Connecticut attractions include sea history, roller coasters, dinosaurs, and more
Connecticut attractions offer an wide variety of great things to do
during your CT vacation. Learn about Connecticut’s ship building history at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, discover the fossilized tracks of dinosaurs at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, experience the thrill of the Wooden Warrior award-winning roller coaster at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, and enjoy the only steam train to riverboat Connecticut in the entire country at the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat in Essex. The number and variety of family activities
77 Forest Street
Hartford, CT, 06105
Conversation part of the interactive tour at Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Visitors are key to the experience at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, where guided tours of the author’s Victorian Gothic cottage also involve conversations about not only the issues of Stowe’s time – slavery and the role of women, for example – but also the issues, like social justice, we face today. Through storytelling, photographs, writings and rotating educational exhibits, visitors will hear about Stowe’s childhood, travels, family and what compelled her to the life of an activist and abolitionist – and author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” as well as other books. The home’s interiors have been beautifully restored in the Victorian style, and the gardens are notable for their variety and beauty. The center is a National Historic Landmark and a stop on the Connecticut Freedom Trail.
55 Coogan Boulevard
Mystic, CT, 06355
Mystic Aquarium is a destination of its own
At Mystic Aquarium, meet New England’s only beluga whales. See over 300 species in both indoor and outdoor exhibits including African penguins, seals, sharks and fish galore. Discover extraordinary animals including 30 different amphibian species in ‘frogs!’ or some of nature’s most outrageously bizarre animals in ‘Weird & Wonderful’. And in ‘Jurassic Giants: A Dinosaur Adventure’, you’ll encounter breathing, clawing, roaring dinosaurs that practically come to life! Daily complimentary sea lion shows provide a truly unique opportunity to see these fascinating animals up-close and in action. Plus, with a robust schedule of shows in our two theaters, seasonal events and activities, Mystic Aquarium is a year-round destination worth revisiting often. Learn more at MysticAquarium.org. SEA more at Mystic Aquarium!
1225 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT, 06320
Waterslides, rides, boardwalk among ocean park’s many attractions
Right away, you’ll notice the bustling boardwalk and beautiful sugar-sand beach at Ocean Beach Park. But, keep looking: An amusement park features old-time-favorite kiddie and adult rides. There are triple waterslides for the truly daring and a sprayground for the little ones. Test your skills at the 18-hole mini golf course or in the old-fashioned arcade. Relax in the Olympic-size pool, go for a stroll on the nature walk overlooking Alewife Cove, get in a workout at the health club, or make use of the picnic area. Entertainment ranges from magicians and fireworks to movies, bands, DJs and antique car cruises.
Parking fees (includes park admission): Weekends $23, Weekdays $17, Weeknights after 6pm $8, Fireworks Evenings $10. Seasonal parking passes available. Walk-in Admission $6.
40 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT, 06511
Hard to beat indoor adventure ropes course in New Haven
This attraction hits all the buttons. The sound and lighting alone features a 1,000 nozzle Liquid Fireworks water fountain that goes to the beat of 41,000 watts of stereo sound designed by the company that created Radio City Music Hall and Michael Jackson’s Tour experiences. The star of this show, the Adventure Indoor Ropes Course, is the largest such course in the world with two 60’ high ropes courses spanning over 100 activities and four of the longest Sky Rail zip lines ever made. Participants can also Jump It on the free-fall exit from the tallest level to the ropes course, walk a 200’ long catwalk 40' in the air, and dare to take on vertical climbing structures that take you sky-high. Kids under 48” tall can enjoy their very own Little It making this place perfect for families.
1650 Hartford-New London Tpke. (Rt. 85)
Oakdale, CT, 06370
All day fun and excitement at The Dinosaur Place
Children and adults will discover a wealth of fun and excitement at The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village. You’ll find a 60 acre outdoor adventure park with over 40 life-sized dinosaurs spread among a mile and a half of pristine nature trails. Children will love getting lost in a”MAZE”asaurus and playing on Monty’s playground featuring the SpaceNet, a 15 foot tall three-dimensional swinging, vibrating, climbing web. During the summer, cool off in New England’s largest SplashPad. Indoor adventures await in Discovery Depot at Nature’s Art Village where guests can dig for gems, pan for “gold” and unearth dinosaur bones. Plan an indoor or outdoor birthday party, scout, school or recreational group outing. Check out the new Cooper Creek Mini Golf Course open Summer 2017 for ages 8+!
12 Steamboat Wharf
Mystic, CT, 06355
Discover islands, lighthouses and the beauty of sailing as you bask in the sun and salt air aboard the traditional schooner, Argia. This unique trip aboard one of the last sailing ships in New England offers you an ideal way to see the quaint maritime village of Mystic CT and its beautiful shoreline. Step aboard for a journey into the past. Depart from Mystic's historic Bascule Bridge, a national historic landmark, and sail down the Mystic River. Morgan Point Lighthouse and the quaint fishing village of Noank greet you at the river’s mouth, followed by islands and peaceful sailing. Snacks and lemonade are provided and you may bring your own beer or wine.
May 1st through late mid-October, choose a day or sunset cruise aboard ARGIA!
Mathews Park - 303 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT, 06850
Imaginative, interactive museum has an activity for every age group
The idea behind the Stepping Stones Museum for Children is that kids learn best by doing, and everything inside and outside the museum backs that up. Children can create artwork, learn about their emotions, discover exactly how you work a wrench or use a needle and thread, “drive” a school bus, catch a toy fish in a pond and perform in a kid-centric “American Idol.” Even babies can engage with toys and puzzles in Tot Town or sit quietly as their parents read to them in a book nook. Outside, they can climb in the Celebration Courtyard or see who is visiting the butterfly garden. When it’s time for lunch, the Healthyville Cafe serves up locally sourced meals that are delicious and nutritious. Daily drop-in program topics range from science to the arts and nursery rhymes with Mother Goose.
Norwich Free Academy - 108 Crescent Street
Norwich, CT, 06360
Centuries of art and culture on display at Slater Memorial Museum
Visit Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, Conn. and explore peoples and culture though 35 centuries and five continents. Created though a gift by philanthropist William A. Slater more than a century ago, this stunning example of Romanesque Revival style architecture popularized by H. H. Richardson was executed by Stephen C. Earle. The museum is set on the campus of Norwich Free Academy in Norwich CT and showcases a diverse collection of fine and decorative art, plaster replicas of sculpture from the ancient world, and historical artifacts. The collection continues to grow through gifts from Norwich citizens and NFA alumni. Enjoy an interpreter-guided tour -- free with admission – permanent and changing exhibits, events, and unique gifts at the Slater Museum shop.
Sailing from the Niantic Bay Marina
Niantic, CT, 06357
Whether fishing or sightseeing, sailing on the Black Hawk means fun!
No vacation at the shore is complete without a day spent reeling in the big ones. When you ready to enjoy deep-sea fishing, board the Black Hawk in Niantic, Connecticut. Powered by twin 750 horse power diesels, she's one of the fastest boats of her kind in New England. She is also U.S. Coast Guard inspected every year. Our experienced captains know where to find blue fish, porgies, cod, striped bass, sea bass, and other fish you'll enjoy catching. We also offer sightseeing trip from time to time. Watch Fourth of July fireworks from our deck, or let us take you where you can watch dolphins and seals sport and play. Schedule your own trip for a child's birthday party or a reunion with friends.
One Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT, 06426
A Connecticut River adventure by train and boat
Gather family and friends for a sightseeing adventure aboard the only steam train and riverboat connection in the United States! This 2½-hour narrated journey explores the nature and beauty of the Connecticut River Valley, designated as one of “the last great places on Earth” by The Nature Conservancy. View historic sites such as Gillette Castle and the Goodspeed Opera House. Excursions begin and end at the historic 1892 Essex station. Rain or shine.
1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT, 06510
Masterworks from British Empire on display at Yale center
Surround yourself with the treasures of the Empire at the Yale Center for British Art, which hosts the largest collection of British art outside of the United Kingdom. Among the 2,000 paintings are masterpieces by Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable and J.M.W. Turner. But the center also is home to 250 sculptures, 20,000 drawings and watercolors, 40,000 prints and 35,000 rare books and manuscripts, all from the Elizabethan era onward. Also at the center, where admission is free: a vast array of activities for children and adults; concerts and gallery talks; introductory tours; and sketching sessions for all levels. Relax downstairs at the Atticus Bookstore and Cafe or, in season, in the courtyard’s Harvest Wine Bar and Restaurant.
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
110 Pequot Trail
Mashantucket, CT, 06338
Permanent exhibits on the Native and natural history of southern New England include a cool descent into a glacial crevasse from 18,000 years ago. Walk through a 1550 Pequot Village. Interactive computer programs, films providing additional information and interpretation of the exhibits. Two research libraries, one for children. Museum store and restaurant.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; last admission at 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $13; children age 6-15, $10; under 6 free.
127 Washington Avenue, 4th Floor West
North Haven, CT, 06473
A restaurant renaissance has made Greater New Haven a most exciting culinary destination. And then there's Yale University: with its medieval courtyards and stunning buildings -- from Gothic revival to acclaimed modernism. Can you name another area this size with world-class museums, theater and music? There are town greens to rival any in New England and preserved historic homes in even the smallest village. And alongside every town green are tiny boutiques and eclectic shops as well as superb bookstores. Now add the outdoors for long: sandy shores, nature preserves, centuries-old orchards, rocky hikes.
One Constitution Plaza
Hartford, CT, 06103
Since 1974, the Central CT Regional Tourism District has marketed and promoted the Hartford region as a convention and meeting destination. We provide complimentary services to all convention and meeting planners. We can assist you in finding a meeting facility, provide promotional literature and much more. For more information, please call us at (860)787-9640.