Main Street, our nearly two mile long downtown commercial district, contains dozens of recreational, retail, and cultural businesses and destinations that make for countless exciting visits for all ages. In addition to viewing its late 1800s/early 1900s architecture, visitors can visit the Gilson Theater, go Duck Pin Bowling at Laurel Lanes, visit Winsted’s Antique Row, find a book at the Curious Cat Bookshop, go Go-Karting or Minigolfing at R&B Sportsworld, find a delicious meal at a wide variety of restaurants that call Winsted home, and so much more. You can search for information about our businesses on our website or learn more about Main Street on the Winsted Friends of Main Street website.
Whether you’re looking for go-karts, minigolf, bumper cars, ice cream, batting cages, laser tag (coming soon), or the next place to hold a birthday party or family gathering, look no further than R&B Sportsworld, located at 19 Rowley Street in the heart of Winsted.
Tort law has been called the law of wrongful injuries. It is the law that protects and compensates people who have been injured by the negligence, or recklessness, or intentional acts of wrongdoers. And it is the law that protects and compensates people who are injured by unsafe or defective products. Come visit this museum, focused on providing an interactive and educational experience to all visitors, and learn more about the evolution of tort law over the years and how pivotal cases have helped protect you and your family from defective and unsafe products and practices over time.
Whiting Mills is an old mill building that has become home to dozens of artisan studios and small shops. While some studios have set hours year-round, Whiting Mills will set up several Open Studio events throughout the year including a Halloween Spooktacular event in October, Holiday Open Studios event in early December, and more. Come see all that Winsted’s artisan community has to offer!
Looking for dinner and a show? Look no further – the Gilson offers both right in the heart of downtown Winsted with multiple movies showing several nights a week and live musical performances held, too!
Looking for one of the finest drinks in town? Come on down to the Little Red Barn Brewery, where they’ve been Brewing Up Good Times since 2019! The original brews are all created on-site, and the brewery is home to regular events like open mic night, live musical performances, trivia competitions, and more.
Have you ever experienced real, authentic duckpin bowling? Look no further than Laurel Lanes! Laurel Lanes has a dozen lanes and a boba shop inside. Come on down, grab a drink, and enjoy your time with friends!
The Be Under Par Performance Center is an all around golfing facility offering golf simulators, club fittings, lessons, TPI strength training and more. The Be Under Par brand is much more to us than golf. The name originated from a passion for the game and the drive to score, “under par.” However, you can Be Under Par in both golf and life! Come check it out at 390 Main St, Winsted, CT 06098.
The Marina at Highland Lake has a lot to offer. You can spend a day or just a few hours renting a boat or watersport product. Take an evening cruise or a family day cruise around the lake. We offer summer slips for boats and jet skis. We have a gasoline dock open in the summer for your convenience, along with a retail store for all your boating necessities.
Quieter than Highland Lake, this 246 acre lake located in the heart of Winchester Center allows boating with an 8 MPH speed limit with no water skiing permitted. Enjoy a calm day on the water!
East End Park, located within the Winsted Green Historic District, is a long, narrow park at the northeast corner of the commercial downtown area of Winsted. The park serves an important commemorative function as indicated by the number and placement of memorials in East End Park, including a Civil War memorial and a Vietnam Conflict memorial. The existing bandstand on a raised masonry platform with railing is a recent addition and replaces an earlier one of much different design. Winsted's green, East End Park, is representative of Winsted's settlement in the last years of colonial America in its location of the grounds of the original public parade grounds.
The Soldiers’ Monument located on Crown Street in Winsted, the city within the township of Winchester, is central to the civic life of Winsted. Its bronze- cast standard bearer of the Civil War appears to be guarding the valley below. The monument is the central icon on the Winchester town seal and on the badges of the town’s police force. On September 11, 1890, the dedication of the Soldiers’ Monument and Memorial Park focused statewide attention on Winsted. Come see it today at
Winchester Center is the historic village center where the first settlement in the Town that would become Winchester occurred. The village center has a commemorative sign detailing the settlement of the area and his home to many 18th century buildings. You can take a drive out to enjoy the beautiful scene today!
Located on several hundred acres of land, the Mad River Recreation Area is a park with new trails in development thanks to the hard work of Fit Together, a local nonprofit organization run by the Town of Winchester, Hartford Healthcare, and the YMCA. The area is currently accessible via a trailhead on Rugg Brook Road and the informal trails that currently exist lead up to the Mad River Dam and back again for beautiful scenic vistas and great hiking. Check out this wonderous space today!
The Sue Grossman Greenway is an off-road trail that is being expanded to connect downtown Torrington and downtown Winsted. A recent extension of the Greenway was completed in late 2022. Come walk the trail and see all that our area has to offer, with scenic views of the hills and the Still River! Parking is available at the Winsted DMV and near Lanson Drive.
Winsted is home to some of the best restaurants around! For breakfast and lunch, check outAsa’s Place, McGrane’s on the Green, Railway Café, and Rooted Market. At lunch and dinner time you can grab amazing cuisine from places including Noujaim’s Bistro (recently featured at the Big E), Mario’s Tuscany Grill, Monaco’s Ristorante, ABC Pizza, Noli’s Restaurant, Kent Pizza, Mama Pho, China Star, Ocean Garden, Sophia’s Pizza, Rowley Grill & Tap, and China Delight. Some places are open all day, like the River Eatery, and others just for dinner, like Padre’s Mexican Cuisine. Grab dinner and a show at the Gilson Café & Cinema or grab light bites and a great drink at the 2nd Home Lounge – or maybe you just want a drink and to watch your favorite sports team over at JT’s Café. You can get boba while you bowl at Laurel Lanes, you can get your daily protein shake at Cura di se Nutrition, or you can get some ice cream at Dairy Queen, R&B Sportsworld, or Railway Café. The possibilities are endless! Come to Winsted, #FoodieTownCT!