Unwrapping Connecticut: Not Your Average Walk in the Park

Connecticut: The underdog of New England, often overlooked for the glitzier Boston or New York City. Let’s be real for a minute, if you’re an adventure seeker, history buff, or just enjoy a good old-fashioned American experience, you’re missing out.

This is not your average stroll in the park; it’s the ultimate adventure to find the 17 best “things to do in Connecticut”.

1. Roaming Through Yale University

Take a tour of one of the world’s most prestigious educational institutions, Yale University.

You don’t need to be a genius to appreciate its gothic architecture, world-class museums, and a library straight out of Hogwarts.

Traveller’s tip: Be sure to check out the free art galleries – yes, FREE. You’re welcome!

2. Channeling Your Inner Sherlock at Mark Twain House

Experience the beauty and wit of Mark Twain’s historic home in Hartford.

Channel your inner Sherlock and hunt down Twain’s cheeky humor hidden in the architectural details.

Traveller’s tip: Don’t miss the themed tours for an in-depth look at Twain’s colorful life.

3. Becoming One with Nature at Mystic Seaport

Surrender to the calls of the sea at Mystic Seaport.

Take a leisurely walk along the recreated 19th-century village, board historic ships, and learn about America’s seafaring history.

Traveller’s tip: Try your hand at some traditional maritime skills. Knot-tying, anyone?

4. Embracing Beach Bum Life at Ocean Beach Park

Life’s a beach, especially at Ocean Beach Park in New London.

Swap your hiking boots for flip-flops, laze around on the white sand beach, or make a splash in the Olympic-sized pool.

Traveller’s tip: Come in summer for the free movie nights and music shows.

5. Marveling at Gillette Castle State Park

Trade your beach bum life for some mystery at Gillette Castle State Park.

Built by William Gillette (the original Sherlock Holmes actor), the castle is full of secret doors and peculiar knick-knacks.

Traveller’s tip: Don’t forget to enjoy the stunning views of the Connecticut River.

6. Sailing Down the Connecticut River with RiverQuest

When in Connecticut, do as the locals do: sail. Hop aboard RiverQuest, a popular eco-tour vessel, for a picturesque journey down the Connecticut River.

Traveller’s tip: Aim for a sunset cruise to catch the breathtaking views.

7. Brushing Up History at The Mashantucket Pequot Museum

Take a trip back in time at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum.

Engage with exhibits about Native American and natural history, enjoy a short film, or take a scenic walk along the nature trails.

Traveller’s tip: The museum is closed on Mondays, so plan your visit accordingly.

8. Diving Into Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Dive into an ocean of art at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Explore the grandeur of European art, contemporary masterpieces, and even a castle-themed room.

Traveller’s tip: Be sure to check out the museum’s regular film screenings and art talks.

9. Experiencing Science at the Connecticut Science Center

Embrace the nerd within at the Connecticut Science Center. With 165+ hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, and daily programs and events, science has never been this exciting.

Traveller’s tip: Wear comfy shoes – there’s a lot to explore.

10. Gushing Over the Kent Falls

Nature calls at the Kent Falls.

Enjoy a leisurely picnic, embark on a scenic hike, or simply marvel at the beautiful waterfall.

Traveller’s tip: Bring your camera – the falls are especially picturesque in fall.

11. Hunting for Treasures at Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market

Turn a lazy Sunday into a treasure hunt at Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market.

You never know what you might find amidst the vintage items, collectibles, and artisan goods.

Traveller’s tip: The market opens at 7 AM, but early birds can enter at 5:45 AM for a $40 entry fee.

12. Watching a Show at the Goodspeed Opera House

Step into the grandeur of the Goodspeed Opera House, known for its dedication to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre.

Traveller’s tip: Book ahead for evening performances – they can sell out fast.

13. Unleashing the Adventurer at Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park

Embrace your adventurous spirit at the Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park. Try zip lining, rock climbing, wakeboarding, or just take a relaxing swim.

Traveller’s tip: Pack a change of clothes – you’re going to get wet!

14. Visiting the Animals at the Beardsley Zoo

Meet your favourite animals at the Beardsley Zoo. With a focus on North and South American animals, there’s a lot to learn and see.

Traveller’s tip: Don’t miss the daily talks by the zookeepers.

15. Walking through Weir Farm National Historic Site

Soak up the vibrant artist atmosphere at Weir Farm National Historic Site, the only national park dedicated to American painting.

Traveller’s tip: Make use of the free-to-use art supplies and create your own masterpiece.

16. Sipping at the Jonathan Edwards Winery

Sip the day away at the Jonathan Edwards Winery. Enjoy a guided tour, then relax with a glass of wine on the deck overlooking the picturesque vineyards.

Traveller’s tip: Check their schedule for the fun events hosted at the winery.

17. Unwinding at the Mohegan Sun

End your adventure in Connecticut by unwinding at Mohegan Sun, one of the largest entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in the US.

Traveller’s tip: Even if you’re not into gambling, there’s plenty of non-gambling entertainment to enjoy.

In our Connecticut adventure, we have only just scratched the surface.

Buckle up, there’s a whole lot more to come.

Connecticut isn’t just another state on the map, it’s a bundle of unique experiences waiting to be unraveled.

David Kingston

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