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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 Resort & Marina | 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
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: Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill | Belltown Hill Orchards | Berkshire Balloons | Black Hog Brewing Company | Chester Charter, Inc. | Connecticut Dinosaur Trail | Connecticut Science Center | Dinosaur State Park | Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm | Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm | Empower Adventure Park at Nomads | 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 | 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 Litchfield | Town of Putnam | Town of Trumbull | Town of Woodbury | Two Roads Brewing Company | Yankee Cider Barn at Staehly Farms
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
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
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
There’s just no end to all the things kids can do in Connecticut, either just plain fun or attractions that engage their creativity and imagination. The best combine both.
Featuring: Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Dinosaur State Park | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New England Air Museum | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
There is evidence that dinosaurs once roamed Connecticut, and in their footprints we’ve discovered that some even date back 200 million years! Connecticut even has a “state dinosaur,” the dilophosaurus, after fossilized tracks that were fou