Wallingford sits astride the Quinnipiac River in Northern New Haven. The town is situated in the New Haven – Hartford – Springfield Corridor, making this a great town to consider if you want to simplify your commute. Wallingford has the convenience of being traversed by Rt 15, Interstate 91, and state highways, Rt 15, Rt 68, Rt 71 and Rt 150.
This is a great town with many things to offer its residents but the convenience of being located between New Haven, Hartford, Boston and New York City is definitely a big plus.
Wallingford was incorporated in 1670. The town still holds onto much of its history and that old New England feeling. In October, 1871, Wallingford’s Train Station was completed for the New York and Hartford Railroad. The station is among the few remaining of its kind that was built during President Grant’s administration at the height of the railway expansion. The station is served by Amtrak’s Vermonter and Northeast Regional.
The urban center of the town is delineated as the Wallingford Center and the Principal Communities are: East Wallingford, Quinnipiac (partly in North Haven), Tracy, Wallingford Center and Yalesville.
Having friends that live in Wallingford has brought me to visit periodically and this is a town that always stands out as a nice, safe and very family friendly place to be. The town has an adorable walkable center, plenty of great stores and no shortage of great restaurants.
The schools have fantastic reputations and there is an abundance of open space to enjoy. Wallingford happens to be the home of the Choate Rosemary Hall School, which graduated John F. Kennedy, John Dos Passos, Glen Close, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Douglas, Bill Simmons, Ivanka Trump and Adliai Stevenson.
An interesting fact about Wallingford; the town produces its own electricity and maintains an electric company – Wallingford Electric Division – with rates well below the state average.
Wallingford also has a huge town pool that is clean and well-staffed with lifeguards. There is shallow water for small kids and a lap pool and lounge chairs for the adults to enjoy.
Another great outdoor activity is to take a visit to the Quinnipiac Linear Trail (also known as Community Lake Park). This park is great with its wide path and markers along the way telling you your distance. There is plenty to see with its fact plaques about the park, benches, bridges and a breakaway by the river. The park also offers a basketball court, two tennis courts, a playground, picnic tables, a shelter, a ball field for little league and a sand volleyball net. There is also a beautiful grassy area for sitting and sunbathing or picnicking with the family.
One of the best libraries I’ve ever been to is in Wallingford! It is beautifully decorated and very inviting. There is a fantastic children’s section with a fish tank, train station, nature corner and a great little tree reading nook.
They offer programs for kids of all ages. The town of Wallingford as a whole is a great place because of its convenient location, highly regarded public and private schools, family friendly atmosphere and its lovely rolling hills, water, trees and even two vineyards right in your backyard; Gouveia Vineyards and Paradise Hill Vineyard & Winery.
Last Updated on September 14, 2017 by Minna Reid