playgrounds. And also plenty of grassy area to just run and run!
Carol Booth, of Suffield, says sometimes there’s no better place “than you’re backyard.” Pitch a tent and pretend or camp-out for real close to home.