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Connecticut is home to hundreds of museums and historic sites, showcasing everything from classical to contemporary artwork, ancient to modern history, dinosaurs to space exploration —and everything in between.
Featuring: American Clock & Watch Museum | American Museum of Tort Law | Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry | Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum | Boothe Memorial Park & Museum | Bruce Museum | Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut | Connecticut Air & Space Museum | Connecticut Art Trail | Connecticut Children's Museum | Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum | Connecticut Freedom Trail | Connecticut River Museum | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut State Museum of Natural History & Connecticut Archaeology Center | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Connecticut Women's Heritage Trail | Connecticut's Old State House | Custom House Maritime Museum | Danbury Railway Museum | Eli Whitney Museum | Eric Sloane Museum and Kent Furnace | EverWonder Children's Museum | Florence Griswold Museum | Genius Museum at Nature's Art Village | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Hill-Stead Museum | Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum | Housatonic Museum of Art | Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center | Institute for American Indian Studies | Ireland's Great Hunger Museum | Kidcity Children's Museum | KidsPlay Children's Museum | Knights of Columbus Museum | Lutz Children's Museum | Lyman Allyn Art Museum | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mattatuck Museum | Museum of Connecticut History | Mystic Seaport Museum | National Helicopter Museum, Inc. | New Britain Museum of American Art | New England Air Museum | New England Carousel Museum | New England Civil War Museum | New England Motorcycle Museum | New Haven Museum | Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine | PEZ Visitor Center | Prudence Crandall Museum | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Slater Memorial Museum | SoNo Switch Tower Museum | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Barnum Museum | The Children's Museum | The Discovery Museum & Planetarium | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Vintage Hi Fi Museum | Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of Connecticut | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | William Benton Museum of Art | Windham Textile and History Museum | Yale Center for British Art | Yale Collection of Musical Instruments | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History | Yale University Art Gallery
Starting with the day after Thanksgiving and going straight through to New Year’s, the Christmas season in Connecticut is packed with holiday activities, celebrations and every kind of tradition.
Featuring: Allen Hill Farm | Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree Farm | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Florence Griswold Museum | Goodspeed Musicals - The Terris Theatre | Goodwin Park | Jones Family Farms | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Mystic Seaport Museum | Palace Theater | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | The Shops at Yale | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Towill's Christmas Tree Farm | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Greenwich | Town of South Windsor | Town of Washington | Uncle Frank's Christmas Tree Farm | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Winterberry Farm
With historic graveyards and real-life haunted mansions, Connecticut has Halloween spirit to spare. But if you have a child spooked by things that go bump in the night, October could be a reason to hide under the bed! Have no fear, from slimy surprises to pumpkin patches, read on to discover the best events across the state that offer more treats than tricks.
Featuring: Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | Ray of Light Farm | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Town of East Hampton | Town of Kent | Town of West Hartford
When October comes around, Connecticut towns gear up for Halloween celebrations. From ghostly legends to ghoulish attractions to family-friendly fun, there are plenty of ways to experience an authentic New England Halloween. Here are just a few of the towns that are particularly spooky this time of year, along with a few limited-time events to check out.
Featuring: Ancient Burying Ground of Hartford | City of Bristol | City of New Haven | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Grove Street Cemetery | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Mystic Seaport Museum | Norwalk Historical Society | Olde Mistick Village | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Town of Wallingford | Town of Wethersfield | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
Calling all kids: These Connecticut playgrounds were built for you.
Featuring: Connecticut River Museum | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Danbury Railway Museum | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | New England Carousel Museum | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | The Discovery Museum & Planetarium | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
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 | Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard | 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 | The Shore Line Trolley Museum
Sure, you can take a scenic drive and see great fall foliage in Connecticut. But why not try a new way to experience leaf peeping this fall? Hop on your motorcycle, grab your bike, get out on a boat, zipline through the trees or savor the view from the winery, from a vintage steam train, from a hot air balloon, even from bed at a cozy B&B. Here are some of the best ways to watch nature put on the best show in New England!
Featuring: Adventure Park at Storrs | Blackberry River Inn | Chatfield Hollow Inn | Clarke Outdoors | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut Bed & Breakfast/Bicycle Trail | Connecticut Shoreline Bike/Boat Tour | Connecticut Wine Trail | EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Gillette Castle State Park | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Jonathan Edwards Winery | Lady Katharine Cruises - Hartford | Mount Tom State Park | Mountain Biking at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Old Furnace State Park | Preston Ridge Vineyard | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | RiverQuest | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Stanton House Inn | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Bistro at Chamard Vineyards | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Shore Line Trolley Museum
Holiday time in Connecticut can be especially festive, fun-filled and even magical if you happen to encounter Santa in your travels! And this season, Santa plans to make stops at several of the state’s holiday railways. Holiday train rides often sell out, so to ensure a Santa sighting, be sure to make your reservations!
Featuring: Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Danbury Railway Museum | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Lake Compounce Theme Park | The Shore Line Trolley Museum
Holiday cheer is upon us in Connecticut! Get in the holiday spirit by getting out and experiencing some of the brilliant holiday lights festivals and displays around the state. Gather your family and friends for a festive, magical, memorable outing sure to delight audiences of all ages.
Featuring: Connecticut River Museum | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Goodwin Park | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lighthouse Point Park | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Town of Essex | Visit Collinsville
The Easter Bunny is visiting Connecticut this spring! Be on the lookout for the Easter Bunny at many Easter-themed and bunny-inspired events throughout the state. Enjoy fun and glorious springtime activities to celebrate the arrival of the new season. Plan a delightful outing and step out with your young ones, your special someone or your friends. It’s time to get hopping! Be sure to check each location's website for times.
Featuring: City of Bristol | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Danbury Railway Museum | Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | EverWonder Children's Museum | KidsPlay Children's Museum | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Town of Enfield | Town of Essex | Town of Fairfield | Town of Southbury | Town of Vernon | Town of Windsor
There’s so much to look forward to this May! And with Mother’s Day comes the perfect excuse for a family adventure, new experiences (whether that means delicious summer food or spa time) and much more.
Featuring: Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum |