Just a short drive from Boston or New York, Connecticut is a charming state located in the north-eastern United States. Charming and quiet, it has a true New England style that will entrance you, and make you want to explore. With rolling vineyards, vast swathes of farmland, and some delicious food and drink, Connecticut is the perfect place to visit when you want to get away from it all. Keep reading for a list of five of the best things to do whilst in the state.
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If you’re interested in maritime history, you’ll love Mystic Seaport. A recreation of a historic seaport village, Mystic Seaport is home to some awe inspiring ships including the Bank Charles W Morgan and the last antique whaling ship. The living museum is open daily from February onwards, with the times being listed on the museum website. This is a great attraction for children, and is sure to be a nice excursion for adults as well.
Candlewood Lake is the closest thing you’ll get to a national park in Connecticut, and as you would expect it is popular with families all year round. The lake is over 1,500 acres big, and is host to a number of activities including swimming, boating, water skiing, and tubing. The areas around the lake are also popular with mountain bikers, as well as people who enjoy team sports. A variety of lodges around the lake can be rented for those who want to stay for more than one day, and there are also a few Candlewood Lake homes for sale for those who want to live in the park permanently.
Gillette Castle State Park
Sitting high above the Connecticut River, the Gillette Castle State Park was originally a private residence owned by William Gillette, an American actor most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. Now, however, it is a museum, with a picnic area and hiking trails, and is host to dozens of theatre productions each year. The grounds of the castle are free to enter and are open all year round. There is a small charge for entering the castle itself.
Lake Compounce Family Theme Park
Offering family friendly fun all year round, the Lake Compounce Theme Park is thought to be the oldest running theme park in the United States. Home to a 1911 carousel, and a 1927 wooden rollercoaster, you’ll be able to marvel at some of the old rides, in addition to enjoying the new. With a variety of rollercoasters, rides, attractions, and dining options, Lake Compounce is sure to be a firm favourite with the whole family.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Located in Ridgefield, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is the only museum in the state that focuses purely on contemporary art. It doesn’t have a permanent collection, rather its pieces and exhibits change throughout the year, making it a great museum to visit time and time again. Events are held at the museum throughout the year, and the educational programs for adults, teens and children are especially popular.