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New Connecticut Getaways for Spring and Summer

Connecticut invites visitors and residents alike to kick off the warm weather travel season with new and improved attractions for families and adults, a new centrally located luxury hotel and plenty of arts and foodie events. Whether planning a romantic weekend getaway or family fun vacation, a day of adventure or retreat, travelers can find all the information they need, including suggested trip itineraries and travel packages, at www.CTvisit.com.

This spring and summer, there are even more reasons to visit Connecticut. Here are just a few top seasonal highlights:

New this spring and summer:

  • Experience luxury at the Delamar West Hartford this June, Connecticut’s newest boutique hotel, offering a full-service spa, fine dining and even complimentary bicycle rentals. Other unique lodging experiences, including B&Bs, inns and campgrounds, are featured on www.CTvisit.com along with special travel deals.
  • Get up close and personal with wildlife at the Connecticut Science Center’s new exhibit, “Butterfly Encounter,” opening this June in Hartford; see an exotic array of species at Mystic Aquarium’s “Weird and Wonderful” exhibit, opening Memorial Day Weekend; explore the Maritime Aquarium’s expanded jellyfish exhibit in Norwalk, opening this summer; and, visit Changbai, a female Amur tiger on exhibit now at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.
  • Reach new heights at Skydive Danielson thanks to its new airplane that allows skydivers to jump from 14,000 feet; visit Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, where youngsters can experience two new rides this spring; or, try the two new 75-foot-high zip lines at Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park in Portland, opening Memorial Day Weekend.
  • Pick your own bouquet at Lavender Pond Farm in Killingworth on select dates this summer, to be announced; and, use the new “See & Sip Itineraries,” designed by the Connecticut Wine Trail and Connecticut Art Trail, to pick and pair wine tasting locations with local museums.
  • Learn something new at Mystic Seaport by visiting the Thompson Exhibition Building, currently showing its inaugural exhibit, “SeaChange;” and, learn all about minerals at Nature’s Art Village’s new state-of-the-art miniature golf course opening this summer, joining the 40 life-sized dinosaurs, pristine nature trails and indoor activity center.

Timeless favorites:

  • Explore 216 miles of Connecticut shoreline: soak in the rays at public beaches, including Hammonasset Beach State Park, home to the Meigs Point Nature Center; kayak around the Thimble Islands; take a lighthouse boat tour; and, devour a hot-buttered lobster roll at one of Connecticut’s legendary seafood shacks.
  • Hit the hiking and biking trails that crisscross Connecticut for hundreds of miles, including those in The Last Green Valley, a National Heritage Corridor that runs through 26 towns in Connecticut’s northeast corner.
  • Hunt for treasures along the Connecticut Antiques Trail. Make your first stop the town of Woodbury, the “Antiques Capital of Connecticut,” with more than two dozen shops to discover.
  • Play and stay at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket and Mohegan Sun in Uncasville; enjoy gaming as well as renowned hotels, restaurants, spas, shopping, and live entertainment.

Don’t-miss events:

  • Enjoy the blooms at any one of Connecticut’s major flower festivals, including the Meriden Daffodil Festival (April 29-30) and Dogwood Festival in Fairfield (May 12-14).
  • Cheer on the pros at the Northeast’s only PGA tour event, Travelers Championship, in Cromwell (June 19-25) or the Connecticut Open in New Haven (August 1-4), featuring tennis great Martina Navratilova; and, music fans won’t want to miss the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz in Hartford (July 14-16), the largest free jazz event in New England, and the Litchfield Jazz Festival in Goshen (August 5-6).
  • Experience the arts at the Greenwich International Film Festival (June 1-4) and take in more than 60 events, screenings, premiers and educational panels; then, enjoy the work of more than 180 nationally recognized craft artists at the Guilford Art Center’s Craft Expo (July 14-16).
  • Indulge in seasonal delights at the Milford Oyster Festival (August 19), featuring the largest variety of oysters at any festival in the United States; and, don’t miss all the special events at breweries along the renowned Connecticut Beer Trail.
  • Try something new on Connecticut Open House Day (June 10), when Connecticut residents enjoy discounted or free admission, giveaways or special offers at 150+ attractions.

“Connecticut’s prime New England location makes it the perfect destination for visitors looking for a quick weekend escape from metro areas like New York and Boston, or an extended vacation,” said Randy Fiveash, director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism. “We welcome visitors to come and experience Connecticut for the first time, and encourage those who have visited before to discover what’s new.”

To learn more about all there is to see and do in Connecticut, visit www.CTvisit.com.

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I-95 Ramp Closure, Detour in Connecticut November 19

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing the closure of the Exit 34 off-ramp of I-95 Northbound and the detour of traffic during the overnight and morning hours on November 19, into November 20, 2016 in the town of Milford.

The closure and traffic detour are necessary for completing paving and restriping the exit gore area and deceleration ramp, and to complete guide rail end anchorage. Traffic will be diverted to northbound Exit 36, Plains Road, back to U.S. Rt. 1.

The ramp closure will take place on Saturday, November 19, from 8:00 PM, to Sunday, November 20, at 10:00AM.

Contingency based on weather will be Sunday, November 20, from 10:00PM to Monday November 21 at 6:00 AM.

Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour signs and observe the electronic message boards for details.

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Connecticut’s Free Weekend Getaways

And you thought nothing in life was free. In Connecticut, we beg to differ. An abundance of great attractions and activities throughout the state are available for you to enjoy, free of charge (although sometimes a donation is requested). So what are you waiting for? Get out and see Connecticut this weekend, or any day, for free. Your wallet will thank you.

Here are 9 Connecticut free weekend getaways, perfect for the entire family:

USS Nautilus | I-95 Exit Guide

USS Nautilus and US Navy Submarine Force Library

Board the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine. Museum recounts history of the U.S. Submarine Force. Working periscopes, mini-subs, mini-theaters. Gift shop, picnic area.

1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton, CT 06349

Wednesday – Monday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas day, New Years day, for one full week in April & October

(860) 694-3174, (800) 343-0079


Places to Stay:
Accommodations near the USS Nautilus Memorial

Connecticut State Capitol | I-95 Exit Guide

Connecticut State Capitol

Opened in 1878 and standing in the picturesque setting of Bushnell Park, this beautiful and unique building houses the executive offices and legislative chambers of the state, as well as historical memorabilia including statues of Nathan Hale, “The Genius of Connecticut” and Governor William Buckingham.

210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106

See website for tour hours and information



Places to Stay:
Accommodations near the State Capitol

Silver Sands State Park | I-95 Exit Guide

Silver Sands State Park

Could Captain Kidd really have buried his treasure on Charles Island in 1699? Visit Silver Sands for a fun-filled day in the sun. Activities include saltwater swimming and fishing.

Silver Sands Park Way, Milford, CT 06460

Daily, 8:00 a.m. to sunset

(203) 735-4311


Places to Stay:
Accommodations near Silver Sands State Park

Talcott Mountain State Park | I-95 Exit Guide

Talcott Mountain State Park

Take in the spectacular vista in all directions from the 165-foot Heublein Tower, the former summer home of a prominent Hartford family. Within the tower is a museum of local history. It’s a scenic 1.25 mile hike to the tower and picnic area.

Rte. 185, Simsbury, CT 06070

Park is open 8:00 am to sunset. From May 24 to August. Tower is open Thursday to Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. From Labor Day weekend to October 31, open daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Seasonal hours vary.

(860) 242-1158


Places to Stay:
Accommodations near Talcott Mountain State Park

Yale Center for British Art | I-95 Exit Guide

Yale Center for British Art

Founded by Paul Mellon, the Center houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom in a landmark building by Louis Kahn.

1080 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06520-8280

Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Closed major holidays.

(203) 432-2800 (877)


Places to Stay:
Accommodations near Yale University

Elizabeth Park | I-95 Exit Guide

Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens

First municipal rose garden in the country; greenhouses, nature walks, perennials and rock gardens. Pond House offers restaurant, lounge and auditorium.
Tour time: 2 hours

Prospect Ave., Hartford, CT 06106

Park: daily, dawn-dusk.

(860) 231-9443


Places to Stay:
Accommodations in Hartford

Weir Farm National Historic Site | I-95 Exit Guide

Weir Farm National Historic Site

Weir Farm National Historic Site, the only National Park Service site dedicated to American painting, was home to three generations of American artists including Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism. Today, the 60-acre park, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, is one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes of American art.
Other amenities: Dining Nearby, Gift Shop, Parking, Parking, Printed Guides, Self-guided tours

735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, CT 06897

Grounds: sunrise to sunset. Buildings and exhibits: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Guided tours of the Weir House: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.

(203) 834-1896


Places to Stay:
Accommodations in the Wilton/Norwalk Area

Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret | I-95 Exit Guide

Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret

Some of the best birding in the state on the sanctuaries’ 702 acres, a nationally recognized important bird area. Includes former farm fields, now managed to provide habitat for hard-to-find grassland birds, large beaver pond, streams, hemlock ravine. Over 10 miles of trails with interpretive signage, including access to Air Line rail trail.
Tour time: 4-6 hours

218 Day Rd., Pomfret Center, CT 06259

Sanctuary: daily, dawn-dusk. Center: Wednesday to Sunday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

(860) 928-4948


Places to Stay:
Accommodations in the Putnam/Pomfert Area

Flanders Nature Center/Land Trust | I-95 Exit Guide

Flanders Nature Center/Land Trust

Van Vleck Farm, Hetzel and Whittemore sanctuaries have hiking trails, nature center, seasonal farm and garden programs, Christmas tree farm, maple syrup, art and educational programs.

5 Church Hill Rd. at Flanders Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798

Daily, dawn-dusk.

(203) 263-3711


Places to Stay:
Accommodations near Flanders Nature Center/Land Trust

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