Orange is a town in Connecticut.
The small town of Orange, Connecticut is located in southern Connecticut with neighboring cities such as New Haven, West Haven, and Milford. The town covers 17.6 square miles along with a population consisting of about 14,000 residents. Peter Prudden purchased the town of Orange from the Paugusett indian tribe in 1639 from which the town became a small farming community until about 1940. Since then, it has developed into a simple residential New England type of town.
In order to get around town you will need a car. It is possible to get around town on a bike if you choose considering its only 17.6 square miles. A car is suggested because many restaurants and places you might want to visit will be off of main roads which can potentially be dangerous to bikers. If you enjoy walking, Orange is very pleasant to take a calming walk around the town. Back roads are probably a better choice because of lower traffic and better feel of what it is like to be in the town of Orange. There is very little public transportation besides the Boston Post Rd in which there are several bus stops. If necessary it is possible to call a taxi service to pick you up and drive you around but it might be costly.
Orange is a very small town, but it does have quite a bit to see. One spot that is very popular among Orange residents is Wright's Pond, especially during the winter because of the community gathering to enjoy the frozen ice. Whether it is playing some pond hockey or fishing in the summer time, everyone is welcome to Wright's Pond. If you search Wright's Pond Orange, CT you will see many winter pictures of kids skating.
Some hiking trails in Orange are Paul Ode Nature Trail (High Plains Community Center), Wepawaug (off Mapledale Rd), Wrights Pond (Old Grassy Hill Rd), Housatonic Overlook (Cedar Grove Rd/High RidgeRd), Racebrook Tract (Racebrook Rd), and Ewen Farm Preserve (Lambert Road/Tyler City) and Turkey Hill Preserve Derby-Milford Road.
One of the oldest farms in America is the Field View Farm founded by Thomas Hine in 1639, it has continuously stayed in the family name for 12 generations and is a piece of history in the Town of Orange.
Orange Center Road, considered "downtown' Orange also contains a Historic District that is monitored by town zone to maintain its simple New England look.
The Stone Otis House which was a house built in 1830 and is still maintaining its historic value.
The Orange Community Center has many recreational activities available as long as you bring your own resources. There are many fields in which you could play soccer, baseball, lacrosse, and a basketball court as well. Inside the center you will find a town swimming pool open to the residents, but there is a fee for non-residents.
The Pez candy factory is located in Orange as well. People are welcome to take tours and children under 3 years old are free admission.
Shopping is a huge deal to many in Orange because of the Boston Post Road that has many stores to offer. The neighboring cities New Haven, West Haven and Milford are also home to many shops and stores as well as being on the coast line.
Beaches are in reach from the town of Orange. A popular destination being in Milford, is Silver Sands and Walnut Beach which are open to the public and have great views of the Long Island Sound and a small island called Charles Island. You can even walk to Charles Island during low tide because of the sand bar, but at your own risk.
Fishing is an option in Orange as long as you have the necessary permits required by the Town of Orange or EPA. There are several streams and ponds as well as the Housatonic River to fish from.
If you enjoy apple picking there is Rolling Acres Orchard in nearby Milford.
The Town of Orange offers many popular community events such as the Strawberry Festival, Orange Carnival, Orange Town Fair and the Greek Festival. These events are very important to the residents of Orange. The Strawberry Festival is an event done by the Protestant Church in Orange where a lot of food is made, games are there for children, and many thrift items are for sale. The Orange Carnival is a fun event done by the town which many rides are available to ride with the purchase of tickets and food of course. The Orange Town Fair represents the history of the past farm community that Orange used to take pride in. There are tractor pull events, horse riding competitions, rides, petting zoo, car shows, contest and the famous Chip's Family Restaurant serves their award winning pancakes all morning.
There are many local shops in "downtown" Orange, such as barbershops, shoe stores, apparel , and more. For the most popular and frequently visited retail stores the Boston Post Road is recommended. Nearby in Milford, is the Westfield Mall which has hundreds of stores to appeal to all interest along with a state of the art cinema.
Orange offers all varieties of food from Chinese, to Italian, to fast food, all the way to Indian food. There are many fine restaurants to choose from and also many many more from neighboring cities. New Haven even holds the restaurant voted best pizza in the United States called Pepe's Pizzeria.
Orange has several bars to offer, but it may be recommended to visit more popular ones from neighboring cities like Milford and New Haven.