Quintessentially New England

Ask anyone their perception of New England and it can encompass boating, camping, lighthouses, maple-sugaring, leaf peeping, farms, arts, culture, dining and more. What’s really interesting about this list is that you can do all of them without leaving Connecticut. Each season brings a cornucopia of activities and sights that will fully engage you. So before you think you need to traipse off to Maine for a great lobster dinner, check out Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough in Noank. If lighthouses are your passion, Connecticut’s has more than 20.

As Mark Twain (whose Hartford home is now a museum) said, “If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” We love Mother Nature's fickle personality and we celebrate the variety of experiences we enjoy as a four-season destination.

For details about seasonal attractions, events, and festivals visit www.ctvisit.com.


Spring Favorites

Spring forward to Connecticut and enjoy the many celebrations of flowers and gardens including beauties such as cherry blossoms, dogwoods, daffodils, and roses.

Maple sugaring, renaissance fairs, antiques and tag sales are all popular activities and past times in Connecticut.


Summer Favorites

Don't miss summer in Connecticut from beaches to national forests, tourism trails and music festivals, the whole state rises to the occasion to enjoy the warm weather as much as possible. Local outdoor favorites include recreation such as boating, kayaking, fishing, and trails of all types to the culture lover's dream of outdoor theater, music, festivals and dining. Popular, unique to Connecticut, destinations include covered bridges, ferry and boat trips, formal garden tours, golfing, and several lighthouses and historic attractions.

Fall Favorites

Connecticut, along with the whole New England region, boasts autumn as the shining jewel of the year. Foliage views full of breathtaking colors, fall festivals and traditions, farm and winery tours, fruit picking, corn mazes, scenic train and boat rides are just a few of the local favorites. Many Connecticut tourism districts offer scenic driving routes featuring highlights of the fall foliage too.

Photo: Chamard Vineyard, Clinton - CT Office of Tourism

Winter Favorites

Winter in Connecticut brings out all the beautiful terrains that seasonal tourists do not have the chance to experience. Many parks and forests offer winter activities including many places for ski touring, snowmobiling, even dog sleds: ct.gov/deep

If staying warm while site seeing is your goal, then try one the many museums, theaters, or cozy restaurants nearby your accommodations.

Many visit annually to view eagles and seals nesting on the rivers and shores, February through March. Also many towns and attractions offer winter cruises, festivals, and fairs to celebrate the best of the chilly months.

Photo: Allegra Farm, East Haddam - CT Office of Tourism