Visit us

We encourage you to visit Porter’s to get a feel for the campus, our community, and a typical day at Porter’s. A typical admission visit will include a tour for you and your parents(s)/guardian(s) with a student tour guide, a class visit, and an interview with one of our Admission Officers. A visit normally lasts 2.5 hours.

In the midst of COVID-19, Porter’s is closely monitoring and following guidance from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, local and state health authorities, and local/state government officials. Currently, we are making adjustments to our processes and protocols for fall admission visitors.

For the most current updates about scheduling a campus visit, please visit our admissions microsite: www.pictureporters.org. For additional information, please contact the Office of Admission at 860-409-3530 or admission@missporters.org.

Office of Admission
44 Mill Lane
Farmington, CT 06032

campus map and directions
How to visit us

Porter’s is located in the town of Farmington, Connecticut, nine miles west of Hartford. We are 109 miles from New York City and 111 miles from Boston.

By air:
Bradley International Airport, in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, is a 30-minute drive from the campus. Rental cars, taxis or limousines are available to complete the trip. If driving from the airport, families should take Route 20 East, to I-91 South, to I-84 West. Take Exit 39 (Farmington). To continue, see directions from Exit 39.

By bus:
Bonanza and Peter Pan buses travel between Boston and New York City with a stop in Farmington on a regular basis. Taxi service is available to the school. Greyhound and Trailways buses serve Hartford from Boston and New York City on a regular basis. Taxi service and rental cars are available nearby.

Directions from Exit 39:
At the end of the exit ramp, continue straight through the light onto Route 4 West. Continue through the blinking light, then turn left at the next traffic light onto Main Street (Route 10 South). Continue straight through the light (you will see a sign in the front of the school ).

The Admission Building:
Take the next right onto Mill Lane. At the stop sign, continue straight to arrive at 44 Mill Lane. Parking is available at the building.

The Hacker Theater/Nona Evans Room:
Take the next right onto Mill Lane. At the stop sign, turn right onto Garden Street. Turn right into the parking lot next to the tennis courts and Hacker Theater.

The Pool Building/Riverview Lounge:
Take the next right onto Mill Lane. At the stop sign, turn right onto Garden Street. and an immediate left into our pool building parking lot. Please use the front entrance.

SPECIFIC CAMPUS LOCATIONS & PARKING
  • Kiki’s Field (soccer and lacrosse) is located at 155 Garden Street. Street parking is available.
  • The Cowbarn Field (softball) is located at 165 Garden Street. Street parking is available.
  • Oaklea Field (field hockey and ultimate) is located at 38 Mountain Road. There is a small parking lot with additional parking at the Hillstead across the street.
  • The Crisp Gym and the Mellon Gym (badminton, volleyball, basketball) are located at 76 Garden Street with parking next to the tennis courts.
  • The tennis courts and the Hacker Theater are located at 76 Garden Street. Street parking and the tennis courts parking lot serve both sites.
  • The Squash and Pool building is located at 90 Garden (with an adjacent parking lot as well as street parking, the tennis courts parking lot and the admission parking lot nearby).
  • Main (dining hall, college counseling, and administrative offices) is located at 60 Main Street, but parking is limited to 5-minute drop off or pickup in front. Parking lots are available off of Garden Street at Admission, the pool and squash building, and next to the tennis courts.
  • Admissions is located at 44 Mill Lane. Parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the Admission building.
Area Information
The farmington Inn

860-677-2821

827 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06032

Distance: 0.4 miles

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Jonah Woodruff Homestead

860-306-3614 or 203-641-4337

37 Mountain Spring Road
Farmington, CT 06032

Distance: 2 miles

Bed and breakfast in a historic homestead. Jan and Mike Lane.

Delamar West Hartford

860.937.2500

1 Memorial Road
West Hartford, CT 06107

Distance: 7 miles

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Use the code MISSPORTER to receive a school rate.

Hampton Inn Farmington

860-674-8478

301 Colt Highway (Route 6)
Farmington, CT 06032

Distance: 1.7 miles

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Avon Old Farms Hotel

860-677-1651

279 Avon Mountain Road
Junction of Routes 10 & 44
Avon, CT 06001

Distance: 2 miles

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford-Farmington

860-321-0000

2 Farm Glen Blvd.
Farmington,  CT 06032

Distance: 2 miles

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Merrywood Bed & Breakfast

860-651-1785

100 Hartford Road
Simsbury,  CT 06070

Distance: 9.6 miles

Residence Inn by Marriott

860-678-1666

55 Simsbury Road
Avon,  CT 06001

Distance: 6.9 miles

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Sheraton Bradley Airport

860-627-5311

1 Bradley International Airport
Windsor Locks,  CT 06096

Distance: 23 miles

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The Hartford / Farmington Marriott

860-678-1000

15 Farm Springs Road
Farmington,  CT 06032

Distance: 2.4 miles

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Courtyard Hartford Windsor

860-683-0022

1 Day Hill Road
Windsor,  CT 06095

Distance: 13 miles

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The Linden House

860-408-1321

288 Hopmeadow Street
Weatogue,  CT 06089

Distance: 9.4 miles

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The Simsbury 1820 House

860-658-7658

731 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury,  CT 06070

Distance: 11.6 miles

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The Simsbury Inn

860-651-5700

397 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury,  CT 06070

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The West Hartford Inn

860-236-3221

900 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford,  CT 06119

Distance: 7.1 miles

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J. Timothy's Taverne

Phone 860-747-6813

143 New Britain Avenue
Plainville, CT 06062

Distance: 3.4 miles

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Cugino's Restaurant

Phone 860-678-9366

1053 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06032

Distance: 1.3 miles

Green Tea Chinese Restaurant

860-678-8880

1067 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06032

Distance: 1.3 miles

Fork & Fire

860-255-7674

838 Farmington Ave
Farmington, CT 06032

Distance: 0.5 miles

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Description: Within walking distance of campus.

Naples Restaurant & Pizza

860-674-8876

838 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06032

Distance 0.5 miles

Description: Within walking distance from campus.

Piccolo Arancio Restaurant

Phone 860-674-1224

819 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06032

Distance 0.25 miles

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Description: Within walking distance from campus.

Starbucks

860-674-8405

838 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06032

Distance: 0.5 miles

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Description: Within walking distance from campus.

Truffles

860-409-0667

767 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06032

Distance 0.6 miles

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Description: Within walking distance from campus.

Wood ‘n Tap

860-773-6736

1274 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06032

Distance: 2.3 miles

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Westfarms Mall

860-561-3024

500 Westfarms Mall
Farmington, CT 06032

Distance: 4 miles

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West Hartford Center/Blue Back Square

Distance: 5 miles

Hilton Hotel

860-728-5151

315 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Distance: 10 miles

The Ironhorse Inn

860-658-2216

969 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070

Distance: 12.3 miles

FARMINGTON VALLEY ONLINE RESOURCES
Porters rivershed foundation

Farmington River Watershed Association

farmington valley

Farmington Valley

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Farmington Chamber of Commerce

centralctchambers

Town of Farmington

thevalleybook

Farmington Valley Book

AREA ATTRACTIONS
Cultural Attractions
  • Farmington Valley Arts Center
    Avon, CT (7.1 miles)
  • The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
    Hartford, CT (8.5 miles)
  • Comcast Theater
    Hartford, CT (11.3 miles)
  • Hartford XL Center
    Hartford, CT (10.2 miles)
Landmarks and Museums
  • Hill-Stead Museum
    Farmington, CT (.3 miles)
  • Wadsworth Atheneum
    Hartford, CT (10.5 miles)
  • Mark Twain House
    Hartford, CT (9.8 miles)
  • Phelps Tavern Museum and Homestead
    Simsbury, CT (11.7 miles)
  • Connecticut Science Center – Planetarium
    West Hartford, CT (6.3 miles)
  • New Britain Museum of American Art
    New Britain, CT (8.3 miles)
  • CT Trolley Museum
    East Windsor, CT (23.6 miles)
  • Norman Rockwell Museum
    Stockbridge, MA (54.4 miles)
  • National Iwo Jima Memorial
    New Britain, CT (12 miles)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame
    Springfield, MA (35.3 miles)
  • Sturbridge Village
    Sturbridge, MA (51.6 miles)
  • New England Air Museum
    Windsor Locks, CT (26 miles)
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
    Hartford, CT (9.8 miles)
  • Mystic Seaport
    Mystic, CT (67.2 miles)
Parks and Sightseeing
  • Talcott Mountain State Park, Heublien Tower
    Bloomfield, CT (10.5 miles)
  • Elizabeth Park
    West Hartford, CT (8.4 miles)
  • Bushnell Park, Carousel, Soldiers Memorial
    Hartford, CT (8.5 miles)
  • Riverfront Recapture
    Hartford, CT (10.5 miles)
  • Women's Heritage Trail
    (6.3-90.8 miles)
  • Roaring Brook Nature Center
    Canton, CT (9.3 miles)
  • Stratton Brook State Park - Beach
    Simsbury, CT (13.1 miles)
  • Cruise the CT River - Lady Katherine
    Hartford, CT (10 miles)
  • Farmington Valley Greenway
    Ensign Drive start point (4.8 mile)
  • Hot Air Ballooning
    (6-10 miles)
  • Farms - Pickin' Patch/Flamig/Subedge
    (1-7.4 miles)
  • Amistad Freedom Trail
    Farmington sites only (0-10 miles)
  • Six Flags New England
    Agawam, MA (32.6 miles)
  • Lake Compounce - New England's Family Theme Park
    Bristol, CT (8.6 miles)
Sporting Activities
  • Outdoor activities
    Canoe, Kayak, Fly Fishing, Hiking (1 mile)
  • Local Golf
    Tunxis (1 mile)
  • Tennis
    Farmington Farms (2.5 miles)
  • Horseback Riding
    Lee's-Litchfield (22.9 miles)
  • Skiing - Ski Sundown
    New Hartford, CT (16.3 miles)
  • International Skating Center
    Simsbury, CT (13.9 miles)
  • Winding Trails Cross Country Skiing
    (2 miles)

Imagining a future at Porter’s?