Top 5 Places to Visit in Connecticut
1. New Haven – Located on the shore of Long Island Sound in a deep harbour, New Haven is the epitome of the New England’s charming towns – it is historic, it is elegant, it is very cultures, and very green too. The city is established in 1638 and centred around the typical town green, nowadays considered as the first American planned city. If urbanized nature is your thing you will be happy to find out that New Haven also started the first American public tree planting program and the results are more than enjoyable – a dense and large canopy of mature trees is shading the city. New Haven is also the home city of the infamous Yale University and the majority of the city’s art and culture scene is linked to the prestigious educational institution.
2. Mystic Seaport – Located in the charming and atmospheric village of Mystic, where Mystic River spills into Long Island Sound, Mystic Seaport is the living and beating history of America’s early maritime. Back in the days, Mystic used to be an important and a key seaport. Nowadays, the seaport is turned into a unique maritime museum and consists of a carefully recreated 19th-century village, a still working shipyard, an artefact storage, and exhibit halls, plus more than 500 historic ships of all sizes and kinds.
3. Greenwich – Greenwich is considered to be one of the best places to live in the USA and there is no wonder why. Greenwich is a charming, atmospheric, sophisticated coastal town located just a half hour train ride from New York on the coast of Long Island Sound. Choose one of the atmospheric and tranquil Victorian B&Bs for an unforgettable and romantic weekend getaway or a short trip with the family to watch the sea turtles or otters at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
4. Hartford – Hartford is the capital city of the state of Connecticut and also one of the oldest cities in New England, which means that the city offers a very unique and specific historical and cultured atmosphere. In addition, Hartford is a home to the oldest American public art museum, the oldest public park in the country, and the oldest nation’s continually published newspaper. You can bet that Hartford is like the cradle of civilization in the USA, right? However, the capital city of Connecticut will also surprise you with a modern city vibe, diverse neighbourhoods, and more than 40 amazing restaurants.
5. Old Saybrook – Old Saybrook is a lovely and charming old town nested comfortably on the banks of the Connecticut River. The town dates back to 1635 when it was simply a Saybrook Plantation independent colony. Old Saybrook is also the place where in 1854 Yale University was founded first as the Collegiate School. Since its early days, the town is often visited by people from New York and Boston, who enjoy the quiet and laidback atmosphere, the colourful marinas, beautiful beaches, and appealing Main Street with all the eclectic stores and restaurants and this tradition is reserved until nowadays.