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State Bucket List: Connecticut

10. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

New Haven

Located at Yale University in New Haven, this amazing library is sure to entertain all bookworms and history buffs. The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library hosts irreplaceable artifacts, but it is probably best known for its unique translucent marble-paneled walls.

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9. Pick Your Own Produce at Jones Family Farms


Known for its delicious berries in the summer and thick Christmas trees in the winter, Jones Family Farms have supplied crops to the area for over 150 years. This is fun for the whole family, making for a great afternoon trip with the kids.

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8. CT Beer Trail Bus Tour

Who wouldn’t want to take a road trip to five different local breweries? For maximum convenience and safety, the bus tours will actually pick you up at your house, so you don’t have to drive after you’ve tried all of those craft beers. Make sure you book tickets in advance because the tours tend to sell out.


7. Bear Mountain


Come say that you’ve hiked the tallest mountain in the state of Connecticut. Located in the Taconic Mountains, this peak is known for its beautiful views and wild blueberries. Enjoy the native wildlife, but be on the lookout for snakes if you go in late summer.

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6. Gillette Castle

East Haddam

Located in the state park of the same name, this medieval-style castle was originally the home of William Gillette, an actor best known for the role of Sherlock Holmes. Known for being eccentric, the performer designed the house to be unusual, which adds to its widespread appeal.


5. Mark Twain House


While the famous novelist lived many places throughout his life, there was a seventeen-year period during which Mark Twain called Hartford, Connecticut, home. Some of his best-known works were written during his time here, including The Prince and the Pauper and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.


4. Mystic Seaport


The largest maritime museum in the world, Mystic Seaport offers a vast overview of the history of sailing. The estate holds many iconic ships, four of which have been declared national historic landmarks.


3. Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum


One of the most interactive amusement parks in the country, Adventure Park is a great way to bring out your adventurous side. With ropes courses and zip-lines, it is hard to be bored in this outdoor wonderland.

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2. Philip Johnson's Glass House

New Canaan

Since its construction in 1949, Johnson’s home has intrigued guests with it parameters made of glass. Visit this architectural landmark of modern design and ponder Philip Johnson’s views on personal privacy.

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1. Woodbury Ski Area

New England is home to many famous ski resorts. What makes Woodbury stand out is its intimate atmosphere and its long seasons; it is famously the first ski resort to open each year. If you aren’t a skier, join the patrons as they slide inner tubes down the slopes.

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