Any time I'm talking to someone who I haven't met before, it eventually comes out that I'm from Connecticut. To which, the response is almost always:
I just nod my head in acceptance, because -- let's be real here -- why would anyone go to Connecticut (other than to see family, of course)? Since me kind of mumbling, "Yeah, there' not a lot going on in Connecticut," is getting old, I've decided to come up with a more appealing list of what fun things are actually going on in Connecticut.
Here are my top 5 picks for things to do in Connecticut.
1. Mystic Seaport
My first stop on any good Connecticut tour would have to begin at Mystic Seaport. I've been Mystic dozens of times in my life, from visiting my New London family to caroling in the square to lobster-fests.
Some activities you can look forward to in Mystic Seaport is:
- Tours of rustic whale boats
- Planetariums and museums
- Walk along the seaport village
The Mystic Seaport is a beautiful step-back in time, complete with carriage rides (which I've never done). Go see the lighthouses, climb aboard the boats and embrace the historical New England seaport.
2. Create-Your-Own Brewery Tour
My family unites under several hobbies, one of which is beer. Like the time they came to Richmond for the National Beer Expo. Whenever I go home, we go to breweries. And while you might not thing, "I'd like to go to Connecticut to go check out their local beer scene," but let's just say you're in the area, this is definitely a good way to spend a day.
I've been to Duvig, Hooker, Stony Creek, Willimantic Brewing Company, No Worries and more. There's a whole Connecticut Beer Trail you can follow.
3. Hubbard Park
Hubbard Park may not look like a lot most of the year, but they do a stellar drive-through Christmas light ensemble. Every animal you can think of, they have in lights. Not only is it pretty, but you don't even have to get out of the car (I hate being cold).
If you end up in Connecticut not around Christmas time, head over to Hubbard Park to see Castle Craig. It's a really old castle with a great view of the Sleeping Giant Mountains and surrounding cities. Plus, there are hiking trails for those who like to exercise.
4. Lake Compounce
I think the last time I went to Lake Compounce was in the 6th grade, so I can't promise it is exactly the way I remember it anymore, but it's a well-kept, local theme park. Their wooden rollercoaster, Boulder Dash, is the closet thing to 'worth' a trip to Connecticut. As far as wooden coasters go, it's relatively smooth.
Plus, they give out free soda all day, which saves a ton of money. And if you're into split parks, they do also have a water park.
Honestly, I've never actually been to Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun, but I would assume they're pretty fun. You can gamble, eat, drink and see shows. I mean, it's not Woz Vegas trip, but it's a fun way to lose some money on the East Coast.
I hope if you ever find yourself in Connecticut, you find something fun to do! And if not, at least know you can name five things to do in the state in the case that you ever meet someone from Connecticut in your lifetime.