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Cava Restaurant, Southington

Up Top - Connecticut Restaurants With a View

Whether you go out for lunch in the sun or dinner and cocktails under the stars, Connecticut has plenty of spots to enjoy a meal “above it all.” Check out a few of our favorite rooftop restaurants, patios and decks with a view.

Featuring: Bee & Thistle Inn & Spa | Café Flo | Cava Restaurant | Elbow Room | Elm City Social | Florence Griswold Museum | Gelston House | Hopkins Inn | Hopkins Vineyard | Hotel Zero Degrees Norwalk | Oyster Club | Peaches Southern Pub & Juke Joint | Priam Vineyards | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Sign of the Whale | Stony Creek Brewery | The Blake Hotel | The Russian Lady


Clam Castle

Roadside Food Extravaganza

One thing that's great about Connecticut's compact, manageable size is that you're never far from a great roadside meal, especially in summer.

Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Blackie's Hot Dogs | Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | Clam Castle | Denmo's Dairy & Snack Bar | Glenwood Drive-In | Guida's Drive-in Restaurant | Harry's Place | Johnny Ad's | Sea Swirl of Mystic | Stowe's Seafood | Sycamore Drive-In Restaurant | The Place


Girl in lavender

Instagrammable Connecticut: Family and Maternity Photo Shoots

Planning a family or maternity photo shoot? Connecticut features many scenic destinations that make perfect backdrops for capturing special moments and milestones with your family. Whether framing and hanging or sharing them to your feed, these destinations will provide the opportunity to capture your precious memories. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures! Check back often for new topics. Or if you have some photos to share, tag them using #CTvisit!

Featuring: Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Harkness Memorial State Park | Lavender Pond Farm | Silver Sands State Park | Topsmead State Forest | Town of New Canaan


Shark Week

Shark Week Comes Early to Connecticut!

The Discovery Channel’s annual “Shark Week“ festivities may not officially start until later this summer (July 22), but Connecticut museums and attractions are getting a head start with all kinds of exhibits and shows about sharks. So, if you can’t get enough of these ocean superstars, check out these Connecticut spots offering a closer look.

Featuring: Bruce Museum | Mystic Aquarium | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | Town of Trumbull | Uncle Buck's Fish Bowl & Grill | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History


Nathan Hale Homestead

A Day Well Spent on the Connecticut Barns Trail

Our CT Ambassador, Deb Cohen of The Front Door Project, recently took a ride on the Connecticut Barns Trail, established by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. She visited key sights around Connecticut’s northeast region on her way to check out some of the most scenic and historic barns in the state.

Featuring: Buell's Orchard | Connecticut Barns Trail | Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) | Roseland Cottage Museum | UConn Dairy Bar | University of Connecticut Animal Barns Self-Guided Tours


Nowalk Oyster Festival

Shuck and Savor - Oysters in Connecticut

More than 70,000 acres of shellfish farms are cultivated in Connecticut’s coastal waters, harvesting over 200,000 bushels of oysters from Long Island Sound and Fisher’s Island Sound every year. With an outstanding reputation for quality and an outstanding safety record, the Connecticut oyster industry delivers fresh fish to restaurants and markets around the state.

Featuring: Litchfield Saltwater Grille | Max's Oyster Bar | Oyster Club | Ripka's Beach Cafe | S&P Oyster Co. | Shell & Bones Oyster Bar & Grill | Water Street Cafe


Sugar Factory at Foxwoods

Instagrammable Connecticut: Ice Cream Experiences

Why just have ice cream, when you can have an insta-worthy ice cream experience? Whether it’s served in an unusual setting, or flash-frozen right in front of you, or it’s an over-the-top work of art—Connecticut is full of innovative twists on this classic treat. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re sharing posts featuring Connecticut’s photogenic adventures

Featuring: Capital Ice Cream | Grass Roots Ice Cream | Milkcraft - Fairfield | Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream | Sugar Factory American Brasserie | We-Li-Kit Farm


Overnight at Mystic Aquarium

Follow the Clues - Scavenger Hunts in Connecticut

You can find special event scavenger hunts year round in Connecticut—some are tied to events and celebrations, others are just a unique way to discover a museum or attraction. They’re also perfect for school groups and a great team-building idea for businesses and organizations. Best of all, it’s a fun way to experience some of Connecticut’s best hidden treasures.

Featuring: Adventure Rooms - Premier Room Escape | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Escape 101 | Escape New Haven | Forbidden Escape | Hill-Stead Museum | Mission Escape Games | Museum of Connecticut History | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | Mystified Escape Rooms | Panic Room | Pursue the Clues | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Team vs Time - Premier Room Escape | The Storyteller's Cottage | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum | Wigwam Escape | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History


Country Fair Midway

Country Fair Season is Here

Late summer/early fall is country fair time in Connecticut. Across the state, you’ll find authentic country fairs that have been an annual event here for generations. From midways to music, livestock competitions to deep-fried everything, there’s no better way to spend a day, night or weekend than at the fair! Here’s a short list of just a few of the fairs happening in August and September.

Featuring: City of Norwalk | Town of Berlin | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Brooklyn | Town of Durham | Town of East Hampton | Town of Goshen | Town of Guilford | Town of Harwinton | Town of Hebron | Town of Somers | Town of Woodstock


Weir Farm

Take a Class While Traveling in Connecticu6t

These days tourism can be so much more than ticking a few places off your list. In fact, visitors to Connecticut often seek out lessons, classes and workshops to enhance their experience. No grades or tests, but you (or even your kids) may go home with a new skill, insight or even a handmade souvenir! 

Featuring: Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Branford River Paddlesports, Kayaks and Tours | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Fascia's Chocolates | Fired Up | Florence Griswold Museum | Gold Rush Farm LLC | Grace Farms | Greenwood Glass Blowing Studio Gallery & School | Hunt Hill Farm Trust | Le Rouge Handmade Chocolates by Aarti | Lee's Riding Stable | Lime Rock Park | Mead Farm | Mystic Seaport Museum | New England Science & Sailing | Painting with a Twist | Spring Meadow Farm | The Storyteller's Cottage | The Wine Press | Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park | Weir Farm National Historic Site


Rent a Boat in Connecticut

Rent a Boat to See the Best of Connecticut

One of Connecticut’s greatest attractions is its long-standing love affair with the water — from its history as one of the country’s first maritime ports to today’s shoreline and riverside marinas filled with fishing boats and pleasure craft. Even if you don’t have a yacht (or a dinghy) of your own, there are many places you can rent, hire or charter a boat to explore some of the best sights (and most amazing views) on the water. 

Featuring: Argia Mystic Cruises | Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Black Hawk | Blue Venture Fishing Charters | Bluefin Sportfishing Charters | Branford River Paddlesports, Kayaks and Tours | Captain John's Tiki Tours | Clarke Outdoors | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Downunder Kayak, SUP, & Surf Shop | Grass Island Cruises | Hel-Cat II | Joy Ride Charters of Connecticut | Main Stream Canoes & Kayaks | Middlebank II | Osprey Sport Fishing | Poet's Lounge Charters | Real Escape | RiverQuest | Sabino | Sail-works.com | Scoot & Paddle | Sunbeam Fleet


Lake Waramaug State Park, New Preston

Connecticut’s Great Lakes

Connecticut’s coastline isn’t our only waterfront claim to fame. Across the state, there are over 3,000 beautiful lakes, ponds and reservoirs that offer all kinds of water activities. See where you can take a swim, go out on the boat, fish, kayak, picnic, hike, camp and so much more. And don't miss all the great restaurants, hotels and B&Bs nearby.

Featuring: Bantam Lake | Bashan Lake Mansion | Burr Pond State Park | Candlewood Lake Town Park | Club Getaway | Hopkins Inn | Indianfield Campgrounds | Interlaken Inn, Resort & Conference Center | Kettletown State Park | Lake McDonough | Lake Waramaug State Park | Lake Waramaug State Park | Lake Williams Campground | Lake Wintergreen | Laurel Island Cottages | Mansfield Hollow State Park | Odetah Camping Resort | Oxoboxo Lake Cottage | Squantz Pond State Park | Town of Bolton | Town of Bridgewater | Town of Coventry | Town of Griswold | Town of Middlefield | Wilderness Lake Campground & RV Resort


CT Swimming Holes

Connecticut's Best Swimming Holes!

Sure, summer is a beach thing, but when looking to avoid the heavy crowds, visiting one of Connecticut’s swimming holes allows for just as much fun — whether it’s a refreshing dip after a picnic lunch, a relaxing afternoon tanning by the rock bed, or for adrenaline junkies, jumping off high boulders or tubing on the rapids. Here is a list of some of the best swimming holes the state has to offer:

Featuring: Burr Pond State Park | Chatfield Hollow State Park | Gardner Lake State Park | Gay City State Park | Lake Waramaug State Park | Mashamoquet Brook State Park | Mount Tom State Park | Mount Tom State Park


Father fishing with Son and Daughter

Go Fish in Connecticut

Whether you’re fly fishing the Housatonic or Farmington Rivers, catching monster Northern Pike in Bantam Lake, or even cruising Long Island Sound for favorites like fluke, porgy, sea bass, and bluefish, fishing in Connecticut has never been more popular. And thanks to our friends at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), now it’s even easier to get out there, with online resources and a website filled with tips, guides, maps and more. Check out a few of the great sites available to help you reel in the big one in Connecticut.

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Fishing on Long Island Sound Connecticut

6 Reasons Why the Connecticut Shore is a Top U.S. Fishing Destination

If you love saltwater fishing, the compact state of Connecticut offers huge opportunities. A world-renowned estuary, more than 100 species, U.S. Coast Guard-certified captains and easy access make Connecticut’s shoreline fishing a top United States destination for any experienced or novice saltwater fisherman.  

Featuring: Black Hawk | Blue Venture Fishing Charters | Bluefin Sportfishing Charters | Islander Sport Fishing Charters | Middlebank | Right Hook Sportfishing Charters | Rock & Roll | Sea Sprite | Southbound Charters | The Fever Sportfishing


Rafting, West Cornwall

5 Ways to Get Out on the Water

With hundreds of miles of shoreline on Long Island Sound, more than 1,500 lakes and ponds, and rivers of every size and description, Connecticut is an excellent playground for those who like to have fun on the water. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Featuring: Branford River Paddlesports, Kayaks and Tours | Clarke Outdoors | Downunder Kayak, SUP, & Surf Shop | Farmington River Tubing | Sea Mist Thimble Island Cruise, LLC | Town of Lyme | Town of New Milford | Volsunga IV Thimble Island Cruise


Chowder Days at Mystic Seaport

Connecticut's Seafood Festivals 2019

New England is known for mouthwatering fresh seafood, and Connecticut is right in the heart of it. Late summer and early fall bring annual festivals to towns around the state.

Featuring: City of Milford | City of Norwalk | Lighthouse Point Park | Mystic Seaport Museum | Sherwood Island State Park | Town of Chester


Blackberry River Inn

Isn’t it Romantic? Warm Places for Winter Dates in Connecticut

Kindling the fires of your heart will keep winter’s chill at bay. Are you ready for romance? Here are a few uniquely Connecticut date ideas to add to your romance bucket list this winter.

Featuring: Blackberry River Inn | Gouveia Vineyards | Tavern on Main


Lighthouse Suite - Saybrook Point Inn & Sap

Places to Celebrate - Anniversary Ideas in Connecticut

Connecticut is a great place to come to celebrate an anniversary, especially if it’s a special milestone. There’s so much to do, so close, it’s easy to arrange a romantic hotel, dining and activities for a short visit or as part of a longer stay. Check out a few interesting ideas that may require some planning ahead but are sure to be an anniversary celebration to remember.

Featuring: Argia Mystic Cruises | Boardman House Inn | Bruce Museum | Delamar Greenwich Harbor | Dinners at the Farm | Gelston House | Goodspeed Musicals - The Goodspeed | Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center | Lady Katharine Cruises - Haddam | Madison Beach Hotel | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Mystic Knotwork | Nine Main Bakery & Deli | R.J. Julia Booksellers | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | The Antiques Depot | The Whaler's Inn | Town of Greenwich | Town of Mystic | White Flower Farm | White Horse Country Pub | White Memorial Foundation | Winvian Farm


Astrotourism

Stargazing - Astrotourism in Connecticut

Astrotourism is gaining in popularity. You can find vast night skies above parks, forests and lakes throughout Connecticut, and there are many campgrounds that improve your chances of seeing a celestrial show overnight. In places where city lights make viewing the stars challenging, regional observatories and rural locations are offering visitors opportunities to see the night sky in Connecticut as never before. Each observatory has public viewing nights and events, so be sure to check their websites for schedules before you visit. Here are few ideas to get you started on your search for the stars.

Featuring: American Legion State Forest | City of Danbury | City of Middletown | City of New Haven | City of New London | Copernican Observatory & Planetarium | Grace Farms | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Mashamoquet Brook State Park | Rolnick Observatory | Stamford Observatory | Town of Avon | Town of Goshen | Town of Greenwich | Town of New Milford | White Memorial Foundation


Children's Museum - West Hartford

On the Trail of Connecticut Dinosaurs

There is evidence that dinosaurs once roamed Connecticut, and in their footprints we’ve discovered that some even date back 200 million years! Connecticut even has a “state dinosaur,” the dilophosaurus, after fossilized tracks that were found in Rocky Hill. Start your own exploration along the CT Dinosaur Trail, and you may be surprised where you find dinosaurs today in Connecticut!

Featuring: Dinosaur State Park | Lake Compounce Theme Park | The Children's Museum | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History


Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic

Connecticut's Public Beaches Along Long Island Sound

Connecticut’s jagged coastline stretches over 332 miles alongside the blue waters of Long Island Sound. Which means, from Greenwich to Groton, you’ll find dozens of sandy beaches to enjoy. Whether you want to revel in the scenery, relax on the beach, play in the sand, swim in the Sound or all of the above, there’s a beach that’s perfect for everyone in the family. Click on any of the public beaches in Connecticut below for activities, opening times, parking fees, directions and more.

Featuring: Calf Pasture & Shady Beach | Clinton Town Beach | Compo Beach | Esker Point Beach | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Harvey's Beach | Island Beach | Morse Beach | Ocean Beach Park | Old Mill Beach | Railroad Beach | Rocky Neck State Park | Sherwood Island State Park | Silver Sands State Park | West Beach | White Sands Beach | duBois Beach


Biking

Hang with the Gang - Bus & Bike Tour Ideas Around Connecticut

Traveling with your pack or your posse, Connecticut has some cool ideas for experiences best experienced with a group. From beer tasting to scavenger hunts to Segways, here are few ways to say “the more the merrier” in Connecticut.

Featuring: Bicycle Tour Company | Connecticut Beer Tours | Connecticut Shoreline Bike/Boat Tour | Elm City Party Bike | Shoreline Segway | Shoreline Segway


Seafood

Places to Grill and Chill - and Pick Up Fresh Meat and Seafood in Connecticut

Summer is the time for outdoor fun, and that means getting together with friends and family at Connecticut's state parks and beaches. Many Connecticut state parks offer grills, available on a first come, first served basis. Here’s a current list of where to find them. A few of the state parks with beaches offer grills too, like: Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme and Burr Pond State Park in Torrington. Passport to the Parks program is for residents with Connecticut license plates on their vehicles can enter all state parks and state forests free of charge. But wherever you decided to have your cookout or picnic, we’ve got a few suggestions on where to pick up fresh meat and seafood on the way!

Featuring: City of Danbury | City of Norwalk | Town of Branford | Town of Branford | Town of East Hampton | Town of East Lyme | Town of Fairfield | Town of Greenwich | Town of Mystic | Town of Westport | Town of Wethersfield


Celebrating Cultures

Celebrating Cultures and Cuisines in Connecticut

Connecticut is rich with different world cultures. Although the state has one of the largest Italian-American populations per capita in the United States, you’ll also find Puerto Rican, Portuguese, Jamaican, Indian, Polish and Chinese communities here. And if you’re looking for ways to experience international culture and cuisine, here are some suggestions on local communities, celebrations and restaurants that serve up the best in taste and tradition.

Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Bamboo Asian cuisine | Barracuda Bistro & Bar | Black Bamboo | Bufalina | Carbone's Ristorante | Casona | Cava Restaurant | City of Bridgeport | City of Danbury | City of Hartford | City of Milford | City of New Britain | City of New Haven | City of Norwalk | City of Waterbury | Coromandel Cuisine of India | East Side Restaurant | Formosa | Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana - New Haven | House of Naan Indian Kitchen & Bar | Illiano's Grill - Niantic | Jade Garden of Danielson | Mambo Bar & Restaurant | Mecha Noodle Bar | Mirch Masala, Cuisine of India | Miya's Sushi | Modern Apizza | Polish National Home | Sally's Apizza | Soul de Cuba Café | Staropolska Restaurant | Suso Latino Basket | Tangiers | The Dutch Epicure Shop | Town of New Canaan | Town of Newington | Town of North Haven | Town of Southington | Town of Stratford | Town of Vernon | Valencia Luncheria


Summer Bucket List

Summer in Connecticut — What’s on Your Bucket List?

Have you made your Connecticut summer bucket list yet? See how the Connecticut Office of Tourism and Fox 61 are teaming up to make sure you don’t miss a second of the fun this summer in Connecticut. 

Featuring: Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Town of Greenwich | Town of Southbury


Norwalk Inn and Conference Center

Coast & Country: A Perfect Fairfield County Family Getaway

CTvisit.com is proud to partner with some of Connecticut’s most popular bloggers for ideas, insights and inspirations from the people who are lucky enough to call Connecticut home. This time, we have a great summer weekend itinerary from our friends at Mommy Poppins Connecticut.

You only get about a dozen weekends to squeeze in summertime family fun. Luckily, Connecticut has got you covered. In just one weekend you can explore the great outdoors, stroll historic towns, squish your toes in the sand, watch the sunset, eat yummy fresh seafood, catch a tadpole, splash in a pool, and so much more. So leave your FOMO behind and trade your bucket lists for beach buckets with this Fairfield County getaway guide.

Featuring: City of Norwalk | Norwalk Inn & Conference Center | Town of Ridgefield


Girl having Ice Cream in Norwalk

Coast & Country: A Perfect Fairfield County Family Getaway

CTvisit.com is proud to partner with some of Connecticut’s most popular bloggers for ideas, insights and inspirations from the people who are lucky enough to call Connecticut home. This time, we have a great summer weekend itinerary from our friends at Mommy Poppins Connecticut.

You only get about a dozen weekends to squeeze in summertime family fun. Luckily, Connecticut has got you covered. In just one weekend you can explore the great outdoors, stroll historic towns, squish your toes in the sand, watch the sunset, eat yummy fresh seafood, catch a tadpole, splash in a pool, and so much more. So leave your FOMO behind and trade your bucket lists for beach buckets with this Fairfield County getaway guide. 

Featuring: Bartaco - Westport | Captain's Cove Seaport | City of Norwalk | Norwalk Inn & Conference Center | Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood | SoNo Seaport Seafood | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | Town of Ridgefield | Weir Farm National Historic Site


Beer Fests in Connecticut

Beer Fests in Connecticut for Spring and Summer

We’re excited to welcome a new CT Ambassador, Kevin Mardorf of CTBeer.com! Kevin has given us a list of great spots for beer lovers over the next few months! Check out his list below, and make sure you bookmark CTBeer.com for upcoming beer fests and other events!

It's officially beer fest season! Now is the time to get your train tickets or designated drivers in order. Here's a heads up on 10 upcoming Connecticut spring & summer beer festivals to put on your to-do list.

Featuring: City of Norwalk | City of Stamford | City of Waterbury | Eli Cannon's Tap Room | New England Brewing Company | Ski Sundown | The Connecticut Beer Trail | Town of Fairfield | Two Roads Area 2


Dad & Daughter at EMPOWER in Middletown

7 Unique Ideas for the Perfect Father’s Day

Father's Day is Sunday, June 16th. This year, don't just give dad another tool set or a book. Plan something a little different to show him how much you care. From a relaxing jazz brunch on the river to an exciting flight simulator experience, here are few ways to spend the day that will be fun for the whole family.

Featuring: EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Lady Katharine Cruises - Haddam | New England Air Museum | Sunset Meadow Vineyards | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art


Accessible Connecticut

Accessible Connecticut — Welcoming to All Abilities

Connecticut is filled with things to discover, from natural places to explore to cultural treasures to enjoy. And it’s important to our state that as many as possible of our hotels, attractions and experiences are open to as many visitors as possible. That’s why we’re working to reduce barriers and create new experiences designed to welcome visitors with disabilities, their families and friends. From wheelchair access to sensory-friendly events, here are just a few of the places in Connecticut already offering programs and services dedicated to welcoming guests of all ages and abilities.

Featuring: American Legion State Forest Campground | Black Rock State Park Campground | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Flight Fit N Fun | Hammonasset Beach State Park Campground | Housatonic Meadows State Park Campground | Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center | Kettletown State Park Campground | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lake Waramaug State Park Campground | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New England Air Museum | New England Science & Sailing | Rocky Neck State Park Campground | Ski Sundown | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | The Discovery Museum & Planetarium | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | Town of Hebron | Town of Old Lyme | Town of Ridgefield | Yale Repertory Theatre


The Stand Vegan Cafe, Fairfield

Feel-Good Food – Deliciously Healthy Dining Spots in Connecticut

There’s a whole movement on eating fresh, local ingredients making waves across the states. But how do you make those ingredients stand out? I’ve set out to discover restaurants in Connecticut that not only highlight local vegetables, dairy, and proteins, but also provide healthier options across a variety of unique and inspiring dishes. Food that not only looks good, but makes you feel good too. Whether you’re a local resident looking to explore both familiar and hidden gems, or you’re simply passing through, be sure to check out these foodie finds for some creative and inspiring healthy dishes.

Featuring: Back 40 Kitchen | Claire's Corner Copia | Good News Restaurant & Bar | The Stand Vegan Cafe | Town of Granby | Town of Manchester


Brunch

Instagrammable Connecticut: Brunch

But first, brunch! It’s no secret that #brunch is one of the trendiest topics on Instagram and to provide some inspiration for your feed, we’ve rounded up some of the most mouthwatering spots in the state. From old-school diners to modern bistros and cafés — feast your eyes on these tasty, picture-perfect brunch spots in Connecticut. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures! Check back often for new topics. Or if you have some photos to share, tag your photos with #CTvisit!

Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Cafémantic | City of Hartford | City of Norwalk | City of Stamford | Firebox Restaurant | The Corner Restaurant | Town of Mystic | Town of Wallingford


RiverQuest, Haddam

May: Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and More

Beyond all the blooming flowers, May is a month full of celebrations. From Mother’s Day to Memorial Day and all of the graduation ceremonies in between, Connecticut is filled with fun ways to mark these special occasions and make memories that last a lifetime. See below for creative ideas that will keep you busy all month long.

Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center | Elbow Room | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn | Lime Rock Park | Mystic Seaport Museum | Pearl at Longshore | RiverQuest | Shell & Bones Oyster Bar & Grill | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | West Street Grill


Locals Love Stamford

Locals Love: Stamford

There’s nothing like discovering something unexpected. For our “Locals Love” town series, we put the spotlight on Stamford, asking a handful of locals about the best things to do, eat and see in their city. From cocktails with a view to a carousel ride in the park, to a treasure hunt through an antiques wonderland, they gave us great recommendations. So, if you want to experience Stamford like a local, start with the suggestions below. Then visit Stamford Downtown for even more ideas.

Featuring: Amtrak | Avon Theatre Film Center | Capriccio | Cask Republic Stamford | City of Stamford | Coalhouse Pizza | Courtyard by Marriott Stamford Downtown | Franklin Street Works | Hotel Zero Degrees Stamford | Lorca | Mianus River State Park | Mill River Park & Greenway | Sheraton Stamford Hotel | SoundWaters | Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Teff Stamford | United House Wrecking Co.


Connecticut Spring Bucket List

What’s on Your CT Bucket List for Spring?

Spring has sprung in Connecticut, and now that the last of the snow has melted away, we’re looking forward to rushing waterfalls and blooming gardens across the state. Send us your list of suggestions for spring experiences and activities around the state. We’ll be sure to share them on Fox61.com. You may even see a few of your ideas on TV!

Featuring: Brignole Vineyards | Capital Ice Cream | Eli's Tavern | Lutz Children's Museum | New England Air Museum | NoRA Cupcake Company (Middletown) | Skydive Danielson | Smokin' with Chris


Karting

Unique Bachelor & Bachelorette Party Ideas in Connecticut

Historically, bachelor and bachelorette parties were expected to be wild nights of letting loose before the wedding—like the ones depicted in movies like ”The Hangover” and “Bridesmaids.” Today, the experience is still a memorable one, but more and more nearly-weds are finding options for celebrating beyond the nightclub and stag party route. Here are just a few creative suggestions for planning pre-wedding festivities in Connecticut with the guys, the girls — or both.

Featuring: Blue Ox Axe Throwing | Connecticut Spirits Trail | Connecticut Wine Trail | Fired Up | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Mohegan Sun | Montana Nights Axe Throwing | Monza World Class Karting at Foxwoods | Muse Paintbar (Glastonbury) | Muse Paintbar (Norwalk) | Muse Paintbar (West Hartford) | On Track Karting | Painting with a Twist | Pine & Iron Axe Throwing | RPM Raceway Stamford | Supercharged Powered by Mohegan Sun - Indoor Karting & Trampoline Park | The Connecticut Beer Trail | The Connecticut Signature Cocktail Trail | Two Roads Brewing Company


Mystic Pass Card

Mystic Pass Card

Planning a visit to the Mystic area? If you are thinking about visiting Mystic Seaport Museum and the Mystic Aquarium, the Mystic Pass Card offers both great attractions at one low price.

Featuring: Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum


Mashantucket Pequot Museum

Cool Spots for Hot Spells

When it gets really hot – so hot that you can’t even think clearly anymore – you’ll be happy to turn to this handy little guide to some of Connecticut’s cooler spots.

Featuring: Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park | Campbell Falls State Park Reserve | Infinity Music Hall & Bistro (Norfolk) | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Town of Barkhamsted | Town of Norfolk


Go It Alone

Go It Alone: Great Ideas for Traveling Solo

Have you ever traveled by yourself? Maybe you’re the lone wolf type, or maybe you just need a little me time. More and more people are traveling on their own rather than waiting for others to make plans. If you’re one of them, we’ve got a few great ideas around Connecticut to make the experience of going it alone both fun and fulfilling.

Featuring: Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets | Connecticut Women's Heritage Trail | Florence Griswold Museum | Grace Farms | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Hill-Stead Museum | Lavender Pond Farm | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Spa at Delamar Southport | Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The Spa at Water's Edge | Westbrook Outlets | White Flower Farm | Wickham Park


Eco-Friendly Traveling

Eco-Friendly Traveling in Connecticut

Some people say a travel experience should make an impact on the traveler, not the place. In other words, if you are looking for travel that lets you make the most of your visit, without taking a toll on the environment, consider Connecticut. You can even arrive by public transportation and leave your car at home. Then, once you’re here, you can stay in an environmentally conscious hotel, go on eco-friendly adventures and more.

Featuring: Abbey's Lantern Hill Inn | Bailey's Backyard | Bicycle Tour Company | Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Branford River Paddlesports, Kayaks and Tours | Cafémantic | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut Bed & Breakfast/Bicycle Trail | Connecticut River Valley Inn | Connecticut Shoreline Bike/Boat Tour | Courtyard by Marriott - Cromwell | Courtyard by Marriott - Norwich | Courtyard by Marriott - Shelton | Downunder Kayak, SUP, & Surf Shop | Earth Hotel at Mohegan Sun | Ethan Allen Hotel | Firebox Restaurant | G-zen | Grace Farms | Grand Pequot Tower | Great Cedar Hotel | Guest House Retreat & Conference Center | Guilford Walking Tours | Hampton Inn & Suites Mystic | Holiday Inn Express - Southington | Homewood Suites by Hilton - Southington | Hyatt House Hartford North/Windsor | Interlaken Inn, Resort & Conference Center | Main Stream Canoes & Kayaks | Marriott Hartford Downtown | Microtel Inn & Suites - Uncasville | Milford Walking Tour | Miya's Sushi | Mohegan Sun Hotel | Mystic Bike Rentals | Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa | Nathan Hale Inn & Conference Center | New Haven Green Walking Tours | New Haven Village Suites | Pedal Power - Berlin | Pedal Power - Essex | Pedal Power - Middletown | Pedal Power - Vernon | Pedego SoNo Electric Bikes | Quiet Kayak | Residence Inn by Marriott - Danbury | Residence Inn by Marriott - Hartford | Residence Inn by Marriott - Milford | Residence Inn by Marriott - Mystic | Residence Inn by Marriott - Southington | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Sea Kayak Connecticut | Sheraton Hotel at Bradley International Airport | Simsbury Free Bike | SpringHill Suites by Marriott - Milford | Super 8 - Cromwell | The Fox Tower Hotel | The Last Green Valley | The Study at Yale | Torrington Historic Audio Walking Tour | Two Trees Inn | Walking Tour of Plymouth Center | Wall to Wall: The New London Mural Walk


Babymoon

Oh Baby - Great Connecticut Hotels for a “Babymoon”

Whether this is your first child or your fifth, you know that once baby comes home, that “alone time” for parents is almost non-existent for a while. Preparing for delivery, or even going through the adoption process, can be so stressful on a relationship. Babymoons were invented for just that reason. Like honeymoons, they are a chance for the couple to relax, reconnect and even rekindle romance. But if you aren’t up for a long flight to an exotic destination, consider one of these Connecticut destinations for a weekend or midweek escape with a little pampering before baby arrives. Ask about “Babymoon” packages that may include experiences like dinner for two, spa treatments and other special treats!

Featuring: Bar Bouchée | Delamar Southport | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Inn at Middletown | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Town of Washington


Giving Back

Giving Back—Visiting and Volunteering in Connecticut

“Voluntourism” lets you experience something new while giving you an opportunity to do a little good, too. A popular travel trend in many countries around the world, it’s also something you can do right here in the United States. And in Connecticut, we’ve got a few great suggestions on things you can do to get more (and give more) whether you’re a visitor or a year-round resident.

Featuring: Common Ground | Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center | H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut | Strong Family Farm


Fresh Salt, Old Saybrook

Fireside Dining

One of Connecticut’s great autumn pleasures is cozying up to a fire while enjoying cocktails or a meal, or both. Luckily, there are dozens and dozens of fireside dining options in the state. Some of the hearths are located in country pubs, some in shoreline inns, and many can be found in fine-dining establishments – so make your choice and toast the cold days and nights from your comfortable perch. 

Featuring: Abigail's Grille & Wine Bar | Captain Daniel Packer Inne | Cava Restaurant | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn | Griswold Inn | Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann Restaurant | Millwright's Restaurant | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Tavern on Main | The Goose American Bistro & Bar | Town of Washington | Town of Woodbury | Union League Café | White Horse Country Pub


Irish Pub

Get Your Irish On at One of Connecticut’s Many Irish Pubs

Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, getting ready to join or watch a parade, or just looking for a place to feel the warmth of the Irish all year round, Connecticut is filled with authentic Irish pubs and restaurants, pulling pints of Guinness and serving up plenty of corned beef and cabbage—not to mention some amazing gourmet and gastropub offerings. To get you started, we’ve suggested a few in each region of the state. Have a favorite Irish pub in Connecticut we haven’t listed? Share it with us @CTvisit!

Featuring: Christy's Irish Pub | City of Danbury | City of Stamford | City of Torrington | Donahue's Madison Beach Grille | Donovan's | Duffy's Tavern | Harp and Hound Pub | Inishmor Pub | McKinnon's Irish Pub | McLadden's Irish Public House | O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant | Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant | The Lansdowne Irish Pub & Music House | The Public House | Town of Fairfield | Town of Plainville | Town of Southington | Vaughan's Public House | White Horse Country Pub


Spring Festivals, Flowers and Family Fun

Spring Festivals, Flowers & Family Fun

Spring is in the air! Celebrate springtime and the warmer weather with a visit to one of the state’s many seasonal festivals and events this April and May. Gather the family and friends for a joyous outing – it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy springtime in Connecticut! From flowers and farms to crafts and music, fun activities around the state abound! Here are some ideas of how to explore and celebrate Connecticut this season:

Featuring: City of Bridgeport | City of Meriden | City of New Haven | The Last Green Valley | Town of Fairfield | Town of Vernon | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Wadsworth Mansion


Maple Sugaring Activities in Connecticut

Maple Sugaring Activities in Connecticut

End of February and throughout March is the maple sugar season in Connecticut! Cold nights and warm, sunny days are necessary to provide good sap yields. Local sugar makers and their many loyal customers eagerly await this annual rite of spring. Visit a local sugarhouse or attend a maple sugar festival to see firsthand how maple syrup is produced!

Featuring: City of Bristol | Northwest Park & Nature Center | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Sweet Wind Farm Sugarhouse & Farm Stand | Town of Hebron | Town of Plymouth | Welles-Shipman-Ward House (c.1755)


High Energy Indoor Fun

High-Energy Indoor Fun for Nonstop Kids

Everyone knows kids who spend the winter months cooped up inside need somewhere to go to burn off all that energy. Good thing we’ve got a few high-activity places in Connecticut where kids can have a blast jumping, climbing and racing, too! Watching them hang from rock walls, swing on ropes and jump on trampolines, you might even have as much fun as they do. Check out these great indoor activity spots for kids in Connecticut!

Featuring: Chelsea Piers Connecticut | City Climb Gym | Flight Fit N Fun | IT Adventure Ropes Course | Launch Trampoline Park | Nomads Adventure Quest | On Track Karting | Prime Climb Mountain Fun | R&B Sports World | Rock Climb Fairfield | Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park - Trumbull | Sky Zone - Bethel | Sky Zone - Norwalk | Soarin' Indoors | SportsCenter of Connecticut | Stone Age Rock Gym | Supercharged Powered by Mohegan Sun - Indoor Karting & Trampoline Park


Ready for Romance - Valentine's Day 2019

Ready for Romance - Valentine's Day 2019 Ideas

Love is in the air! And thanks to our CT Ambassadors from UnlockingConnecticut.com, we’ve got a few amazing ways to woo your loved one this Valentine’s Day. From intimate stays to restaurants with a romantic ambiance—below are a few Valentine’s Day suggestions and insider tips. Hurry! Things book up fast!

Featuring: Cava Restaurant | Delamar Greenwich Harbor | Manor House Inn | Millwright's Restaurant | Ridgefield Playhouse | Salt of the Earth Therapeutic Spa | The Homestead Madison | The Simsbury Inn | l'escale


Treasure Hunting on the Connecticut Antiques Trail

Treasure Hunting on the Connecticut Antiques Trail

Whether you collect antiques or just like bringing a little old-school style to your life, Connecticut might just be your soul mate. We’ve got so many antique shops, markets, dealers and galleries, you could spend a week and not get to them all. To see what we mean, check out the listings on the Connecticut Antiques Trail, or take a look at a few of these popular stops.

Featuring: Antiques Marketplace | Antiques on the Farmington | Blaze and Bloom | Clinton Antique Center | Connecticut Antiques Trail | Edwin C. Ahlberg Antiques | Essex Saybrook Antiques Village | Mill House Antiques | Seymour Antiques Company | Stratford Antique Center | The Past Antiques Marketplace at Nature's Art Village | Town of New Milford | United House Wrecking Co. | Woodbury Antiques Trail


Date Spots in Connecticut

Date Spots in Connecticut for Valentine’s Day & Beyond

Coming up with a date idea is no easy feat – whether you’re planning a first date, third date, a big anniversary or something special for Valentine’s Day. To ease the stress, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite Connecticut date spots, broken down by what kind of date you’re planning.

Featuring: Black-Eyed Sally's Southern Kitchen & Bar | Brignole Vineyards | City Steam Brewery Cafe | Firehouse 12 | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Gouveia Vineyards | GrayBarns Inn | Griswold Inn | Infinity Music Hall & Bistro (Norfolk) | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Interlaken Inn, Resort & Conference Center | Maugle Sierra Vineyards & Winery | Miranda Vineyard | Mohegan Sun | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Water's Edge Resort & Spa


Famous Movies Filmed in Connecticut

10 Famous Movies Filmed in Connecticut

Connecticut has always been a favorite location for filmmakers, in fact, quite a few Academy Award-nominated productions have filmed here. The variety and diversity of locations available, coupled with a helpful Film Office, makes the state ideal for television, film and digital shoots. It was difficult to narrow down the list, but here are some of the more well-known movies you may recognize—and the Connecticut towns that played a role.

Featuring: City of Bridgeport | City of Norwalk | City of Shelton | City of Stamford | City of Waterbury | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Mohegan Sun | Mystic Pizza | Mystic Seaport Museum | Town of Beacon Falls | Town of Bethel | Town of Darien | Town of Farmington | Town of Greenwich | Town of New Canaan | Town of Redding | Town of Trumbull | Yale University Visitor Center


St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day Celebrations!

With so many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and festivities around the state this March, it’s easy to be green! Join in the fun and take part in Celtic traditions throughout Connecticut. There are parades, Celtic music, food and events, and plenty of good Irish cheer for all!

Featuring: City of Bridgeport | City of Hartford | City of Meriden | City of Milford | City of New Haven | City of New London | City of Norwich | City of Stamford | Infinity Music Hall & Bistro (Hartford) | Ireland's Great Hunger Museum | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | Stony Creek Brewery | Town of East Lyme | Town of Essex | Town of Greenwich | Town of Mystic | Town of Putnam | Town of Southington


First Presbyterian Church, Stamford

A Connecticut Architecture Tour

From historic to artistic, one-of-a-kind structures to celebrated work by well-known architects, you will find so many fascinating places on a tour of Connecticut’s diverse architectural legacy. Some of the stops in this tour are homes, others are museums, libraries, town halls and even a church. But if you appreciate design and originality, you'll find each has a distinctive look, appeal and history all its own.

Featuring: Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library | First Presbyterian Church | Gillette Castle State Park | Goodspeed Musicals - The Goodspeed | Hill-Stead Museum | Ingalls Rink-Yale University | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Norfolk Library | Roseland Cottage Museum | Slater Memorial Museum | The Barnum Museum | The Glass House | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Yale Center for British Art


Connecticut Landmarks You Must Visit

Connecticut Landmarks You Must Visit

We’re excited to welcome a new CT Ambassador, Deb Cohen of The Front Door Project, a blog dedicated to memorable and unique architecture, including the beautiful, welcoming appeal of front doors throughout Connecticut and beyond. Deb recently took a trip to a few of Connecticut’s most intriguing landmarks, and she shares her experience here.

What is a landmark, exactly? Is it a building? A statue? A rock? All of the above can be true! Among other definitions, Merriam-Webster describes it as “a conspicuous object on land that marks a locality,” or “a structure of unusual historical and usually aesthetic interest.” Like any state, Connecticut has its own unique set of landmarks, and I set out recently to learn more about those both familiar and new to me. Although by no means comprehensive, the following are unquestionably high on the list of places residents and visitors alike should be sure to see as they explore all that Connecticut has to offer.

Featuring: City of Hartford | East Rock Park | Gillette Castle State Park | Seaside Park | Town of Barkhamsted | Town of Union | Town of Windham


French Fry Tour

A French Fry Tour for Foodies

The CT Ambassadors from UnlockingConnecticut.com are at it again! Here's their take on Connecticut's most amazing french fry spots.

"Yummy (and unique) fries in Connecticut" could well be the best idea we’ve ever had for an article. As we now consider ourselves "french fry sommeliers," let us present to you, 7 french fry dishes in Connecticut worth the journey!

Featuring: City of Danbury | City of Milford | Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn | House of Naan Indian Kitchen & Bar | John's Cafe | Little Pub Ridgefield | Town of New Milford


For Chocolate Lovers

Instagrammable Connecticut: For Chocolate Lovers

From rich and savory to sweet and gooey—Connecticut is home to dozens of artisanal chocolate shops. And what could be better than eating chocolate? Seeing all the vast varieties and watching it be made! There’s even the Connecticut Chocolate Trail if you’re looking for more destinations to taste and tour. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers and Connecticut businesses to share their pictures.

Featuring: Castle Hill Chocolate | Connecticut Chocolate Trail | Divine Treasures | Fascia's Chocolates | Sift Bake Shop | Thorncrest Farm, LLC & Milk House Chocolates


New England Carousel Museum

4 Of Western Connecticut's Wonderful Museums

We’re excited to welcome a new CT Ambassador, Eric Hahn of the Connecticut Wonderful Facebook group! Eric is a fan of all things Connecticut, and if you follow his adventures, you know he has great finds to share, practically on a daily basis. We asked him to give us his unique take on four popular museums in the Litchfield Hills region of Connecticut!

Featuring: Institute for American Indian Studies | New England Carousel Museum | Tapping Reeve House & Law School | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum


Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Curating Art, History and Fun at Connecticut’s Museums

Connecticut is home to hundreds of museums and historic sites, showcasing everything from classical to contemporary artwork, ancient to modern history, dinosaurs to space exploration —and everything in between.

Featuring: American Clock & Watch Museum | American Museum of Tort Law | Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry | Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum | Boothe Memorial Park & Museum | Bruce Museum | Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut | Connecticut Air & Space Museum | Connecticut Art Trail | Connecticut Children's Museum | Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum | Connecticut Freedom Trail | Connecticut River Museum | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut State Museum of Natural History & Connecticut Archaeology Center | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Connecticut Women's Heritage Trail | Connecticut's Old State House | Custom House Maritime Museum | Danbury Railway Museum | Eli Whitney Museum | Eric Sloane Museum and Kent Furnace | EverWonder Children's Museum | Florence Griswold Museum | Genius Museum at Nature's Art Village | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Hill-Stead Museum | Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum | Housatonic Museum of Art | Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center | Institute for American Indian Studies | Ireland's Great Hunger Museum | Kidcity Children's Museum | KidsPlay Children's Museum | Knights of Columbus Museum | Lutz Children's Museum | Lyman Allyn Art Museum | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mattatuck Museum | Museum of Connecticut History | Mystic Seaport Museum | National Helicopter Museum, Inc. | New Britain Museum of American Art | New England Air Museum | New England Carousel Museum | New England Civil War Museum | New England Motorcycle Museum | New Haven Museum | Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine | PEZ Visitor Center | Prudence Crandall Museum | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Slater Memorial Museum | SoNo Switch Tower Museum | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Barnum Museum | The Children's Museum | The Discovery Museum & Planetarium | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Vintage Hi Fi Museum | Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of Connecticut | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | William Benton Museum of Art | Windham Textile and History Museum | Yale Center for British Art | Yale Collection of Musical Instruments | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History | Yale University Art Gallery


Goodwin Hotel

Five Dazzling Destination Hotels in Connecticut

In Connecticut, you’ll find amazing, unique and unforgettable places to stay in every corner of the state, whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat or an elegant urban oasis.

Featuring: Delamar Southport | Rock Hall Luxe Lodging | Spicer Mansion | The Goodwin Hotel | The Study at Yale


Wine glass with red wine

Harvest Time at Connecticut’s Vineyards

We’re thrilled to welcome a new CT Ambassador to the site! Christina from Threads & Vino visited a few of Connecticut’s farm wineries for a closer look at the harvest process (and the tasting process too!)

Featuring: Hopkins Vineyard | Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | Sunset Meadow Vineyards


Vineyard

Instagrammable Connecticut: Vineyards and Wineries

Connecticut boasts more than 40 wineries and vineyards, each offering unique experiences and incredible views. From seasonal varieties to exciting events, experience Connecticut’s wine country and capture a few fun pictures for your feed.

Featuring: Brignole Vineyards | Chamard Vineyards | Connecticut Wine Trail | Gouveia Vineyards | Hopkins Vineyard | Jones Family Farms | Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery | Sharpe Hill Vineyard


Mystic Seaport Musuem

Instagrammable Connecticut: Winter Gems

Connecticut transforms into a winter wonderland during the cold months. And whether you’re looking to bundle up to visit a landmark or cozy up for a fireside meal—snap a photo at any of these winter gems to charm your followers.

Featuring: Angevine Farm | Bulls Bridge | GrayBarns Inn | Lighthouse Point Park | Olde Mistick Village | Terrain Garden Cafe


Comstock Ferre, Wethersfield

Christmas Movies Filmed in Connecticut

Every holiday season, networks like Hallmark and Lifetime play romantic, sweet movies that make everyone fall in love with Christmas. This year, quite a few of these movies have recently been filmed here in Connecticut, capturing the magic of our small towns.

Featuring: Amato's Toy and Hobby | City of New Britain | Griswold Inn | Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre | Lucky Lou's Bar & Grill | Olde Mistick Village | Silas W. Robbins House | Town of Branford | Town of Essex | Town of Mystic | Town of North Haven | Town of Old Lyme | Town of Wethersfield | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum


champagne glasses toating

Ring in the New Year in Style!

Plan a New Year's Eve escape to Connecticut this year and toast 2019 in style. Make it a long weekend when you book a hotel, resort, inn or B&B stay and enjoy a memorable New England getaway with a celebratory twist.

Featuring: Chapin Park B&B | Copper Beech Inn | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Interlaken Inn, Resort & Conference Center | Manor House Inn | Marriott Hartford Downtown | Mohegan Sun | Riverwind Inn B&B | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Sheraton Stamford Hotel | Ski Sundown | Stanton House Inn | Water's Edge Resort & Spa


Black Onyx Martini

Holiday Spirits – Connecticut Craft Distilleries to Tour and Taste

The holiday season is the perfect time to come out and discover Connecticut’s growing number of craft distilleries, which are turning heads and winning awards from those in the know. Even more exciting, many of these distillers offer on-site tours and tasting experiences, like vineyards and breweries do. You’ll find many of them on the Connecticut Spirits Trail, and be sure to visit these places that are already crafting a name for themselves.

Featuring: Asylum Distillery | Connecticut Spirits Trail | Full Moonshine | Hartford Flavor Company | Litchfield Distillery | Waypoint Spirits


Holiday Light Fantasia, Hartford

Follow the Lights to Holiday Cheer!

Holiday cheer is upon us in Connecticut! Get in the holiday spirit by getting out and experiencing some of the brilliant holiday lights festivals and displays around the state. Gather your family and friends for a festive, magical, memorable outing sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Featuring: Connecticut River Museum | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Goodwin Park | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lighthouse Point Park | Mystic Seaport Museum | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Visit Collinsville


Comstock Covered Bridge

Visit Connecticut’s Hidden Gems this Fall

Each fall, people visit Connecticut to see brilliant displays of foliage in every corner of the state. But even if you live here, there may be a few spots in Connecticut that you’ve never seen, and the fall season is a great time to discover them for yourself. Here are just a few hidden gems worth exploring during the fall.

Featuring: Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry | Comstock Covered Bridge | Grace Farms | New England Motorcycle Museum | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Sachem Farmhouse B&B | The Vanilla Bean Café


Fashionista Tour

Fashionista Tour

If you're worth your salt in style in Connecticut, you should know about these six boutiques in our state. Each store has its own unique approach to fashion, and all are run by the chicest women you ever did meet. Grab your favorite shopping partner and hit the road — all are well worth the visit!

Featuring: City of Milford | Town of Avon | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Westport | Town of Wilton | Town of Woodbury


New England Cider Company

Connecticut’s New Hard Cider Renaissance

Tasting cider can have a lot in common with tasting wine—some are dry, others sweet, with fruit or botanical notes. And like craft IPAs, hand-crafted hard ciders can have a character and uniqueness all their own. From start-up craft cideries to longtime Connecticut farms and orchards branching out into the business, here are few must-visit cider destinations in Connecticut. 

Featuring: B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill | Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery | Hogans Cider Mill | Holmberg Orchards & Winery | New England Cider Company | Spoke + Spy Ciderworks | Staehly Tree Farm & Winery | Stafford Cidery


foliage near river

Instagrammable Connecticut: Fall Gems

Fall is without a doubt one of the most photo-worthy seasons, especially here in Connecticut. Whether you’re looking to capture brilliant foliage or pose with your favorite autumn treat – delight your followers with a picture of any of these Connecticut fall gems. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures — and their photo tips!

Featuring: B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill | Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre | Hidden Valley Preserve | Lovers Leap State Park | Talcott Mountain State Park | Wadsworth Falls State Park


Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum

Take Your Time, Connecticut — Play Tourist in Your Own Backyard!

Research shows that 7.2 million vacation days go unused in Connecticut every year. Now, with a new nationwide study touting the health benefits of taking more of your hard-earned Paid Time Off (PTO) days, we’ve got a few suggestions on how you can “take your time” — while playing tourist right here at home. 

Featuring: American Museum of Tort Law | Antiques on the Farmington | Argia Mystic Cruises | Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry | Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library | Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden | Book Barn | Boothe Memorial Park & Museum | Breck Marshall at Mystic Seaport | Bruce Museum | Butler-McCook House & Garden | Cathedral Pines Farm | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut River Museum | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Custom House Maritime Museum | Deacon John Grave House (c.1685) | Dinosaur State Park | Florence Griswold Museum | G Spa at Foxwoods | General David Humphreys House (c.1698) | Gillette Castle State Park | Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden | Greenwich Historical Society | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Hempsted Houses | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Hill-Stead Museum | Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum | Hollister House Garden | Kent Falls State Park | Leffingwell House Museum | Lighthouse Point Park | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Lyme Art Association | Mandara Spa at Mohegan Sun | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mount Southington Ski Area | Mystic Seaport Museum | Mystic Whaler Cruises | Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) | New Britain Museum of American Art | New England Science & Sailing | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | Ogden House & Gardens | Osborne Homestead Museum | Paddle Mystic-Mystic River Adventure Company | Phelps-Hatheway House (1761) | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Project Oceanology | Quinebaug River Trail | Roseland Cottage Museum | S&P Oyster Co. | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Schooner Brilliant at Mystic Seaport | Sea Mist Thimble Island Cruise, LLC | Ski Sundown | Sleeping Giant State Park | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Glass House | The Glass House | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The Vanilla Bean Café | Town of Essex | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Water's Edge Resort & Spa | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | Westbrook Outlets | White Flower Farm | White Memorial Foundation | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center | Winvian Farm | Yale Center for British Art


Pumpkins at Angevine Farm, Warren

Pumpkin Season in Connecticut

The CT Ambassadors from UnlockingConnecticut.com are at it again! Check their list of cool places to find the perfect pumpkin! 

It's pumpkin season! We can't get enough of them. Big orange ones, cute white ones, stripy warty ones...we love them all!

Featuring: Angevine Farm | Blue Jay Orchards | Castle Hill Farm | Harris Hill Farm | Town of Litchfield


Enjoying the foliage view

Savor the Best of Fall in Connecticut with These Leaf “Pairings”

You’ve heard of wine pairings. Well, in Connecticut, we’ve got a few leaf “pairings” for you— tips on experiencing the dramatic and diverse foliage of a Connecticut fall, while enjoying a few great autumn activities. For the best viewing times, use our Foliage Finder to see when color is expected throughout the state.

Featuring: Chamard Vineyards | Connecticut Wine Trail | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Gillette Castle State Park | Haley Farm State Park | Indian Well State Park | Kent Falls State Park | Lake Waramaug State Park | Mansion at Bald Hill | Taste of New Haven Tours | The Glass House | Town of East Haddam | Town of Essex | Town of New Canaan | Uncas Leap | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum | White Memorial Foundation | Yale University Art Gallery


Bartlett Arboretum

Great Connecticut Gardens for Fall

Spring and Summer may be Connecticut’s most popular months for garden hopping, but those seasons pale in comparison to the natural colors that take over in fall. Here are just a few of the places that remain great garden destinations for visits and activities throughout the autumn months.

Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Edgerton Park | Florence Griswold Museum | Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden | Hill-Stead Museum | Logee's Greenhouses | Town of West Hartford | White Flower Farm


Pumpkin Patch

Instagrammable Connecticut: Pumpkin Patches

You can find pumpkins nearly anywhere this time of year. But if you’re looking for a truly authentic pumpkin-picking experience – visit one of Connecticut’s picturesque farms and pumpkin patches. These destinations not only offer pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, but also unique backdrops for your next #fall Instagram photo.

Featuring: Angevine Farm | Lyman Orchards | Silverman's Farm | The Pickin Patch at Woodford Farm | Town of East Hampton | Whittle's Willow Spring Farm


Hidden Valley Perserve

Fall in Connecticut — What’s on Your Bucket List?

Have you made your Connecticut fall bucket list yet? See how the Connecticut Office of Tourism and FOX 61 are teaming up to make sure you don’t miss a second of the fun this fall in Connecticut. 

Featuring: EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center | Gillette Castle State Park | Grace Farms | Middlebank | Ordinary | Priam Vineyards | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | The Glass House


Silas W. Robbins House

Romantic Weekend in Wethersfield

If you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway that encompasses the best of autumn in New England, look no further than Wethersfield. One of the oldest towns in Connecticut, Wethersfield was founded in 1634 and is even represented by one of the three grapevines on Connecticut’s state flag.

Featuring: Buttolph-Williams House (c.1710) | Chester Bulkley House B&B | Connecticut River Valley Inn | Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre | Historic Wethersfield | Lucky Lou's Bar & Grill | Main Street Creamery & Cafe | Old Town Restaurant | River - A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar | Silas W. Robbins House | The Cove Deli | Town of Wethersfield | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | Wethersfield Historical Society


Pumpkintown USA, East Hampton

Not-So-Scary Halloween Fun in Connecticut

With historic graveyards and real-life haunted mansions, Connecticut has Halloween spirit to spare. But if you have a child spooked by things that go bump in the night, October could be a reason to hide under the bed! Have no fear, from slimy surprises to pumpkin patches, read on to discover the best events across the state that offer more treats than tricks.

Featuring: Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | Ray of Light Farm | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Town of East Hampton | Town of Kent | Town of West Hartford


Apples in a basket

All Things Apple

The CT Ambassadors are on the hunt for the best apple-picking spots in the state. Here's a list from the fanatic foodies at CTEatsOut.com.

Connecticut has a number of orchards and farms stores all over the state, which, come fall, make apples the name of their game. Whether you’re looking for apple cider donuts or apple fritters to munch on, an apple pie to pass off as your own, or an orchard to enjoy a day of pick-your-own with family and friends, Connecticut has it all. Here are five places across the state that cover all the bases:

Featuring: B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill | City of Shelton | Lyman Orchards | Rogers Orchards Shuttle Meadow Farm | Town of Glastonbury


Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours

Halloween is Here — Connecticut Towns Offer Tricks and Treats

When October comes around, Connecticut towns gear up for Halloween celebrations. From ghostly legends to ghoulish attractions to family-friendly fun, there are plenty of ways to experience an authentic New England Halloween. Here are just a few of the towns that are particularly spooky this time of year, along with a few limited-time events to check out.

Featuring: Ancient Burying Ground of Hartford | City of Bristol | City of New Haven | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Grove Street Cemetery | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Mystic Seaport Museum | Norwalk Historical Society | Olde Mistick Village | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Town of Wallingford | Town of Wethersfield | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum


Litchfield Connecticut

8 Connecticut Towns with Real Holiday Spirit

No one dresses up for the holiday season quite like Connecticut. To find a few of the towns that show particularly scenic levels of festive spirit, we consulted the photo book, A Connecticut Christmas by Caryn B. Davis. We’re sharing some of her photographs that we think perfectly capture the charm of Connecticut and the warmth of the holiday season! 

Featuring: City of Meriden | City of New Haven | City of Torrington | Cornwall Bridge Pottery | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Falls Village Inn | Goodspeed Musicals - The Terris Theatre | Griswold Inn | Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann Restaurant | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Libby's Italian Pastry Shop | Litchfield Inn | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New Haven Green | Olde Mistick Village | Pattaconk 1850 Bar & Grille | The Shops at Yale | The Village Restaurant | Thompson Chocolate | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Chester | Town of Essex | Town of Greenwich | Town of Litchfield | Town of Mystic | West Cornwall Covered Bridge


Hot Dogs with Chili

Good Eats on the Cheap

The CT Ambassadors are on the hunt for the best-tasting bargain-priced meals in the state. Here's a list from the fanatic foodies at CTEatsOut.com.

In my search for quality lunch spots in Connecticut, I began a quest for fast casual restaurants that satisfied my stomach- and my wallet. I wanted restaurants where you could sit down for a quick bite, or order your food to go, and that offer large servings or the ability to get multiple items for under $10. Here are a handful of my finds.

Featuring: City of Hartford | City of New Britain | City of Waterbury | Mamoun's Falafel Restaurant | Town of Wethersfield | Valencia Luncheria


Grove Street Cemetary

Ghost Hunting Places in Connecticut

Halloween is not the only time to have a chilling encounter in Connecticut, but there's something about autumn evenings that can really give you the chills. There are many places in Connecticut where ghosts are said to lurk; in fact, Connecticut is said to be one of the states with the most paranormal activity in the country. After all, this is where the nation’s first witch trials and hangings occurred – three decades before the more famous trials in Salem, Mass. Here are a few places around the region to explore your dark side. (Warning, some aren’t for the faint of heart!)

Featuring: Abigail's Grille & Wine Bar | Ancient Burying Ground of Hartford | Bruce Museum | Butler-McCook House & Garden | Captain Daniel Packer Inne | Captain Grant's, 1754 | Cedar Hill Cemetery | City of Bristol | City of New London | Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden | Grove Street Cemetery | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Litchfield Inn | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Milford Historical Society | Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) | New Haven Crypt at First Church of Christ | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | Shubert Theatre | Sleeping Giant State Park | Tarrywile Park & Mansion | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Town of Derby | Town of Easton | Town of Fairfield | Town of Preston | Town of Waterford | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum


Brewport Brewing Company, Bridgeport

Drawing a Crowd—The Connecticut Craft Beer Revolution

The Connecticut craft brew industry is booming. Small start-ups are gaining traction with fans and current establishments are expanding their lineups—and their tasting spaces. Even brewers who’ve been around awhile are putting out new and inviting releases. Some offer food, and many are family- and dog-friendly as well. We asked a few craft beer fans what breweries were particularly worthy of checking out right now. 

Featuring: Brewery Legitimus | Brewport | City Steam Brewery Cafe | Fox Farm Brewery | Kent Falls Brewing Company | Kinsmen Brewing Company | New England Brewing Company | Relic Brewing Company | The Connecticut Beer Trail | These Guys Brewing Company | Thomas Hooker Brewery at Colt | Town of East Haven | Town of Hamden | Town of West Hartford | Two Roads Brewing Company


Lake Waramaug

Instagrammable CT: On the Water at Connecticut's State Parks

Grab your gear and make a splash by spending some time on the water at one of Connecticut’s state parks. And thanks to the new Passport to Parks Program, Connecticut residents can access state parks for free this year. These destinations aren’t just great for on-the-water activities, but they also offer spectacular views—perfect for your Instagram feed.  With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures. Check back often for new topics. Or if you have some photos to share, tag them with #CTvisit!

Featuring: Harkness Memorial State Park | Lake Waramaug State Park | Mansfield Hollow State Park | Rocky Neck State Park | Silver Sands State Park | Squantz Pond State Park


Connecticut Summer Bucket List

Instagrammable Connecticut: Connecticut Bucket List

We’ve teamed up with FOX61News this summer to find out what’s on everyone’s Connecticut bucket list. We then asked viewers to share their bucket list experiences by including #CTBucketList in their photos. We’re delighted to see all the destinations that Connecticut residents have been crossing off this summer. Here are a few #CTBucketList photos to provide inspiration for your own Connecticut bucket list.

Featuring: Book Barn | Brewport | Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream | City of West Haven | Devil's Hopyard State Park | Gillette Castle State Park | Grace Farms | Lavender Pond Farm | Lighthouse Point Park | Red 36 | Town of West Hartford


River with sunshine

Instagrammable CT: On the Water at Connecticut's State Parks

Grab your gear and make a splash by spending some time on the water at one of Connecticut’s state parks. And thanks to the new Passport to Parks Program, Connecticut residents can access state parks for free this year. These destinations aren’t just great for on-the-water activities, but they also offer spectacular views—perfect for your Instagram feed.

Featuring: Harkness Memorial State Park | Lake Waramaug State Park | Mansfield Hollow State Park | Rocky Neck State Park | Silver Sands State Park | Squantz Pond State Park


Shrimp topped burger

Mouthwatering Stops for Foodies in Fairfield County

The CT Ambassadors from UnlockingConnecticut.com are at it again! Check their list of amazing places to eat in Fairfield County. 

Hey, foodies! Fairfield County has plenty of amazingly fabulous eating establishments and we're sharing some that have impressed us during our travels. From BBQ to Vietnamese, to burgers, to wine bars, and then some, here are some spots you need to put on your "gotta try it" list! Your taste buds and belly will thank you. 

Featuring: Artisan Restaurant, Tavern & Garden | Sycamore Drive-In Restaurant | The Spread


Branford Shore

5 Connecticut Small Towns to Explore with Kids

CTvisit.com is proud to partner with some of Connecticut’s most popular bloggers for ideas, insights and inspirations from the people who are lucky enough to call Connecticut home. This CT Ambassadors article is from our friends at Mommy Poppins Connecticut

Cities like New York and Boston can be fun, but just a short drive to Connecticut and you'll find 169 inviting towns that dot the countryside, hills, and coastline. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures, wonderful museums with fun family programing, or just strolling charming town centers, browsing the shops and enjoying great food, you can find it all in these small towns in Connecticut.

Featuring: Abigail's Grille & Wine Bar | Connecticut River Museum | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Flamig Farm | Griswold Inn | Kent Falls State Park | Lobster Shack | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream | Mystic Seaport Museum | Sea Mist Thimble Island Cruise, LLC | Stony Creek Brewery | Stratton Brook State Park | Town of Branford | Town of Essex | Town of Kent | Town of Mystic | Town of Simsbury


Lobster Rolls from Captain Scott's Lobster Dock

Guide to Summer Seafood Shacks in Connecticut

The CT Ambassadors are on the hunt for seafood destinations in the state. Here's a list from the fanatic foodies at CTEatsOut.com.

When you live in Connecticut, summer and seafood shacks go hand in hand. A day at one of the many state beaches can come to the perfect end with a stop for a hot, buttered, Connecticut style lobster roll, a fried seafood platter and an ice cream cone. Here are a handful of my favorite Connecticut seafood shacks.

Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Bill's Seafood Restaurant | Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | Clam Castle | Ford's Lobsters | Lobster Landing | Lobster Shack | Oyster Club | The Place


Woman with Goat doing Yoga

Yoga Worth Traveling For

When visitors think of traveling to Connecticut, the first thing that comes to mind most likely isn’t yoga. However, there are a lot of unique and unexpected yoga practices that are offered throughout the state that may just change your thinking. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert yogi, you'll find an experience for everyone to enjoy.

Featuring: Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Black Hall Outfitters - Westbrook | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut Valley Brewing Company | Downunder Kayak, SUP, & Surf Shop | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Lost Acres Vineyard | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Still Waters Retreat | Stonington Vineyards | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Winvian Farm | Wisdom House Retreat & Conference Center


Hartford Skyline at Night

Locals Love: Hartford

Connecticut’s capital city is located in the center of the state, where I-84 and I-91 meet. But it’s certainly not a city you’ll want to drive by. It’s home to America’s oldest continuously operating art museum and America’s #1 favorite minor league ballpark (two years in a row!) We asked some locals in the mayor’s office for their favorite Hartford haunts and were not disappointed.

Featuring: Agave Grill | Arch Street Tavern | Bin 228 | Blind Pig Pizza Company | Bradley International Airport | Carbone's Ristorante | Casona | City Steam Brewery Cafe | City of Hartford | Connecticut Convention Center | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut's Old State House | Dunn's River Jamaican Restaurant | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Firebox Restaurant | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Hartford Flavor Company | Hartford Stage | Hartford Yard Goats | Hog River Brewing Company | Ichiban Restaurant | Infinity Music Hall & Bistro (Hartford) | Marriott Hartford Downtown | Pine & Iron Axe Throwing | Polish National Home | Sea Tea Comedy Theater | The Goodwin Hotel | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Polytechnic On20 Club | The Russell | TheaterWorks | Thomas Hooker Brewery at Colt | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art


Thimble Islands

Go Off the Beaten Path in These Connecticut Villages

Some of Connecticut’s smaller, less well-known towns have been described as “sleepy” or “undiscovered gems.” But the people who live there, and the people who visit, know differently. These towns might be overshadowed by a larger town or city, or maybe they are not easily reached by the interstate, but they have a personality that makes visiting them worth going “off the beaten path” for a day or even a weekend. Best of all, they're all great to visit in any season.

Featuring: Airsign Ballooning Company | Antiques Marketplace | Antiques on the Farmington | Bella Alpacas - A Farm Stay & B&B | Bradley Playhouse | Branford River Paddlesports, Kayaks and Tours | By The Sea Day Spa | Chapin Park B&B | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | ConneCTions Tours | Cos Cob Inn | Crown & Hammer Restaurant & Pub | Darien Historical Society | Deary Brothers/Mikes Stand | Hunt Hill Farm Trust | Lovers Leap State Park | New Milford Historical Society Museum | Sea Mist Thimble Island Cruise, LLC | Stony Creek Brewery | The Kelsey House Bed & Breakfast | Thimble Island Brewing Company | Thurber House | Town of Branford | Town of Canton | Town of Darien | Town of New Milford | Town of Putnam | Victoria Station Cafe | Visit Collinsville


Todd English's Tuscany at Mohegan Sun

Connecticut's Culinary Trails

From wine and beer to chocolate and "chowda," discover how a small state packs such a flavorful lunch along Connecticut's many culinary trails.

Featuring: Burgers & Brews Trail | Chowda Trail | Connecticut Chocolate Trail | Connecticut Wine Trail | The Connecticut Beer Trail | The Connecticut Signature Cocktail Trail


Captain's Cove Seaport Bridgeport

Instagrammable Connecticut: Boardwalks and Seaports

Wooden boardwalks and charming seaports, two of coastal New England’s treasures that visitors and residents love to enjoy. Lucky for us, Connecticut has ample opportunities to savor both of these gems. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures.

Featuring: Captain's Cove Seaport | City of West Haven | Harkness Memorial State Park | Mystic Seaport Museum | Ocean Beach Park | SoNo Seaport Seafood | Walnut Beach


Alpaca at Southwind Farms

25 Summer Day Trip Ideas in Connecticut

Meet the CT Ambassadors! CTvisit.com is proud to partner with some of Connecticut’s most popular bloggers for ideas, insights and inspirations from the people who are lucky enough to call Connecticut home. This article is from MommyPoppins.com.

Every summer weekend is an opportunity to create a mini family vacation, as easily as jumping in the car. Our friends at Mommy Poppins, a fantastic resource for families in Connecticut and beyond, make it even more compelling with a list of 25 events and attractions for some seriously awesome summer adventures. They’re grouped by area, so you can easily create your own itinerary.

Featuring: Action Wildlife Foundation | City of New London | City of Norwalk | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Dinosaur State Park | Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum | Jones Family Farms | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Pizza | Mystic Seaport Museum | New England Air Museum | New England Carousel Museum | Ocean Beach Park | Quassy Amusement & Waterpark | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Southwind Farms | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | The Barnum Museum | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | Town of North Branford | Town of North Haven | Town of Roxbury | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History


Gillette Castle State Park

6 Parks Kids Will Love

When it comes to places for kids to get out and enjoy, don’t forget about Connecticut’s state parks! The first park was established in 1913, and today there are more than 100 parks and forests in the system, many with unique features that kids will love.

Featuring: Dinosaur State Park | Gillette Castle State Park | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Kent Falls State Park | Sleeping Giant State Park | Talcott Mountain State Park


Outside Bar at Sunset

Up Top - Connecticut Restaurants With a View

Whether you go out for lunch in the sun or dinner and cocktails under the stars, Connecticut has plenty of spots to enjoy a meal “above it all.” Check out a few of our favorite rooftop restaurants, patios and decks with a view.

Featuring: Bee & Thistle Inn & Spa | Cava Restaurant | City of Stamford | Elbow Room | Elm City Social | Florence Griswold Museum | Gelston House | Harbour House Restaurant & Raw Bar | Hopkins Inn Restaurant | Hopkins Vineyard | Hotel Zero Degrees Norwalk | Oyster Club | Peaches Southern Pub & Juke Joint | Priam Vineyards | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Stony Creek Brewery | The Russian Lady | Town of Bethel | Town of Glastonbury


Guilford Town Green

Step Back in Time in These Connecticut Towns and Cities

Connecticut is home to towns and cities rich with history. From the Native Americans to the earliest European settlers, the revolutionary war era to the industrial revolution, so much of our past is so well preserved, it’s worth planning a visit just to travel back in time. Once you’re there, you’ll walk in the footsteps of forefathers and enjoy a modern taste of these vibrant, welcoming destinations. You can find a wealth of historic information on any of these towns and many more from our friends at ConnecticutHistory.org.

Featuring: Ancient Burying Ground of Hartford | Argia Mystic Cruises | B&B at Bartlett Farm | Black Rock Fort and Fort Nathan Hale | Chester Bulkley House B&B | City of Hartford | City of New Haven | City of Norwich | Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum & Sanctuary | Connecticut Freedom Trail | Connecticut's Old State House | Fairfield Museum & History Center | Guilford Walking Tours | Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Historic Mystic Harbor Tours | Indian Burial Grounds | Keeler Tavern Museum (c.1713) | Leffingwell House Museum | Marriott Hartford Downtown | Medad Stone Tavern Museum | Mount Crescent House B&B | Mystic River Historical Society | Mystic Seaport Museum | New Haven Museum | Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors’ Center | Ogden House & Gardens | S&P Oyster Co. | Spa at Delamar Southport | Steamboat Inn | Taste of New Haven Tours | The Dudley Farm Museum | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Study at Yale | Thomas Griswold House | Town of Fairfield | Town of Guilford | Town of Mystic | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Wethersfield | Uncas Leap | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | Weir Farm National Historic Site | West Lane Inn | Wethersfield Historical Society


Dinners at the Farm

Looking for a Delicious Experience? Try Agritourism in Connecticut!

What’s better than knowing where your food comes from? Knowing how it’s made! Connecticut is proud of all the locally-sourced food that can be found in its communities. And now, residents and visitors don’t just get to taste the local eats, but they can see for themselves how it’s grown/made.

Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Back 40 Kitchen | Connecticut Wine Trail | Creamery Brook Bison | Dinners at the Farm | Firebox Restaurant | Flamig Farm | Oyster Club | Schoolhouse at Cannondale | The Bistro at Chamard Vineyards | Thorncrest Farm, LLC & Milk House Chocolates | Town of East Lyme | Town of Weston | Town of Westport | UConn Dairy Bar | University of Connecticut Animal Barns Self-Guided Tours


Barn

Looking for a Delicious Experience? Try Agritourism in Connecticut!

What’s better than knowing where your food comes from? Knowing how it’s made! Connecticut is proud of all the locally-sourced food that can be found in its communities. And now, residents and visitors don’t just get to taste the local eats, but they can see for themselves how it’s grown/made. Enjoy a few of Connecticut’s cool “agritourism” experiences for yourself.

Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Back 40 Kitchen | Creamery Brook Bison | Dinners at the Farm | Firebox Restaurant | Flamig Farm | Schoolhouse at Cannondale | The Bistro at Chamard Vineyards | Thorncrest Farm, LLC & Milk House Chocolates | Town of East Lyme | Town of Mystic | Town of Weston | Town of Westport | UConn Dairy Bar | University of Connecticut Animal Barns Self-Guided Tours


Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center

Outdoor Summer Concert Series 2019

Summer nights, warm breezes, stars up above and music filling the air – how divine! With many outdoor concerts happening around the state this summer, you can enjoy musical days and nights with family and friends. Bring a picnic, relax, and savor the melodies of summer. Here are just a few of the annual music events going on right now in Connecticut. To find events near you, visit our Events Calendar.

Featuring: Blackie's Hot Dogs | Bushnell Park | Cava Restaurant | City of Bristol | City of Hartford | City of New Britain | City of Stamford | Elbow Room | Hill-Stead Museum | Lady Katharine Cruises - Hartford | Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | RiverQuest | Sharon Playhouse | Town of Branford | Town of Durham | Town of East Haddam | Town of Falls Village (Canaan) | Town of Guilford | Town of Hamden | Town of Norfolk | Town of Putnam | Town of Simsbury | Town of Stonington | Town of Washington | Town of Woodbury | Two Roads Area 2 | Two Roads Brewing Company


Blue Oar

Outdoor Dining in Connecticut

A warm summer breeze in a vibrant atmosphere makes dining outdoors in Connecticut a memorable treat! Meet up with friends for lunch on a sunny day or unwind on a summer evening for a relaxing outdoor dinner. And, there are so many outdoor dining choices around the state! From casual eateries to upscale restaurants to roadside food stands, the choices abound!

Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Bricco Trattoria | Cafémantic | Good News Restaurant & Bar | Harry's Place | River - A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar | S&P Oyster Co. | Stone's Throw | The Blue Oar | The Place


Sunset Meadow Vineyards

A Litchfield Hills BFF Getaway

Meet the CT Ambassadors! CTvisit.com is proud to partner with some of Connecticut’s most popular bloggers for ideas, insights and inspirations from the people who are lucky enough to call Connecticut home. This article is from UnlockingConnecticut.com.

Is it your turn to organize the next girlfriends' staycation? We’ve got you covered with this itinerary for a perfect Litchfield Hills BFF (Best Friends Forever) weekend getaway! No planning required; this itinerary has it all. Here’s where to stay, shop, dine, and play in beautiful Litchfield County.

Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Hopkins Inn | Lake Waramaug State Park | Sunset Meadow Vineyards | Town of Goshen | Town of Kent | Town of Litchfield | Town of Morris | Winvian Farm


Friday Your Way with Own Friday

Friday Your Way with #OwnFriday

American workers are not taking enough vacation time. According to a study by Project Time Off, 52% of Americans left vacation days unused in 2017, adding up to 705 million vacation days untaken. Worst of all, less than half of the vacation time taken—just eight days—was used to travel. Equally surprising is that 9 in 10 Americans say they have not seen enough of their own country. It’s time to put a stop to this. And we’re going to start right here in Connecticut!

Featuring: Fields of Fire Adventure Park | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Milkcraft - Fairfield | Quassy Amusement & Waterpark | Shoreline Segway | Sunset Meadow Vineyards


Connecticut River Museum, Essex

Arriving by Water — Connecticut’s Port Towns

Over 300 miles of Connecticut’s coastline hug the shore of Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. So it’s no surprise that many of the region’s early European settlers arrived by sea. Working seaports were among the first industries here as well, and today these coastal towns and cities still maintain their maritime character while welcoming travelers with classic New England charm. As many visitors still like to arrive in Connecticut by private boat or public ferry, we’re suggesting a few port towns that make it easy to visit for a day or even longer.

Featuring: Audubon Guilford Salt Meadow Sanctuary | Brewer Yacht Yards | City of New London | City of Norwalk | Connecticut River Museum | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Discover East Lyme | Downtown Essex | Fort Trumbull Marina | Griswold Inn | Guilford Art Center | Guilford Mooring | Guilford Walking Tours | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Bike Rentals | Mystic Pizza | Mystic Point Marina | Mystic River Marina | Mystic Seaport Museum | New London Historic Waterfront District | Paddle Mystic-Mystic River Adventure Company | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | Shoreline Segway | Skipper's Seafood Restaurant | Smarty's Restaurant & Pub | SoNo Nightlife | Thamesport Marina | Town of Essex | Town of Guilford | Town of Mystic


Donuts

Instagrammable Connecticut: Sweet Treats

These dessert creations give sweet a whole new meaning. From monstrous sundaes to delicious gourmet donuts, indulge in some tasty Connecticut eats and share a photo that’ll trigger even your healthiest Instagram follower’s sweet tooth. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures.

Featuring: City of Hartford | City of New Haven | Milkcraft - Fairfield | Sugar Factory American Brasserie | Town of Bethel


Out and About - LGBTQ Travel

Out and About — LGBTQ Travel in Connecticut

Just a short ride from New York City and Boston, Connecticut offers a blend of cultured living and outdoor fun with something for everyone—and this includes the LGBTQ community, residents and visitors alike. In 2008, Connecticut became the second state to legalize gay marriage, and our open and inclusive energy continues to draw and welcome gay visitors to the state. Plus, Expedia.com recently named Hartford, Connecticut one of their most “exciting LGBTQ-friendly cities around the world.”

While anyone should of course feel welcomed at any business, hotel or restaurant in Connecticut, we asked a few friends for recommendations on places to start planning your visit— from gay-owned B&Bs to gay bars and events that appeal to many LGBTQ interests and lifestyles.

Featuring: 168 York Street Café | City of Hartford | City of New Haven | City of New London | City of Norwalk | Daniel Rust House | Delamar Greenwich Harbor Marina | Delamar Southport | Delamar West Hartford | House of 1833 B&B | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Inn at Middletown | Partners Café | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Spring Hill Inn | The Old Mystic Inn | Tisane Euro-Asian Cafe | Town of Fairfield | Town of Plainville


Greenwich Shopping

Connecticut’s Favorite Shopping Towns

Part of Connecticut’s attraction has always been its small-town centers, filled with personality, history and charm. And what draws visitors again and again are the shops, boutiques and artisans that reward browsers and buyers alike. Whether you’re planning a girls’ trip or looking for a great way to spend a day with family, here are a few of the towns around the state that offer great shopping (and dining) districts.

Featuring: 3 Liberty Green B&B | Barcelona West Hartford | Clinton Antique Center | Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets | Delamar West Hartford | Elbow Room | Grace Farms | Inn at Stonington | J House Greenwich | James Pharmacy B&B and Gelateria | Litchfield Distillery | Litchfield Inn | Little Pub Greenwich | Lobster Landing | Penny Lane Pub Restaurant | Roger Sherman Inn | Saybrook Home | Stonington Borough | The Dutch Epicure Shop | The Glass House | Town of Clinton | Town of Greenwich | Town of Litchfield | Town of New Canaan | Town of Old Saybrook | Town of Stonington | Town of West Hartford | Water Street Cafe | West Hartford Center | West Street Grill


Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park

Connecticut with Teens

Planning a vacation or just a day out with the family can be made ten times more difficult if you’ve got a teenager to please. Whether they’re tweens growing out of kid’s stuff or full-blown teenagers with a driver’s license and an attitude, we asked a few of them to share some pain-free experiences that can help make any outing more fun for the whole family.

Featuring: Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park | Copper Creek Mini Golf at Nature's Art Village | Escape New Haven | Farmington River Tubing | HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort Casino | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Mystified Escape Rooms | Nomads Adventure Quest | PEZ Visitor Center | Pursue the Clues | Quassy Amusement & Waterpark | Supercharged Powered by Mohegan Sun - Indoor Karting & Trampoline Park | The Connecticut Pizza Trail | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Town of Bethel


Train Station

Car-Free Connecticut

Think you need a car to visit Connecticut? Think again. There are quite a few great places to explore (and great deals to be found) when you visit by public transportation, too. We’ve even got a few ideas here that will save you money. Time to leave the traffic (or the city) behind!

Featuring: Amtrak | Bruce Museum | Cask Republic | City of New Haven | City of New Haven | City of Norwalk | City of Stamford | Cross Sound Ferry | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Greenwich Historical Society | Mohegan Sun | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New London Historic Waterfront District | Simsbury Free Bike | Stanton House Inn | Stony Creek Brewery | The Glass House | Town of Clinton | Town of Falls Village (Canaan) | Town of Seymour | Town of Westport | Two Roads Brewing Company


Locals Love New Haven

Locals Love: New Haven

Home of Yale University and America’s best pizza, New Haven is a rarity these days—a modern, vibrant city with a passionate connection to its historic past. Whether they’re students or longtime locals, city residents are proud of its pedigree—both as an internationally recognized educational center and a hub for art, science and history museums. And its energetic, inclusive vibe has created a lively culture of international cuisines and communities. So, if you want to experience New Haven like a local, start with the suggestions below.

Featuring: Amtrak | BAR | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library | Book Trader Café | College Street Music Hall | Courtyard by Marriott at Yale - New Haven | Elm City Party Bike | Escape New Haven | IT Adventure Ropes Course | Lighthouse Point Park | Modern Apizza | New Haven Hotel | New Haven Village Suites | Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale | Pacifico | The Owl Shop | The Study at Yale | Tweed New Haven Regional Airport | Union Station | Yale Collection of Musical Instruments


Madison Beach Hotel

5 Romantic Inns by the Sea

Few things feed romance like a sea breeze and a room with a view. Whatever it is you choose to do during the day in Connecticut, you can count on a romantic inn at night. It's just one of those things that we do extremely well.

Featuring: Bee & Thistle Inn & Spa | Inn at Stonington | Madison Beach Hotel | Sanno Spa at Saybrook Point Inn | Water's Edge Resort & Spa


High Tea

Instagrammable Connecticut: High Tea

If you caught royal fever while watching the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, no need to worry because Connecticut has plenty of High Tea inspired spots that will have you sipping and feeling like a real British royal all year long! With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures! Check back often for new topics. Or if you have some photos to share, tag them with #CTvisit!

Featuring: Bee & Thistle Inn & Spa | Mrs. Bridges' Pantry | Savvy Tea Gourmet | Town of Cromwell | Town of Seymour


Connecticut Public Golf Courses

Tee Off at Connecticut’s Top Public Golf Courses

GolfWeek.com has named its top ten public golf courses in Connecticut — and we agree they are some of the most scenic, and challenging, fairways in the state. Whether you want to tee off among the trees or cast your club along the coast, there’s a public course that’s perfect for golfers of every skill level. 

Featuring: City of Danbury | Copper Creek Mini Golf at Nature's Art Village | Fox Hopyard Golf Club | Gillette Ridge Golf Club | Great River Golf Club | Keney Park Golf Course | Lake of Isles Golf Course | Longshore Park | Matterhorn Mini Golf | Mohegan Sun Golf Club | Nomads Adventure Quest | R&B Sports World | Saybrook Point Miniature Golf | SportsCenter of Connecticut | The Only Game in Town | Town of Oxford | Wintonbury Hills Golf Course


Bet on Family Fun at Connecticut Casinos

Bet on Big Family Fun at Connecticut Casinos

Connecticut’s world-class casino resorts, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun, are known for grown-up fun. But they also have a not-so-very well-kept secret — unlike many casinos around the world, these casinos really do have something for the whole family, including those under the legal gambling age of 21. As a weekend destination, you can set up camp there and even visit Mystic Aquarium or Mystic Seaport, just a short drive away. But, as for the casinos themselves, you should find lots to keep everyone entertained.

Featuring: Carlo's Bakery Mohegan Sun | Connecticut Sun | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana at Mohegan Sun | Grand Pequot Tower | Hard Rock Cafe at Foxwoods | High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge | HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort Casino | Johnny Rockets - Mohegan Sun | Junior's | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mohegan Sun | Mohegan Sun Hotel | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New England Black Wolves | Sugar Factory American Brasserie | Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods | The Fox Tower Hotel


Something for Every Generation

“Grand” Touring: Connecticut Has Something for Every Generation

Nothing strengthens bonds and builds long-lasting memories better than spending time with grandparents. But in today’s hectic world, it seems like it’s getting harder to find the time to get every generation in one place. Fortunately, one of the hottest trends out there these days is “multigenerational travel” — planning a trip with any combination of grandparents, parents, kids and grandkids. Luckily, in Connecticut, you don’t have to travel far to find many attractions and experiences that will interest and entertain travelers of all ages.

Featuring: B&B at Bartlett Farm | Bear Creek Campground at Lake Compounce | Bella Alpacas - A Farm Stay & B&B | Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Blue Venture Fishing Charters | Bluefin Sportfishing Charters | Clarke Outdoors | Escape 101 | Escape New Haven | Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park | Hammonasset Beach State Park Campground | Housatonic Anglers | Keeler Tavern Museum (c.1713) | Lock Museum of America | Mashamoquet Brook State Park Campgrounds | MindBreak Escape Rooms | Mystified Escape Rooms | Odetah Camping Resort | SoundWaters | Team vs Time - Premier Room Escape | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | Town of Washington | Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route in Connecticut


Pick Christmas Trees

Pick Your Own: Christmas Trees & More for the Holidays

Nothing makes the holidays feel more like the holidays than cutting down your own Christmas tree! Throughout November and December, many Connecticut farms also offer additional activities to make the experience even more memorable — from wagon rides to the fields and tree-trimming shops to hot chocolate and visits from Santa’s helpers. So dress warm, bring your kids and your dog (on a leash, of course) and visit a few of these Connecticut Christmas tree farms.

Featuring: Allen Hill Farm | AmericInn by Wyndham Griswold | Angevine Farm | Averill Farm | Bethlehem Vineyard & Winery, LLC | Bishopsgate Inn | Castle Hill Farm | Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree Farm | Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets | Danbury Fair | Daniel Rust House | Dzen Tree Farm | Evergreen Acres Tree Farm | Fairview Tree Farm | Fire at the Ridge | Hampton Inn & Suites Mystic | Hampton Inn Danbury | Hartikka Tree Farm | Hickory Ridge Tree Farm | Hilton Garden Inn Glastonbury | Holiday Farm | Hopkins Inn | IT Adventure Ropes Course | Jones Family Farms | Joseph's Tree Farm | La Quinta Inn & Suites - New Haven | Maple Hollow Christmas Tree Farm | Maple Lane Farms | Maple Row Farm | Miller Tree Farm | Moodus BBQ | Oyster Club | Paul & Eddy's Pizza | Pinchbeck's Tree Farm | Plan B Burger Bar (Glastonbury) | Rose's Berry Farm | Rowanwood Farm | Staehly Tree Farm & Winery | Tavern on 66 | The Marketplace at the Guilford Food Center | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The Vanilla Bean Café | The Windemere B&B | Uncle Frank's Christmas Tree Farm | White Horse Country Pub | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum | Winterberry Farm


Simsbury 1820 House

Get a Room with a Foliage View at these Connecticut Inns & B&Bs

One of the best ways to experience fall in New England is to stay in a place that reflects the history, the charm and the natural beauty of the region. And this fall, you won’t find a more inviting collection of cozy B&Bs and charming inns than in Connecticut. Whether you spend a week or a weekend, they’re the perfect spot to rekindle romance, dine by a roaring fireplace, plan fall foliage expeditions and much more! Here are just a few favorites for fall—but book soon, these places fill up fast this time of year!

Featuring: Bee & Thistle Inn & Spa | Gwyn Careg Inn | Hidden Valley B&B | Homestead Inn | Hopkins Inn | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Manor House Inn | Nehemiah Brainerd House B&B | Roger Sherman Inn | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Simsbury 1820 House | Stonecroft Country Inn | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Wallingford Victorian Inn | West Lane Inn


Lyman Orchards Corn Maze

10 Amazing Corn Mazes in Connecticut

Corn mazes are a fall tradition in Connecticut. You’ll be impressed by the sheer number of mazes in the state and the mind-boggling creativity that goes into building them. Some are daytime mazes with clues and hints, and some let you come back in the dark with a flashlight if you’ve got the nerve. So if no one’s told you to go get lost lately, maybe it’s time to do it yourself, and bring along family and friends. Can’t get enough? Most are open on weekends. Check websites for details.

Featuring: City of Shelton | Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm | Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm | Fort Hill Farms | Holmberg Orchards & Winery | Lyman Orchards | March Farm | Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) | Town of South Windsor | Town of Windsor


Castle Craig at Hubbard Park

Instagrammable Connecticut: Castles

Okay, so these are not all technically castles, but we think these Connecticut estates and mansions were all built with a royal flair. Luckily, quite a few people agree and have been sharing their stately photos on Instagram. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures — and their photo tips! Check back often for new topics. Or if you have some photos to share, tag your photos with #CTvisit!

Featuring: Gillette Castle State Park | Harkness Memorial State Park | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | State Capitol & Legislative Office Building | Yale University Visitor Center


Lighthouse Point

Instagrammable Connecticut: Lighthouses

In Connecticut, our lighthouses are one of a kind.  If you’re planning a coastal adventure or just looking for a day trip, these lighthouse enthusiasts will get you inspired! With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures — and their photo tips! Check back often for new topics. Or if you have some photos to share, tag your photos with #CTvisit!

Featuring: City of Bridgeport | City of New London | Lighthouse Point Park | Mystic Seaport Museum


Saltana Cave, Ridgefield

Travel Mindfully: Find Your Escape in Connecticut

Everyone needs time to distress from the hustle and bustle of everyday life – what could be better than detoxing in luxurious spas, finding your center through meditation, or connecting with the crisp beauty of nature? You may think you need to travel to a faraway land, but believe it or not, “off the grid” is actually right around the corner! With numerous destinations to keep you mindful, Connecticut puts peace right in the palm of your hand.

Featuring: Bella Alpacas - A Farm Stay & B&B | Biologic+ | Claire's Corner Copia | G-zen | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Ray of Light Farm | Rowanwood Farm | Salt of the Earth Therapeutic Spa | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The Stand Vegan Cafe | Town of East Hartford | Town of Madison | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Trumbull | Town of West Hartford | Winvian Farm | Wisdom House Retreat & Conference Center


New London Harbor Light

Connecticut’s Legendary Lighthouses

Situated along the edge of Long Island Sound, and, further east, the Atlantic Ocean itself, Connecticut’s lighthouses are among the most photographed in New England. From Revolutionary War-era beacons to lights that guided over a century of maritime history, here’s a list of some of Connecticut’s best known lighthouses, along with a few ways to capture the experience yourself! 

Featuring: Chief | City of Norwalk | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Custom House Maritime Museum | Downeast Lighthouse Cruises | Lighthouse Point Park | New Haven Green | New London Historic Waterfront District | Old Lighthouse Museum | Project Oceanology | R/V "Spirit of the Sound" | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | Town of Fairfield | Town of Mystic | Town of Old Saybrook | Town of Stratford


Barker

Have you Discovered Connecticut’s Hidden Gems?

Most people know Connecticut’s most visited landmarks and attractions, like Mystic Aquarium and the Mark Twain House. So, we asked Facebook users to suggest a few of the state's “hidden gems,” and we were thrilled with the response! Maybe you’ve heard of some of these but never visited. Or maybe you haven’t. Either way, it’s a great list of places where you might just find a few surprises worth discovering for yourself.

Featuring: American Museum of Tort Law | Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum | Book Barn | Boothe Memorial Park & Museum | Lighthouse Point Park | Town of Canton


Griswold Inn, Essex

If Walls Could Talk — Connecticut’s Historic Inns

The inns of Connecticut can offer far more than a good night’s rest. If you look across the state, you’ll find establishments with renowned golf courses, on-site dining and live music. Many of these destinations also have rich histories, allowing guests the opportunity to explore Connecticut’s past.

Featuring: Griswold Inn | Inn at Mystic | Mayflower Inn & Spa | The Inn at Longshore | The Wallingford Victorian Inn


Lobster Sandwhich

Lobster Lover’s Guide

If Connecticut ever had to name an Official State Food, it would probably be a close call between pizza and lobster. Of course, lobster has been on the menu here a lot longer, dating back to the days before the European settlers arrived. And today it’s available everywhere, served in all sorts of ways and always hard to say no to. Here’s a quick look at some of the best purveyors.

Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | City of Hartford | David Burke Prime Steakhouse | Lobster Landing | Macdaddy's Macaroni & Cheese Bar | Max's Oyster Bar | The Lazy Lobster Restaurant | The Place | Town of Branford | Town of East Lyme | Town of Simsbury | Westbrook Lobster Restaurant & Bar - Clinton


Hammonasset Beach

6 Connecticut Beach Getaways

Albert Turner walked the entire Connecticut shoreline in 1914. His mission, as the first State Parks employee, was to identify Connecticut’s best spots for coastal recreation. You probably don’t have time to hunt that hard for beach-day bliss. So, this guide to saltwater adventures on Long Island Sound will help you choose the sandy expanse that’s right for you.

Featuring: Book Barn | Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | Chamard Vineyards | Connecticut Children's Museum | Downeast Lighthouse Cruises | Downunder Kayak, SUP, & Surf Shop | Fort Trumbull State Park | Gumdrops & Lollipops Candy Shoppe | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Harvey's Beach | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Jacob's Beach | Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center | Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant (Madison) | Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts | Meigs Point Nature Center | Ocean Beach Park | Rocky Glen State Park | Rolnick Observatory | Sanno Spa at Saybrook Point Inn | Sherwood Island State Park | Shoreline Segway | The Sculpture Mile | Westport Bike Rentals


Roseland Cottage

Historic Homes & Gardens You Need to Tour

Old houses have treasures to find and secrets to uncover, and in Connecticut, there are over four centuries of homes to explore. Some were home to well-known historic figures, like Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Others were built by individuals who became larger than life, such as actor William Gillette’s “castle” on the Connecticut River and dictionary namesake Noah Webster’s West Hartford birthplace. Still others house amazing art collections or are surrounded by lush, expertly tended gardens. You’ll find dozens of these historic houses, many of which are National Historic Landmarks, all over the state—and each has a story to tell.

Featuring: Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden | Butler-McCook House & Garden | Deacon John Grave House (c.1685) | Florence Griswold Museum | General David Humphreys House (c.1698) | Gillette Castle State Park | Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden | Greenwich Historical Society | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Hempsted Houses | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Hill-Stead Museum | Hollister House Garden | Leffingwell House Museum | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | Ogden House & Gardens | Osborne Homestead Museum | Phelps-Hatheway House (1761) | Roseland Cottage Museum | The Glass House | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum


Summer Flowers

Connecticut's Summer Blossom Finder

Summer in Connecticut erupts with color, from carefully tended gardens to wild grown fields and forest trails. In June, the roses make their entrance. In July, the rhododendrons and lavender take center stage. And in August the sunflowers provide the grand finale. Here are a few of the biggest and best viewing opportunities, as well as some suggestions for other places in Connecticut also beginning to bloom. Remember, Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day is June 23, so be sure to check for locations celebrating throughout the state.

Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream | City of Hartford | City of New Britain | City of New London | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Florence Griswold Museum | Lavender Pond Farm | Lyman Orchards | Mohegan Park & Memorial Rose Garden | Pachaug State Forest | Town of Bethlehem | Town of North Branford | Town of Old Lyme | Town of Stonington | Town of Thomaston | Town of Thompson | Wickham Park


Zip's Diner

Counter Culture—A Connecticut Comfort Food Road Trip

The closest thing to time travel is a diner. Settling into a stool at the clean Formica counter or easing yourself into a plush booth, you’re transported to an era when people kept their eyes on each other, not a gadget. Perhaps we need them more than ever. Connecticut has plenty of diners and cafes built on integrity. Owners take pride in their prompt service, not to mention their thick-cut fries and blue-plate specials. Hop in. We’re taking a road trip! 

Featuring: Black Duck Cafe | Glenwood Drive-In | Shady Glen Dairy Stores | Sycamore Drive-In Restaurant | Zips Diner


Art Sculpture

Summer 2019 Art Exhibitions Not to Be Missed!

Connecticut has always been a draw for artists, collectors and enthusiasts. There are dozens of museums and galleries throughout the state to discover, showing everything from classic to contemporary art, sketches to sculpture. Here are just a few highlights of the Summer 2019 special art exhibits in Connecticut that you really won’t want to miss! 

Featuring: Bruce Museum | Florence Griswold Museum | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Lyman Allyn Art Museum | Lyme Art Association | Mystic Seaport Museum | New Britain Museum of American Art | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Glass House | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | William Benton Museum of Art | Yale Center for British Art


Dunkin Donuts Park

Take Me Out to the Ballgame in Connecticut

Nothing says "spring is here!" quite like the start of baseball season. And depending on where you go in Connecticut, you may find locals rooting for major league teams from New York or Boston. However, you will also find professional and minor league teams drawing fans to local ballparks all over the state—not just for the sports, but for family-friendly events that include music, food, giveaways and fireworks. Tickets are reasonable, the fun is contagious. And now that the capital city Hartford has its own team and a brand new ballpark, there’s never been a better time to enjoy America’s favorite pastime by cheering on Connecticut teams!

Featuring: 23.Sportcafe | Bear's Smokehouse | Chelsea Piers Connecticut | City Steam Brewery Cafe | Connecticut Tigers | East Side Restaurant | First and Last Tavern (Hartford) | Flight Fit N Fun | Hank's Dairy Bar | Hartford Yard Goats | Junior's | Mortensen Dairy Ice Cream Shops | New Britain Bees | Olympia Diner | R&B Sports World | Sonny's Place | SportsCenter of Connecticut | The Only Game in Town | These Guys Brewing Company | Vaughan's Public House


Sea Swirl

8 Classic Summer Drive-Ins

One of the best parts about being on the road in the summer in Connecticut is stopping at a drive-in for a quick but tasty meal. The state has many such spots, but here are eight of the most tried and true.

Featuring: Blackie's Hot Dogs | Glenwood Drive-In | Harry's Place | Sea Swirl of Mystic | Stowe's Seafood | Town of Bethel | Town of New Milford | Town of Stratford


Mystic Aquarium

Sea Big Savings with the Mystic Pass Card

Planning a visit to the Mystic area? If you are thinking about visiting Mystic Seaport Museum and the Mystic Aquarium, the Mystic Pass Card offers both great attractions at one low price.
 
If you plan on staying in town overnight, or even long enough to have a meal or go shopping, the discounts you receive with a Mystic Pass Card will save you even more money. If you do all of the above, you'll take advantage of visiting this great area at a great price!

The 2019 Mystic Pass Card is available for purchase April 1, 2019.

Featuring: Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | Town of Mystic


Spring Flowers

Connecticut's Spring Blossom Finder

Once the snow melts, springtime in Connecticut quickly takes hold, rewarding us with colorful gardens, open fields, flowering trees and wonderful spring festivals. In April and May, the cherry blossoms, tulips, daffodils and dogwoods come into bloom. Here are a few of the biggest and best viewing opportunities, as well as some suggestions for other places in Connecticut also beginning to bloom.

Featuring: Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center | Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | City of Bridgeport | City of Meriden | City of New Haven | Connecticut College Arboretum | Cricket Hill Garden | Delamar Southport | Denison Homestead Museum - Pequotsepos Manor (1717) | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Gilbertie's Herb Gardens | Hollister House Garden | Housatonic Museum of Art | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Little Pub Fairfield | Meigs Point Nature Center | Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale | Palmer Arboretum | Seaside Park | Taste of New Haven Tours | The Connecticut Pizza Trail | Town of Fairfield | Town of New Canaan | White Flower Farm | Yale Marsh Botanical Garden


Forest

High Energy Indoor Fun for Non-Stop Kids

Everyone knows kids who spend the winter months cooped-up inside need somewhere to go to burn off all that energy. Good thing we’ve got a few high-activity places in Connecticut where kids can have a blast jumping, climbing and racing, too! Watching them hang from rock walls, swing on ropes and jump on trampolines, you might even have as much fun as they do. Check out these great indoor activity spots for kids in Connecticut!

Featuring: Chelsea Piers Connecticut | City Climb Gym | Flight Fit N Fun | IT Adventure Ropes Course | Launch Trampoline Park | Monza World Class Karting at Foxwoods | Nomads Adventure Quest | On Track Karting | Prime Climb Mountain Fun | R&B Sports World | Rock Climb Fairfield | Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park - Trumbull | Sky Zone - Norwalk | SportsCenter of Connecticut | Stone Age Rock Gym | Supercharged Powered by Mohegan Sun - Indoor Karting & Trampoline Park | Urban Air Adventure Park


To Have and To Hold

To Have and to Hold – Dream Wedding Spots in Connecticut

Once you’ve found “the one,” now it’s time to find the one perfect spot to celebrate. From engagement spots to bachelorette party locations to wedding venues that also welcome overnight guests (and offer local recommendations to keep them entertained), Connecticut has destinations that will make a memorable day for you, your wedding party and even your Instagram followers. Check out a few of our favorites here.

Featuring: BAR | Black-Eyed Sally's Southern Kitchen & Bar | Chamard Vineyards | Cue & Brew | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Gillette Castle State Park | Haight-Brown Vineyard | Hill-Stead Museum | Hopkins Vineyard | Inn at Mystic | Interlaken Inn, Resort & Conference Center | Jonathan Edwards Winery | Lady Katharine Cruises - Haddam | Lighthouse Point Park | Madison Beach Hotel | Mohegan Sun | Mystic Aquarium | Ocean Beach Park | Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge | Onyx Spirits Company LLC | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | Spa at Delamar Southport | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | The Spot | West Cornwall Covered Bridge | White Memorial Foundation | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History


Frankie's Hotdog Sign

A Connecticut Hot Dog Tour

Filmmaker Mark Kotlinski not long ago discovered that Connecticut is hot dog paradise. In his film, “A Connecticut Hot Dog Tour,” he documents his mouth-watering road trip to some of Connecticut’s very best hot dog stands. From steamed to grilled, and even deep-fried, and including house specialties and local hot dog culture, “A Connecticut Hot Dog Tour” is an entertaining examination of a true American favorite. And now it’s time to go grab a dog of your own at:

Featuring: Blackie's Hot Dogs | City of New Britain | Frankie's of West Haven | Jake's Diggity Dogs | Town of Fairfield | Town of Hampton | Town of Portland


Enders State Forest

7 Perfect Spots for Wedding or Engagement Photos in Connecticut

Planning a wedding in Connecticut? There are so many scenic and unique spots to capture these magic moments, from engagement to nuptials. We asked Connecticut photography team Chris and Becca Nelson to give us their expert opinions and to share a few photos featuring some of their favorite places to photograph happy couples.

Featuring: City of Hartford | Edgerton Park | Enders State Forest | Harkness Memorial State Park | Town of Barkhamsted | Town of Old Lyme | Yale University Visitor Center


Ski Biking

8 Must-Try Winter Activities in Connecticut

Snowy New England winters are legendary. If you want to make the most of outdoor fun this winter, you don’t have to travel any farther north than Connecticut, where you can try anything from tubing down snow-covered slopes to climbing a wall of ice —without spending hours in the car. Here are a few great ways to get out there and play in the snow.

Featuring: Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | Gay City State Park | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mount Southington Ski Area | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Ski Sundown | Weir Farm National Historic Site | White Memorial Foundation | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center


Griswold Inn, Essex

Romantic Winter Retreats in Connecticut

When the weather cools down, romance heats up in Connecticut’s hotels, inns and B&Bs. Whether getting cozy by the fire or enjoying a wintry hike in the woods, we’ve got so many ways to help you make the most of the season together.  Here are just a few of the destinations where you’ll find lodgings, activities and attractions to help you set the mood. Planning a romantic escape to Connecticut? You'll always find great ideas and getaways here.

Featuring: 116 Crown | Art Essex Gallery | Black Rock Antiques Center | Black Seal Seafood Grille | Book Barn | Bruce Museum | Connecticut River Museum | Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn | Florence Griswold Museum | Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana - New Haven | Griswold Inn | Griswold Inn | Gumdrops & Lollipops Candy Shoppe | Homestead Inn | Hopkins Vineyard | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Kent Falls State Park | La Belle Aurore | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Meli-Melo | Old Lyme Inn | R.J. Julia Booksellers | Rocky Neck Inn | Rolling River Antiques | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Soleil & Suns Bakery | Taylor Brooke Winery | The Company Store Antiques | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | Yale Center for British Art | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History


Foliage Biking

7 Unique Ways to Enjoy Leaf Peeping in Connecticut

Sure, you can take a scenic drive and see great fall foliage in Connecticut. But why not try a new way to experience leaf peeping this fall? Hop on your motorcycle, grab your bike, get out on a boat, zipline through the trees or savor the view from the winery, from a vintage steam train, from a hot air balloon, even from bed at a cozy B&B. Here are some of the best ways to watch nature put on the best show in New England!

Featuring: Adventure Park at Storrs | Blackberry River Inn | Chatfield Hollow Inn | Clarke Outdoors | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut Bed & Breakfast/Bicycle Trail | Connecticut Shoreline Bike/Boat Tour | Connecticut Wine Trail | EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Gillette Castle State Park | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Jonathan Edwards Winery | Lady Katharine Cruises - Hartford | Mount Tom State Park | Mountain Biking at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Old Furnace State Park | Preston Ridge Vineyard | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | RiverQuest | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Stanton House Inn | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Bistro at Chamard Vineyards | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Shore Line Trolley Museum


Foliage Landscape

7 Awesome Autumn Activities in Connecticut

How do you “fall”? In Connecticut, we’ve got so many ways to make the most of the fall season—all so close to each other. By day, you can enjoy scenic foliage views, pick-your-own apple orchards and pumpkin farms. By night, take a haunted tour or a zip-line through a dark forest. Here are just a few great ideas for visiting Connecticut this fall!

Featuring: Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | City of Shelton | Devil's Hopyard State Park | EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center | Fields of Fire Adventure Park | Garden of Ideas | Kent Falls State Park | Lyman Orchards | Prudence Crandall Museum | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Sleeping Giant State Park | Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Sculpture Mile | Town of East Haven


Infinity Hall Food and Night Show

Great Things to Do After Dark

Nightlife in Connecticut is as diverse as the activities you can enjoy here during the day. Live music, festive cocktails, comedy, dancing, billiards, karaoke...however you like to spend your evenings out, Connecticut has all kinds of entertainment destinations that come alive when the sun goes down — especially in the summer. So grab your friends or get a sitter for the kids, and get out and experience these places that really light up after dark.

Featuring: BAR | Black-Eyed Sally's Southern Kitchen & Bar | City of Hartford | City of Middletown | City of New Haven | City of Stamford | High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge | Infinity Music Hall & Bistro (Hartford) | Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | Mohegan Sun | Music Mountain | Nomads Adventure Quest | Norfolk Chamber Music Festival | Rolnick Observatory | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Shrine at Foxwoods | Toad's Place | Town of Newington | Town of Old Lyme | Town of South Windsor | Town of Southington


Lobster Shack

Instagrammable Connecticut: Lobster Shacks

In Connecticut, we take our seafood very seriously. As the home of the lobster roll, you can be sure we’ve got lots of places to savor some of the best New England seafood around, from fine dining to shoreline shacks. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures — and their photo tips! Check back often for new topics. Or if you have some photos to share, tag your photos with #CTvisit!

Featuring: Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | Costello's Clam Shack | Ford's Lobsters | Johnny Ad's | Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant (Madison) | Lobster Landing | Stowe's Seafood


Farm to Fork

Dining in Connecticut — from Farm to Fork

Connecticut has a long-standing reputation for fine dining, as well as a strong farming heritage. Many of the restaurants here have depended upon locally grown foods and products for generations — long before there was a “farm-to-table movement.” Today, we’re proud of the many chefs and culinary professionals who build their innovative menus around sustainable, local ingredients, and we’re honored to have so many of the farmers, fishermen and other producers continue to bring the freshest, finest product to our tables.

Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Bailey's Backyard | Cafémantic | Cavey's Restaurant | Dinners at the Farm | Firebox Restaurant | Heirloom at the Study | Millwright's Restaurant | Miya's Sushi | Oyster Club | River Tavern | Sugar & Olives | Tavern on Main | The North House | Town of Greenwich | Town of Newington | Town of Trumbull | Town of Wilton | Winvian Farm | ZINC Restaurant


Hiking with Llamas

12 Summer Experiences You Just Can't Have in the City

There's still time to escape the city this summer. And if you need any more motivation than the stifling heat, here are a dozen amazing experiences just waiting for you in Connecticut. This short bucket list is packed with everything from zip-lining over the water and hiking with llamas to island kayaking and old-fashioned drive-ins. Have a favorite we haven’t mentioned? Let us know @CTvisit.

Featuring: Adventure Park at Storrs | Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Branford River Paddlesports, Kayaks and Tours | Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park | Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream | Club Getaway | EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center | Farmington River Tubing | Kent Falls State Park | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lyman Orchards | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | Nomads Outdoor Adventure | Odetah Camping Resort | RiverQuest | Rose's Berry Farm | Rowanwood Farm | Satan's Kingdom State Recreation Area | Town of Barkhamsted | Town of Southington | Westport Bike Rentals | Winvian Farm


Hiking with a View

Hiking (and Biking) with a View

Sometimes the hike is its own reward. Other times, there’s nothing like reaching the summit of a great hike and being greeted with an amazing vista. In Connecticut, you’ll find some spectacular high points you can reach easily by hiking (or in some cases, mountain biking) trail. 

Featuring: Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Old Furnace State Park | Shenipsit State Forest | Sleeping Giant State Park | Talcott Mountain State Park | Tarrywile Park & Mansion | Town of Guilford | Town of Manchester | Town of Southington | Webb Mountain Discovery Zone | West Rock Ridge State Park


Costellos

12 Classic Connecticut Clam Shacks

New England seafood is famous worldwide. And there's no better place to enjoy it on a hot summer day than by stopping at one of Connecticut's many seashore clam shacks. All along the shoreline, you'll find local spots that offer the freshest in seafood favorites. From buttery lobster rolls (we invented them!) to fried shrimp, freshly caught oysters and creamy clam chowder, these classic seafood shacks in Connecticut are worth a visit.

Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | Captain's Cove Seaport | Costello's Clam Shack | Jasper White's Summer Shack | Johnny Ad's | Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant (Westbrook) | Lobster Landing | Sea View Snack Bar | SoNo Seaport Seafood | Stowe's Seafood | Town of Madison


Mediterraneo of Norwalk

Dining with a View

It is always a pleasure to drive through the Connecticut countryside on a glorious afternoon in any season, but you can really up the ante with a leisurely lunch or dinner with a view. Here are some restaurants where you can seek and find the season’s best light.

Featuring: Essex Clipper Dinner Train | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn | Gelston House | Harbour House Restaurant & Raw Bar | Hopkins Inn Restaurant | Madison Beach Hotel | Mediterraneo of Norwalk | Millwright's Restaurant | Pearl at Longshore | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | The Blue Oar | The Inn at Woodstock Hill


Wadsworth Falls

Make a Splash at Connecticut’s Most Spectacular Waterfalls

One of the best things about waterfalls in Connecticut is how easy they are to reach. Often located just off the trail — sometimes even just off the road — Connecticut's waterfalls make for refreshing spots to enjoy some great hiking. We've also included some suggestions for other nearby hiking (including some dog-friendly hiking trails!), scenic picnic spots and nearby swimming holes around waterfalls in CT.

Featuring: Burr Pond State Park | Campbell Falls State Park Reserve | City of Shelton | Enders State Forest | Kent Falls State Park | Town of Beacon Falls | Town of Cheshire | Town of East Haddam | Town of Falls Village (Canaan) | Wadsworth Falls State Park


Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens

Instagrammable Connecticut: Summer Gardens

In Connecticut, you’re never far from a beautiful garden in bloom. But don’t take our word for it — just see for yourself some of the gorgeous places people are sharing on social media! With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures — and their photo tips! Check back often for new topics. Or if you have some photos to share, tag your photos with #CTvisit!

Featuring: Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Florence Griswold Museum | Harkness Memorial State Park | White Flower Farm | Wickham Park


Sleeping Giant State Park

Great Places to Hike with Your Dog

Nothing beats the freedom of getting out there on the trail — and that’s true for you and your best friend. Luckily, in Connecticut, we’ve got easy access to some of the most beautiful and diverse hiking in New England. Here are just a few of the places you can take your dog for a long walk, run or swim they’ll love (some even off-leash!) As well as a few places to “pawse” and enjoy a little downtime. This is by no means a full list, just a few suggestions to get you started.

Featuring: Bigelow Hollow State Park | Bluff Point Coastal Reserve | Burger Bar & Bistro | City of Danbury | Cranbury Park & Gallaher Estate | Elbow Room | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Esker Point Beach | Gillette Castle State Park | Harry's Place | Homewood Suites by Hilton - Stratford | Lake Mohegan | Lovers Leap State Park | Macedonia Brook State Park | Railroad Beach | Sea View Snack Bar | Shenipsit State Forest | Sleeping Giant State Park | Sunnybrook State Park | The Promenade Shops at Evergreen | Topstone Park | Town of Avon | Town of Branford | Town of Greenwich | Town of Litchfield | Town of Mystic | Town of South Windsor | Town of Southington | Town of Washington | Town of West Hartford


Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Free for Our Military Families: Connecticut’s Blue Star Museums

Connecticut is proud to support Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

See below for a list of Connecticut museums participating this summer.

Featuring: American Museum of Tort Law | Avery-Copp House | Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum | Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden | Bruce Museum | Butler-McCook House & Garden | Canton Historical Museum | Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library | Danbury Museum & Historical Society | Ebenezer Avery House | Eric Sloane Museum and Kent Furnace | EverWonder Children's Museum | Fairfield Museum & History Center | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Hempsted Houses | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Hill-Stead Museum | Hyland House Museum (1713) | Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center | Institute for American Indian Studies | Kidcity Children's Museum | KidsPlay Children's Museum | Leffingwell House Museum | Lyman Allyn Art Museum | Mattatuck Museum | Museum of Connecticut History | Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) | New Britain Museum of American Art | New Britain Youth Museum | New England Carousel Museum | New England Civil War Museum | Phelps-Hatheway House (1761) | Prudence Crandall Museum | Roseland Cottage Museum | Slater Memorial Museum | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Stanley-Whitman House | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Tolland Historical Society | Town of East Granby | Town of Scotland | Town of Simsbury | Town of Southington | Vintage Hi Fi Museum | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | William Benton Museum of Art | Wilton Historical Society | Yale University Art Gallery


Stony Creek Brewery, Branford

Destination Breweries in Connecticut

Destination breweries are growing in popularity for beer aficionados and casual beer drinkers alike. From playful interior design to tasting decks with a view, breweries large and small are letting their personality show through. And in Connecticut, our compact size makes it easy to explore one or more of these hot spots in a single trip. We spoke with Will Siss, Connecticut Beer author and self-described “beer snob,” to get to the bottom of Connecticut’s growing appeal.

Featuring: Beer'd Brewing Company | City Steam Brewery Cafe | Cottrell Brewing Company | Firefly Hollow Brewing Company | Half Full Brewery | J. Timothy's Taverne | New England Brewing Company | Outer Light Brewing Company | Overshores Brewing Company | Relic Brewing Company | Shebeen Brewing Company | Stony Creek Brewery | Stubborn Beauty Brewing Company | Thimble Island Brewing Company | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company | Two Roads Brewing Company | Willimantic Brewing Company


Inn at kent falls

6 Connecticut Towns and 30 Ways to Enjoy Them

Six small towns... five reasons to visit each in summer. The math seems simple: that’s 30 reasons to plan a Connecticut getaway. But these suggested things to see, eat and do only hint at what awaits. There’s always something happening in these vibrant communities—something for you to discover. And no calculator can compute the joys of making a small town “your” place.

Featuring: Antiques Marketplace | Argia Mystic Cruises | B&B at Bartlett Farm | Bradley Playhouse | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury | Connecticut River Valley Inn | Deary Brothers/Mikes Stand | Delamar Greenwich Harbor | Guilford Art Center | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Kent Falls State Park | Kent Victorian Lodging & Vacation Rental | Mansion at Bald Hill | Max Fish | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | Red 36 | Rose's Berry Farm | Shoreline Segway | Steamboat Inn | The Place | Town of Glastonbury | Town of Greenwich | Town of Guilford | Town of Kent | Town of Mystic | Town of Putnam


Mystic Aquarium

Where to Go for Family Fun After Dark

Have you seen the movie “Night at the Museum”? What if you could spend a night in an aquarium? Or a science center? Or a tipi? Connecticut has so many amazing things to do when the sun shines, you might be surprised to find out how many cool things there are to do after the sun goes down. These are just a few of the great ideas for family fun after dark in Connecticut. Be sure to check each location’s website for upcoming event dates and times.

Featuring: Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Bear Creek Campground at Lake Compounce | Connecticut Science Center | Essex Clipper Dinner Train | IT Adventure Ropes Course | Mystic Aquarium | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Westport Bike Rentals


Pardee Rose Gardens

Stop & Smell the Flowers...and Gardens Too

Connecticut offers many ways to get back to nature, but none are as colorful as its gardens, which are blooming with history, entertainment, activities and – of course – flowers! Discover an array of beautiful, fragrant locations to dazzle your senses.

Featuring: Butler-McCook House & Garden | City of Hartford | City of New Britain | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Hill-Stead Museum | Hurst Farm Country Store & Greenhouses | Mohegan Park & Memorial Rose Garden | Pardee Rose Gardens | Sundial Gardens & Tea Shop | Thankful Arnold House | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | Wickham Park


River Quest East Haddam

May: Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and More

Beyond all the blooming flowers, May is a month full of celebrations. From Mother’s Day to Memorial Day and all of the graduation ceremonies in between, Connecticut is filled with fun ways to mark these special occasions and make memories that last a lifetime. See below for creative ideas that will keep you busy all month long.  

Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center | Elbow Room | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn | Lime Rock Park | Mystic Seaport Museum | Pearl at Longshore | RiverQuest | Shell & Bones Oyster Bar & Grill | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | West Street Grill


Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, Norwalk

Houses of the Famous

The Beverly Hills house tour has always been a staple of a visit to Southern California, and we’ve got a tour in Connecticut, too. Except that with ours, you can go inside the houses, take a look around, learn about the famous residents and maybe even something about culture, the arts, architecture, and America, too. Here are several of the better-known houses that are open to you.

Featuring: Gillette Castle State Park | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Weir Farm National Historic Site


Westport Country Playhouse

Great Stages of Connecticut

Connecticut is home to six of the best regional theaters in the country — together producing an amazing array of fresh interpretations of the classics as well as new plays and musicals. It also boasts many other inviting venues that present touring shows. So you'll never be far from a night (or a day) out at the theater when you're in Connecticut.

Featuring: Eugene O'Neill Theater Center | Goodspeed Opera House Tour | Hartford Stage | Ivoryton Playhouse | Long Wharf Theatre | Shubert Theatre | Westport Country Playhouse | Yale Repertory Theatre


Ocean Beach Park, New London

Touring Retro

To some, retro is a hot trend. To others, it's the way things used to be. Whatever the take, visitors to the Mystic Country, Connecticut, region can taste from a bygone era.

 

Featuring: Aero Diner | Antiques Marketplace | City of New London | Hank's Dairy Bar | Harry's Place | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | Ocean Beach Park | Sea Swirl of Mystic | Town of Colchester | Town of Mansfield | Town of Mystic | Town of Putnam | Zips Diner


Red Food Truck

Connecticut’s Food Truck Festivals 2019

Foodies have a new avenue for food adventure! Join in the food truck festival fun this spring and summer at one of the many events happening around the state. You’ll have an opportunity to sample all kinds of food, from baked potatoes, gourmet burgers and barbecue to cannolis, chicken and cupcakes (and much more!). Spend the day outdoors, listen to some great music and enjoy your surroundings, all while you treat your taste buds to some fantastic flavors. Gather your friends and family and get set for a fun-filled epicurean journey! Mark your calendars for these upcoming Food Truck Festivals:

Featuring: City of Hartford | City of Milford | City of New Haven | City of New London | City of Shelton | City of Waterbury | Mohegan Sun | Town of Deep River | Town of Farmington | Town of Glastonbury | Town of Harwinton | Town of Middlefield | Town of Simsbury


Farm Grounds

Farm-to-Table Feasts

For the true spirit of “fresh and local,” reserve yourself a place at one of Connecticut’s farm-to-table dinners. You’ll experience the bounty of our farms and fields and the talent of some of our finest chefs.

Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Dinners at the Farm | Litchfield Inn | Madison Beach Hotel


Chamard Vineyard, Clinton

Best Date Spots in Connecticut

Coming up with a date idea is no easy feat – whether you’re planning a first date, third date, a big anniversary or something special for that special someone. To ease the stress, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite Connecticut date spots, broken down by what kind of date you’re planning.

Featuring: Black-Eyed Sally's Southern Kitchen & Bar | Chamard Vineyards | City Steam Brewery Cafe | Firebox Restaurant | Firehouse 12 | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Gouveia Vineyards | Griswold Inn | Little Barn | Maugle Sierra Vineyards & Winery | Miranda Vineyard | Miya's Sushi | Mohegan Sun | Old Riverton Inn | Stanton House Inn | Water's Edge Resort & Spa | Willimantic Brewing Company


Oyster Club

Chowder House Rules

When you come to Connecticut in wintertime, there’s nothing like a nice, hot bowl of chowder to warm you up. Whether you’ve been hiking through the snowy woods or skiing down a powdery slope, strolling along the shore or shopping up a storm, the chowder will quickly remind you that it’s one of the great comfort foods – savory, substantial, steamy and altogether delicious.

Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | City Point Kitchen | Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant | Jasper White's Summer Shack | Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant (Madison) | Lenny's Indian Head | Main Street Grille | Olio Restaurant & Bar | Oyster Club | Rory's Restaurant | S&P Oyster Co. | Sedona Taphouse | SoNo Seaport Seafood | Stowe's Seafood | Tavern on Main | Town of Berlin | Town of North Haven | Town of Westport | U.S.S. Chowder Pot III


September Second Summer

September: Second Summer

As we all know, summer doesn’t officially end until September 22, which means there’s still time to do some of the things you never got around to before Labor Day. And what’s not to love about the September version of summer in Connecticut? The crowds are down, the weather and water are both still warm, prices are sometimes reduced…heck, it might be the nicest summer month of all.  

Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | Ferris Acres Creamery | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Lobster Shack | Madison Beach Hotel | Rich Farm Ice Cream | Rocky Neck State Park | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Sherwood Island State Park | UConn Dairy Bar | Water's Edge Resort & Spa


Bobby Flay

Connecticut’s Celebrity Chefs

In this age of televised cooking shows, restaurant-related reality shows and celebrity-chef-run restaurants, Connecticut is right in the mix. From one end of the state to the other, diners can find restaurants run by well-known and well-loved chefs, from big deals to burger joints. Here are just a few suggestions for a truly star-powered dining experience.

Featuring: Baldanza - Natural Market Cafe | Bobby Flay's Bar Americain | Carlo's Bakery Mohegan Sun | David Burke Prime Steakhouse | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Jasper White's Summer Shack | Millwright's Restaurant | Miya's Sushi | Shake Shack - New Haven | The National | Todd English's Tuscany


Zebra Eating Grass

You Deserve a Spring Break!

There are so many reasons to get excited for the start of the spring! It’s time to get outside and take advantage of all of the wonderful things that come along with warmer weather, such as longer days, budding flowers and all that sunshine. Get a head start on making this season a memorable one by exploring some of the new offerings and fun events happening across the state this month, from outdoor festivals and foodie events to new attractions and openings. Grab a friend or family member and get started on your 2019 spring break!

Featuring: Action Wildlife Foundation | Adventure Park at Storrs | Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | B&B at Bartlett Farm | Bear Creek Campground at Lake Compounce | City of Meriden | City of New Haven | Connecticut Bed & Breakfast/Bicycle Trail | Delamar Greenwich Harbor | Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden | Hollister House Garden | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Quassy Amusement & Waterpark | Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods | The National | Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park | Town of Fairfield | Town of New Milford | UConn Dairy Bar | University of Connecticut Animal Barns Self-Guided Tours | Westbrook Outlets | White Flower Farm | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum


Connecticut River Museum, Essex

Connecticut's Quaint Towns & Villages

Main Street America. We invented that. Town greens. Those come standard here. White picket fences and American flags. Got those covered, too. The charm of Connecticut can be found in its small towns and main streets. Explore unique shops and galleries, get immersed in the café culture and soak in the authentic life. There are no wrong turns.

Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Connecticut River Museum | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Lake Waramaug State Park | Lime Rock Park | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mystic Seaport Museum | Old Lighthouse Museum | R.J. Julia Booksellers | Rocky Hill/Glastonbury Ferry | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | Town of Fairfield | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | West Cornwall Covered Bridge | Westport Country Playhouse | Yale Center for British Art


Saybrook Point Inn Water Dock

Great Drives Along the Connecticut Coast

Everyone knows that busy I-95 and U.S. Route 1 follow the Connecticut shoreline from Greenwich east out to Stonington, but there are a lot of lesser known routes that’ll give you the flavor of the coast and sometimes take you right down to the water. Here are several recommendations to get you started.

Featuring: B&B at Bartlett Farm | Book Barn | Central Regional Tourism District - River Valley/Greater Hartford | Eugene O'Neill Theater Center | Harkness Memorial State Park | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Lenny's Indian Head | Lighthouse Point Park | Ocean Beach Park | Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood | Rocky Neck State Park | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Sea Mist Thimble Island Cruise, LLC | Tarry Lodge - Westport | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | The Westport Inn | Town of Old Saybrook


Pet Friendly Connecticut

Pet-Friendly Connecticut

If you’ve got a notion to bring your pet along with you during your travels in Connecticut, you won’t have a problem finding a place to stay overnight or even dine out. The number of pet-friendly hotels, B&Bs and restaurants has exploded in recent years, giving travelers many options as they explore the four corners of the state.

Featuring: Burger Bar & Bistro | Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | Flipside Burgers & Bar | Harbour Inne & Cottage | Interlaken Inn, Resort & Conference Center | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Strawberry Park Resort | Wentworth Homemade Ice Cream Company


Easter bunny and children

Easter Bunny Visits & Springtime Fun

The Easter Bunny is visiting Connecticut this spring! Be on the lookout for the Easter Bunny at many Easter-themed and bunny-inspired events throughout the state. Enjoy fun and glorious springtime activities to celebrate the arrival of the new season. Plan a delightful outing and step out with your young ones, your special someone or your friends. It’s time to get hopping! Be sure to check each location's website for times.

Featuring: City of Bristol | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Danbury Railway Museum | Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | EverWonder Children's Museum | KidsPlay Children's Museum | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Town of Enfield | Town of Essex | Town of Fairfield | Town of Southbury | Town of Vernon | Town of Windsor


Webb-Deane-Stevens Revolutionary Reinactment

Revolutionary Connecticut

There are many ways to explore the Revolutionary War in Connecticut, which was nicknamed The Provision State by Gen. George Washington for its ability to supply the war effort with food, munitions and manufactured goods. Here are some highlights:

Featuring: Black Rock Fort and Fort Nathan Hale | Connecticut DAR Governor Jonathan Trumbull House | Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park | Keeler Tavern Museum (c.1713) | Lebanon Historical Society Museum & Visitor Center | Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) | Nathan Hale Schoolhouse | Putnam Memorial State Park | War Office | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum


Norwalk Seaport Association

All Set for Sunset

One of summer’s great rituals in Connecticut is finding the perfect place to salute the day and watch the sun go down. Whether this is experienced as a group, a couple or solo, you will find many places in the state that are spectacularly well suited – sometimes it’ll be over water, sometimes over hills and sometimes a combination of both. Here are a few locations to get you started. Get out to toast the day just passed and the night to come!

Featuring: Argia Mystic Cruises | Beach House SoNo | Black Hawk | City of Norwalk | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Gillette Castle State Park | Gulf Beach | Hopkins Inn | Mystic Whaler Cruises | RiverQuest | Stonington Borough | Sunset Bar & Grill | Sunset Meadow Vineyards | Town of East Granby | Town of Old Lyme | Town of Plainville


Mill on the River, South Windsor

10 for Brunch

When did brunch become such a thing? In recent years it seems that many Connecticut restaurants that never gave it a thought before have begun putting Bloody Marys, omelets and much, much more onto their menus.  So let’s raise a toast to the weekend and enjoy!

Featuring: Alta Strata | Firebox Restaurant | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn | Heirloom at the Study | Mill on the River | Pond House Cafe | Schoolhouse at Cannondale | Sugar & Olives | Terrain Garden Cafe | White Horse Country Pub


Sundae Drives Ice Cream Trail

Sundae Drives Ice Cream Trail

Nothing licks a hot summer day like ice cream! Whether you’re on the shoreline, on an inland adventure, or driving along a scenic road in the Quiet Corner, the Sundae Drives brochure will take you to some of the best ice cream that eastern Connecticut has to offer. So what are you waiting for? Hit the ice cream trail!

Featuring: A.C. Petersen at Old Lyme | Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream | Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm | Hank's Dairy Bar | Michael's Dairy | Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream | Salem Valley Farms Ice Cream | The Farmer's Cow Calfe & Creamery | UConn Dairy Bar | We-Li-Kit Farm


Barn Island Wildlife Management Area

5 Saltwater Hikes

Most of Connecticut’s popular hiking trails are in the upstate hills and woods, but there are some very good ones right on the shoreline that bring saltwater views and the smell of the sea. They have the added benefits of being fairly level (in some cases, a little more like walking than hiking) and within easy access of I-95, U.S. Route 1 and even rail lines. Here are five, moving from east to west, that make a great way to spend a nice morning or afternoon.

Featuring: Barn Island Wildlife Management Area | Bluff Point Coastal Reserve | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Rocky Neck State Park | Town of East Haven


Mattabesset

Connecticut's Top 10 Hiking Trails

Connecticut today is crisscrossed by hundreds of miles of hiking trails. These 10 hikes run through high land and low, across difficult and easy terrain, and they offer unique insight into the geology, flora and fauna of the state. They also serve as blissful, highly satisfying getaways from the noise and crowds of daily life.

Featuring: Bigelow Hollow State Park | Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve | Mattabesett Blue Trail | Mine Hill Preserve/Roxbury Land Trust | Town of East Haven | Town of Kent | Town of Washington | Town of Wolcott | Tunxis State Forest | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum


Woodbury Farmhouse Antiques

Antiques Outings

One of Connecticut’s great treats is taking in the treasures of our antiques shops. It is likely that nearly every one of the state’s 169 towns has at least one antiques shop in its midst, and you are most welcome to poke along at your own pace and find them all. In the interest of time, however, we have a few highlights to tell you about.

Featuring: Antique & Artisan Gallery | Antiques Marketplace | Greenwich Living Antiques & Design Center | Old Saybrook Antiques Center | Seymour Antiques Company | United House Wrecking Co. | Woodbury Antiques Trail


West Hartford Center

Walkable Town Centers

Sometimes it’s nice just to get out of the car or off the train and walk. Connecticut has many town centers where a nice ramble takes you to shops, restaurants, galleries, museums, and even a park bench or two. Here are some of the best ones to consider:

Featuring: City of New Haven | Town of Chester | Town of Greenwich | Town of New Canaan | West Hartford Center


Race Cars

10 for the Guys

Looking for a guys’ getaway? There’s so much in Connecticut that’s perfectly tailored to male camaraderie, especially in summer when the woods and waters truly open up for business and a cold beer or two can be the perfect ending to the day. Here’s a menu of 10 ideas to get your thought process cranked up.

Featuring: Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park | Clarke Outdoors | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Hartford Yard Goats | Housatonic Anglers | Infinity Music Hall & Bistro (Hartford) | Lime Rock Park | Sunbeam Fleet | The Connecticut Beer Trail | Wintonbury Hills Golf Course


Crave Ansonia

10 Dining Favorites

There are so many fabulous cuisine offerings in Connecticut that you’ll always have an abundance of choices. But don’t take our word for it. Get the scoop straight from those who know Connecticut dining best – locals! The following are just a few of the many worthy restaurants voted the "Best" by the readers of Connecticut Magazine in its 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Featuring: City of Ansonia | City of Middletown | City of Stamford | Ichiban Restaurant | Max Burger | Town of Fairfield | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Stratford | Water's Edge Resort & Spa


Hill-Stead Museum

10 Ways to Enjoy a Summer Evening

One of the things we love most about summertime in Connecticut is that long, purple, very pleasant period at the end of the day. The busy affairs of the daytime have come to an end, the midday heat is easing at last and it’s time for refreshment, maybe even a picnic, and a relaxing couple of hours as night so very gradually descends. Here are some good ways to spend your summer evening hours in Connecticut.

Featuring: Blackie's Hot Dogs | Elbow Room | Hill-Stead Museum | Jimmy Buffetts Margaritaville | Lady Katharine Cruises - Hartford | Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | Musicals at Richter | RiverQuest | Sharon Playhouse | Town of Barkhamsted | Town of Simsbury | Town of Southington


Adventure Park

5 Ways to Get the Most out of Fall

Step out in the cool, crisp weather this season and refresh yourself with fun fall adventures and gorgeous autumn scenery! From family hayrides, scenic leaf-peeping journeys and historic sites to romantic getaways, cultural outings and fabulous food, you’ll find an abundance of New England fall favorites here.

Featuring: Adventure Park at Storrs | Berkshire Balloons | Chester/Hadlyme Ferry | City of Norwalk | Gillette Castle State Park | Hopkins Inn | Lady Katharine Cruises - Middletown | Litchfield Saltwater Grille | Macedonia Brook State Park | Miranda Vineyard | New Britain Museum of American Art | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Town of Fairfield | Town of Greenwich | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Yale University Art Gallery


Chocolate Truffles

Connecticut's Sweet Spots: CT Chocolate Trail

They say there is nothing better than a good friend, except, perhaps a good friend with chocolate – so grab a partner, and treat the chocolate lover in your life (or yourself!) to an unforgettable tasting trip throughout the state. This Connecticut Chocolate Trail will indulge all of your senses!

Featuring: Castle Hill Chocolate | City of Meriden | Fascia's Chocolates | Isabelle et Vincent | Le Rouge Handmade Chocolates by Aarti | Munson's Chocolates | Mystic Sweets & Ice Cream Shoppe | Noteworthy Chocolates | Sweet Cioccolata | The Chocolate Shell | The Village Chocolatier | Thorncrest Farm, LLC & Milk House Chocolates | Town of Brookfield | Town of Essex | Town of Manchester | Town of Ridgefield | Tschudin Chocolates & Confections


Saltwater Farm Vineyard

Escape the City

You don't have to travel far...to get far away. Not when you get out of the city, hop in the car and head to Connecticut. Here are just a few of the stops you'll want to consider for both a little zen and a little zip.

Featuring: Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park | Connecticut Wine Trail | Hopkins Inn | Mystic Seaport Museum | Saltwater Farm Vineyard | The Glass House | Weir Farm National Historic Site


Brachiosaurus in the Fall

7 Spring Vacation Adventures

It seems as though the youngest members of the crew are most eager for entertainment as the weather warms up. In Connecticut, exciting, educational and awe-inspiring attractions that will keep them engaged are always just a short drive away.

Featuring: Connecticut Children's Museum | Connecticut Science Center | Mystic Aquarium | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | The Discovery Museum & Planetarium | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk


Santa at Shore Line Trolley Museum

Santa Rides the Rails

Holiday time in Connecticut can be especially festive, fun-filled and even magical if you happen to encounter Santa in your travels! And this season, Santa plans to make stops at several of the state’s holiday railways. Holiday train rides often sell out, so to ensure a Santa sighting, be sure to make your reservations!

Featuring: Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Danbury Railway Museum | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Lake Compounce Theme Park | The Shore Line Trolley Museum


Lovers Leap State Park

6 Things to Add to Your Fall Bucket List

The great outdoors beckon, the hills are full of color, and you’re full of ideas for things you’d like to try for the first time. And in case you’re not, we’ve got some suggestions for you.

Featuring: Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery | Housatonic Meadows State Park | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lovers Leap State Park | Lyman Orchards | Mount Tom State Park


Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort

Skiing, Snowboarding & Tubing in Connecticut

Connecticut is an ideal destination for winter sports activities such as downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and tubing. If you’re looking for a day trip, weekend or longer getaway, Connecticut has options for ski enthusiasts of all levels, from the advanced to the novice. And there are many family-friendly winter ski destinations, offering activities for kids and adults. Grab your gear and get ready to hit the slopes!

Featuring: Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mount Southington Ski Area | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Ski Sundown | White Memorial Foundation | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center


IT Adventure at Jordan's Furniture, New Haven

Indoor Adventures

Whatever the weather is like outside, the fun is nonstop inside — at all these indoor adventure sites around Connecticut. Who knew you could zipline indoors? Or, try rock climbing any time of the year?

Featuring: Adventure Rooms - Premier Room Escape | Escape New Haven | Golf Quest Family Sports Center | High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge | IT Adventure Ropes Course | Nomads Adventure Quest | On Track Karting | Pine & Iron Axe Throwing | Prime Climb Mountain Fun | Soarin' Indoors


Lyman Orchards, Middlefield

“Pick Your Own” at Connecticut Farms

It’s the season for venturing out to one of Connecticut’s farms to pick your own fruit! Take the whole family so everyone can join in the experience of selecting and gathering your own garden- and orchard-fresh goods. Some farms also offer farm markets, wine tastings, farm dinners and cooking classes, too! Below are some of our favorites, but be sure to take a look at this complete list of Connecticut’s “Pick Your Own” farms offered by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

Featuring: Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery | Dondero Orchards | Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm | Jones Family Farms | Lyman Orchards | March Farm | Rose's Berry Farm


Bike Ride Trail

Best Bike Rides: Many Ways to Go

On back roads, canal paths, wooded trails and coastal excursions, there is biking for everyone in Connecticut – and spring is a great time of year to pop your bikes onto the top of your car and head out for the wide open spaces. Of course, there are many expert opinions about where to find the best bike rides in the state, so we have pulled suggestions from a number of good sources, along with links, so you can make your own determination. Wherever you head, one thing is for certain: There are very few ways better than biking for getting a close look at and feel for the wonders of Connecticut.

Featuring: City of New Haven | The Last Green Valley | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Colchester | Town of East Hampton | Town of Litchfield | Town of Middlebury | Town of Southbury


Mansion at Bald Hill, Woodstock

Inns of Distinction

Nothing says New England like a historic inn with a roaring fire and an excellent restaurant.  All these top-rated Connecticut lodgings fit the bill, making them ideal for romantic retreats and girlfriend getaways.

Featuring: Bee & Thistle Inn & Spa | Copper Beech Inn | Mansion at Bald Hill | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Stonecroft Country Inn | West Lane Inn | Winvian Farm


Hotchkiss-Flyer House, Torrington

Proper Victorians

The Victorian Era remains visible everywhere in Connecticut: in its churches, public buildings and cemeteries, but perhaps nowhere as much as in its private houses. Go to the center of any of the state’s 169 cities and towns, and you’ll see them - sometimes solo, sometimes lined up as if in formation - these great “painted ladies” of a bygone era. The great news is that some of Connecticut’s most spectacular Victorian houses have been saved as museums and are open for your inspection:

Featuring: Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Roseland Cottage Museum | Smith-Harris House | The Mark Twain House & Museum


West Cornwall Bridge

Bridging History

With its long history and many rivers and streams, Connecticut has always found a challenge in getting from one side of the water to the other. First came the ferries, but then came the bridges, and they kept on coming until all the rivers were adequately crossed. Today, Connecticut contains a broad array of bridges, many of them unique for their history or design. Here’s a tour of some of the most interesting.

Featuring: City of Hartford | Town of East Hartford | Town of Mystic | West Cornwall Covered Bridge


The Glass House

5 Icons You Must Visit This Fall

Not that Connecticut’s icons are necessarily seasonal, but here’s a five-pack that seems especially well suited to fall drives, foliage and Connecticut traditions.

Featuring: City of New Haven | Mystic Seaport Museum | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Glass House | UConn Dairy Bar


Bowling Alley

Indoor Adventures

Whatever the weather is like outside, the fun is non-stop inside — at all these indoor adventure sites around Connecticut. Who knew you could zipline indoors? Or, try rockclimbing any time of the year?

Featuring: Adventure Rooms - Premier Room Escape | Escape New Haven |