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Connecticut Holidays

The Constitution State, Connecticut is comfortably wedged between New York City and Boston. Although it’s one of the smallest states in the union, it still delivers on variety with a great choice of inns, restaurants, museums, galleries, shopping and spas.

As a result of its close proximity to New York City, Connecticut assumes some of the ‘Big Apple’ cosmopolitan chic while being able to still retain its distinctive New England character. The seashore is a delight – dotted with colonial villages set amidst beautiful beaches and coves; while inland, the countryside is easy on the eye with a landscape that is almost like England in places.

Top Tips

"Animal lovers of all ages can see eagles soar and hear tigers roar at the many aquariums, zoos, nature centres, and wildlife parks in Connecticut."

"Explore the Connecticut Beer Trail and its distinctive craft beer destinations. Connecticut has a host of award-winning breweries and brewpubs, and many offer food, dining experiences, and special events."

"With hundreds of small boutiques and artisan galleries, farm-fresh gourmet markets and world-class designer outlet centers, Connecticut is the perfect place to shop 'til you drop."

Vibrant cities

There are vibrant cities and major attractions for couples as well as families throughout the state. Explore Mystic, rich in culture and history and just along the coast to the west is New London, the home of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where you can explore America’s tall ship and the Coast Guard Museum.

Regions of Connecticut

Connecticut is divided into five distinct regions, all boasting a variety of activities and highlights to explore.

Family fun in the Fairfield Region

Beardsley Zoo, Discovery Museum and the Barnum Museum, all in Bridgeport; the Maritime Aquarium and the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, and the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford all offer great family days out.

New Haven Region for food lovers

The Italians may have invented pizza but the New Haven region reinvented it and claims to be the birth place of the American pizza. Downtown New Haven offers cosmopolitan dining and cultural activities, as well as great street food from a variety of food trucks.

Maritime Adventures in the Mystic Region

The historic shipbuilding museum, Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium make for great days out with kids and the city of New London offers fantastic coastal activities at the Ocean Beach Park. A region of contrasts, you’ll also find the two largest casinos in America in Mystic, with matching reputations, Foxwoods Resort & Casino and the Mohegan Sun.

Arts and Culture in the Hartford Region

The state capital of Hartford is well known for its history museums and fine art galleries, including the Mark Twain House & Museum. The Wadsworth Atheneum’s hosts renowned collections, including Old Master paintings, Hudson River School landscapes, Impressionist paintings, modernist masterpieces and decorative arts.

Explore the great outdoors in the Litchfield Region

Hosting many beautiful rivers,  Litchfield is a rural paradise, home to quaint villages, working farms, vineyards and wineries. Spend your days fishing and rafting along the Housatonic River or enjoy the quaint shopping opportunities at the many antique stores and shops in town.

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