Connecticut may be one of the smaller states in the United States, but there is still plenty to do and see! The Constitution State offers many historic sights, outdoor attractions, and family-friendly fun! For those of you staying at one of our beautiful hand-picked Connecticut bed and breakfasts, be sure to check out some of the state’s hot spots we’ve highlighted below:
Farmington River Tubing
Farmington River Tubing in a spin on white water rafting and offers both adventure and relaxation. While you float down the river, relax and take in the sights throughout the 2.5 mile ride, but be sure to hold on to your river tube tight when you come across the three sets of rapids in the river.
Mount Tom State Park
Mount Tom State Park has a little bit of everything for the adventurous type. Visitors can go for a short hike to the park’s stone tower, which sits 1,325 feet above sea level and offers some magnificent views of Connecticut’s beautiful attractions in the distance. After a hike, you can spend some time swimming, fishing, or boating in the water. The state park is also a great location for an afternoon picnic with family or friends.
Mystic Seaport, also known as Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea is great for history buffs. Since opening in 1929, the largest maritime museum in the world has become well-known for its vessel collection as well as its historic buildings. If you visit Mystic Seaport be sure to see a Civil War reenactment and go on a guided tour.
Yale University isn’t just for students! The University, located in New Haven, Connecticut, is open for tours 355 days out of the year. There are a variety of tours available, with the student guided tours being the most popular. On the tours, you will learn about the University’s history and see the beautiful architecture.
Kid Friendly Attractions
Dinosaur State Park
One of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America can be found in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. The state park is a National Natural Landmark with about 500 visible footsteps that were created over 200 million years ago. Visitors have the opportunity to make plaster molds of the footprints to take home as a souvenir too!
Kids and adults will not be disappointed with a trip to the Mystic Aquarium. The aquarium is home to the largest outdoor beluga whale exhibit in the United States, which gives visitors a chance to view the mammals both above-water and underwater through windows. Visitors can catch the California sea lions in action during one of their performances that showcases their many tricks. Mystic Aquarium also has a ray and shark touch pool, a favorite exhibit among the kiddos.