Known as the Museum of America and the Sea, Mystic Seaport is a re-created seafaring village where you can learn, discover and experience the rich and exciting world of American maritime history. You can climb aboard historic vessels, take a cruise down the Mystic River aboard a wooden coal-fired steamboat, and explore highly interactive displays and exhibits that include a working preservation shipyard in action.
Located on the Thames River in Groton, Connecticut, the Submarine Force Museum houses the world's finest collection of submarine artifacts. It is operated by the United States Navy and is the main source of documents, photographs and artifacts related to the U.S Submarine Force. Go onboard the Nautilus to give you a thrilling first-hand experience of being a submariner. Watch movies of the USS Nautilus and explore the Medal of Honor gallery to learn more about the brave heroes of the US Marines
Lake Compounce is known as the oldest and longest operating amusement park in America. In fact, it has been operating for 156 years now. Over the recent years the park has invested millions of dollars to continue making it the best place to visit in Connecticut. Here you can enjoy breathtaking rides like the Boulder Dash, Down Time, the Enterprise and the Pirate Ship among others. You can also enjoy their water rides, kiddie and family rides, as well as some highly entertaining musical shows
Being the only zoo in Connecticut for over 80 years now, Beardsley Zoo is proud to have a rich collection of animals that visitors can view and interact with. You and your children can enjoy fantastic local hiking trips, you can go on zoo scavenger hunts as a family and you can learn more about how to protect the environment through the zoo's conservation efforts.
Offering two miles of some of the most gorgeous shorelines in the world, a trip to Connecticut would not be complete without a trip to Hammonasset Beach. Take the entire family on a fun and relaxing day on the beach where you can go swimming, build sand castles, play water sports, or just have quality bonding time strolling along the park's idyllic boardwalk.