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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.