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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
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
We've got places in Connecticut where you can interact with animals of every order.
Featuring: Action Wildlife Foundation | Burgis Brook Alpacas | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret | Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Creamery Brook Bison | Flamig Farm | Fort Hill Farms | Karabin Farms | Mystic Aquarium | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | UConn Dairy Bar | University of Connecticut Animal Barns Self-Guided Tours
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)
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
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
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
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