Connecticut Vacation Ideas

Connecticut Vacation Ideas #1:

Take a vacation trip along the Connecticut Wine Trail. This is a multiple day wine tour where you can discover fine wines at fifteen of the state's best vineyards. The route passes through some of Connecticut's most scenic and historic towns with dozens of historic sites along the way.

The Eastern Trail covers eight wineries along the Connecticut coastline. The Western Trail covers seven more wineries in the heart of the state. This is an excellent vacation idea for discovering Connecticut’s warm hospitality, historic New England towns and excellent local wines.

Connecticut Vacation Ideas #2: Seymour is one of Connecticut's growing arts and antiques spots. Located between Waterbury and New Haven, the downtown Seymour area is the ultimate arts and antique lover's destination.

Here you can find some of the state's best art galleries, antique and specialty shops, theater and restaurants. And they are all within easy walking distance.

Along the Naugatuck River is the Seymour historic village where you can visit the Victorian Arts and Antiques District.

On the first Saturday night of each month, downtown Seymour comes alive with the District of Seymour Arts & Antiques Association's First Saturdays.

Connecticut Vacation Ideas #3: Connecticut's Devil's Hopyard State Park has 1,000 scenic acres that is particularly beautiful during the fall season with it's colorful foliage display.

Located near Bristol, the highlight of the park is the sixty foot high Chapman Falls. The falls flow into the Eight-Mile River which provides a tranquil location for fishing and picnicking. You can enjoy the 15 miles of hiking trails that wind through the hemlock forest and past the marshland. During the winter the trails are used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Connecticut Vacation Ideas #4: For a great family vacation idea in Connecticut, try Lake Compounce Theme Park. Located in central Connecticut, they bill themselves as New England's Family Theme Park. They've been dishing up family fun for New Englanders and vacationers from across the country since 1846.

They are America's oldest amusement park so they must be doing something right. Their motto is "Whoever has the most fun wins!". And you can do it on their excellent variety of themed rides, water slides, thrill rides, musical entertainment and Garfield's Circus World for kids 3-10 years old.

Connecticut Vacation Ideas #5: New London, Connecticut has a great historic waterfront park along the Thames River. New London is home to the Connecticut College. The college campus is a natural world arboretum with trails for running, hiking or casual strolling. The campus overlooks Long Island Sound.

New London is also where you will find the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. The museum has an extensive collection of American art including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, furniture and decorative arts. At Fort Trumbull State Park you can stroll the boardwalk along the Thames River and enjoy fishing from the pier. New London has many historic homes including the Shaw-Perkins mansion, the Monte Cristo Cottage and the Hempsted Houses.

Connecticut Vacation Ideas #6: For over a hundred years, Quassy Amusement Park has been entertaining families. This is a family owned park which is dedicated to providing an affordable vacation destination with fun family things to do. The park sits beside the beautiful Lake Quassapaug in Middlebury, Connecticut. There are lots of rides but this is also a great place just relax on Quassy Beach with a picnic lunch and go swimming in the lake.

A favorite spot with kids is Saturation Station. This is a gigantic water themed Jungle Gym full of fun stuff like waterslides, water cannons and bucket waterfalls.

Quassy Amusement Park also has one of the biggest Family Entertainment Centers around. Play games like Skee-Ball or Pinball , video games, pool, electronic darts and lots of cool stuff.

Connecticut Vacation Ideas #7: An interesting historical site to visit in Connecticut is the Old Newgate Prison in East Granby. Its owners began construction in 1705 with the intention of making money as a copper mine. But that didn’t fare well and it was turned into a prison during the Revolutionary War period.

For the past 150 years or so the prison’s history and old structures have served it well as a tourist attraction. It is officially a National Historic Landmark.

Stop in for a look into the past. While you are there be sure to enjoy, and take some photos, of the Farmington Valley. The prison elevation presents visitors with a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside. This is a great spot to enjoy the autumn leaves as they change color.

More Connecticut Vacation Ideas:
  • Take a Nature Cruise with Sunbeam Fleet in Waterford. One cruise will provide sightings of harbor seals as they laze on rock outcrops and frolic in the water, and another to look at bald eagles. Another cruise gives you a look at a number of historic lighthouses. Cruises depart from the dock near the Niantic River Bridge.
  • The seaport of Mystic is an interesting place to visit. Every year they celebrate their lobstering heritage with an outdoor festival, Lobsterfest. At the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center you can take a guided bird watching tour. There is also the Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic Aquarium, and a shopping mall in the shape of a New England Village.
  • The seaport of Mystic is an interesting place to visit. Every year they celebrate their lobstering heritage with an outdoor festival, Lobsterfest. At the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center you can take a guided bird watching tour. There is also the Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic Aquarium, and a shopping mall in the shape of a New England Village.
  • Have you ever seen a dinosaur print? Well, there are over 2,000 of them in Dinosaur State Park. These 200 million year old, three toed dinosaur tracks criss-cross the 65 acres of park that also has nature trails for you to explore. Some of the prints are preserved under a geodesic dome and there is also a skeletal cast and life size models to examine.
  • Take a tour of The United States Coast Guard Academy grounds and see what life is like on one of the toughest colleges in the country. The USCGC Eagle, one of the few remaining wind-powered vessels in the world, is open to visitors when it is in port. The US Coast Guard Museum has a collection of ship models, patrol boats, and airplane models spanning 75 years of history.
  • The Connecticut Storytelling Festival, on the campus of Connecticut College, is the springtime meeting place for the best storytellers around the country. There are plenty of performances and concerts that will please the whole family.
  • Roaring Brook Nature Center is a wildlife sanctuary .... outdoor classroom .... and bird watching playground. The 100 plus acres are home to a variety of native wildlife species including some 150 bird species. You will also find natural history exhibits, a wildlife observation area, outdoor flight cages and six miles of marked trails. Year-round educational programs are available for all ages.
  • The American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol has over 1400 timepieces. Situated in this historic house, built in 1801, are exhibits and a video show on the history of clock and watch manufacturing, and an award winning sundial garden. It's treat for both eyes and ears.
  • The Sharon Audubon Center and the Emily Winthrop MilesWildlife Sanctuary are located in the town of Sharon, Connecticut. This nature center and wildlife sanctuary is run by the National Audubon Society. It includes a nature center, 11 miles of walking trails, self-guided tours, herb and wildflower garden. Other features are live animal exhibits, a children's adventure center, a nature store, and a natural history library.
  • Take a Connecticut River Cruise on the Lady Fenwick out of Hartford. The boat is a reproduction of an 1850s steam yacht and has regular sailings May-September and special events throughout the year. The cruise departs from Charter Oak Landing.

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