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From sandy Atlantic Ocean beaches to forested hills with markers noting Revolutionary War battles, explore this small state north of New York City.

One of the original 13 colonies, Connecticut has important Revolutionary War history. See one of the nation’s most prestigious universities or simply lounge on the beach.

Spot the shiny gold dome of the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford and tour the impressive interior. Visit the homes of authors Noah Webster, Harriett Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain. The Trash Museum offers unique educational and entertainment activities.

Many of New Haven’s most popular attractions center on Ivy League Yale University. Listen to the 54 bells of the Yale Memorial Carillon sounding from Harkness Hall as you stroll across the sedate campus. Although the school moved to its current location in 1718, many of the most notable buildings, such as Yale Law School and Vanderbilt Hall, were erected in the early 1900s. See some of the 200,000 art objects at Yale University Art Gallery. Look at the temporary exhibits or do prearranged research at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Attend a Yale Bulldogs football game at the Yale Bowl stadium. Watch a performance at the Yale Repertory Theatre, which regularly features new productions and excellent actors that go on to Broadway and Hollywood.

If your kids are too young to appreciate the university on your New Haven visit, take them to the Connecticut Children’s Museum or Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park.

Connecticut’s southern boundary is Long Island Sound. The shoreline has numerous white sand beaches. Visit some of the best at Silver Sands State Park in Milford and Ocean Beach in New London. Walk around Norwalk’s harbor to see large yachts and commercial boats.

Away from the ocean, go to Danbury and arrange freshwater recreation on Candlewood Lake. Hike up Bear Mountain or play golf at numerous local courses.

Connecticut’s Revolutionary War sites are spread across the state. Visit Lebanon, where Nathan Hale and other patriots held numerous war meetings, and Fort Griswold in Groton, where Benedict Arnold met instead with the British and betrayed the United States.

Popular cities in Connecticut

Hartford featuring heritage architecture, a city and an administrative buidling
Hartford
Known for Family-Friendly, Theaters and Live Music
Visit Mark Twain’s home city of Hartford, where restored Civil War-era mansions, museums and the country’s oldest park preserve the nation’s history.

Reasons to visit

  • Connecticut Science Center
  • Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
  • Mark Twain House
New Haven which includes city views, a skyscraper and skyline
New Haven
Known for Universities, Theaters and Museums
Walk on beaches or in state parks, shop in boutique stores or explore the grounds of one of America’s most famous universities in this pretty coastal town. 

Reasons to visit

  • Bridgeport Downtown South Historic District
Stamford
Stamford
Known for Dining, Poolside Bars and Family-Friendly
This coastal community on the Connecticut shoreline offers plenty of ways to enjoy and interact with the parks, forests and beaches that make up its surrounds.
Torrington
Torrington
Known for Poolside Bars, Entertainment and Live Music
Get away to Torrington! Enjoy the live music, golf, and theater.
Essex showing a marina
Old Saybrook
Known for Beach View, Shopping and Scenery
Explore relaxing Old Saybrook: its beaches, natural setting, golf, and more!
Danbury featuring a house
Danbury
Known for Dining, Shopping and Family-Friendly
Visit the “Hat City” in Connecticut, a laid-back town with glorious parks, lakeside beaches, museums and lively cultural events.