Willimantic Travel Guide

  • reconstruction of the old mill
    reconstruction of the old mill
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    Victorian Home, Willimantic
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    Franco's Bakery in Willimantic
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Willimantic Things to Do

  • Third Thursday

    If you are in town on the Third Thursday of the month between April and October, go to the downtown area. It is closed to car traffic from 6 yo 10 p.m. and is open to only foot traffic. They have a huge festival... Street Fair if you will. All different kinds of Ethnic foods, face painting and such for the kids.. Lots of arts and crafts booths....

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  • Frogs and Spools

    Everyone that comes to Willimantic must see the Frog Bridge. There are four frogs, each side of the bridge and they are sitting on spools of thread! I know that there can not be a bridge like this one anywhere else!The story of the frogs goes somethig like this... Back in the days of the Revolution the townspeople heard the sounds of a great...

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  • The Evil Frog Bridge

    Come see our frog bridge that connects Jackson St. to South St. Each ridiculous, stupid frog cost two million dollars a piece. After seeing the magnificent frogs, take a ride around our town. Make sure you visit Windham Heights, Chapman st., West Av. and the infamous Hotel Hooker. As your driving, notice the prostitution, drug dealers, heroin...

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Willimantic Restaurants

  • Great Breakfast!

    Just walk in the door and you see all the marvelous baked goods in the glass case. It's enough to send any sweet tooth to heaven. But that isn't all this little gem has to offer. Take a seat and have a little breakfast. It is well worth the visit. From the fresh baked bread, to the blueberry muffins. Everything is awesome! The waitstaff is...

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  • The Post Office serves food?

    It's the old United States Post office that has been turned into The Maine Street Cafe and the Willimantic Brewing Company. If you enjoy different types of beer, this place is for you! They usually have at least 4 beers that they brew right there. The building itself is beautiful! Very high ceilings, a mural on the walll in the dining room. Very...

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  • Good home cooking

    With a variety of dishes all named after local towns, this brewery once post office is a charming place to eat or try the homemade microbrews. Try the nachos! Any of the salads are great. So are the burgers and portobellas. Come often, there are so many dishes to try!

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Willimantic Nightlife

  • by Burbs Updated Nov 13, 2003

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    A bunch of willi heads playing cards, getting
    drunk, wondering where we went wrong in
    life to still be living in willimantic. A place to play cards, drink, fight, and get the full willimantic experience without the heroin.

    Dress Code: naked if you'd like

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    • Zoo

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Willimantic Transportation

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    by Coombsie Written Oct 8, 2004

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    The Willimantic Area Bus makes 4 daily trips to Foxwoods Casino. The first one at 10:00 a.m. the last one at 12:30 a.m. The cost is only $2.00.

    If you have to get around in town it is best to have your own car. The public transportation isn't that convienient.

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Willimantic Shopping

  • by katjeanna Updated Jan 16, 2003

    Locally owned athletic gear and clothing shop. Great shoe selection. Buy, rent, fix up skiis and snowboards and boots. They do uniforms and specialty items as well. Must visit when in Willimantic!

    What to buy: Anything athletic. From rollerblades to waterbottles.

    What to pay: depends upon the item, generally very reasonable

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Willimantic Warnings and Dangers

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    by willichik15 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    The only thing thats really dangerous in Willimantic, would be some of the roads, they're wicked messed up.. If you like rollercoasters and rocky things.. then its for you.. if not.. make sure u got a barf bag. and u've got good shocks on your car.. If you're on foot through here.. Just watch out for the usual, poison ivy, skunks, homeless crackheads... and prostitutes.. I've lived here 15 years.. its not a bad place, all though it is.. When you get here, you'll understand...

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Willimantic What to Pack

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    by willichik15 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Okay, to be truthful, You're baggage, should be the type that has heavy duty locks. Coz some of the people here can be rightous assholes. So to be on the safe side, heavy duty baggage with heavy duty locks.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather here isnt that bad.. In the spring, it gets beautiful here. So for like a spring trip, I'd say, pack light pants and shirts. Maybe a windbreaker.. or a sweater.. Sunglasses, coz it does get sunny here.. When it rains, you'd be good with an umbrella.. it never really rains hard here.. unless it's stormin.. For summer.. Tank Tops, Light Shirts, and Shorts.. Coz it does get hot. and it's also windy.. Winter, it depends on the summer, sometimes, you'll be needin the heavy jacket and sweats.. just to stay warm.. Autumn/Fall is warm/cool.. so sweaters.. not so heavy pants.. u know.. combo of Summer and Winter... You should be all set then.. Shoes.. whatever shoes you wear everywhere else, jus wear here..

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I'm sure if you run out of ya know 'the goodies' theres plenty of places to stop and get em.. Medical Pharmacy aint to far.. It's on Main Street. They've pretty much got everything.. Across from there, is CVS. So you've got a bonus if u need anything. If you have asthma, just bring your pumps.. and if u got allergies.. just bring ure meds for that. theres nothing here really that could do anything. The air here sometimes, if Natchaug River, or the South Windham, sometimes it smells of poop or other bad smelling things, so u might wanna bring nose plugs..

    Photo Equipment: We have 2 photo places. One on Main St. and one in North Windham. so if you've got probs with your photo equipment, just go there, they wont bite your head off so dont worry, not very expensive either... They do the usual, passports, photos, stuff like that.. They're nice people actually...

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: well, I wouldnt be caught camping out in Willimantic, coz really this aint the place to go camping.. Theres a few places near by tho.. Mansfield Hollow Park.. I think has camping there.. It's a nice place. The closest beach near here is Ocean Beach in New London.. and at Harkness Park.. thats by New London too..

    Miscellaneous: Ummm... If you do drugs, and if you do come here, make sure u bring pleanty for the crackheads.. They'll be your friends for life.. But otherwise you're pretty much covered here.. Some places here can be expensive.. but thats about it.. Willimantic is what u call a 'poor cheap' community..

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Willimantic Off The Beaten Path

  • by Burbs Updated Nov 13, 2003

    Confessions of an Inmate

    I DIDN'T WANT TO OBEY THE LAW BECAUSE I HAD TO
    I DIDN'T WANT TO PAY TAXES, RAISE MY RIGHT HAND, OBEY A BOSS, OR DRIVE UNDER SIXTY-FIVE BECAUSE I HAD TO
    I DIDN'T WANT TO DO LAUNDRY, MAKE MY BED, DO THE DISHES OR PAY THE RENT BECAUSE I HAD TO
    DIDN'T WANT TO BE HAPPY BECAUSE I HAD TO DIDN'T WANT TO SMILE, SAY SORRY, SIT UP STRAIGHT, OR SAY HI BECAUSE I HAD TO
    DIDN'T WANT TO SAY I LOVE YOU, HOLD HER HAND, OR BUY A RING BECAUSE I HAD TO
    DIDN'T WANT TO LIVE BECAUSE I HAD TO

    SOMETIMES I'D GO TO CHURCH AND MIMIC THE PRIEST
    SOMETIMES I'D PSYCHOANALYZE MY PSYCHIATRIST
    ONE TIME I TRIED TO GET THE DECEASED TO FLINCH AT AN OPEN CASKET FUNERAL
    SOMETIMES I'D RINSE MY MOUTH WITH MELTED BUTTER AND EAT POPCORN BEFORE MY DENTIST APPOINTMENTS
    SOMETIMES I'D GO FISHING WITH A BEEBE AND CAST IT AT OTHER FISHERMEN
    ONE TIME I STARTED A MOTORIZED SHOPPING CART WITH A TOOTHPICK AND WENT SHOPPING BECAUSE I WAS TOO DRUNK TO WALK
    SOMETIMES I'D STEAL JUST FOR THE THRRILL
    SOMETIMES I'D TELL MY GIRLFRIEND WE WERE GOINGI ON A DATE AND I'D ROB A LIQUOUR STORE
    ONE TIME I WHIPED IT OUT AND PISSED WHILE ON THE FRONT SEAT OF A ROLLERCOASTER
    I MADE MY OWN RULES
    SOMETIMES I'D STEAL THE CHURCH OFFERING BOWL
    SOMETIMES I'D WALK AROUND ALL DAY NAKED
    ONE TIME I PICKED MY SCABS FOR A YEAR, SAVED THEM IN A JAR AND OFFERED THEM TO MY FRIENS AS BEEF JERKY
    SOMETIMES I'D PICK MY NOSE AND FLICK SNOTS AT MY BOSS
    SOMETIMES I'D KICK MY POOKLE IN RIBS
    ONE TIME, AFTER SMOKING CRACK, I PLAYED DEAD AT THE EDGE OF MY FRIEND'S BED
    SOMETIMES I'D STEAL CARS
    SOMETIMES I'S SELL CRACK
    ONE TIME I SHOT AND KILLED A MAN JUST TO GET HIM BACK
    I DIDN'T REALLY LIKE THE THINBGS I DID
    I JUST GOT SICK OF DOING WHAT I HAD TO DO
    ANYWAYS, WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE
    YOU'RE A LOT LIKE ME
    YEAH, I'M THE ONE BEHIND BARS
    BUT ARE YOU REALLY FREE

    THIS IS A POEM WRITTEN FROM MY SOUL THAT WAS FORMED IN WILLIMANTIC

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Willimantic Favorites

  • STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY

    I would take someone who had never been to WIllimantic before, to a Windham High Friday night football game. The team gets a lot of support from locals, who seem to all know eachother, much of whom attended Windham High, and some of whom played football for the " Whippets." I have experienced the highest level of community at these games as a...

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  • home sweet home

    This is my home town. I love it here. People have said it is a bad place but the people make all the difference. Not pretentious, not snooty, just your everyday town. I love the shops on main street such as Cafe Downtown, Jewels Verne Jewlers and the Bench Shop. When I am away from home I really miss Third Thursdays. This is a weekly festival that...

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  • When you're here... You have...

    When you're here... You have GOT to go to Uncle Ken's.. They've got the best milkshakes, ice creams, slushies, name it, and they've probably got it.. Clam dog's, french fries, hot dogs, 30 somethin kinds of ice cream.. i think like 8 different kinds of shakes. Wonderful place to go.. People who work there are very cool and very friendly. I think,...

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