Connecticut

Learn about Connecticut’s many cultural, historical, outdoor and culinary offerings—for now or when you’re ready to travel again.

From scenic drives through rolling hills and outdoor adventures by land or sea, to culinary delights on the farm and overnight getaways and camping, Connecticut provides a convenient extended weekend getaway destination filled with both beloved and brand-new experiences and events emphasizing safety at every turn.

Enjoy a number of safe and festive activities happening throughout December and January—while supporting Connecticut businesses. From drive-through light displays and socially distant pictures with Santa to exciting outdoor activities and virtual musical and dance performances, tourism businesses, cities and towns throughout the state have created new experiences and modified old favorites to provide safer ways to celebrate this year.

Outdoor Experiences:

  • Journey through time at Mystic Seaport Museum’s new Lantern Light Village, featuring live music, horse-and-carriage rides, crafts and much more.
  • Stroll through 10 festive vignettes including Snowman Way and Gingerbread Boulevard during the new Winter Wonderland Walk at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.
  • Celebrate “Christmastime in Torrington,” featuring the Christmas Village and Storywalk on Franklin.
  • Explore the Gingerbread Trail in Putnam to see creative gingerbread displays throughout downtown.

Arts & Culture:

  • Celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza and Three Kings Day during the city of New London’s Holiday Celebration: A Multicultural Countdown.
  • Discover over 220 hand-painted palettes hung on Christmas trees at the annual Magic of Christmas celebration at The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.
  • Watch dancers perform excerpts of “The Nutcracker” in an outdoor snow globe and tour the Through the Tulle holiday costume exhibit at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington.
  • Tour a decorated Victorian home featuring vintage dolls and toys in a new holiday exhibit at Norwalk’s Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum.
  • Winter Dining: 
    • Be mesmerized by the spectacular holiday decorations at Cava in Southington, featuring over 200,000 lights, 65 Christmas trees and movie-themed rooms including Willy Wonka and Polar Express.
    •   Dine outdoors in a private greenhouse at Millwright’s in Simsbury or on the restaurant’s partially enclosed and heated bridge that overlooks a flowing waterfall.
    • Have a holiday meal to remember at West Street Grill in Litchfield, Tavern at Graybarns in Norwalk or Fresh Salt in Old Saybrook, all of which are featuring special Christmastime or New Year’s Eve menus.

    Festive Staycations:

    • Cozy up at the Whaler’s Inn in Mystic, featuring a special Winter Warm Up package or shop local with the Inn’s VIP Mystic Holiday Shopping Experience.
    • Unplug at Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, featuring curated experiences including a wreath making class, nightly bonfires and gift shopping at the inn’s boutique.
    • Book a stay at the DELAMAR hotels in Greenwich, Southport or West Hartford, which are offering a special staycation package for Connecticut residents.

The latest information on Connecticut’s COVID-19 response, including guidance on face coverings and social distancing, as well as details about the state’s travel advisory, is available at www.ct.gov/Coronavirus.

For more information about safe fun in Connecticut, visit www.CTvisit.com

 

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