of an early Dutch settlement first explored by Adriaen Block, the area was later
controlled by English colonists throughout much of the 1700's - when Connecticut
would play a crucial role in the American Revolution as the major supplier of
arms and ammunition to the Continental Army.
along with hundreds of miles of shoreline on Long Island Sound providing opportunities
for fishing and swimming along acres of Connecticut beaches, the central part of the state boasts acres of natural woodlands and
inland lakes plus opportunities for exploring Connecticut vineyards and wineries.
Top attractions in Connecticut include the Yale Art Gallery, the Mystic Seaport
and the Connecticut Science Center in Downtown Hartford.
Also one of
the top family-friendly attractions in the state, Mystic Seaport
(see above) offers exhibits, hands-on history and entertainment
one sweet package. While here, also don't miss a visit to the
Aquarium for more modern maritime adventures.
fun trips back in time, circus fans will also enjoy a stop at
Museum in Bridgeport. With toddlers in tow, head south to Norwalk's Stepping Stones Museum for dozens of fun hands-on exhibits so creative that the kids won't even know they're actually learning.
Train enthusiasts might want to travel farther
north visit the Danbury
Railway Museum to learn about the history of trains and a
thrilling ride aboard one of the museum's working locomotives.
around the state, the Stamford
Museum and Nature Center features a real working farm, related
nature exhibits and planetarium shows, while the kid-friendly
New England Air
Museum in Windsor Locks offers an entertaining timeline of
aircraft history and Open
Cockpit days that puts kids in the flyer's seat (with some
choice photo ops!)
Seaport - Perhaps the state's No. 1 tourist spot with facts and information
on the restored 19th century whaling community exhibit with group tour info, related
courses, ticket info, pictures, map & directions, and a guide to hotels, dining
and nearby attractions.
Museums of Connecticut - A History Guide - A virtual field day for history
buffs intent on exploring the state's colonial past with an extensive link list
to museums by county and related info on Connecticut lighthouses, black history,
and tracing your family tree.