Middletown and nearby communities are rich in cultural and natural resources. Downtown Middletown, just three blocks from campus, boasts a diverse collection of restaurants ranging from Italian, Mexican and Japanese to Thai, Indian, Caribbean, Tibetan and vegetarian—as well as a nationally famous diner.
Iguanas Ranas TaqueriaAuthentic Mexican food perfect for any budget brings south-of-the-border flavor to Middletown.
484 Main Street
O'Rourke's DinerFor a table laden with a basket of baked goods and a brunch menu of egg dishes by the dozen, line up early at O'Rourke's - the only destination on the strip to have been featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives"
728 Main Street
Lan Chi'sThis family-owned and operated Vietnamese restaurant lures customers in with refreshing green papaya salad, bowls of hot pho, and vegetarian specials like spicy tofu lemongrass.
505 Main Street
Middletown Farmers' MarketTomatoes anyone? When Wesleyan students grow into senior housing, the wood-frame house kitchen quickly rises to the top position among places where meals are enjoyed. Come spring, top chefs veg-out at this student-run market, where a bounty awaits them every other Wednesday in spring.
Eli Cannon'sOffering fried pickles for all and beer for the over 21 set, this tap room has been "saving the ales since 1994." They boast 36 "real ales" on tap and a full menu.
695 Main Street
MondoFor crispy, thin-crust, brick-oven-baked pizza topped with locally made cheeses and locally grown garlic there is Zagat-rated Mondo, another famiy-owned favorite in the heart of Middletown.
10 Main Street
Froyo WorldFor froyo beyond the usual chocolate and/or vanilla, try mouth watering flavor variations like toasted marshmallow and pumpkin pie with graham cracker topping at this "frozen yogurt lounge."
386 Main Street
Nora CupcakeThis "new generation" bakery focuses on artistic cupcakes made from nontraditional recipes. Try one of the 100+ flavors available.
700 Main Street
Brew BakersBagels and wraps for breakfast. Soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch. Coffee anytimes - indoors or out, in a booth, at a table, or on a couch.
169 Main Street
Pedal PowerWhile Wesleyan's Outing club has its base on campus, in Out House (132 High Street), the programs it runs get a boost from places such as Pedal Power, a bike shop that organizes rides and clinics for road-and-mountain bikers at all skill levels.
359 Main Street
Millers Pond State ParkAbout 15 minutes from campus by car, Millers Pond is a great spot for a cool dip on a hot day.
Lyman OrchardsHomemade pies and pick-your-own apples, strawberries, and peaches at this 225-acre farm are a big draw for Wesleyan locavores.
32 Reds Gap Road
Wadsworth Falls State ParkThis state park offers hiking, mountain biking, stream fishing, picnicking, and photo-opping at the picturesque "Big Falls."
721 Wadsworth Street
Green Street Teaching and Learning CenterThis Wesleyan-sponsored center offers classes in visual arts and dance for the whole community.
51 Green Street
Metro Movies 12The facade may scream "retro," but this complex features first-run flicks on a dozen screens.
140 Main Street