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For the best of old New England, also check out historical attractions like the Yale University Art Gallery, a restored 19th century whaling community at Mystic Seaport, the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, and the Maritime Museum in Norwalk

Modern day Connecticut also provides hundreds of miles of shoreline on Long Island Sound during the summer for fishing and swimming along acres of Connecticut beaches.

Heading inland, the central part of the state boasts acres of natural woodlands and scenic lakes plus opportunities for exploring - surprise! - Connecticut vineyards and wineries.


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Top attractions in Connecticut include the Yale Art Gallery, the Mystic Seaport
Museum, and the Connecticut Science Center in Downtown Hartford

2024 Connecticut travel special events and festivals

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Dogwood blossoms, food trucks and music,
a plant and garden boutique, and more
at the Fairfield Dogwood Festival in May

Just up ahead, check out our 2024 Connecticut travel calender featuring memorable events and major festivals happening throughout the state with dates, locations and official links for more information. Happy travels!

May 11 - May 12, 2024 -- Dogwood Festival Fairfield - The loveliest Mother's Day weekend celebrates spring with plant booths, an arts & crafts fair, kids activities and a community bake sale at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church.

June 21 - June 24, 2024-- SHAG Music Festival Spring Hill Vineyard, Washington - Come for the scenery, stay for the live music performances at this annual community celebration including a PRIDE fest.

July 18 - July 21, 2024 -- Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz Bushnell Park, Hartford - Jazz fan? Check out bands, orchestras, singers and pop jazz groups for an extended weekend of wall-to-wall jazz performances.

Mid -August 2024 -- Hey Stamford! Food Festival Mill River Park, Stamford - Two big weekends in August features 40 food vendors along with a pizza palooza, kids' face painting, live music and more.

September 8 - September 10, 2024 ,- 45th Annual Norwalk Oyster Festival Veteran's Memorial Park, Norwalk - There's food, fun, and family entertainment on three stages plus carnival rides and kids' activities.

Kid-friendly Connecticut

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 nearby Mystic Aquarium for more modern maritime adventures.

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Check out a real working farm at The
Stamford Museum and Nature Center.

For other fun trips back in time, circus fans will also enjoy a stop at the Barnum 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 to visit the Danbury Railway Museum and learn about the history of trains and a thrilling ride aboard one of the museum's working locomotives.

Elsewhere 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!)

also see -> Connecticut Fall Foliage   |   Christmas in Connecticut

Connecticut Wineries & Vineyards

DID YOU KNOW? Connecticut Travel Fun Facts

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Bushnell, the oldest
public park in America.

.• Home to a vintage 1914 carousel, Bushnell Park in Hartford, America's oldest public park.

.• Mystic Seaport:is the largest maritime museum in the world.

.• Mashantucket is home to the largest resort casino in the world, Foxwoods Resort Casino.

.• The USS Nautilus, world's first nuclear powered submarine, was built in Groton, Connecticut in 1954 and now resides at the the Submarine Force Museum.

also see feature story -> Visiting Mashantucket Pequot Museum

Connecticut Ski Resorts


More about Connecticut travel around the Web:

Mystic Seaport - One of the state's most popular 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.

Connecticut Attractions, Roadside America - The weird and offbeat around the state including the Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities in Hartford, and the Lock Museum in Terryville.


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