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Explore Fun Attractions in Connecticut

New England History Comes Alive

Whether you have a passion for history, architecture, or the arts, Connecticut has a rich legacy and tradition to explore. From historic maritime villages along the coast to pastoral artist retreats in rural farmland, Connecticut offers something for travelers of any age. Spend the day relaxing on the beach, take a scenic drive on the backroads on the far corners of the state, or explore one of the world-class museums in vibrant cities like New Haven or Hartford. Mark your calendar for autumn when the leaves transform into one of the most beautiful foliage displays in the nation. Come to Connecticut and discover a world of fun attractions!

With deep ties to Colonial New England and the Revolutionary War era, Connecticut can trace its history all the way back to the 1600s. Today this rich heritage is on display at attractions like the Old State House in Hartford that opened in 1796. You can take a tour of the legislative chambers or climb up to the rotunda where you can visit the Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities. From the bucolic Ivy League campus of Yale University in New Haven to the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport that explores the history of the world’s most famous circus, the state is filled with one-of-a-kind landmarks. Weir Farm National Historic Site offers a glimpse into the artistic side of Connecticut with art exhibitions and grounds open to the public, while the Wadsworth Antheneum in Downtown Hartford can boast about being of the nation’s oldest art collections.

No trip to Connecticut is complete without a visit to Mystic Seaport, a living history center with a focus on maritime culture. As one of the most popular attractions in all of New England, Mystic Seaport is a fun family destination, especially during the summer when you stop by a seafood shack for an authentic taste of Connecticut. Play sea captain for a day and climb aboard a historic vessel to see what life was like in coastal New England in the 19th-century. There are more than 60 historic buildings to explore in Seaport Village including a renowned maritime museum where you can learn about the history of fishing and ship building in Connecticut.  

Architecture fans will enjoy a visit to the Glass House in New Canaan, a 1949 modernist masterpiece designed by renowned architect Phillip Johnson. The spectacular minimalist design was the residence of Johnson for many years and is now open to visitors from May to November. It’s popular with design aficionadas, so reserving tickets in advance is highly recommended.

The famous New England fall foliage is one of the highlights of any visit to Connecticut. Trees across the state begin to change colors in October and offer a brilliant display of autumnal tones from bright yellows to dark orange. You can see the colorful leafs on a hike through a state park or from behind the wheel as you drive along a winding scenic byway through rural landscapes and across covered bridges. It’s one of the most magical times of the year in New England, so plan a trip to Connecticut to experience the fall foliage in person.