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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 | Downtown Cabaret Theatre | 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 | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Shubert Theatre | 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
No one dresses up for the holiday season quite like Connecticut. To find a few of the towns that show particularly scenic levels of festive spirit, we consulted the photo book, A Connecticut Christmas by Caryn B. Davis. We’re sharing some of her photographs that we think perfectly capture the charm of Connecticut and the warmth of the holiday season!
Featuring: City of Meriden | City of New Haven | City of Torrington | Cornwall Bridge Pottery | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Falls Village Inn | Goodspeed Musicals - The Terris Theatre | Griswold Inn | Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann Restaurant | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Libby's Italian Pastry Shop | Litchfield Inn | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New Haven Green | Olde Mistick Village | Pattaconk 1850 Bar & Grille | The Shops at Yale | The Village Restaurant | Thompson Chocolate | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Chester | Town of Essex | Town of Greenwich | Town of Litchfield | Town of Mystic | West Cornwall Covered Bridge
Late summer/early fall is country fair time in Connecticut. Across the state, you’ll find authentic country fairs that have been an annual event here for generations. From midways to music, livestock competitions to deep-fried everything, there’s no better way to spend a day, night or weekend than at the fair! Here’s a short list of just a few of the fairs happening in August and September.
Featuring: City of Norwalk | Town of Berlin | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Brooklyn | Town of Durham | Town of East Hampton | Town of Goshen | Town of Guilford | Town of Harwinton | Town of Hebron | Town of Somers | Town of Woodstock
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 | 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 | 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
On back roads, canal paths, wooded trails and coastal excursions, there is biking for everyone in Connecticut – and spring is a great time of year to pop your bikes onto the top of your car and head out for the wide open spaces. Of course, there are many expert opinions about where to find the best bike rides in the state, so we have pulled suggestions from a number of good sources, along with links, so you can make your own determination. Wherever you head, one thing is for certain: There are very few ways better than biking for getting a close look at and feel for the wonders of Connecticut.
Featuring: City of New Haven | The Last Green Valley | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Colchester | Town of East Hampton | Town of Litchfield | Town of Middlebury | Town of Southbury
Summer in Connecticut erupts with color, from carefully tended gardens to wild grown fields and forest trails. In June, the roses make their entrance. In July, the rhododendrons and lavender take center stage. And in August the sunflowers provide the grand finale. Here are a few of the biggest and best viewing opportunities, as well as some suggestions for other places in Connecticut also beginning to bloom. Remember, Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day is June 23, so be sure to check for locations celebrating throughout the state.
Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream | City of Hartford | City of New Britain | City of New London | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Florence Griswold Museum | Lavender Pond Farm | Lyman Orchards | Mohegan Park & Memorial Rose Garden | Pachaug State Forest | Town of Bethlehem | Town of North Branford | Town of Old Lyme | Town of Stonington | Town of Thomaston | Town of Thompson | Wickham Park
Looking for something to do in CT in October? Whether you want something active, relaxing, cultural or nature-oriented, we have you covered. Learn more!
Featuring: Action Wildlife Foundation | Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Boardman House Inn | City of New Haven | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret | Connecticut Chocolate Trail | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Dinosaur State Park | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Florence Griswold Museum | Forbidden Escape | HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort Casino | Hopkins Inn | IT Adventure Ropes Course | Kent Falls State Park | Lyman Orchards | Meigs Point Nature Center | Mohegan Sun | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Salt Cave of Darien | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Stamford Observatory | Strawberry Park Resort | Taste of New Haven Tours | The Barnum Museum | The Connecticut Pizza Trail | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Wallingford Victorian Inn | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Coventry | Town of Derby | Town of Lebanon | Town of Mystic | Town of New Milford | Town of Southington | Town of Westport | Town of Wethersfield | Town of Wilton | White Memorial Foundation | Wolf's Den Family Campground | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History | Yankee Cider Barn at Staehly Farms
Overview: There’s no classic, late-summer experience quite like a country fair. The sights, sounds and smells conjure images of a time when life was a little simpler. Recapture the magic this summer at a few of Connecticut’s favorite fairs!
Featuring: City of Norwalk | Town of Berlin | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Bridgewater | Town of Brooklyn | Town of Chester | Town of Durham | Town of Goshen | Town of Guilford | Town of Guilford | Town of Harwinton | Town of Hebron | Town of Lebanon | Town of Ledyard | Town of Lyme | Town of North Branford | Town of North Haven | Town of Orange | Town of Plymouth | Town of Portland | Town of Somers | Town of South Windsor | Town of Wolcott | Town of Woodstock
Overview: This year’s crop of corn mazes is starting to come to life at farms all across Connecticut. Plan a day (or a night) exploring one or more of nature’s original escape rooms!
Featuring: Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill | Belltown Hill Orchards | Berkshire Balloons | Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery | Black Hog Brewing Company | Bruce Museum | Castle Hill Farm | Chester Charter, Inc. | City of Hartford | City of Milford | City of New London | Connecticut Dinosaur Trail | Connecticut Science Center | Dinosaur State Park | EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center |