Connecticut is a mystic northeastern US state, straddling the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. The Constitution State blends coastal vibes with the remote villages in the inner small towns. It also houses historical seaport museums filled with once-famous ships and whale exhibits. Most notable is the world-famous Yale University. While it’s one of the world’s best academic destinations, it also hosts the Peabody Museum of Natural beauty.
Here, however ,we shall wade through the 10 top places you will have to check out while you’re there. From the primeval Gillette Castle State Park to the Family Theme Park at Lake Compounce, here are the sites not to miss out on in Freestone Connecticut.
Roseland Cottage – Connecticut
The Gothic Revival historical piece, also called Bowen Cottage and lying on 3 acres of land, was opened in 1846. The fashionable design of the summer home of Henry C. Bowen and his family depicts his playful summer lifestyle. And now – 170 years later – the unique cottage in New England offers magnificent settings for weddings and private parties. It has played host to as dignified people as former Presidents.
The romantic theme inside and out of the gorgeous cottage still imitate the original 19th century plans. Its garden has however changed a bit with time. It now has an icehouse, a garden house and a bowling alley. All in all, the National Historic Landmark with its green gardens is an obvious draw for tourists in the Northeast.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Aldrich is a contemporary-style creative art museum founded by Larry Aldrich in 1964. It is actually the only non-collecting museum with the contemporary artistry in the whole of Connecticut. Still, with artist-guided presentations and tours through the modern art-place, visitors of all ages and statuses get to acquire something new and educational from their visits. It also has fully curriculum-based learning programs in the museum to suit the visiting schools.
Weir Farm National Historic Site
Found in Ridgefield and Wilton, Weir Farm National Historic Site celebrates the life of philanthropist and painter J Alden Weir. Escape the norm and sink into a world of art, innovation and nature. The artists’ farm in the Nutmeg State showcases all the beauty of the American paintings. It also consists of Weir’s Studio, a visitors’ center and other magnificent buildings.
New England Air Museum
The impressive museum documents and displays everything about the developments in aviation in the New England region. Highlights include more than 70 aircraft and aircraft models from up to WWII. The museum, located in Windsor, is spread out in two humongous hangars. Is also houses John W. Ramsay’s aviation research center as well as several lovely exhibits. You could probably try out the flight simulator as well as the science demos.
Lake Compounce Family Theme and Water Park
This summer vacation destination for the whole family in Bristol features thrilling rides and games. The largest amusement park in the US also houses a historical and top-rated Wooden Roller Coaster – Boulder Dash – and Carousel. Additionally, Lake Compounce is the largest water park in the whole of Connecticut. Adults may also surf in the irresistible thousands of gallons of Lake Compounce water. The family fun continues through the night while you camp at the Bear Creek.
Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
Located in Mashantucket, the expansive Museum owned by the local tribe documents Native American history. Among the most notable exhibits are the dioramas of the coastal Pequot villagers canoeing in traditional boats. Indoor text panels, computer programs and other curated arts exhibits also find their place in the museum. The museum is not lacking in the contemporary aspects either. ‘Without a Theme’ is an immense display that will open soon with over 20 installations from top-rated artists.
Gillette Castle State Park – East Haddam, Connecticut
If you like castles, head north and you won’t be disappointed a bit. The unique 1919 castle that was home to William Hooker Gillette comes as a surreal fortress from first sight. Digging deeper into the interiors however, you meet amazing woodcarvings and built-in couches. All point to the genius of Mr. Gillette – popularly known as the original actor of Sherlock Holmes.
Mystic Aquarium & Institution for Exploration
One of only three aquariums in the US holding Steller sea lions, Mystic Aquarium also houses the only beluga whales in New England. Other must-see popular creatures in the explorative site are the African Penguins and the blue-tongued skinks. These are alongside thousands of colorful fishes and docile sharks, bringing the ocean experience closer home. You moreover must not miss the coral reef, loggerhead turtles, moray eels, Hidden Amazon, Covanta Cove and the Jellies. Or maybe the Deep Sea XD Motion Theater and Dr. Robert Ballard’s exploration exhibits.
Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University
A key attraction at the famous Yale University, this inclusive museum features all the popular topics around the globe. From several dinosaurs to the Egyptian mummies and Native American artifacts, you can see it all. Peabody is one of the oldest, largest and most prolific natural history museums in a university in the whole world.
Mystic Seaport – Mystic, Connecticut
This living history museum in the Land of Steady Habits is – to begin with – the largest maritime museum in America. The Museum of America and the Sea features several celebrated antique ships like the Joseph Conrad and Schooner L.A. Dunton. Travel back to the 19th century existence in New England with exhibits of the coastal life then. The museum further consists of up to 60 historical buildings, most of which are restored commercial structures. Also get into the culture of the Seaport village inhabitants as they assist you in exploring the extensive coastline and waters even more.
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Originally posted 2017-05-08 08:23:46.