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What’s New

• Connecticut’s 375th anniversary:  Industrious, Inventive, Enduring Connecticut will be celebrating state-wide by highlighting the citizens and achievements of the past 375 years.
• 2010 Mark Twain Centennial Celebration: Includes 100th Anniversary of his death; 175th Anniversary of his birth; 125th Anniversary of the publication of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in the United States; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain House & Museum, August 9 through December 31, a look at this often controversial work.

• Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: America’s oldest art museum houses 50,000 works spanning 5,000 years. Hartford.
• Gillette Castle: Castle built by William Gillette overlooking the Connecticut River. The grounds are open year round (weather permitting) , while the interior is open for tours from Memorial Day Weekend to Columbus Day. East Haddam.
• Fort Trumbull: Egyptian-revival-style fort that features restored 19th-century living quarters; touchable cannon and artillery display; and access to the ramparts. New London.
• Lake Compounce: America’s oldest operating amusement park, stages with live entertainment and the state’s largest water park.
• The Maritime Aquarium: African Underwater Safari features fish and reptiles from the Nile River, Red Sea, lakes of Africa’s Great Rift Valley and Africa’s surrounding shorelines. Norwalk.
• Timexpo: The Timex Museum boasts a time tunnel, an exhibit based on the work of adventurer Thor Heyedahl and an examination of the mound cultures of North America. Waterbury.
• Connecticut Science Center: Interactive exhibits like the WFSB Weather Studio allow visitors to make their own forecast and even “present” their findings live on camera. Hartford.
• Connecticut Art Trail: 15 world-class museums and historic sites throughout the state exhibit European masterpieces, American Impressionism, ancient art and contemporary culture.

• International Festival of Arts & Ideas (June), New Haven.
• Riverfest (July), Hartford/East Hartford.
• Sailfest (July), New London.
• Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous (July), Mystic.
• Litchfield Jazz Festival (August).
• Mystic Outdoor Art Festival (August).
• Norwalk Oyster Festival (September).
• Apple Harvest Festival (September-October), Durham.
• Fantasy of Lights (November-December), New Haven.

• Mystic Seaport: A nationally acclaimed re-creation of a 19th-century maritime village filled with authentic ships, buildings and shops.
• Litchfield Hills: Picture-perfect New England scenes, exceptional inns and dining, quaint rural towns and a large collection of antique shops.
060621_5186Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism• Stonington Borough: Picturesque New England seaport nestled on the coastline with quaint houses, restaurants, shopping, and boating.
• Philip Johnson’s Glass House: Buildings designed in each decade of Philip Johnson’s life. New Canaan.
• Goodspeed Opera House: Home of the American Musical. Famous for the original productions of Man of La Mancha, Shenandoah and Annie. East Haddam.
• Hammonasset Beach State Park: Connecticut’s largest shoreline park with three kilometres of beach to enjoy swimming or strolling along the boardwalk. Madison.

Hidden Gems
• Antique District: Discover the less-travelled antique district in Bantam, along Route 202.
• Henry Whitfield State Museum: The oldest (circa 1639) stone house in New England. Guilford.
• Thimble Islands: Fascinating lore and pirate legend. Off the coast of Branford.

Did You Know?
State Motto: Qui Transtulit Sustinet (He who transplanted still sustains)
State Flower: Mountain Laurel
State Bird: American Robin

Fast Facts
America’s Byways: Connecticut State Route 169, Merritt Parkway.
Direct Flights: Air Canada, Continental Airlines, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines
Cruise Lines: American Canadian Caribbean Line, American Cruise Lines, Camelot Cruises, Clipper, Deep River Navigation Company
Sales Tools: Connecticut Vacation Guide, Arts & Culture Guide, e-newsletters, sample itineraries.
Info: The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism