When you think about it, it’s amazing what people can accomplish. These man made wonders are a testament to our creativity and will power, but they’re also just beautiful to behold. History buffs will love discovering Connecticut’s history and natural beauty as they explore these awesome man made wonders. Check them out now:
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. Charles W. Morgan
75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
Head down to the nation's number one maritime museum, Mystic Seaport, and pay a visit to the last remaining whaleship in the entire world. Climb aboard and take a look at incredible craftsmanship and a unique piece of history. It's hard to imagine that this was once the economy of Connecticut but it's true!
2. Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument
Route 44, North Canaan, CT 06018
This is one of the best looks into our railroad history that you could possibly get. The member of the national register of historic places, Beckley iron furnace is a giant testament to our previous manufacturing history. Railroad car wheels were once made here and stepping inside is simply incredible.
3. Gillette Castle
67 River Road, East Haddam, CT 06423
Built by the actor that popularized Sherlock Holmes, this castle is an eccentric masterpiece. Resembling a stove fortress, it has panoramic views of the river and incredible detailing inside. It's a place that every resident must visit before they die.
4. Lover's Leap Bridge
Grove Street, New Milford, CT 06776
Surrounded by the 160 acre park on the same name, this bridge over the river and has its own folklore. This is said to be the spot or two lovers were forced to throw themselves into the water, but don't worry, it's not haunted. The detailed metalwork is simply beautiful.
5. Saville Dam
67 Ripley Hill Road, Barkhamsted, CT 06063
This dam beside the reservoir is a favorite for locals looking to take scenic walks by the water. The stone masonry work on this gem, tucked into the Litchfield Hills, will make your jaw drop. It's both functional and beautiful.
6. First Presbyterian Church
1101 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06905
An aerial view of this futuristic church would reveal that it's actually shaped like a fish. Step inside to gander at the incredible artistry of the stained-glass windows and check out the largest mechanical action pipe organ in the state. There's nothing quite like this anywhere else in Connecticut.
7. Mark Twain House
351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105
This historic landmark is a fan favorite. Stand in the place where Mark Twain lived and wrote his famous works on this house and museum tour. The 25 room mansion is worth visiting again and again because it's simply beautiful and the facts you learn are incredible.
8. Sleeping Giant Tower
200 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518
A short hike gets you to this incredible lookout tower which offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and hills. It's a famous spot to visit for fall foliage but it's actually beautiful to behold year round. Explore the nature trails and take advantage of this incredible photo snapping spot.
9. Glass House
199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT 06840
Do you think you could live inside a house made of glass? It took architect Philip Johnson nearly 50 years to complete this art installation, which is now a member of the national trust historic site list. This look at architecture modern day art and landscaping is absolutely gorgeous.
10. Fort Griswold
Monument Street & Park Avenue, Groton, CT 06340
This site is one of the best remains from the Revolutionary War. The site of the 1781 British massacre of American troops, folks can visit this place now for a look at the 135 foot tall monument and picnics on the grass with a view of the shoreline. The displays inside are worth checking out as well.
11. Yale University
149 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06520
One of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the country, you're never too old or too young to take a campus tour. The storybook collection of buildings that rest on this campus are likened to Hogwarts. And you're sure to find some interesting places to eat in the surrounding area! Art and history lovers will enjoy an afternoon spent on this expansive campus.
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