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.
Top attractions in Connecticut include the Yale Art Gallery, the Mystic Seaport
and the Connecticut Science Center in Downtown Hartford.
2024 Connecticut travel special events and festivals
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.
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.
Check out a real working farm at The
Stamford Museum and Nature Center.
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 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.
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 - 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.