Often overlooked for its neighboring cities of New York and Boston, the state of Connecticut has a lot to offer visitors who take the time to give it a fair shot. If you were to visit for only a weekend, here are the top attractions that would give you the most excitement for your buck.
Mark Twain House and Museum – Hartford, CT
Any visit to Connecticut should include a visit to the home one of the most iconic authors of the 19th century. Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) lived in the house while writing such books such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Life on the Mississippi. In 1974 the house went through a multi-million dollar renovation, that included bringing back many of the original pieces of furniture and other household items. For under $20 you’ll be able to tour the house, see many of Clemen’s famous quotes (many that you probably didn’t attribute to him), and even stand next to a life-sized lego version of Mark Twain!
Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough – Noank, CT
While visiting Connecticut, be sure to visit Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough for some of the freshest lobster that you’ll find in the Northeast. Abbott’s is located near the historic Mystic region, and for a few dollars, you’ll be able to get a 2 pound lobster with fries, and eat on the boardwalk overlooking the Sound! After lunch, take a walk and you’ll find plenty of shopping, dessert shops, and can even visit the Mystic Pizza shop from the Julia Roberts movie in the 80’s
Connecticut Wine Trail – Connecticut
Wineries and vineyards are an up-and-coming trend in Connecticut with the CT Wine Trail comprising the 24 main locations in the state. While they are spread throughout the state of Connecticut, the main site of the CT Wine Trail allows people to build their own itinerary. You won’t be able to hit them all in one day, but if you rent a limo for a few hours, you’ll discover one of the best kept secrets of the Northeast!
Yale University – New Haven, CT
After you’re done eating and drinking, your next stop should be Yale University. Founded in 1701, the University has an air of history unlike many places in the state. Five U.S. Presidents have gone to Yale (recently including Bill Clinton and George W. Bush), as well as 19 U.S Supreme Court Justices. Taking a walk around campus, you’ll find some of the most beautiful architecture of any school in the country. If you are lucky enough to find yourself at the Yale Bowl on a fall Saturday afternoon, soak in a football game that probably includes more future lawyers and doctors than you could have ever imagined
Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, CT
Before your weekend ends, be sure to check out Mohegan Sun for a night of gambling, drinking and entertainment. Only developed within the past 20 years, Mohegan regularly brings in big-names for concerts, and is even the home stadium for the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun! It has over 6,500 slot machines, table games, a racebook, and even a poker room. What differentiates it from Foxwoods is the extensive shopping experience that can keep all members of your group occupied for hours on end. Don’t forget to go to Bobby’s Burger Place for an amazing food experience.
While there are a ton of other attractions that deserve mention, if at the very least you visit these five, you’ll come away with a much better appreciation of the state of Connecticut. See you soon!
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