River Valley


River Valley

River Valley

River, Adventure, History
The Connecticut River is the centerpiece as it meanders through towns and cities of this region.  Along the way you'll find the meticulously restored Victorian State Capital in Hartford along with Mark Twain's home and the Wadsworth Atheneum (the oldest public art museum in the country).  Essex, Chester, Old Saybrook and other towns along the river, boast of small town charm and is the home of the quirky Gillette's Castle in Haddam with one of the best vistas of the river.

Representing: Andover, Avon, Berlin, Bloomfield, Bolton, Canton, Chester, Cromwell, Deep River, East Granby, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Essex, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Haddam, Hartford, Hebron, Manchester, Marlborough, Meriden, Middletown, New Britain, Newington, Old Saybrook, Plainville, Portland, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southington, Stafford Springs, Suffield, Tolland, Vernon, West Hartford, Westbrook, Wethersfield, Windsor, Windsor Locks


More than 270 years of American art in 10,000 choice pieces at the  New Britain Museum of American Art. New Britain

Rare French wallpapers and early neoclassical architecture of the 18th century at the  Phelps-Hatheway House. Suffield

The  New England Air Museum, home to more than 80 aircraft displayed in three massive hangars. Windsor Locks

EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center, the Northeast's premiere canopy tour experience featuring zip lines, rappelling and orienteering adventures. Middletown

Weekly NASCAR auto racing on the paved, half-mile oval at  Stafford Motor Speedway. Stafford Springs

Connecticut's premier presenter of the performing arts, The Bushnell has delighted and inspired audiences for mare than seven decades.  Hartford

The 30-foot diorama of the Connecticut Valley in the late Triassic Period at  Dinosaur State Park. Rocky Hill

The   Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, home to the personal and professional memorabilia of the Uncle Tom's Cabin author. Hartford

The 19 richly furnished rooms, with Tiffany accents, at the celebrated  Mark Twain House & Museum. Hartford

Connecticut's  Old State House, located on the site of George Washington's Revolutionary War meeting with the French, and one of the nations oldest State houses. Hartford

The more than 50,000 works, spanning 5,000 years, on display at the  Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Hartford

Gillette Castle, atop the most southerly hill in a chain known as the Seven Sisters; William Hooker Gillette, noted actor and playwright, built this 184-acre estate. East Haddam

Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park, an outdoor adventure sports park with rock climbing, over head wakeboarding cable system, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, cliff jumping, and scuba diving. Portland

The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat and the splendor of the Connecticut River Valley. Essex

 Goodspeed Musicals and another season of Broadway shows and new productions at the Goodspeed Opera House and Norma Terris Theatre. East Haddam and Chester

The quintessential New England river town:  Essex

The  Connecticut Science Center offers endless exploration opportunities for both children and adults. Hartford

Click to view general map of River Valley

For additional information on this region:

Central Regional Tourism District - River Valley/Connecticut
One Constitution Plaza
2nd Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 787-9640

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