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Four Seasons of Fun

Connecticut offers four seasons of fun, from summer days kayaking on Long Island Sound to hiking the trails ablaze with the colors of fall – or as some call it, Indian Summer – to cross-country skiing and winter ice fishing, to celebrating spring at one of the many festivals that take place throughout the state. Whether you visit for a week or make it your base for exploring New England, Connecticut is so much more than a single destination. Attractions here are so close, you can easily travel from coastline to countryside in a few hours.

By Land and By Sea

History is alive and well in Connecticut. You’ll find living history everywhere you look – in grand houses such as the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion and architectural wonders like the Glass House. You’ll find it in the covered bridges of the Litchfield Hills or in river views while riding the vintage Essex Steam Train. Connecticut’s maritime legacy is ongoing, and includes attractions such as the 19th Century whaling ship Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport and the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS NAUTILUS.

Nature and Culture

For nature lovers, Connecticut’s rolling hills, rich forests and sandy coastline entice visitors and explorers of all ages to discover hidden trails, ride river rapids and zip-line through treetops. And don’t forget: many of the best views can also be found indoors — in the studios, galleries and halls of world-renowned art museums and universities.

Wine and Dine

Thirsty for more? Sip wines from Connecticut’s award-winning vineyards, or down a pint of beer in a brewery or one of many craft brewpubs. Then, savor the taste of farm-to-table cuisine and enjoy seafood fresh from the Long Island Sound. New Haven has pizza that ranks among the top ten in the United States and is the home of the first hamburger sandwich at Louis' Lunch, still cooked as it was in 1900.

Unplug and Recharge

From luxury hotels to the small-town charms of historic inns, from a room with a water view to a campsite under the stars, Connecticut offers so many ways to relax and unwind – which is precisely what you’ll want to do after riding a roller coaster or playing in one of the world-class casino resort and entertainment destinations.

Quaint and Contemporary

The small towns like Chester, Guilford, Essex and Kent offer big experiences, where you’ll discover shopping, dining and culture to fill a day or a weekend. For a more modern twist, Connecticut’s vibrant cities offer nightlife and dining, award-winning theaters, eclectic museums and live music, too.

Located at the heart of the Northeast, the state of Connecticut is easily accessible by car, bus, train, plane or ferry — and is especially easy to get to from New York City. Visit today to plan your trip and discover dozens of getaway ideas that make it easy to see why Connecticut offers New England’s best blend of experiences!

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The world’s first hamburger sandwich was served at Louis’ Lunch in New Haven in 1900.

Must see places

The Mark Twain House & Museum

The Mark Twain House & Museum

Built in the American High Gothic style, the Mark Twain House in Hartford was the home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens and his family from 1874 to 1891. Learn more about the author in the adjoining museum.

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Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport

This popular living history museum in Stonington consists of a village, ships and nearly 7 hectares of exhibits depicting coastal life in New England in the 19th century. It’s the largest maritime museum in the U.S.

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Browsing the U.S. Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton, Connecticut

U.S. Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum

Not only was the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, built in Groton, it’s also berthed here. Walk through the vessel’s interior to get a glimpse of the crew’s life aboard the submarine.

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Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, Connecticut
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Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

A National Historic Landmark, this house in Hartford was once the home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the anti-slavery Uncle Tom’s Cabin and a Civil Rights pioneer. Learn about Stowe and the issues that still resonate today.

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Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Barnum Museum

This Bridgeport museum’s “Envisioning the Future!” exhibit features artifacts that belonged to P.T. Barnum (“The Great American Showman”), Tom Thumb and other giants of the U.S. circus. His Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan and Circus opened in 1871.

Touring the Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut
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The Glass House

The Glass House – an essay in minimal structure, geometry and proportion – was designed by architect Philip Johnson and built in New Canaan in 1949 as his own residence. Tour the house, plus painting and sculpture galleries.

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Exterior of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in Norwalk, Connecticut

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion

A Second Empire-style country house that’s now a museum, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in Norwalk has been featured in several movies. Tour the house to see its Gilded Age architecture and furnishings and old-world craftsmanship.

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The Essex Steam Train in Connecticut

Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

Enjoy the dinner train, fall foliage trips, the North Pole Express holiday rides and combination steam train-riverboat excursions from Essex Station. Children won’t want to miss the special "A Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine" outings.

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A dinosaur sculpture outside the Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, Connecticut

Peabody Museum of Natural History

A major highlight for visitors to Yale University in New Haven, the Peabody Museum of Natural History features 13 million items covering a wide range of topics, from dinosaurs and Egyptian mummies to Native American artifacts.

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A young boy looking at a Beluga Whale at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut

Mystic Aquarium

At this aquarium in Mystic, explore five habitats – Rainforest, Arctic, Wetlands, Desert and Open Oceans – and the critters that live there. Watch movies including “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” and “Great White Shark.”

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