Connecticut Attractions

Connecticut Tourist Attractions

If you really go out on a tour to explore Connecticut, you will be surprised at the vast array of beauty Connecticut has to offer. Whoever you are, or whatever your age is, Connecticut has something for everyone. If you are a fervent adventure-lover craving for some real adrenaline rush, some hiking and biking, and would like to enjoy your holidays camping and fishing, you will find paradise in Connecticut. If you are of the quiet sort, and just want to spend your holidays strolling on some nice beachside, Connecticut is the place you should head to.

A small and uncrowded city as it is, in the summer, Connecticut is a visual treat in itself.
One the tourists start exploring the city, they are bound to come back again and again, such are the attractions of Connecticut.

Wadsworth Athenaeum

The Wadsworth Athenaeum, which is the nation’s oldest museum, is here at Hartford.

Wadsworth Atheneum
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Wadsworth Athenaeum Location: Hartford, Connecticut
Wadsworth Athenaeum Built/Founded: 1842 - July 31, 1844
Wadsworth Athenaeum Architect: Alexander Jackson Davis and Ithiel Town
Wadsworth Athenaeum Architectural style(s): Gothic Revival
Wadsworth Athenaeum Governing body: Wadsworth Atheneum
Wadsworth Athenaeum Added to NRHP: October 6, 1970
Wadsworth Athenaeum NRHP Reference#: 70000709


Wadsworth Atheneum
Wadsworth Athenaeum Established 1844
Wadsworth Athenaeum Location 600 Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut
Wadsworth Athenaeum Director Susan Lubowsky Talbott
Wadsworth Athenaeum Website

Heublein Tower

Located in Simsbury, the 165-foot long Heublein Tower is a famous tourist attraction.

Heublein Tower
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Heublein Tower Location: Simsbury, Connecticut
Heublein Tower Built / Founded: 1914
Heublein Tower Architect: Smith and Bassette
Heublein Tower Governing Body: Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Added to NRHP: July 30, 1983
Heublein Tower NRHP Reference#: 83001260

Copernican Observatory & Planetarium

Copernican Observatory & Planetarium at Central Connecticut State University has one of the largest public telescopes.

Mystic KOA Camping Grounds

Mystic KOA Camping Grounds situated in North Stonington offer the onlookers visual treats of magnificent sunsets and the natural woods. What more, the cool breeze from the oceans adds to the scenario of a perfect tourist attraction.

Odetah Campground

The beautiful serenity of the Connecticut woods at Odetah Campground in Bozrah is sure to sweep you off your feet.

The Mystic & Southeastern Shoreline

The Mystic & Southeastern Shoreline is one of the most beautiful places that tourists head to all through the year. Just stroll around, enjoy the sober and quiet culture of the city set up all along the shoreline. Take an Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Ride in the coaches pulled by a real steam locomotive of the 1920s and have a wonderful experience of traveling back in time.

Connecticut River Museum

The Connecticut River Museum is at Steamboat Dock. Visit the place to see a replica of the Turtle, America’s first submarine.

Connecticut River Museum
Connecticut River Museum Connecticut River Museum Established 1975
Connecticut River Museum Location Essex, Connecticut, USA
Connecticut River Museum Type Maritime museum
Connecticut River Museum Website

Gillette Castle State Park

Another place nearby the museum that you will like to visit is the Gillette Castle State Park on River Road.

The Strawberry Park Resort Campground

The Strawberry Park Resort Campground in Preston which is stretched over 160 acres of land, is in southeastern Connecticut. It offers a treat of varieties of campsites for those who love camping. Open lawns, shaded or wooded sites, even secluded sites, - you are going to find every type of sites for camping here.

Lone Oak Campsite

In the Berkshire foothills of the Canaan Mountain, Lone Oak Campsite that offers 500 campsites, stretched to an area of 250 acres.

Wilderness Lake Campground

Wilderness Lake Campground of Willington is yet another one of the sort; it even has a freshwater lake for swimming, boating and fishing. Even there are mini-golf areas, and places for hiking and biking.

Hammonasset Beach

The largest shore park in the state is in Hammonasset Beach; it stretches over an area of more than two miles. You can just relax in the sun and surf and enjoy your holiday in this excellent shoreline park.

The Thimble Islands

The Thimble Islands are a group of small islands near the Branford coastline and is an excellent place for kayaking.

The Thimble Islands Location Branford, Connecticut
The Thimble Islands Coordinates 41°15′52″N 72°45′11″W
The Thimble Islands Total islands 100+
The Thimble Islands State  Connecticut

Connecticut Coastal Kayaking

Connecticut Coastal Kayaking in Lyme has guided kayak tours to offer to the tourists.

Huck Finn Adventures

Huck Finn Adventures in Collinsville has a great number of surprises in store at the Farmington River Flatwater adventures. The water of the river is slow-moving and shallow, and it has close shores as well; it is perfect for the beginners who has developed a liking towards paddling.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  
Author Mark Twain
Illustrator E. W. Kemble
Cover artist TAYLOR
Country United Kingdom / United States
Language English
Series 1
Genre(s) Satirical novel
Publisher Chatto & Windus / Charles L. Webster And Company.
Publication date

1884 UK & Canada
1885 United States

Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 366
OCLC Number 29489461
Preceded by Life on the Mississippi
Followed by A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Connecticut Science Center

The new Connecticut Science Center located at downtown Hartford, is a perfect place for educational hands-on, interactive learning, and also, a place for lot of fun!.

Elizabeth Park Rose Garden

The Elizabeth Park Rose Garden is the oldest rose garden in the country. It is municipally operated, and situated in Hartford. It is stretched over an area of 2.5-acre and has about 800 varieties of roses, including some historical breeds as well.

Elizabeth Park
Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Location: Asylum Ave
West Hartford, Connecticut
Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Coordinates: 41°46′34″N 72°43′08″W
Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Area: 102 acres (41 ha)
Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Added to NRHP: March 10, 1983
Elizabeth Park Rose Garden NRHP Reference#: 83001259

The Harkness Memorial State Park

The Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford has an area of 300 acres offering grand views of Long Island Sound.

Eolia--Harkness Estate
The Harkness Memorial State Park Location: Great Neck Rd., Waterford, Connecticut
The Harkness Memorial State Park Coordinates: 41°18′17″N 72°6′47″W
The Harkness Memorial State Park Area: 220 acres (89 ha)
The Harkness Memorial State Park Built / Founded: 1907
The Harkness Memorial State Park Architect: Lord & Hewlett; Et al.
The Harkness Memorial State Park Architectural style(s): Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Second Renaissance Revival
The Harkness Memorial State Park Governing Body: State
The Harkness Memorial State Park Added to NRHP: November 20, 1986
The Harkness Memorial State Park NRHP Reference#: 86003331

Florence Griswold Museum

Experience art, history and nature together creating the spell of a mesmerizing effect at Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

Florence Griswold House
Florence Griswold Museum Location: 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Connecticut
Florence Griswold Museum Coordinates: 41°19′32″N 72°19′39″W
Florence Griswold Museum Built / Founded: 1817
Florence Griswold Museum Architect: Samuel Belcher
Florence Griswold Museum Architectural style(s): Late Georgian
Florence Griswold Museum Governing body: Private
Florence Griswold Museum Added to NRHP: October 10, 1975
Florence Griswold Museum Designated NHL: April 19, 1993
Florence Griswold Museum NRHP Reference#: 75001929

Some Other Attractions of Connecticut

  • Timexpo Museum and Easter Island Statue at Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Barnum Museum at Bridgeport
  • American Clock and Watch Museum at Bristol
  • Cursed Dudleytown in Cornwall
  • Cabinet of Curiosities and Trash Museum at Hartford
  • Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center at Middletown
  • Iwo Jima Monument replica in New Britain
  • Birthplace of the Hamburger, Midnight Mary Grave, and Knights of Columbus Museum at New Haven
  • World's Largest Dairy Store at Norwalk
  • Antique Toll Booth and Children's Garbage Museum at Stratford
  • Wells Dinosaur Haven at Uncasville
  • Savin Rock Museum at West Haven
  • Giant Frogs on Thread Spools at Willimantic.

Connecticut - Attractions

Connecticut Attractions Name Address
Ocean Beach Park 1225 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT  06320
Phone: 860-447-3031
Toll-Free: 1-800-510-SAND (7263)
Farmington Valley Visitors Association 33 East Main Street
Avon, CT  06001
Phone: 860-676-8878
Toll-Free: 1-800-4-WELCOME

Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau Inc.
One Civic Center Plaza
Hartford, CT  06103-1592
Phone: 860-728-6789
Harriet Beecher Stowe House 77 Forest Street
Hartford, CT  06105
Phone: 860-522-9258
Connecticut College Arboretum 270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT  06320
Phone: 860-439-5020
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat One Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT  06426
Phone: 860-767-0103
Toll-Free: 800-377-3987
Fax: 860-767-0104
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center 110 Pequot Trail
Mashantucket, CT  06338
Phone: 800) 411-9671
Misquamicut Business Association Misquamicut Beach
Westerly, RI  02891
Phone: 401-596-9441
Toll-Free: 877-622-2930
Mystic & Shoreline Visitor Information Center Olde Mistick Village, Coogan Blvd.
Mystic, CT  06355
Phone: 860-536-1641
Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration 55 Coogan Boulevard
Mystic, CT
Phone: 860-572-5955
Fax: 860-572-5969
Mystic Country 27 Coogan Bolevard
Mystic, CT  06355
Phone: 860-536-1205
Fax: 860-536-1480
Mystic Seaport 75 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, CT  06355-0990
Phone: 860-572-5315
Toll-Free: 888-973-2767
Ocean Beach Park 1225 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT  06320
Phone: 860-447-3031
Toll-Free: 1-800-510-SAND (7263)
Olde Mistick Village Coogan Boulevard (Just off I-95 at Exit 90)
Mystic, CT  06355
Phone: 860-536-4941
The Dinosaur Place 1650 Route 85
Montville, CT  06370
Phone: 860-443-4367
The Last Green Valley 111 Main Street
Danielson, CT  06239
Phone: 860-774-3300
Toll-Free: 866-363-7226
Westerly/Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce Misquamicut/Watch Hill/Historic Downtown
Westerly, RI
Phone: 401-596-7761
Greater New Haven Convention & Visitors Bureau 900 Chapel Street, 10th Floor
New Haven, CT  06510