In 1938, "The Long Island Expressway"—a vicious hurricane—plowed through John Hoenig's property in Thompson, Connecticut. His farm was destroyed, but when he decided to rebuild, he didn't rebuild the farm. Instead, he began clearing his land for the area's first 5/8-mile, high-banked racetrack. As soon as it opened, it was heralded as "the Indianapolis of the East." It was a destination for racecar drivers across the country.
In the more than 70 years since then, the track has blossomed into Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Today, it's one of the country's oldest tracks, besides that one high-banked crop circle from 1910. It plays host to three iconic racing events, including the World Series of Speedway Racing, and its modernized 5/8-mile oval now shares its space with a 1.7-mile road course. Even more exciting, neither track is just for pros. Civilians can try out the speedster lifestyle during driving school, or as part of the Driver's Club, which offers 30 days of members-only access to the track each year.
Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at Waterfront Mary's.
Eat healthy and feel better with Waterfront Mary's' low-fat and gluten-free plates.
For your viewing pleasure, Waterfront Mary's also stocks TVs in the bar area.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Waterfront Mary's.
The restaurant has ample room for dancing, and patrons can be seen jamming out on the floor.
Weekends are busy at the restaurant, so be prepared for longer wait times.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Parking is easily accessible.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Waterfront Mary's s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Waterfront Mary's tastes like pure heaven!
At Whistle Stop Bar and Grill, folks can drink like the English at this British-infused pub.
Never miss a play with TVs broadcasting the biggest games in the bar area.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this bar is a great spot for families to chow down.
Whistle Stop Bar and Grill is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
People tend to swarm the bar on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to reserve space for your party ahead of time.
Take it nice and easy at Whistle Stop Bar and Grill, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
This bar offers carryout for your convenience.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
An average meal at Whistle Stop Bar and Grill will set you back about $30.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Whistle Stop Bar and Grill.
Find out about Oxford 's top British pub food for yourself at Whistle Stop Bar and Grill.
The spectacular theater at Webster's
Canty Dance Center will leave you begging for more.
If a bite's all you're after, then you'll want to stop by this theater for a delicious fill of their home-cooked food.
Tots are more than welcome to hang with their parents at this theater.
Take your workout goals seriously with the high-intensity and fast-paced results of a cross fit workout.
Learn how to tell a story with your body at Canty Dance Center — with so many great dance classes to choose from, you may very well seek out more than one style.
Whether you want to train for an event or are just looking to get to the next level of fitness, personal trainers are available to coach you through more specific work out regimens.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Grab some friends and head on over to Oxford Tavern for great pub grub.
Treat yourself to a healthy meal at Oxford Tavern, a local restaurant.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Take advantage of the quick and easy parking near Oxford Tavern.
Deep pockets not required! Oxford Tavern takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
When you want to relax and grab a quick bite to eat, come munch on some pub fare at Oxford Tavern.
The tastiest pub grub is no further away than Cheers in the heart of Webster.
Those looking to shed a few extra pounds are advised to put their diet on hold, as Cheers serves anything but a low-fat menu.
If parking is a concern, you'll be happy to hear that there are many convenient options in the area.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Cheers for a great bite.