Are you planning a trip to the Nutmeg State? We hope your itinerary isn’t packed because we’ve got a bucket list for you.
Do you want some thrill, entertainment, nature, and cuisine? Connecticut has all that and more. As a coastal and forest state, you can imagine the range of ventures they have to offer.
Don a pair of comfy shoes and put on your sunblock; it’s going to be a wild ride. Depending on the season, you’ll have a variety of activities in store. Let’s check out the top things to do in Connecticut.
Go on a Food Trip
No matter where you set foot in your travels, try to taste their local cuisine. Check out this list of iconic Connecticut food you have to try before leaving!
You’ve had greasy charred cheeseburgers, but have you tried them steamed? Try their famous lobster rolls to make the most out of fresh seafood, straight from the shores!
For dessert, taste Connecticut’s spin on homemade ice cream and doughnuts. Bet you’ve never seen a square doughnut before.
Head to Gillette Castle
Gillette Castle is one of the most famous Connecticut attractions. Enjoy the views and explore this medieval castle’s secret passageways and whimsical designs. It is only a ferry away.
Need some thrill in your trip? All aboard the roller coasters at Lake Compounce! Don’t miss the iconic and award-winning wooden roller coaster.
Riding at 65 miles per hour, their famed Phobia Phear Coaster is not for the faint of heart. They also offer carousels flying elephant rides and the classic Ferris wheel for the family-friendly trip.
Mystic Pizza Dining
Feel like a movie star in Mystic Pizza, popularized by the beloved 1988 romcom film of the same name. Grab a slice of pizza made with their secret recipe sauce and dine in the doppelganger of the set.
Do you love penguins? You can bump nose to beak with a penguin at the Mystic Aquarium! Get up close and personal with Beluga whales, sea lions, and other ocean creatures.
Mystic Aquarium also offers interactive exhibits and state-of-the-art virtual exhibits. Simulate meeting a polar bear in the arctic.
Aside from transporting you to the edges of the world, Mystic Aquarium also takes its hand at time travel with its indoor dinosaur trail.
Humans can’t quite bring dinosaurs back Jurassic Park style. However, you can still experience animatronics of iconic dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.
Connecticut is a lush temperate deciduous forest biome. Can you imagine how magnificent nature would be there? Think of a foggy morning walk with broad-leafed trees flanking you and the sound of woodland critters bustling about in the foliage.
Connecticut is rife with meadows, cliffs, lakes, and waterfalls for you to explore.
Autumn is the absolute best time to see the trees in their full red, yellow, and orange glory. Try Kent Falls or Enders Falls in Granby. If you’re looking for a relaxing nature walk to unwind from work or stress, Connecticut is the place t go.
Connecticut’s biodiversity is home to 600 endangered species, including hawks, amphibians, and bats. Birds constitute 50 of the 600 endangered species found in Connecticut.
Grab your binoculars and keep a light foot on the ground to catch sightings of some rare and iconic species. Look out for the dusty blue of the blue warbler. If you’re lucky, you might even see a bald eagle.
You don’t even have to be in the forest. Look out for the long white wisps of the egrets. Spot the piping plover and the least tern as they nest on sandy Connecticut beaches.
Go to Yale
The campus outdoor grounds are open for everyone, so you can take a self-guided tour or opt for the campus tours led by students. Check out their museums! The natural history museum boasts a collection of dinosaur fossils, and their art gallery has timeless art sure to impress.
Plus, Yale boasts a gargantuan library, one of the largest libraries in the United States even. Check out their collection of rare books and manuscripts. Go to Yale University, even if it’s only for one day.
Visit the Mark Twain House
Samuel Langhorne Clemens wrote under the pseudonym of Mark Twain. He is the author of Roughing It and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
The beloved author’s Hartford mansion built in the Victorian style of 1874 is now open for viewing. As he once said, “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” Take a peek into Mark Twain’s real life.
Summertime Fun Time
If you’re visiting during the summer, you’re sure to love the white sand beaches of Connecticut.
Wade the clear waters, watch the stunning sunsets, and dig your toes in the warm sand. Set up a tent and watch the stars at night less muddied up from the mainland city lights.
The shorelines aren’t only for tan lines and beach volleyball. Be on the lookout for local concerts or triathlons you can catch.
Go to the Theater
You’re in for a show now. Music, theater, dance, and comedy live in the Stamford Palace Theater.
It’s rich in history, born in 1892, burned down in 1904, and revived in 1927. Have a seat and feast your eyes on world-class artists and entertainment in the Palace Theater.
Connecticut has so much to offer beyond museums, parks, and food. Experience the wonders of this state all year round! If you’re thinking about living in Connecticut not as a tourist but as a resident, check out this blog.
Fun Things to Do in Connecticut
Connecticut has everything you need from food, culture, entertainment, nature, and fun. Tick off everything on this bucket list, modify it, or add your own! You’ll never run out of things to do in Connecticut; your itinerary is complete.
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