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What’s New

  • NEW CAMPGROUND: Lake Compounce Theme Park is introducing Bear Creek Campground in July. Bristol.
  • COME BACK KATE: The Connecticut Historical Society has brought Katherine Hepburn’s personal costume collection back to her home state for a special exhibit until September 13. Hartford.
  • RENOVATION AT MYSTIC HARBOUR: The Inn at Mystic Harbour’s four-diamond restaurant is currently undergoing a full renovation. Mystic.
  • INFINITY MUSIC HALL & BISTRO: This popular dining and concert venue in Norfolk is opening a second, larger location in Hartford’s Front Street District.

Attractions

  • Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: America’s oldest public art museum houses 50,000 works spanning some 5,000 years. Hartford.
  • Fort Trumbull: Egyptian-revival-style fort that features restored 19th century living quarters, a cannon and artillery display and access the ramparts. New London.
  • Lake Compounce: America’s oldest continuously-operating amusement park and the state’s largest water park. Bristol.
  • Connecticut Art Trail: Some 17 museums and historic sites throughout the state exhibit European masterpieces, American Impressionist pieces, ancient art and contemporary pieces.
  • Connecticut Wine Trail: Composed of 25 charming vineyards.
  • The Philip Johnson Glass House: Created by American architect Philip Johnson, this is one of the most significant structures of the 20th century. The rectangular house was built in 1949 out of quarter-inch-thick glass and without any interior walls. New Canaan.

Events

  • International Festival of Arts & Ideas (June), New Haven.
  • Riverfest (July), Hartford/East Hartford.
  • Sailfest (July), New London.
  • Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous (July), Mystic.
  • Apple Harvest Festival (October), Glastonbury.
  • Fantasy of Lights (November-December), New Haven.

Places

  • Mystic Seaport: A nationally acclaimed recreation of a 19th century maritime village filled with authentic ships, buildings and shops.
  • Litchfield Hills: Picture-perfect New England scenes, exceptional inns, quaint rural towns and a large collection of antique shops.
  • Stonington Borough: Picturesque New England seaport nestled on the coastline.
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park: Connecticut’s largest shoreline park. Madison.

Hidden Gems

  • Henry Whitfield State Museum: The oldest (circa 1639) stone house in New England. Guilford.
  • Thimble Islands: Fascinating lore and pirate legends. Off the coast at Branford.

Did You Know?

  • State Motto: Qui Transtulit Sustinet (He Who Transplanted Still Sustains)
  • State Flower: Mountain Laurel
  • State Bird: American Robin

Fast Facts

  • Region: NEW ENGLAND

America’s Byways: Connecticut State Route 169, Merritt Parkway, and Route 41, which is a nationally-designated Scenic Road.

  • Direct Flights: Air Canada, United, Delta, US Airways, American.
  • Shopping: Tanger Outlets, Clinton Crossing, Shop Westfarms, Stamford Town Center, The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, The Promenade Shops at Evergreen.
  • Cruise Lines: Deep River Navigation Company, Sea Mist Thimble Island Cruise LLC, Islander, Volsunga IV, Lady Katharine Cruises, Bridgeport to Port Jefferson NY Ferry, Becky Thatcher, RiverQuest, Grass Island Cruises.
  • Info: Connecticut Office of Tourism

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