Great Ways to Use Your Vacation Days in Central Connecticut Last Updated: February 2021

Have PTO you haven't used? Believe it or not, half of working Americans don't use all their paid-time off. Don't let paid days go to waste. Instead, discover great ways to get away from the office in Hartford, Middlesex and New Haven counties.  Just be sure to check with each location before venturing out, as hours may differ due to COVID-19.

Places You Always Wanted to Visit

You know those places you always wanted to check out but never had the time to visit on the weekends? Now's your chance. Here are a few spots to consider.

A Little Culture Will Do You Good

Ferris Bueller famously went to the museum on his day off. Why not spend a day in one of these popular Connecticut museums:

Looking for something a little more unexpected? Try the Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum in Cheshire!

Spots to Treat Yourself

Maybe, you just want to relax on your day off? 

  • Spend a day, or even just a few hours, unwinding and pampering at the luxurious Delamar Spa in West Hartford.
  • Get a little retail therapy as you stroll the Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets in Clinton or the Westbrook Outlets in Westbrook, a village of outlets not far from the shoreline that is usually very busy on weekends.
  • Or, stroll the charming town of Essex, and its downtown filled with shops, restaurants and the Connecticut River Museum.

It’s Your Time, Use It Well

Whether you’re using a little of that hard-earned paid time off to relax and enjoy a change of weekday scenery, or playing hooky to play tourist in your own home state, you’ll find so much to discover at!

Sources: Labor Day by the Numbers: Americans Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Working, USA Today; Project Time Off Study, US Travel Association.