Interesting places to visit in Connecticut

Interesting places to visit in Connecticut
Attractions in Connecticut
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Connecticut is one of the most “under the radar” states in New England but you’d be surprised to learn that Connecticut isn’t just a drive-through state for traveling on a road trip along the east coast of USA between New York City and Boston in Massachusetts.

Connecticut boasts beautiful rolling hills, fun attractions and a wealth of history since the state was one of the original Thirteen British colonies who formed the United States.

Here it is my list of interesting places to visit in Connecticut, hope you enjoy it:

Gillette Castle State Park

First on my list, it's Gillette castle.You wouldn't want to miss checking out Gillette Castle which has to be one of the most interesting places to visit in Connecticut.

The castle is one of the most unique castles you’ll ever come across, and it is surrounded by beautiful grounds. You can tour the inside of the castle and see the lovely stained glass windows and interesting décor.

Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park

Located in Chester Center, the Valley Railroad State Park is another of the interesting places to visit in Connecticut as it is home to the famed Essex Train Station.

Apart from the 19th century railroad station -Essex Steam Train Station-, you'' also find lovely steam locomotives.

The railroad is still operational, and you can take an amazing scenic ride on the vintage carriages up the historic Connecticut River Valley.

If you’re visiting Gillette Castle, the Valley Railroad State Park is just across the Connecticut River. Around nine miles if you’re driving by car along the Bridge Rd.


Just like the seaport of Portsmouth in New Hampshire, Mystic Connecticut also has a rich maritime history, and there is no better place to experience the seafaring life that at Mystic Seaport.

Mystic Seaport is on my list of interesting places to visit in Connecticut because there is no place quite like it in New England.

Mystic Seaport is a great recreation of a period seaport village. You’ll see people dressed in clothing of the time, small shacks and a 19th century whale ship which you can tour!

If you are traveling with small kids, you can also visit the Mystic Aquarium and see the fun sea lion show.


The city of Hartford is on my list of interesting places to visit in Connecticut because of the opportunity for walking history tours.

If you’re visiting Connecticut to enjoy self-guided walking tours, Hartford is an excellent place to do this due to its small size.

A few places you don’t want to miss visiting in Hartford are the Old State Capital, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, Bushnell Memorial Park and Traveler’s Tower observation deck where you can get lovely views of the city.

Windsor Locks

If you’re staying in Hartford and are looking for fun tours and day trips, the town of Windsor Locks makes for an interesting day trip because it’s only 20 minutes drive north of Hartford.

Windsor Locks is home to one of the most interesting places to visit in Connecticut – The New England Air Museum.

Even though planes might not be everyone’s cup of tea, you’re sure to be blown away the minute you see the aircraft hangers at the museum.

Amongst all the attractions at the air museum, the beautifully restored World War II B-29 bomber has to be the hot attraction.

Sleeping Giant State Park

If you’re traveling to Connecticut this autumn, you can experience the fall foliage colors typically between late September and early November.

Having said this, I prefer to visit the last week of October to catch the leaves at their peak!

There are many options on how to enjoy the fall colors such as taking a river cruise tour along the Connecticut River or taking a scenic drive along historic Route 169.

Sleeping Giant State Park, in Hamden CT, is for me one of the best places to see the fall foliage in New England.

The park is a lovely place to hike and get stunning views, especially from the stone tower vantage point, where you can get amazing 360 degrees views!

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