Planes, Trains & Trolleys

If transportation is your thing, whether it be wheels, rails or wings, Connecticut has got a spot for you. Here’s a Getaway that covers a lot of those bases.

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New England Air Museum Connecticut Trolley Museum Shore Line Trolley Museum
New England Air Museum

New England Air Museum

Let your imagination and memory soar at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, where you’ll witness nothing less than the 20th-century history of American aviation. More than 80 aircraft are on display in three hangars, including helicopters, amphibians, the P-47 Thunderbolt, Corsair, Hellcat and a beautifully restored B-29 Superfortress. You can even get behind the controls on Open Cockpit Sundays.

Connecticut Trolley Museum

Connecticut Trolley Museum

Nearby, in East Windsor, the Connecticut Trolley Museum has more than 70 pieces of rail equipment dating back to 1869. There are streetcars on display, and railroad cars, buses, inter-urbans and service cars. One of the highlights of a visit is unlimited rides on a trolley, a three-mile round trip that will evoke the pace and pleasures of an earlier day. As an added bonus, the site is also home to the Connecticut Fire Museum, where an extensive array of antique fire apparatus and associated equipment is on display.

The Shore Line Trolley Museum

Shore Line Trolley Museum

Haven’t gotten your fill of rolling stock yet? No problem. Make your way south to the Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven. Here, you can enjoy another three-mile ride, this time through the salt marshes of Long Island Sound. Afterward, you can view the many, many trolley and other rail cars on display, including some classic antiques that are being restored.

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