From rich historical sites to casino gaming to world-class spa resorts, Connecticut packs super vacations into a small space! And don't forget the must-see annual migrations of the bald eagle!
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Many intriguing structures and pristine architecture preserve Connecticut's legacy. The one most immediately credited to its tenant: Hartford's Mark Twain house. Twain and his family lived in the Gothic landmark from 1874 to 1891, a span the author called the happiest and most productive period of his life. Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and other classic works in his third-floor billiard room.
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Action, adventure and scenic beauty close by. View our free brochures for Greater Hartford & Connecticut's River Valley and Greater New Haven at CenterofCT.com or call 860-787-9640.
Central Regional Tourism District
Here's a revolutionary idea. Get away to Connecticut this summer, where you can do a whole lot more, all while traveling a whole lot less. Discover 52 getaways jam-packed with the coolest ways to spend your hot summer days at CTvisit.com.
Connecticut Science Center
250 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103. 860-724-3623, CTScienceCenter.org
Crowne Plaza Hartford South Cromwell
100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, CT 06416. 860-635-2000, CromwellCP.com
CT Dino Trail
Dinos Abound! The Connecticut Dinosaur Trail unites Connecticut's four most thrilling dinosaur-themed attractions. See life-size dinos and study ancient dinosaur skeletons. Don't miss a single 'saurus! CTDinoTrail.com
Discovery Museum and Planetarium
4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604. 203-372-3521, DiscoveryMuseum.org
EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center
Middletown, CT. 860-638-4754, LeadershipSports.com
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Have fun making memories! All aboard the only steam train and riverboat connection in the US! Hike the Gillette Castle Connection and explore nature. To create your memories, and to see other offerings, visit essexsteamtrain.com or call 800-377-3987.
Nearby….coast and country. In Fairfield County, the blend of city, coast and country come together for an authentic New England experience. Early American history, a fascinating maritime heritage, magnificent waterfronts, vibrant city centers and peaceful countryside make this a perfect area to visit and so easy to get to by car, train or ferry. Free guide and map at 800-663-1273 or visitfairfieldcountyct.com.
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT. 860-434-5542, FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org
Foxwoods® Resort Casino
It's All Right Here. Only the Northeast's largest resort casino can deliver an experience quite like this. With four exquisite hotels (each with its own character and all featuring world-class amenities), two award-winning spas, two championship golf courses and much more, a visit is more than just a getaway—it's a personal oasis. With all this and more, it's no wonder Foxwoods Resort Casino is still the Wonder of it All! foxwoods.com
Hartford Marathon Foundation
HMF events—great races in great places. HMF offers high-energy runs & triathlons all over Connecticut. Find a great HMF race in a great CT place at HartfordMarathon.com.
35 Mountain Road, Farmington. 860-677-4787, Hillstead.org
Holiday Inn Bridgeport
1070 Main Street, Bridgeport. 203-334-1234, HIBridgeport.com
Howard Johnson - Mystic
253 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT. 860-536-2654, MysticHotels.com
Knights of Columbus Museum
One State Street, New Haven. 203-865-0400, KOfCMuseum.org
When you're ready to unwind. In Litchfield Hills, nature, farms and first-class culture combine to offer the ideal place to unwind from urban stress. Experience the tranquility of our lakes and rivers. For a free 154-page Unwind Guide, call 800-663-1273 or visit litchfieldhills.com.
32 Reeds Gap Road, Middlefield, CT. 860-349-1793, MyLyman.com
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
10 N. Water St., Norwalk, CT 06854. 203-852-0700, MaritimeAquarium.org
Mashantucket Pequot Museum
110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT 06338. 800-411-9671, PequotMuseum.org
One great deal for all Mystic has to offer. Discover Mystic, the unique New England coastal village that's full of family fun. Mystic has something for everyone, and with the Mystic Pass Card you can find the best way to see it all. Each pass includes one admission to both Mystic Aquarium and Mystic Seaport, as well as countless discounts at the area's restaurants, shops, hotels and cozy bed & breakfasts. All for just $50 for one adult pass. Learn more at mystic.org/mysticpass.
A breath of fresh air between New York and Boston. Located between the bustle of New York's urban sprawl and the busy cities of New England, travelers get a breather in Mystic Country. Covering all of eastern Connecticut, Mystic Country connects the village of Mystic, the eastern Connecticut coastline, the countryside—also known as the "Quiet Corner"—and world-class casinos. Start planning your getaway at mystic.org.
Ocean Beach Park
1225 Ocean Avenue, New London, CT 06320. 860-447-3031, Ocean-Beach-Park.com
Quassy Amusement Park
Route 64, Middlebury, CT. 203-758-2913, Quassy.com
Railroad Museum of New England
A scenic train ride on the Naugatuck Railroad with a visit to Thomaston, CT. Check the schedule for special events; buy tickets online (rmne.org) or call 860-283-7245.
Saybrook Point Inn & Spa
2 Bridge Street, Old Saybrook, CT. 800-243-0212, Saybrook.com
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Summer fun awaits you. Visit the Stamford Museum & Nature Center and discover Heckscher Farm, a New England working farm, or explore more than 80 acres of nature trails. Soar down slides on Nature's Playground and play in a tree house. Enjoy the latest exhibition in the museum's galleries or gaze at the stars in the observatory. stamfordmuseum.org, 203-322-1646
Stepping Stones Museum
Where learning and fun collide. Play is serious business at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk. Embark on new and unexpected adventures, from the wet and windy Energy Lab® and the small wonders of Tot Town® to Build It!, our two-story construction project run by kids. Explore your emotions in Express Yourself and make healthy choices in Healthyville®—two brand-new exhibits. steppingstonesmuseum.org
The Inn at Harbor Hill Marina
60 Grand Street, Niantic, CT 06357 860-739-0331, InnHarborHill.com
The Last Green Valley
The Spa at Norwich Inn
607 West Thames Street, Norwich, CT 06360. 800-275-4772, TheSpaAtNorwichInn.com
Waterford Hotel Group
350 South Main, Middletown, CT. 860-347-5925, WesleyanPotters.com