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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 | City of Hartford | City of Milford | City of Norwalk | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut Valley Brewing Company | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Lost Acres Vineyard | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Salt Cave of Darien | Still Waters Retreat | Stonington Vineyards | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Town of Branford | Town of East Hartford | Town of Hamden | Town of New Canaan | Town of Newtown | Town of Southington | Town of West Hartford | Winvian Farm | Wisdom House Retreat & Conference Center
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
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
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
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
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
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. In fact, there are so many good ones that we couldn't stop at five or 10 or even 15 - our list of 20 doesn't even cover the entire scene, of course, but it's a good place to start. Here they are, in brief and in alphabetical order. Can you get to them all?
Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Blackie's Hot Dogs | Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | City of Bristol | Clam Castle | Glenwood Drive-In | Guida's Drive-in Restaurant | Harry's Place | Sea Swirl of Mystic | Stowe's Seafood | Town of Bethel | Town of Fairfield | Town of Guilford | Town of New Milford | Town of Old Saybrook | Town of Southbury | Town of Southington | Town of Stratford
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
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
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
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 | La Quinta Inn & Suites - Danbury | 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