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Connecticut Residents to Receive Discounts, Special Offers at Over 200 Tourism Attractions on Connecticut Open House Day, Saturday, June 8

15th Annual Event Encourages Residents to Become Tourists in Their Own State

HARTFORD, Conn., May 21, 2019 – Scenic train, trolley and boat rides; animal encounters; chocolate tastings; behind-the-scenes tours. These are just a few of the tourism activities that Connecticut residents and families can enjoy on Connecticut Open House Day, Saturday, June 8, 2019, when more than 200 attractions across the state, including arts and cultural venues, historical sites, museums, carousels, vineyards, farms and restaurants, welcome visitors with free or discounted admission or special offers.

Now in its 15th year, Connecticut Open House Day is designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse mix of tourism offerings, including history, art and cultural sites, to the very people who call it “home.”

Residents can look forward to:

  • Free admission at 70+ attractions, including museums and historical sites.
  • Free tours at 35+ properties, including some that are rarely open to the public.
  • Special offers and giveaways at 80+ businesses, including B&Bs, vineyards, shops and art galleries.

Hours of operation and discounts/specials vary by property. Participating properties are listed by town at

Fourteen destinations are participating in Connecticut Open House Day for the first time, including:

  • James Merrill House, Stonington
  • Kalmia Garden Music & Arts, Durham
  • Mother Bailey House, Groton
  • Shore Line Trolley Museum, East Haven
  • Walk Bridge Welcome Center, Norwalk
  • Work_Space, Manchester

“Connecticut Open House Day is a wonderful opportunity for residents to discover and rediscover the unique tourism offerings in every corner of our state, as well as for businesses to show off their property and inspire future visits,” said Randy Fiveash, director, Connecticut Office of Tourism.

Connecticut’s $15.5 billion tourism industry generates $2.2 billion in tax revenues and directly supports over 84,000 jobs—and over 123,500 jobs in total. Last year, many participating businesses reported receiving more visitors on Connecticut Open House Day than a typical Saturday in June—sometimes two to eight times as many.

For Connecticut Open House Day updates, visit; RSVP to the Facebook event; and, follow #CTOpenHouse.


About the Connecticut Office of Tourism

The Connecticut Office of Tourism, a division of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), is dedicated to enhancing the economic growth of Connecticut’s tourism industry. Together with its many state and industry partners, the Office of Tourism works to bolster the state’s reputation as a destination that offers a diverse mix of activities and attractions, all in close proximity to each other – from the exciting and relaxing to the historic and innovative to the culture- and nature-focused. For more information about Connecticut tourism, or to plan your next trip to Connecticut, visit the





Emily Pangakis

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Randy Fiveash

Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism