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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
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
The best parts of fall are simply unavailable in the city; no hills rolling with color, no apple orchards or pumpkin patches, and certainly no historic cider mills. Luckily, Connecticut has all of these and more, and it’s just a brief drive away. This short list is packed with everything from pumpkin picking to hot cider and corn mazes.
Featuring: B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill | Belltown Hill Orchards | Berkshire Balloons | Black Hog Brewing Company | Castle Hill Farm | Chester Charter, Inc. | City of Shelton | Connecticut Dinosaur Trail | Connecticut Science Center | Dinosaur State Park | EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center | Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm | Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm | Fort Hill Farms | Giuffrida Park | Haley Farm State Park | Hidden Valley Preserve | HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort Casino | Hogans Cider Mill | Kent Falls State Park | Lyman Orchards | Mooney Time | New England Cider Company | Nomads Outdoor Adventure | Old Town Mill | RiverQuest | Rose's Berry Farm | Scott's Yankee Farmer | Silverman's Farm | Skydive Danielson | Spoke + Spy Ciderworks | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | The Pickin Patch at Woodford Farm | These Guys Brewing Company | Thimble Island Brewing Company | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Coventry | Town of Durham | Town of Putnam | Two Roads Brewing Company
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
Get to the heart of the action in a few of Connecticut's nature wonderlands.
Featuring: Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Black Hall Outfitters - Westbrook | Connecticut Bed & Breakfast/Bicycle Trail | Connecticut Shoreline Bike/Boat Tour | Devil's Hopyard State Park | Farmington River Tubing | Kent Falls State Park | Simsbury Free Bike | Sleeping Giant State Park | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Last Green Valley
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
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
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
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
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 | Simsbury Free Bike | Town of Barkhamsted | Town of Simsbury | Town of Southington | Winvian Farm
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 | Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | DiGrazia Vineyard & Winery | Dinosaur State Park | Gillette Castle State Park | Gouveia Vineyards | Hopkins Vineyard | Kent Falls State Park | Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts | Lighthouse Point Park | Lost Acres Vineyard | Meigs Point Nature Center | Music Mountain | Norfolk Chamber Music Festival | Old Lighthouse Museum | Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center | Stonington Vineyards | Weir Farm National Historic Site