Connecticut Attractions

Written by Amy Hall
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When thinking about Connecticut attractions it is difficult to even know where to begin. For such a small state, there are certainly plenty of things to do and sites to see while you are vacationing here that it can be challenging trying to fit it all in during your visit. However, if you take a moment to outline some of the state's major tourist attractions, it may not be so difficult to put a colorful itinerary together.

Many of the popular Connecticut attractions are located in the southeastern portion of the state, in and around Mystic. Many visitors with children make it a point to take in the Mystic Seaport and aquarium during their stay. The seaport has many historic ships that at one time or another sailed across the Atlantic to Europe. Visitors can board some of these ships, learn a little about their history, and take a peek at what traveling by ship entailed a hundred years ago. The aquarium is home to many marine animals that are fascinating to observe, including seals, polar bears, and of course, sharks.

Moving a little further southeast is Stonington, which is home to some of the state's most popular vineyards. Guests can stop in for a tour, which includes a brief lesson in winemaking, and at the end, participate in a taste test of some of the local varieties. Within a 10 to 15 minute drive of Mystic are the casinos, Foxwoods Resort and Mohegan Sun, both offering gambling, dining, and live entertainment. Many visitors prefer to stay in a Connecticut bed and breakfast that is within walking distance or a short drive to the above-mentioned activities and Connecticut attractions.

Popular Connecticut Attractions

Aside from the many Connecticut attractions found in Mystic, there are also other places to see and things to enjoy in this Yankee state. There are numerous beaches and parks, some located just over the border in Rhode Island, as well as exceptional dining and shopping. If you have time, you might want to treat yourself to a ride on the Essex Steam Train, which take visitors on a scenic tour of the beautiful Connecticut River Valley.

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