Connecticut Top 10 Attractions

Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration

6: Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration

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Address: 55 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT 06355

Explore the marine world right here at the Mystic Aquarium. Founded in 1973 to serve as a living laboratory and as a major public exhibit, this is currently one of the most visited attractions in Connecticut. Take your children here to touch and feel the reptiles at the Scales and Tails exhibit, visit the Titanic exhibit to journey to new depths of discovery and visit the Nautilus Live Theater to learn more about the underwater world.

Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum

7: Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum

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Address: 400 West St, Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Have you always been fascinated by dinosaurs? Visit the Dinosaur State Park which is known as one of the country's largest dinosaur track sites. Underneath the park's geodesic dome, you will find an impressive display of Jurassic fossil tracks made over 200 million years ago. Go on a hike to explore more than 2 miles of nature trails as well as the Dinosaur State Park Arboretum to discover some unique flora and plant families that appeared during the age of the dinosaurs.

Gillette Castle State Park

8: Gillette Castle State Park

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Address: 67 River Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423
Website: www.ct.gov

On the outside it appears to be a medieval fortress but on the inside you will discover a gorgeous stone castle. Inside you will discover built-in couches, a table track way and some beautiful woodcarvings that represent the genius that is William Gillette. Go hiking around the park, have a lovely picnic at the camp grounds and explore the exhibits to learn more about William Gillette

The Mark Twain House & Museum

9: The Mark Twain House & Museum

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Address: 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105

Learn about the legacy, the talent and the genius of the man behind the infamous book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. In 2003, the Mark Twain Museum opened to the public and offered visitors the opportunity to learn, discover, and appreciate Twain's fascinating personal and professional life. At the Aetna Gallery you will see a permanent exhibition of Twain's life and works. Watch an interesting film documentary on Mark Twain at the Hartford Financial Services Theater then drop by the museum's gift shop for a souvenir or two before heading home.

Yale University Art Gallery
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10: Yale University Art Gallery

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Address: 1111 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510

When you pay a visit to the Yale University Art Gallery in Connecticut you can look forward to inspirational exhibits and a wide range of art collections that are designed to fascinate and educate. You can enjoy taking in both permanent and travelling exhibitions at this gallery and some of the collections include Asian Art, African Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, and photography amongst many others. The museum is also free to visit so you can enjoy all of these collections and displays at no cost. There are also educational programs available catering for both adults and children.

Connecticut Travel Guide

Just when you thought you have traveled enough to explore the best of what America can offer, there are always new and more exciting attractions that open in different parts of the country. One of the best places to visit is the elegant state of Connecticut....

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