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Things to do in Connecticut

Many of the best things in Connecticut are free (well, excluding the cost of gas): the town greens of old New England villages like Guilford and Litchfield; the views of Long Island Sound and the smaller islands that dot it; the blaze of color when the leaves turn in the fall. Some other highlights include:

  • Yale University's art museums, New Haven. These, too, are free. The Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art are two of the few built works by the architect's architect, Louis Kahn. The collection of the Art Gallery ranges from antiquities to works from modern masters; the British Art Center has the largest collection of British art outside of the United Kingdom.
  • Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford. The country's oldest art museum is especially strong in Impressionist and Hudson River School works.
  • Mark Twain House & Museum. Twain's home from 1874 to 1891, when he wrote many of his most famous works, has been restored as one of America's best house museums.
  • Mystic Seaport. The historic ships and 19th-century village where the Thames River meets Long Island Sound provide an engrossing overview of New England's nautical history.
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  • Chester Gallery

    The 25-year-old gallery shows works by regional artists such as printmaker Richard Ziemann. More
  • Chez Manon

    For all things Swedish and German, this cheery boutique stocks wooden music boxes and flower-patterned linens. More
  • Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

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  • Franco's Xtreme Laser Tag

  • Gillette Castle

    The 1919 hilltop mansion is open to the public. More
  • Goodspeed Musicals

    Catch a musical at the 1876 Goodspeed Opera House, which gave the world such Broadway standards as Annie and Man of La Mancha. More
  • Grape in the Shade

    Jazz music sets a retro tone for antique handbags, costume jewelry, and more in stylish Litchfield County. More
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  • Litchfield Hill Farmer's Market

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  • Mark Twain House & Museum

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  • Mashantucket Pequot Museum

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