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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
Connecticut is home to towns and cities rich with history. From the Native Americans to the earliest European settlers, the revolutionary war era to the industrial revolution, so much of our past is so well preserved, it’s worth planning a visit just to travel back in time. Once you’re there, you’ll walk in the footsteps of forefathers and enjoy a modern taste of these vibrant, welcoming destinations. You can find a wealth of historic information on any of these towns and many more from our friends at ConnecticutHistory.org.
Featuring: Ancient Burying Ground of Hartford | Argia Mystic Cruises | B&B at Bartlett Farm | Black Rock Fort and Fort Nathan Hale | Butler-McCook House & Garden | Chester Bulkley House B&B | City of Hartford | City of New Haven | City of Norwich | Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum & Sanctuary | Connecticut Freedom Trail | Connecticut's Old State House | Fairfield Museum & History Center | Guilford Walking Tours | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Historic Mystic Harbor Tours | Hyland House Museum (1713) | Indian Burial Grounds | Keeler Tavern Museum (c.1713) | Leffingwell House Museum | Marriott Hartford Downtown | Mount Crescent House B&B | Mystic River Historical Society | Mystic Seaport Museum | New Haven Museum | Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors’ Center | Ogden House & Gardens | S&P Oyster Co. | Spa at Delamar Southport | Steamboat Inn | Taste of New Haven Tours | The Dudley Farm Museum | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Study at Yale | Thomas Griswold House | Town of Fairfield | Town of Guilford | Town of Mystic | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Wethersfield | Uncas Leap | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | Weir Farm National Historic Site | West Lane Inn | Wethersfield Historical Society | Yale University Visitor Center
Over 300 miles of Connecticut’s coastline hug the shore of Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. So it’s no surprise that many of the region’s early European settlers arrived by sea. Working seaports were among the first industries here as well, and today these coastal towns and cities still maintain their maritime character while welcoming travelers with classic New England charm. As many visitors still like to arrive in Connecticut by private boat or public ferry, we’re suggesting a few port towns that make it easy to visit for a day or even longer.
Featuring: Audubon Guilford Salt Meadow Sanctuary | City of New London | City of Norwalk | Connecticut River Museum | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Discover East Lyme | Docking at Mystic Seaport | Downtown Essex | Essex Island Marina | Fort Trumbull Marina | Griswold Inn | Guilford Art Center | Guilford Mooring | Guilford Town Marina | Guilford Walking Tours | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Bike Rentals | Mystic Pizza | Mystic Point Marina | Mystic River Marina | Mystic Seaport Museum | New London Historic Waterfront District | Paddle Mystic-Mystic River Adventure Company | Port Niantic | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | Shoreline Segway | Skipper's Seafood Restaurant | Smarty's Restaurant & Pub | SoNo Nightlife | Thamesport Marina | Town of Essex | Town of Guilford | Town of Mystic
The state of Connecticut is filled with picturesque towns. That’s why so many artists, musicians, photographers and authors are drawn to them. And that’s exactly what makes them a great place to visit. Here are a few towns where you can explore galleries, studios, gardens, theaters and more, as well as great places to stay, eat and shop!
Featuring: Art Essex Gallery | B&B at Bartlett Farm | Bee & Thistle Inn & Spa | Carriage Barn Arts Center | Connecticut Art Trail | Connecticut River Artisans | Cooley Gallery | Cooper & Smith Gallery | Copper Beech Inn | Diane Birdsall Gallery | Florence Griswold Museum | Garden of Ideas | Grace Farms | Greene Art Gallery | Guilford Walking Tours | Ivoryton Playhouse | Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts | Lyme Art Association | Old Lyme Arts District | Ridgefield Guild of Artists | Ridgefield Playhouse | Ridgefield Theater Barn | Roger Sherman Inn | Silvermine Arts Center | Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Bird Nest Salon & Gallery | The Glass House | Town of Essex | Town of Guilford | Town of New Canaan | Town of Old Lyme | Town of Ridgefield | Weir Farm National Historic Site | West Lane Inn
Six small towns... five reasons to visit each in summer. The math seems simple: that’s 30 reasons to plan a Connecticut getaway. But these suggested things to see, eat and do only hint at what awaits. There’s always something happening in these vibrant communities—something for you to discover. And no calculator can compute the joys of making a small town “your” place.
Featuring: Antiques Marketplace | Argia Mystic Cruises | B&B at Bartlett Farm | Bradley Playhouse | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury | Connecticut River Valley Inn | Deary Brothers/Mikes Stand | Delamar Greenwich Harbor | Guilford Art Center | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Kent Falls State Park | Kent Victorian Lodging & Vacation Rental | Mansion at Bald Hill | Max Fish | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | Red 36 | Rose's Berry Farm | Shoreline Segway | Steamboat Inn | The Place | Town of Glastonbury | Town of Greenwich | Town of Guilford | Town of Kent | Town of Mystic | Town of Putnam
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
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
Summer nights, warm breezes, stars up above and music filling the air – how divine! With many outdoor concerts happening around the state this summer, you can enjoy musical days and nights with family and friends. Bring a picnic, relax, and savor the melodies of summer. Here are just a few of the annual music events going on right now in Connecticut. To find events near you, visit our Events Calendar.
Featuring: Blackie's Hot Dogs | Bushnell Park | Cava Restaurant | City of Bristol | City of Hartford | City of New Britain | City of Stamford | Elbow Room | Hill-Stead Museum | Lady Katharine Cruises - Hartford | Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | RiverQuest | Sharon Playhouse | Town of Branford | Town of Durham | Town of East Haddam | Town of Falls Village (Canaan) | Town of Guilford | Town of Hamden | Town of Norfolk | Town of Putnam | Town of Simsbury | Town of Stonington | Town of Washington | Town of Woodbury | Two Roads Area 2 | Two Roads Brewing Company
Whether passing through forests, along mountain ridges or in wetland preserves, Connecticut’s hiking trails offer a range of things to experience, from soaring views and lush scenery to winding rivers and even a waterfall or two. So we got some advice from someone who knows them well. Rob McWilliams is an avid hiker who details his four-season adventures on western and central Connecticut trails in his blog, McWilliams Takes a Hike. He shared a few of his favorite hikes with us, along with tips on what to look for, how to get there and even where to park (including GPS coordinates).
Featuring: Lake Waramaug State Park | Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve | Mount Riga State Park | New England National Scenic Trail | People's State Forest | Timberlands Trails | Town of Guilford | Town of Redding | Town of Sharon