The State We're In — Connecticut, As Seen on TV Last Updated: December 2021
Connecticut’s a destination with a great sensation – and there are so many places to check out. If you’ve seen our latest commercial, you may be wondering where you can find the featured activities. That’s why we’ve gathered the list of attractions for you… so you can get out and experience the adventure that’s all around us.
The new commercial features a local talent, Eddie Cruz, Jr. — a Newington native and University of Hartford, Hartt School of Theatre alum — who is passionate about living and working in the state. Check out the locations from the commercial below!
We begin on Historic Pratt Street, a vibrant local hub for people to gather and share the happenings of Downtown Hartford... or simply share a meal with friends. Stroll charming storefronts and take in the character of each detail, brick by brick. From cigar aficionados and selfie enthusiasts to innovative entrepreneurs and pre-game revelers, this area welcomes all who visit.
Discover colorful igloo dining —an entire igloo park— at Dockside Brewery & Waterfront Biergarten. Located on the banks of the Housatonic River in Milford, Dockside is more than just a beer bar. The menu features more than 40 draft lines, cocktails, wine, New Haven-style pizzas, and a variety of bites from jalapeño popper grilled cheese to popcorn rock shrimp, Philly egg rolls, ahi tuna, and beyond.
Take the ultimate adventure tour in the beautiful northwest hills of Connecticut through hundreds of acres of privately owned trails. This idea is perfect for an outdoor winter expedition (or fun in any season). These UTVs operate just like an automobile and feature a gas and brake pedal with a steering wheel —so you don't have to be an expert to enjoy!
Nestled along both banks of the Mystic River, downtown Mystic is one of New England's premier tourist destinations. Pop in boutiques, bakeries and donut shops, bookstores, record stores, candy shops and so much more. Plus, don't miss the award-winning foodie scene in downtown Mystic featuring incredible seafood, farm-inspired cuisine, a brewery in a repurposed bank, and of course the Hollywood film icon, Mystic Pizza.
In addition to the snow biking seen in our commercial, enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tubing at this mountain park. Powder Ridge Mountain Park and Resort is your "go to" place for year-round adventure sports in Connecticut. You can even try night skiing and night tubing, which feature neon lights and fun music. Plus, don't miss cultural events, sports competitions, music festivals and beer fests, all hosted on-site.
Inside The Village, a newly opened creative co-working space, discover nightlife to love. This spot is so much more than a workspace; it features dining, pop-up shops and beyond. From Cisco Brewers to private event and party spaces, you're sure to find spots to have a great time out with friends.
Discover magnificent outdoor murals at The Knowlton, an art hub and work studio for 25 Connecticut area artists. This historic waterfront Armstrong Manufacturing building features painting, photography, sculpture, woodworking, mixed media, visual artists and more. The Knowlton collection of creatives is a unique community that supports and inspires collaboration and a thriving artist energy. You can also book their venue for private events!
If you're a fan of great pizza, great beer, and dancing, then you simply must try BAR. This unique space combines terrific pizza with energetic nightlife. Round up your friends for a night on the town; this is the perfect spot to grab dinner, drinks, and then make your way to the dance floor.
Experience something new and try an aerial yoga class — don't worry, you don't need to be a guru to have a blast! Aerial Arts Fitness teaches a variety of acrobatic-like activities from experienced instructors who are always happy to work with people of all skill levels. In addition to aerial yoga, try classes in pole dancing for fitness, aerial hoop (Lyra), aerial silks, equestrian vaulting, and more. Classes are a fantastic and fun way to work out and beginners are always welcome.
The stunning vista (and sunset view) that ends our commercial can be found at East Rock Park. The summit of the park rises more than 350 feet above the floor of the Mill River valley at its base. It offers views of Long Island Sound and the harbor, as well as a bird sanctuary, hiking trails, and picnic facilities. Plus, don't miss the Giant Steps that lead up to the summit — they provide unique way to hike to the top!