Tag: connecticut attractions
The Nutmeg state boasts hundreds of interesting and fun places to visit. Perhaps most famous of these Connecticut attractions is Mystic Seaport, a charming New England village that has deep maritime roots. The thoroughly engaging 40-acre complex includes a shipyard, planetarium, a re-created 19th century village with various businesses and the Charles W. Morgan, the oldest surviving wooden whaleship in America.
In the town there is also Mystic Pizza, the famous pizzeria that inspired the movie of the same name starring a young Julia Roberts. Try the classic pie or one of the specialties, such as the seafood delight, topped with shrimp, clams and scallops.
Other Connecticut attractions include the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, in which travelers depart from a remarkable 1892 train station in Essex, CT. Travelers enjoy picturesque views as the steam locomotive winds through the nature-rich Connecticut River Valley and then, at Deep River Landing, board a riverboat for a tour of area via water, highlighting historic sites such as Gillette Castle and Goodspeed Opera House.
Also on the Connecticut shore is the Submarine Force Museum, one of the nation’s finest collections of America’s submarine heritage. Operated by the United States Navy, this museum contains thousands of artifacts, documents and photographs relating to U.S. Submarine Force history. Visitors can even take a tour of the USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear powered submarine.
Things to do in Hartford, CT, the state’s capitol, include The Connecticut Historical Society, a museum, library, research and education center all in one. There is also the popular Mark Twain House, a remarkable 25-room Victorian mansion of the legendary author. The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center includes Stowe paintings, collectibles and furnishings. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is America’s oldest public art museum, and was also the first museum to begin collecting contemporary American art.