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Things to Do in Connecticut with Kids

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  • Niels M
    Hamburg, Germany11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had wonderful day the Mystic Seaport Museum. The museum is very clean, nice, informative and well staffed. It was the pirate days and the kids had so much fun with all the activities. Everything was well organized.
    Written 22 April 2024
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  • tombantle
    Rochester, NY487 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was in Springfield, MA for NCAA hockey games on Thursday and Saturday, so decided to spend Friday in Hartford (only 26 miles south). Being a great fan of Mark Twain, I searched for the House. A search made somewhat difficult by a lack of signage except right at the property.

    Directed to the ample parking, I was somewhat surprised to find it considerably below the grade level of the museum and house. As I can have difficulty with stairs I was a little put off, but the stairs were pretty low-rise with good handrails. Later I observed there was an unobtrusive ramp to one side. While the Museum makes every effort to be accessible, the House itself has a lot of stairs, with no apparent alternative.

    I signed up for the next tour and while I was waiting perused the first floor gallery of exhibits. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and witty.

    The House itself has been spectaculary restored after a history of varied occupants. Architecturally it is a late Victorian gem by Edward Tuckerman Potter, with a stairway atrium rising through all three stories. Interior decoration by Tiffany and Candace Wheeler is stunning. The artifacts inside are a combination of actual Twain belongings and period pieces. When queried, the guide ably distinguished which prices were originals. The Clemens were widely traveled and the house is full of curios. I learned a lot about the Clemens and their trials and tribulations. Alas, no photos were allowed inside either the House or the Museum.

    After the tour, I walked through the museum's second-level galleries, full of Twain memorabilia and learned a great deal more about their lives.
    Written 1 April 2024
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  • Ray R
    Grand Rapids, MI81 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We really liked this place. Nice exhibits, friendly staff, fair price. Penguins, beluga whales, sea lions, all good stuff. It could use just a little "sprucing up" to make it more attractive but we had a good time!
    Written 9 April 2024
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  • Lee L
    Valhalla, NY1,921 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Museum. I love to visit all kinds of warfare museums, so this was on my list for my road trip. Luckily, I had checked their website before I started my trip to find that they would be closed for Fall cleaning starting Columbus Day, the day I was planning to visit. Luckily, I made it down from Hartford the day before to visit.
    You basically come on the Naval Base and go straight to the museum rather than go thru the gate for the base. They have a bunch of exhibits on the history of the submarine, which is pretty much WWI to the present. They did have a replica of The Turtle which was used during the Revolutionary War to attempt an attack on a British Warship in NY Harbor.
    The USS Nautilus is here, and you can walk thru the sub and see what life was like on a nuclear submarine. I also really enjoyed the Medal of Honor exhibit on the submariners who have won the award.
    Out on front of the museum they have some larger exhibits like a Japanese mini sub, the sail from the USS Washington and some missiles.
    Written 12 November 2023
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  • Anna Marye C
    Pittsburgh, PA84 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The castle and the grounds are impressive. the view is awesome as it sits above the Connecticut River. Our only disappointment was that it was not open for us to see the inside.
    Written 24 October 2023
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  • travelgal
    Fairfield, CT42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love this cruise. My second time. Great Captain. Crew is always so friendly and helpful. I would do it again.
    Written 6 September 2023
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  • RandyRoss
    Ridgetown, Canada11,776 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was basically a shopping area but it was very nicely done. There was a pond, as well as lots of gardens. As it was just before Halloween, there were lots of decorations for that festival. Parking was free; entry was free and there were free (and clean) bathrooms. As we liked a lot of the stores as well, it was a nice place to go for a few hours.
    Our favorite place was probably Franklin's General Store, although there were quite a few nice and unique stores.
    Written 6 December 2023
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  • Ann M
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is such museum that has so many fun and interesting programs. I go every year for the Festival of Trees. Businesses and organizations decorate trees or make beautiful wreaths. These are a fundraiser for the museum. All the items are for sale and you can bring them home well before Christmas. They offered music and dance performances during the event.
    They do a Fine Art and Flowers show in April. Last year they had floral artists making arrangements based on a painting the museums owns. So cool. They have a big auditorium in the basement where they have lectures and movies. One Saturday a month is free for Hartford families.
    They also have a large courtyard in the center of the museum where they have events and outdoor movies in the summer. Last year, they set up a glass demonstration there in conjunction with beautiful exhibit of a variety of glass art. The gift shop is really nice too. I've done many tours there also. Some discuss the current exhibit or go into detail about a specific painting or artists. Make sure you check their calendar before you go so you can take advantage of some of the thing I mentioned above.
    Written 21 April 2024
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  • DLP
    New Jersey1,953 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a wonderful day trip. The exhibits displayed a wide variety of marine life as well as land animals, birds and reptiles. Several exhibits were hands on and the educational material at this aquarium is phenomenal. Spent a couple hours here and it was a great way to fill an afternoon. Look forward to returning again.
    Written 8 January 2024
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  • RandyRoss
    Ridgetown, Canada11,776 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bascule bridge (also referred to as a drawbridge or a lifting bridge) is a moveable bridge with a counterweight that continuously balances a span, or leaf, throughout its upward swing to provide clearance for boat traffic. I did not know this and loved that I could learn all about it here.
    We were very lucky to see the bridge in operation! I'm not sure how many boats go through here in a day but suspect that it is not so many that the bridge goes up all that frequently.
    Written 7 December 2023
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  • Jana B
    Worcester, MA920 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My son and I enjoyed learning about this ship and walking through it. It was a fabulous experience - I would highly recommend checking it out when you visit the Seaport Museum!
    Written 18 April 2024
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  • David L
    Towson, MD52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited here last month with our daughter's family, which included two near-adolscent boys. We all were amazed! It is an enormous museum, but very well laid out, and very well documented. There are multiple levels, which are easily navigated. The most impressive exhibit was the village replica (pictured on the website). The figures are very realistic, the dwellings are sturdily constructed, many being accessible to see inside. One of us thought one of the figures was a live actor! We easily spent 90 minutes there; we would have explored further but had another engagement. It was very interesting for both the boys and the adults. The ride up the 15(?) story tower is worth the view. Highly recommend a visit!
    Written 9 November 2023
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  • Nico Samneil Sy Salado
    Newport, VT735 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty well maintained and good information of some of the history for aviation either for war or civil affairs! They also have a simulator that is FAA approved, they call it the redbird, a cessna plane. They also have a fighter jet simulator, which the kids loved. Parking space is ample. Gift shop and small cafeteria inside. You’re entrance fee is pretty easy to enjoy it’s worth. See photos and videos below for reference.
    Written 13 April 2024
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  • jam5421
    Monroe, CT11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The New Britain Museum is well worth the visit. It houses an eclectic and comprehensive collection of all kinds of art by numerous American artists. Featured are works in glass, sculpture, fabric, painting and furniture to name a few. It is beautifully curated even down to the unexpected wall colors, lovely carpets and seating. Don’t miss this gem.
    Written 13 April 2024
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  • fewarechosen
    Nashville, TN52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice park with a wide variety of roses, well maintained paths, and ample parking. Visitors center has bathrooms and a gift shop. Good for sightseeing and walking the dog. Glad we stopped on our way through Hartford. Parking and admission are free.
    Written 20 October 2023
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