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Exploring Connecticut

by Isabelle Raffin | Mar 28, 2023
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Connecticut is a small state, but it is packed with plenty of things to do and see. Whether you're interested in history, art, nature, or just want to explore quaint New England towns, Connecticut has it all. Let’s talk about some ways you can explore Connecticut.


The History

The state has a lot of rich history. One way to explore Connecticut is by visiting its many museums which can offer a glimpse into its past. The Mystic Seaport Museum, for example, might be just the place for you if you're interested in maritime history. This living history museum is home to historic ships, a working shipyard, and exhibits that showcase the lives of sailors, shipbuilders, and merchants who made their living on the water. The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford is one of the most famous landmarks in the state. This beautiful Victorian home was the residence of the famous author from 1874 to 1891, and it is now a museum that offers tours and exhibits that explore his life and work.

When exploring Connecticut, keep in mind that the state has a diverse population and a rich cultural heritage. The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center is a great place to learn about the state's Native American history. This museum features interactive exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, who have lived in the region for thousands of years.


The Outdoors

Connecticut is also home to many beautiful parks and natural areas that offer opportunities for hiking, fishing, and wildlife watching. One interesting place to explore nature in Connecticut is the Litchfield Hills, a region of rolling hills and picturesque towns. Here, you can hike, fish, or go birdwatching. Connecticut’s Sleeping Giant State Park is another spot you might want to check out, offering hiking trails that lead to stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

If you’d rather skip the physical activity for the day, don’t worry! You can also explore Connecticut by taking a scenic drive. The state is home to many beautiful roads that offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape. One of the best drives in Connecticut is the Merritt Parkway, which is a historic parkway that was built in the 1930s. The road is known for its beautiful Art Deco bridges, which were designed by famous architect George Dunkelberger. Another scenic drive in Connecticut is Route 169, which runs through the quiet towns of eastern Connecticut and offers picturesque views of farmland, forests, and historic homes.


The Towns

For those who love quaint New England towns, Connecticut has loads to offer. One of the most charming towns in the state is Mystic, which is home to the above-mentioned Mystic Seaport Museum. In addition to the museum, Mystic also has a historic downtown area that is filled with shops, restaurants, and galleries. Another charming town in Connecticut is Old Saybrook, which is located on the coast of Long Island Sound. Here, you can stroll along the Main Street, which is lined with historic homes. Connecticut’s small towns across the state have charming Main Streets with beautiful natural landscapes. There is a lot to discover simply by exploring and taking in the surroundings. Whether you're taking a stroll along the Connecticut River or wandering through the colorful foliage in the fall, there’s just something so special about the state's beauty and charm.

The Food

If you're interested in food and drink, Connecticut has plenty to offer. The state is home to many wineries and breweries that offer tours and tastings. East Coasters often argue about who has the best pizza – New York or Connecticut. Residents from each state will argue that theirs is the best. But we’ll let you be the judge of that! If you’re looking for a slice head down to New Haven for some classics like Sally’s, Pepe’s, Modern or Zuppardi’s. Pizza isn’t the only thing on the menu. Because the state is located on the Long Island Sound, seafood is another great option if you’re looking for something to eat. Clam chowder, lobster rolls, oysters and much more can be found not only in cities along the shoreline but throughout the state.


There are many ways to explore Connecticut. From visiting museums and historic sites to exploring natural areas and scenic drives, there is something for everyone in this small but vibrant state. By taking the time to wander and discover, you can truly appreciate all that Connecticut has to offer and experience it in your own unique way. Don’t forget to pack your travel protection each time you take a trip. To learn more about travel protection and how it can help you talk to your travel advisor today or visit our website.


This blog links to websites for the following companies, which are not affiliated with Travel Insured International or United States Fire Insurance Company: Mystic Seaport, Mark Twain House, Only In Your State, and Pequot Museum.



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