Windsor Locks, a town in the Hartford Metro Area, is 11 miles north of Hartford and the same distance from Springfield, Massachusetts. Located beside the Connecticut River, it is named for canal locks in the Enfield Falls Canal dating back to 1829. The town is south of the Enfield Falls, which are the first large falls at the most northern point that seagoing vessels can navigate on the river. Incorporated in 1854, the town had and still has pedestrian, carriage, railroad, and river traffic.
As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,498, and there are many buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Several parks provide a variety of recreational activities. The town is also the site of Bradley International Airport, which occupies one-third of the town.