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Cities like New York and Boston can be fun, but just a short drive to Connecticut and you'll find 169 inviting towns that dot the countryside, hills, and coastline. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures, wonderful museums with fun family programing, or just strolling charming town centers, browsing the shops and enjoying great food, you can find it all in these small towns in Connecticut.
Featuring: Abigail's Grille & Wine Bar | Connecticut River Museum | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Flamig Farm | Griswold Inn | Kent Falls State Park | Lobster Shack | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream | Mystic Seaport Museum | Sea Mist Thimble Island Cruise, LLC | Stony Creek Brewery | Stratton Brook State Park | Town of Branford | Town of Essex | Town of Kent | Town of Mystic | Town of Simsbury
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 Adventure Park at Nomads | 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
If Connecticut ever had to name an Official State Food, it would probably be a close call between pizza and lobster. Of course, lobster has been on the menu here a lot longer, dating back to the days before the European settlers arrived. And today it’s available everywhere, served in all sorts of ways and always hard to say no to. Here’s a quick look at some of the best purveyors.
Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | City of Hartford | David Burke Prime Steakhouse | Lobster Landing | Macdaddy's Macaroni & Cheese Bar | Max's Oyster Bar | The Lazy Lobster Restaurant | The Place | Town of Branford | Town of East Lyme | Town of Simsbury | Westbrook Lobster Restaurant & Bar - Clinton
Shredding through mountain trails or gliding along an open road along the coast or through the countryside, there are so many ways to enjoy biking in Connecticut. We’ve pulled together a few recommendations and resources to help you find the ride that’s right for you.
Featuring: Bicycle Tour Company | Bluff Point Coastal Reserve | Collis P. Huntington State Park | Connecticut Bed & Breakfast/Bicycle Trail | Connecticut Shoreline Bike/Boat Tour | Covered Bridge Electric Bike Rental | Farmington Canal Linear Park | Gay City State Park | Meli-Melo | Mohawk State Forest | Mountain Biking at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Mystic Bike Rentals | Pedal Power - Vernon | Pedego SoNo Electric Bikes | Rockland Preserve | Simsbury Free Bike | Town of Clinton | Town of Derby | Town of East Hampton | Town of Fairfield | Town of Greenwich | Town of Harwinton | Town of Litchfield | Town of Mystic | Town of Old Lyme | Town of Plainfield | Town of Putnam | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Simsbury | Town of Trumbull | Town of West Hartford | Town of Westport
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 | 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
Foodies have a new avenue for food adventure! Join in the food truck festival fun this spring and summer at one of the many events happening around the state. You’ll have an opportunity to sample all kinds of food, from baked potatoes, gourmet burgers and barbecue to cannolis, chicken and cupcakes (and much more!). Spend the day outdoors, listen to some great music and enjoy your surroundings, all while you treat your taste buds to some fantastic flavors. Gather your friends and family and get set for a fun-filled epicurean journey! Mark your calendars for these upcoming Food Truck Festivals:
Featuring: City of Hartford | City of Milford | City of New Haven | City of New London | City of Shelton | City of Waterbury | Mohegan Sun | Town of Deep River | Town of Farmington | Town of Glastonbury | Town of Harwinton | Town of Middlefield | Town of Simsbury
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