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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
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
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
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
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
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
Every September, the city of Munich, Germany comes alive with the legendary Oktoberfest celebration. Here in Connecticut, the tradition carries on with various events around the state in September and October. Check out a few of the Oktoberfest-style celebrations going on this fall.
Featuring: City of Hartford | City of Meriden | City of Milford | City of New Haven | City of Norwich | City of Shelton | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Town of Bethel | Town of Branford | Town of Chester | Town of Derby | Town of Middlebury | Town of Westport | Two Roads Brewing Company
Overview: Visit towns across Connecticut as they dress up for the season with decorations, light displays and of course, the natural beauty of a New England winter. Happy Holidays from all of us at Connecticut Tourism!
Featuring: City of Hartford | City of Meriden | City of New Haven | City of Torrington | Copper Beech Inn | Cornwall Bridge Pottery | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Falls Village Inn | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Goodspeed Musicals - The Terris Theatre | Griswold Inn | Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann Restaurant | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Infinity Music Hall & Bistro (Hartford) | KidsPlay Children's Museum | Lady Katharine Cruises - Hartford | Libby's Italian Pastry Shop | Litchfield Inn | Mohegan Sun | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New Haven Green | Olde Mistick Village | Pattaconk 1850 Bar & Grille | Riverwind Inn B&B | Saint Clements Castle | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Ski Sundown | 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 | Town of Westport | Water's Edge Resort & Spa | West Cornwall Covered Bridge
Overview: This March, find celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day all around Connecticut, from parades to performances, festivals to 5ks.
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 | Christy's Irish Pub | City of Bridgeport | City of Bristol | City of Danbury | City of Hartford | City of Meriden | City of New Haven | City of New London | City of Norwich | City of Stamford | City of Torrington | 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 | Donahue's Madison Beach Grille | Donovan's | Duffy's Tavern | Eli Whitney Museum | Eric Sloane Museum and Kent Furnace | EverWonder Children's Museum | Florence Griswold Museum | Genius Museum at Nature's Art Village | Harp and Hound Pub | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Hill-Stead Museum | Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum | Housatonic Museum of Art | Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center | Infinity Music Hall & Bistro (Hartford) | Institute for American Indian Studies | Institute for American Indian Studies | Ireland's Great Hunger Museum | 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 | McKinnon's Irish Pub | McLadden's Irish Public House | 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 Haven Museum | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | Northwest Park & Nature Center | O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant | Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine | PEZ Visitor Center | Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant | Prudence Crandall Museum | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Slater Memorial Museum | SoNo Switch Tower Museum | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Stanley-Whitman House | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | Stony Creek Brewery | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Barnum Museum | The Children's Museum | The Discovery Museum & Planetarium | The Lansdowne Irish Pub & Music House | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Public House | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Town of Colchester | Town of East Lyme | Town of Essex | Town of Fairfield | Town of Greenwich | Town of Hebron | Town of Mystic | Town of Plainville | Town of Plymouth | Town of Putnam | Town of Southington | Vaughan's Public House | Vintage Hi Fi Museum | Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of Connecticut | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Welles-Shipman-Ward House (c.1755) | White Horse Country Pub | 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