Attractions March 14, 2019
10 Easily Overlooked Destinations In Connecticut That Are So Worth The Trip
Connecticut is full of spectacular attractions. From
Mystic Seaport to Lake Compounce, some spots attract visitors from all over New England. But the Nutmeg State also has its overlooked destinations that are just as worthy of a visit. Take some time to adventure off the beaten path and explore some of our lesser-known treasures. Here are ten spots to get you started.
Special thanks to Caryn B. Davis for providing many of the photos in this article. Caryn is a visual storyteller specializing in architecture, travel and garden photography. She is also a published writer. Her images and articles have appeared in over 60 publications.
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During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, New Haven
A visit to the rare book library and literary archive of the Yale University Library is truly inspiring. The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is a feat of architecture including a six-story glass-enclosed tower of book stacks, holding approximately 180,000 volumes. Visitors are welcome to browse materials in the reading room and check out the amazing rotating exhibits. Find this Elm City treasure at 121 Wall St., New Haven, CT 06511.
2. Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, Stamford
Soak in the beauty at Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens. With 12 unique gardens and more than a half a dozen trails, this gorgeous place is a living natural classroom. Stroll, photograph, and drink in the scenery. Visit these captivating gardens at 151 Brookdale Rd., Stamford, CT 06903.
3. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
You don't have to be an art lover to appreciate the largest collection of British art outside of the U.K. Stroll the galleries and take a trip through time and to another world as the enchanting works take you on a journey. Rotating exhibitions keep the museum fresh for multiple visits and admission is free. Visit the Yale Center for British Art at 1080 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06510.
4. The Glass House, New Canaan
An architectural wonder designed by Philip Johnson, The Glass House is one sight you won't want to miss. The carefully maintained grounds serve as the wallpaper for this unique construction. Take a tour of the grounds including other unique buildings along with a painting gallery and the ghost house. Find The Glass House at 199 Elm St., New Canaan, CT 06840.
5. Enders Island, Mystic
One of the most peaceful places in the Nutmeg state is often overlooked. Enders Island is a stunning offshore retreat. Visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds and enroll in programs if they wish. The seaside gardens are awe-inspiring during the warmer months. Find this tranquil spot at 1 Enders Island,
Mystic, CT 06355.
6. The Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington
The Hill-Stead Museum is a true gem both inside and out. The colonial revival house and art museum is set on a large estate. Tour 19 rooms of the house and its impressive collection of art. Outside you can enjoy a walk through the one-acre sunken garden. Enjoy this museum at 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington, CT 06032.
7. Sheffield Island Lighthouse, Norwalk
You'll have to hop aboard a ferry to visit this historic lighthouse that occupies its own island. The scenic boat ride is just the beginning, tour the 10-room lighthouse, explore the beach, or walk the nature trail. During the summer, sunset visits are offered which are truly spectacular.
8. Ireland's Great Hunger Museum, Hamden
Summon the past into the present with a trip to Ireland's Great Hunger Museum. Take in the artwork related to Ireland's greatest social calamity. The famine occurred between 1845-1852 and had a huge impact throughout the country. Journey into history at 3011 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06518.
9. Mill House Antiques, Woodbury
Woodbury is the antique capital of Connecticut and the crown jewel is Mill House Antiques. Explore the 17 showrooms overflowing with tasteful antiques and vintage pieces. After you do some shopping head outdoors to walk the world famous gardens. Visit this extraordinary antique shop at 1068 Main St., Woodbury, CT 06798.
10. ON20, Hartford
If you love dining with a view ON20 is the spot to go in the capital city. The 20th-floor restaurant has views of the cityscape that you won't find anywhere else. The cuisine is also first-class with elevated seafood, steaks, and burgers too. ON20 is located at 1 State St., Hartford, CT 06103.
Which of these overlooked destinations have you missed out on? You can still add them to your bucket list and plan a visit soon! If you love the outdoors, you’ll want to make a trip to Connecticut’s
most secret state park.