Connecticut May 03, 2018
11 Places In Connecticut You Thought Only Existed In Your Imagination
When it comes to amazing scenery, Connecticut has a lot to offer. Gorgeous coastlines, fantastic state parks, and other locations around the state offer plenty of opportunities to gaze at the natural beauty of our state. But there are a few fairytale places scattered around the Nutmeg State that we find truly enchanting. We just can’t get enough of the magical appearances of these 11 locations.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Enders Falls, Granby
Ender's State Forest is home to some of the most spectacular waterfalls that we have in Connecticut. There is no doubt that the sights and the sounds of rushing water as it cascades over rocks is quite magical. You can find Enders State Forest off of Route 219 in Granby, CT. There is no admission fee to the forest. For more information, visit the DEEP
2. Buttonwood Farm, Griswold
The huge field of sunflowers at Buttonwood Farm is sure to make your jaw drop if you time your visit right. The golden glow seems to stretch on forever as these brightly colored blooms wash the field in bright yellow. Buttonwood Farm is located at 473 Shetucket Turnpike, Griswold, CT 06351. To learn more and see additional pictures of this superb farm, click
3. Great Mountain Forest, Norfolk/Canaan
Small waterfalls, twisted trees, swamps, and other natural beauty occupies this lavish forest in Connecticut. Taking a walk through Great Mountain Forest is like following in the footsteps of a sprite or a hobbit. You'll love taking your time to explore this wonderful 6,000-acre property. You can find this forest at 200 Canaan Mountain Rd., Falls Village, CT. To learn more about what this spectacular property has to offer, click
4. Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge, Simsbury
The Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge is so pretty that it's hard to believe it exists. Volunteers from the town of Simsbury create this eye-catching floral display to decorate the bridge every year. You can find this picture perfect spot at Old Bridge Rd., Simsbury, CT 06070. To view more photos of this storybook setting, click
5. Elizabeth Park Rose Garden, West Hartford
A tunnel of roses and a gazebo covered in greenery are just two of the highlights at Elizabeth Park. Wander through these enchanting gardens and feel like royalty in an outdoor palace. The gardens are open daily from sunrise to sunset at 1561 Asylum Ave., West Hartford, CT. You can get additional information and see more amazing photos of this garden by checking out this
6. Garden of Ideas, Ridgefield
Stroll through 12-acres of delightful ornamental, woodland, vegetable, and sculpture gardens at this stunning place. The Garden of Ideas has plenty of spots to sit and reflect on the natural beauty all around. You can find this whimsical spot at 653 North Salem Rd., Ridgefield, CT 06877. Visit their
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7. Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, Old Lyme
The peaceful 4.5-acre retreat of Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds houses abstract sculpture inspired by nature in a beautiful setting. Children are welcome and there is no admission charge to stroll the grounds and admire the art. The Sculpture Grounds are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and are located at 80 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT 06371. For more information, visit their
8. Connecticut Science Center Butterfly Encounter, Hartford
The Butterfly Encounter is an exhibit like no other at the Connecticut Science Center. The plant rich space is home to more than 40 different species of magical butterflies. Enjoy the warm air and these fluttering insects Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT 06103. To see more pictures of this captivating butterfly habitat, check out our
9. Bartlett Arboretum And Gardens, Stamford
Explore what feels like a secret garden at Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens. There are 91 acres of gardens, woodlands, open spaces, and wetlands to explore. You'll want to spend several hours at this alluring spot to discover all its natural beauty. Visit any day of the week from dawn till dusk at 151 Brookdale Rd., Stamford, CT. There is no admission fee, so revisit this amazing spot time and time again. Click
to take a better look at this wonderful place.
10. Lovers Leap State Park, New Milford
Part of the reason Lover's Leap State Park is so enchanting comes from the mysterious stories surrounding it. Combine these legends with the breathtaking scenery and this place becomes somewhat irresistible. The scenic 127-acre park is located at 178 Shortwoods Rd., New Milford, CT 06776. Click
to learn more about the haunting and romantic stories associated with this spot.
11. Logee's Greenhouses, Danielson
Since 1892, Logee's has been growing a wonderful array of plants. Enter one of their greenhouses to become transported to a lush green world that seems far from our own. Exotic species bloom giving off sweet scents while their flowers and leaves decorate the space with colors and patterns. Logee's Greenhouses are open year round at 141 North St., Danielson, CT 06239. To see more photos of the inside of these entrancing greenhouses, take a look at this
How many of these fairytale places in Connecticut have you visited? Or which ones are you adding to your “to do” list? Let us know in the comments section below.
If you love places that seem a bit magical, then you’ll want to check out this
whimsical retreat in the middle of a Connecticut forest.