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.
- The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford is one not to be missed. Enjoy a tour of this amazing house and the history that is hidden around every corner.
- On the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, step back in time to historic 1892 Essex Station and embark on an unforgettable 2.5-hour journey into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley.
- See Central Connecticut's natural wonders with a visit to waterfalls at Devil's Hopyard State Park or Enders State Forest.
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:
- The New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain
- The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford
- Spectrum Art Gallery, Centerbrook
- Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
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 CTvisit.com!
Sources: Labor Day by the Numbers: Americans Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Working, USA Today; Project Time Off Study, US Travel Association.