Connecticut is the southernmost state in the northeastern region of the United States known as New England. The beautiful state is bordered by Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, and Long Island Sound. With so much around and in the state, it can be difficult deciding where to start your adventure! Start with our top 6 Connecticut tourist attractions!
1. Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
Since 1971, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum has been regarded as one of the earliest and most significant Second Empire Style country houses in the United States. Built between 1864 and 1868 by LeGrand Lockwood, a renowned financier and railroad baron, the Mansion, with its supreme Gilded Age interiors and furniture, illuminates marvelously the beauty and magnificence of the Victorian Era. Tour the lovely Mansion and be whisked back in time! Tours are giving Wednesday through Sunday at noon, 1 P.M., 2 P.M., and 3 P.M.
2. The Mark Twain House and Museum
Learn about the great American author on a tour of his humble abode. The beautiful structure was designed by his wife, Olivia "Livy" Clemens, who had strong opinions about the design of the home. Construction of the house began in August 1873. In the early 1900’s, Mark Twain, a.k.a Samuel Clemens, and his family moved into the stunning house. The Mark Twain Museum Center offers guests an opportunity to learn more about Mark Twain, his family, the historic house, and the author's legacy. Don’t miss out on this gem!
3. Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Seas
If you have a love for the sea and all things maritime, this is the place for you to visit! Long ago, before Mystic Seaport’s ships, shops and shipyard existed, the banks of the Mystic River were filled with, well, ships, shops, and shipyards. Since the 1600s, this historic area has been a center of shipbuilding and between 1784 and 1919 more than 600 vessels were constructed along the Mystic River. Mystic Seaport gives guests an overview of the history of sea through the Museums exhibit halls and the state-of-the-art Collections Research Center. During your visit climb aboard a grand ship or explore the exhilarating exhibitions. Whatever you choose to do, you are sure to have a memorable time!
4. The Old State House at Hartford
Connecticut's Old State House reflects three architectural periods, Federal, Victorian, and Colonial Revival. The exterior building and the Senate have been restored to the original Federal appearance, while the Representative's chamber reflects Victorian and the halls and courtroom are Colonial Revival. Visit this stunning building and tour the unique exhibits and historic rooms. The mission of Connecticut's Old State House is to “reawaken citizen engagement and awareness by offering an authentic, educational and inspiring visitor experience.” The people of the Old State House live up to their mission statement!
5. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
The oldest art museum in New England, the Wadsworth Atheneum is full of classical masterpieces, including the beautiful Caravaggio and the breathtaking painting of The Lady of Shallot. Wadsworth is worth your time when in the area! The lovely staff will guide you on an informative tour of the Museum and highlight many of the impressive pieces of art. After enjoying a tour, stop by the Museum Café for a bite to eat! A visit to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum is a great way to learn more about Connecticut’s intriguing history.
6. Stay at a Select Registry Inn
Four Connecticut bed and breakfast options are available from Select Registry, giving you a plethora of lodging options. All of our inns have been rated with the highest quality assurance known as the Select Registry Difference. Here are the four Inns to check out during your Connecticut adventures:
- Inn At Stonington - Stonington, CT
- Saybrook Point Inn Bed & Breakfast - Old Saybrook, CT
- Steamboat Inn Bed & Breakfast - Mystic, CT
- Stonecroft Country Inn Bed & Breakfast - Ledyard, CT
Photo courtesy Doug Butchy