Instagrammable Connecticut: Connecticut Bucket List Last Updated 8/18
We’ve teamed up with Fox61News this summer to find out what’s on everyone’s Connecticut bucket list. We then asked viewers to share their bucket list experiences by including #CTBucketList in their photos. We’re delighted to see all the destinations that Connecticut residents have been crossing off this summer. Here are a few #CTBucketList photos to provide inspiration for your own Connecticut bucket list.
Buttonwood Farms in Griswold, CT
Besides its sunflower garden, which is displayed at the end of July, Buttonwood Farms offers hayrides, train rides for kids, delicious ice cream and plenty of seasonal activities.
“Nothing says summer like Buttonwood Farms, and that’s why I put it on my CT bucket list. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited in our state. The proceeds from their “sunflowers for wishes” event go entirely to the Make-a-Wish foundation in CT. I think others should include it on their bucket list because it’s something different and fun to do during the summer and fall season.” – Vanessa R.
Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, CT
The Harbor Lighthouse at Lighthouse Point Park is also known as the Five Mile Point Light because it sits just five miles from the center of New Haven.
“Lighthouses always hold some sort of historical mystery, which draws me to them. This lighthouse is surrounded with beautiful views of the eastern shore and miles of trails to walk. It’s definitely a destination to add to your bucket list. Not only is this place great for its park and beach, but also the historical carousel that sits a few hundred yards from the lighthouse.” – Rob C.
Brewport in Bridgeport, CT
Brewport is a modern-industrial brewpub that offers a variety of craft beer and pizza.
“I would definitely recommend everyone to add this brewery to their CT bucket list! The beer and the thin crust pizza did not disappoint, also the atmosphere and aesthetic were great! My favorite thing is the beautiful murals on the building.” – @Connecticut Honey
Lavender Pond Farm in Killingworth, CT
Lavender Pond Farm is located on nearly 25 acres of fields, displaying over 9,000 lavender plants.
“As a mom, I’m always looking for new adventures for my family. Every time I have a day off it means a new place to explore. I was looking for a place that we haven’t been and that my daughter would enjoy. Others should include Lavender Pond Farm on their CT bucket list because it’s very beautiful and one of those gems that no one really knows about.” – Nubia
Red 36 in Mystic, CT
Located on the water in historic downtown Mystic, Red 36 offers a seafood-centric menu and dock space for guests coming by boat.
“Red 36 is a classic New England treasure and its views of the marina and Mystic River can’t be beat. Seafood lovers will love the raw bar, but there are plenty of non-seafood choices on the menu as well. It’s an equally great spot for a romantic dinner or a night out with friends. The view is always different and I love catching sunsets there!” – Erica P.
Gillette Castle in East Haddam, CT
Gillette Castle is a real-live castle that was once home to popular stage actor, William Gillette.
“We went to Gillette Castle because my son has never been and we thought it would be a fun experience for him. Even though he is only 5, he was so intrigued and excited to be in a real castle. We not only walked through the castle, but also on some of the trails around it and enjoyed a picnic on the grounds. There is quite a bit to do and explore there, I recommend adding this site to your CT bucket list.” – Lacey H.
Grace Farms in New Canaan, CT
Grace Farm’s expansive 80-acre landscape is one of the last remaining large parcels of open space in Fairfield County.
“There is a feeling of serenity at Grace Farms. It helps you slow down, be in the moment, and reflect. An in-person visit is a must to understand this impression. Grace Farms is a hidden gem and offers something for everyone, whether you wish to enjoy nature and the peaceful surroundings, participate in a variety of family programming, or explore the architecture of the River building. It’s a great pick for anyone’s bucket list!” – @InstaCTMom
The Book Barn in Niantic, CT
The Book Barn holds over 500,000 books spread amongst its four locations, each within miles of each other.
“As a book lover, I love to find and visit unique bookstores in Connecticut. Thanks to Instagram, the Book Barn had been on my radar for a while. Not only is the Book Barn a great place for those who love hunting for bargain books, it's also a great place to take kids. Besides the endless books, there are beautiful gardens, a goat enclosure, a play area, silly statues and a roaming cat.” – Amanda F.
Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen in West Hartford, CT
Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen offers an innovative menu including influences from North Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe,Turkey and Greece.
“I heard great things about Zohara, so it immediately got placed at the top of my bucket list. The food is divine and I really enjoy their selection of wines. The patio is a perfect place to enjoy a nice summer evening!” – Melanie
Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, CT
Visitors love to enjoy the refreshing views of Chapman Falls within Devil’s Hopyard State Park.
“I included Devil's Hopyard on my CT Bucket list because it's got that quintessential New England charm. There's tons of natural beauty between the waterfall, the river, the trails, and some nice views. Others should include it on their CT bucket lists because it's beautiful. It's easy to get to from almost anywhere in the state, and the campgrounds are open for camping.” – Sean I.
Savin Rock Beach in West Haven, CT
Enjoy the wooden boardwalk at Savin Rock Beach, which leads to neighboring parks and resturants.
“Savin Rock Beach is a great destination for spending time outdoors in the summertime. The boardwalk is awesome for strolling and the beaches are a popular destination with locals. People should include Savin Rock beach on their #CTBucketlist because it’s an often overlooked gem along the shoreline with something for everyone!” – Aimee