Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, CT
Today we hiked a trail around the Gillette Castle. It was a good hike with the kids. They really enjoyed the walk to the Connecticut River around the the Castle and then around the gardens and property. There was a great Frog pond with thousands of Lilly Pads, and 80% of the pads had frogs sunning themselves.
The Castle it self is an extra fee to go in, but had amazing history and a very unique story behind it, click here for the story http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gillette_Castle_State_Park
We were able to bring our picnic lunch and enjoy a sunny afternoon overlooking the CT River. There was a snack bar that was open, and a public restroom (thank goodness).
The Boys with a view of the Connecticut River Behind them,
sometimes you could see the ferry boat crossing or the
river cruise pointing up to the Castle.
One of many stone bridges that were built for the small railroad
that circled William Gillette's Property.
The Boys at the Frog Pond
One of many great views of the Castle Walls