In the early 20th century, Florence Griswold’s boarding house in Old Lyme was the hub of one of the most important summer art colonies in America. Visitors may explore the beautiful property alongside the Lieutenant River and walk through the “old-fashioned” historic gardens.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed on major holidays.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $9; students, $8; free of children under age 12. Information:
275 Great Neck Road / State Route 213Waterford, CT, 06385Phone: 860-443-5725
Beautiful seaside gardens; Roman Classical Revival Mansion open for tours in summer
This park is on the 230-acre property occupied by the former summer mansion of the Harkness family. The property is loved for its vast lawns sweeping down to Long Island Sound, its old trees, and beautiful flower gardens. These include an Alpine rock garden. Property is open year-round, daily, from 8 a.m. to sunset. Parking fees are charged.
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20 Park Center RoadNorwich, CTPhone: 860-823-3798
Nice urban park for walking, swimming, field sports. Park is famous for its grand rose garden.
Formal rose garden in this city on three rivers is a pleasure in late spring and summer.
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