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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

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 Bowl (National Historic Landmark) | Yale University Art Gallery

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

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

Sunset in Westport

Perfect Connecticut Towns for Romantic Escapes

When it’s just the two of you, nothing is better than a small town with romantic charm. From coastal Connecticut to the state’s northeastern “Quiet Corner,” the state is home to stylish towns and quaint villages that are perfect for sparking, or recharging, romance. Here are just a few of our favorites, and some things you can do to make the visit even more romantic.

Featuring: Bar Bouchée | Boardman House Inn | Brushmill by the Waterfall | Chester/Hadlyme Ferry | Clam Castle | Club Getaway | Cooper Creek B&B | Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn | Gillette Castle State Park | Goodspeed Musicals - The Terris Theatre | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Kent Falls Brewing Company | Kent Victorian Lodging & Vacation Rental | Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant (Madison) | Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts | Madison Beach Hotel | Main Street Antiques | R.J. Julia Booksellers | RJ Café & Bistro | Riverwind Inn B&B | Rolnick Observatory | Roseland Cottage Museum | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Soleil & Suns Bakery | Tavern on Main | Taylor Brooke Winery | The Good Elephant Bistro | The Inn at Longshore | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | Town of Chester | Town of Kent | Town of Madison | Town of Westport | Town of Woodstock

Mystic Seaport

Captured in Time - Living History in Connecticut

Follow these links to Connecticut's past, where history comes alive.

Featuring: Fort Trumbull State Park | Gillette Castle State Park | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum | Keeler Tavern Museum (c.1713) | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mystic Seaport Museum | New England Air Museum | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | Prudence Crandall Museum | Roseland Cottage Museum | The Glass House | The Mark Twain House & Museum

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: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Calf Pasture & Shady Beach | City of Milford | City of New London | City of West Haven | Farmington River Tubing | Gillette Castle State Park | HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort Casino | Infinity Music Hall & Bistro (Hartford) | Lime Rock Park | Martha's Herbary | New England Carousel Museum | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Sonny's Place | The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Town of Bolton | Town of Canton | Town of Coventry | Town of Rocky Hill | Wickham Park

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

Butterfly on flower

8 Spring Flings to Get You Out of the City

When the snow and ice finally thaw and things start to turn green again, that’s the perfect time to take a trip outside the city and experience springtime in Connecticut. Late March through mid-June, everything from flowers and fishing to farm animals and food trucks re-emerges from hibernation, ready to be experienced. Got a springtime fling we haven’t mentioned? Let us know @CTvisit.

Featuring: Action Wildlife Foundation | Belknap Preserve | Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Brignole Vineyards | Chamard Vineyards | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut Audubon Society Deer Pond Farm | Connecticut College Arboretum | Connecticut Wine Trail | Earthplace, The Nature Discovery & Environmental Learning Center | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Flamig Farm | Gillette Castle State Park | Hill-Stead Museum | Housatonic Anglers | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Lavender Pond Farm | McLean Game Refuge | Middlebank II | Mine Hill Preserve/Roxbury Land Trust | Mountain Meadow Outfitters and Charters | Mystic Aquarium | Rum Runner | Scoot & Paddle | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Taylor Brooke Winery | Town of Fairfield | University of Connecticut Animal Barns Self-Guided Tours | Westmoor Park

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

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

Sheffield Island Lighthouse

Connecticut's Perfect Picnic Spots

Pack a picnic lunch or dinner and head out to these inviting spots all over Connecticut. Some have picnic tables, some have grills, but all offer an opportunity for a unique and memorable outdoor dining experience.

Featuring: Action Wildlife Foundation | Argia Mystic Cruises | Arrigoni Winery