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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
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
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
The Beverly Hills house tour has always been a staple of a visit to Southern California, and we’ve got a tour in Connecticut, too. Except that with ours, you can go inside the houses, take a look around, learn about the famous residents and maybe even something about culture, the arts, architecture, and America, too. Here are several of the better-known houses that are open to you.
Featuring: Gillette Castle State Park | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Weir Farm National Historic Site
Snowy New England winters are legendary. If you want to make the most of outdoor fun this winter, you don’t have to travel any farther north than Connecticut, where you can try anything from tubing down snow-covered slopes to climbing a wall of ice —without spending hours in the car. Here are a few great ways to get out there and play in the snow.
Featuring: Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | Gay City State Park | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mount Southington Ski Area | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Ski Sundown | Weir Farm National Historic Site | White Memorial Foundation | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center
You don't have to travel far...to get far away. Not when you get out of the city, hop in the car and head to Connecticut. Here are just a few of the stops you'll want to consider for both a little zen and a little zip.
Featuring: Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park | Connecticut Wine Trail | Hopkins Inn | Mystic Seaport Museum | Saltwater Farm Vineyard | The Glass House | Weir Farm National Historic Site
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 time, we have a great summer weekend itinerary from our friends at Mommy Poppins Connecticut.
You only get about a dozen weekends to squeeze in summertime family fun. Luckily, Connecticut has got you covered. In just one weekend you can explore the great outdoors, stroll historic towns, squish your toes in the sand, watch the sunset, eat yummy fresh seafood, catch a tadpole, splash in a pool, and so much more. So leave your FOMO behind and trade your bucket lists for beach buckets with this Fairfield County getaway guide.
Featuring: Bartaco - Westport | Captain's Cove Seaport | City of Norwalk | Norwalk Inn & Conference Center | Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood | SoNo Seaport Seafood | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | Town of Ridgefield | Weir Farm National Historic Site
These days tourism can be so much more than ticking a few places off your list. In fact, visitors to Connecticut often seek out lessons, classes and workshops to enhance their experience. No grades or tests, but you (or even your kids) may go home with a new skill, insight or even a handmade souvenir!
Featuring: Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Branford River Paddlesports, Kayaks and Tours | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Fascia's Chocolates | Fired Up | Florence Griswold Museum | Gold Rush Farm LLC | Grace Farms | Greenwood Glass Blowing Studio Gallery & School | Hunt Hill Farm Trust | Le Rouge Handmade Chocolates by Aarti | Lee's Riding Stable | Lime Rock Park | Mead Farm | Mystic Seaport Museum | New England Science & Sailing | Painting with a Twist | Spring Meadow Farm | The Storyteller's Cottage | The Wine Press | Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park | Weir Farm National Historic Site
Overview: Spring in Connecticut is in full force, with gardens, fields and farms bursting with new life! Here are a few places to take in the season at its most colorful.
Featuring: Action Wildlife Foundation | Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center | Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Belknap Preserve | Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden | Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Brignole Vineyards | Buttermilk Lane Farm | Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream | Chamard Vineyards | City of Bridgeport | City of New Britain | City of New Haven | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut Audubon Society Deer Pond Farm | Connecticut College Arboretum | Connecticut Wine Trail | Cricket Hill Garden | Delamar Greenwich Harbor | Delamar Southport | Denison Homestead Museum - Pequotsepos Manor (1717) | Earthplace, The Nature Discovery & Environmental Learning Center | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Flamig Farm | Florence Griswold Museum | Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana - New Haven | G Spa at Foxwoods | Gilbertie's Herb Gardens | Gillette Castle State Park | Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden | Harkness Memorial State Park | Hill-Stead Museum | Hollister House Garden | Housatonic Anglers | Housatonic Museum of Art | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Lavender Pond Farm | Little Pub Fairfield | Mandara Spa at Mohegan Sun | Mayflower Inn & Spa | McLean Game Refuge | Meigs Point Nature Center | Middlebank II | Mine Hill Preserve/Roxbury Land Trust | Mountain Meadow Outfitters and Charters | Mystic Aquarium | Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge | Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale | Osborne Homestead Museum | Palmer Arboretum | Roseland Cottage Museum | Rum Runner | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Scoot & Paddle | Seaside Park | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Taylor Brooke Winery | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Town of Fairfield | Town of New Canaan | Town of Ridgefield | University of Connecticut Animal Barns Self-Guided Tours | Water's Edge Resort & Spa