HARTFORD, Conn., May 29, 2019 – From now through Labor Day, Connecticut invites visitors to see why it’s the ideal destination for classic New England summer fun (think beaches, boat rides and lobster rolls) and unexpected experiences—like adult summer camp, cliff jumping and spirit-tasting train rides.
A short trip from major Northeast cities, Connecticut’s 169 cities, towns and shoreline, all in close proximity to each other, make for a memorable day trip, weekend or summer vacation filled with one-of-a-kind activities and events, iconic cultural and historical attractions, high-energy outdoor adventures and delectable food and beverages.
New this year are even more ways visitors and residents can enjoy the season, all listed on www.CTvisit.com.
Try a twist on traditional summer fun.
- Go back to summer camp as an adult at Club Getaway in Kent, where archery, stand-up paddleboarding and yoga are on the agenda
- Gaze at the stars and see other astronomical events at the Westport Astronomical Society which hosts free public nights and talks
- Sip wine, craft beer, bourbon or tequila—on a train—during the Railroad Museum of New England’s new seasonal train rides, departing from Thomaston
Explore the great outdoors.
- Beat the heat at Quassy Amusement and Waterpark in Middlebury, Lake Compounce in Bristol, and Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park in Portland, where visitors can cliff jump into a freshwater quarry
- Explore Connecticut’s 107 state parks and beaches, including Gillette Castle in East Haddam, which is celebrating 100 years
- Hit the trails—wineries and breweries along the Connecticut Wine Trail and Connecticut Beer Trail are offering more outdoor fun, food trucks and events than ever before
Exercise your mind.
- Purchase an Art Passport and visit all 20 world-class museums and historical sites on the Connecticut Art Trail, including The William Benton Museum of Art in Storrs
- Mark “Shark Week” by learning more at the Bruce Museum’s “Sharks!” exhibit in Greenwich, and get up close to the creatures at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk and Mystic Aquarium in Mystic
- Enjoy New England’s largest mural walk in historic New London and see 23 works by renowned sculptors in Old Lyme as part of the town’s Summer Sculpture Showcase
Mark your calendar.
- Be inspired by over 200 events at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, June 8-22
- Participate in one of Connecticut’s largest summertime celebrations at Sailfest in New London, July 12-14
- Stomp grapes and sample wine at the Connecticut Wine Festival in Goshen, July 20-21
- Enjoy locally harvested oysters at the 45th Annual Milford Oyster Festival, August 17
Make your stay memorable.
- Book the Lighthouse Suite at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa in Old Saybrook
- Immerse yourself in maritime history at the newly renovated Whaler’s Inn in Mystic
- Stay the night in the Treehouse or Helicopter cottages at Winvian Farm in Morris
- Try something new at The Blake Hotel in New Haven and The Homestead in Madison, both recently opened
“With adventure, leisure, cultural and culinary experiences in every corner of the state, visitors can cross multiple activities off their summer bucket lists in less time—all while building lasting memories with friends and family,” said Randy Fiveash, director, Connecticut Office of Tourism.
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 www.CTvisit.com.
Adams & Knight
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Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism