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Experience Connecticut’s Tourism Treasures on Virtual Connecticut Open House Day, Saturday, June 13

HARTFORD, Conn., (June 4, 2020) – Explore Connecticut’s fascinating world of history, art, culture, nature and adventure—and start developing your list of places to visit this summer—on Virtual Connecticut Open House Day, Saturday, June 13, 2020.

Hosted by the Connecticut Office of Tourism, this popular statewide event has been reimagined in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions. Instead of in-person offers, residents will find a variety of virtual experiences from museums, arts and cultural venues, historical sites, galleries, nature centers and other attractions online at www.CTvisit.com/CTOpenHouseDay.

“Connecticut Open House Day has always been a fantastic way for residents to discover and rediscover the diverse offerings in our beautiful state,” said Randy Fiveash, director, Connecticut Office of Tourism. “While some tourism businesses are still temporarily closed to visitors, residents can enjoy these experiences online now, discovering that there is so much to do close to home once everything has reopened.”

On the website, residents will find over 130 virtual experiences, including:

  • Narrated property tours and behind-the-scenes footage of places rarely open to the public
  • Virtual art and museum exhibits, as well as streaming animal encounters and musical and theatrical performances
  • Educational videos and interactive projects to try at home with the whole family

Participants include the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, offering four Facebook Live sessions to explore the home like never before and learn some of its secrets; Fairfield University Art Museum, presenting its new virtual exhibition, “Howard Skrill: Monumental Follies”; and, Leffingwell House Museum in Norwich, featuring a special look at one of its key artifacts.

“Tourism businesses that have reopened are doing an incredible job providing safe environments for valued employees and patrons, and businesses that haven’t yet reopened are eagerly preparing to welcome visitors back,” said Fiveash. “We encourage residents to take advantage of the innovative, engaging and entertaining experiences available online until they are able to visit businesses in person.”

Select tourism-related businesses—including restaurants (outdoor only); museums and zoos (outdoor only); retail shops and malls; and, outdoor recreation businesses—were eligible to reopen on May 20 as part of Phase 1 of Connecticut’s Reopening Plan. Businesses eligible to reopen to the public in Phase 2, estimated to begin on June 20,  include accommodations; restaurants (indoor); museums, zoos and aquariums (indoor); outdoor arts, entertainment and events (up to 50 people); outdoor amusement parks; and, more.

For Virtual Connecticut Open House Day updates, visit www.CTvisit.com/CTOpenHouseDay and follow #CTOpenHouse on social media. Check www.CTvisit.com and social media often for updates about businesses open now and reopening soon.

 

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, visit www.CTvisit.com.

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Contacts:

 

Emily Pangakis

Adams & Knight

860-676-2300 x 129

emily.pangakis@adamsknight.com

 

Randy Fiveash

Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism

randall.fiveash@ct.gov