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10 Must See Places to Visit in Connecticut

Updated on March 27, 2017

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The Ghosts of New Haven is a ghost tour that last just under one mile in distance.
The Ghosts of New Haven is a ghost tour that last just under one mile in distance. | Source

Ghosts of New Haven (New Haven, Connecticut)

Fair Haven is a section of the city of New Haven in Connecticut. It has a tour called "Ghosts of New Haven" has several different tours but the one I took was scary as can be, believe me. The Ghost walking tour was freaky and it last about an hour and a half or so. Spooky stories are always told and music accompanies the tales. every now and then something odd will happen that makes you get a chill, such as a huge picture on the wall lifted off the wall and paused for about 2 seconds, then it fell to the floor. Probably made up for the tour but at any rate it sure was a frightful moment to say the least.

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Gillette Castle State Park (122 acres)

Gillette Castle was constructed in 1914 and it is built in a medieval, bungalow style.
Gillette Castle was constructed in 1914 and it is built in a medieval, bungalow style. | Source

Gillette Castle State Park (East Haddam, CT)

Gillette Castle State Park opened in 1943 and it covers a solid 122 acres. The castle was built in 1919. The main attraction is the beautiful, old castle without a doubt but it also has hiking trails, several areas for a picnic and a large museum on the grounds of the estate. Far in the fields lies a humongous gardening that has beauty because if you look out past the garden you can see Connecticut river. I love books so I was especially impressed by the library inside the castle which was set up in perfect order and it looked so peaceful and ready for reading.

Location of Gillette Castle State Park (Hadlyme, Connecticut)

Maritime Aquarium (2,000 animals)

The Maritime Aquarium opened its doors to the public in 1988 and the aquarium also has an I Max theater.
The Maritime Aquarium opened its doors to the public in 1988 and the aquarium also has an I Max theater. | Source

The Maritime Aquarium (Norwalk, CT)

The Maritime Aquarium is my favorite place in Connecticut and it opened its doors in 1988. It is home to over 2,000 animals. The aquarium itself is 140,000 square feet and it has 93 different water tanks full of tons of different species. I saw lots of sharks of varying sizes and that was really fascinating to me. Many of the fish were odd looking and I wasn't sure what they were. The I_Max is nice as it spans 8 stories in height and they offer 3 types of films, all educational but breathtaking nonetheless.

Famous People From Connecticut

Michael Bolton
J.P. Morgan
Christopher Lloyd
George W. Bush
Willie Pep
Katharine Hepburn
Seth MacFarlane
Meg Ryan
P.T. Barnum
 
Mark Twain
 
Ten of the most famous people born in the state of Connecticut.

Mohegan Sun Arena (10,000 seats)

The Mohegan Sun Arena is 30,000 square feet and it opened for public use in 2001.
The Mohegan Sun Arena is 30,000 square feet and it opened for public use in 2001. | Source

Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, CT)

The Mohegan Sun Arena opened to the sports public in 2001 and it seats 10,000. Lacrosse, concerts and of course basketball is played here but when I came it was planned for another event. Boxing! The crowd was loud, the music and sound system was rocking and of course the fights were a thrill. Great arena to watch boxing because it is a great atmosphere and to be honest, the ring had excellent lighting above it and it made it easy to see the fighters in action.

Top 11 Attractions in Connecticut (Video)

Comfort is the Key

Prospector Theater has stadium-style seats that are large and soft. The theater features a small but nice bar and a cafe with tasty subs for sure.
Prospector Theater has stadium-style seats that are large and soft. The theater features a small but nice bar and a cafe with tasty subs for sure. | Source

Prospector Theater (Ridgefield, CT)

The Prospector Theater is especially designed with disabled persons in mind but anyone can see movies at this locale. It has stadium seating and nice, sofa style seating offered. The sound and screen size is definitely better than other movie theaters that I have ever been at before.

American Robin

Connecticut State Bird

Eye of the Tiger

Beardsley Zoo opened in 1922 and it has 305 animals including big, beautiful tigers.
Beardsley Zoo opened in 1922 and it has 305 animals including big, beautiful tigers. | Source

Beardsley Zoo (Bridgeport, CT)

The Beardsley Zoo opened in 1922 and it is home to over 300 animals. The zoo is the largest of the 5 zoos that I have ever visited. It has a nice carousel, gift shop, greenhouse and three places for getting a bite to eat. One cool thing at this zoo is they offer camel rides which is pretty awesome. It has 9 exhibits that house the different species and keep it all organized.

Annabelle

The Warrens are the inspiration for the films, The Conjuring and Annabelle.
The Warrens are the inspiration for the films, The Conjuring and Annabelle. | Source

The Warren's Occult Museum (Monroe, CT)

We all know about the Warren Occult Museum because of the two films, The Conjuring and Annabelle. It is a museum inside of a home that has thousands of demonic and super natural pieces. The tour has an escort and nothing spooky really happens but at the same time it will keep you on your toes and looking around constantly. A few items looked suspect but many of the things in this place is downright wicked.

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Barnum Museum (Constructed in 1893)

The P.T. Barnum Museum has a 2,500 -year-old mummy originally from Egypt housed in a prime area for viewing.
The P.T. Barnum Museum has a 2,500 -year-old mummy originally from Egypt housed in a prime area for viewing. | Source

P.T. Barnum Museum (Bridgeport, CT)

The P.T. Barnum Museum was completed under the eye of Mr. P.T. Barnum and it was done in 1893. It is a 3-story museum dedicated to the life and work of Barnum but it has just as many outstanding artifacts about Bridgeport as it does about P.T. Barnum. Pictures and paintings are all over the museum and they tell a history lesson for sure. The mummy is 2,500 years old and even though it is too far off, I loved the culture of the whole thing.

P.T. Barnum Museum (Video)

Witch's Dungeon (Movie Memorabilia Museum)

Witch's Dungeon has wax monster figures and each individual has clothing and their own bakground relating to them.
Witch's Dungeon has wax monster figures and each individual has clothing and their own bakground relating to them. | Source

Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum (Bristol, CT)

Witch's Dungeon Movie Museum opened in 1966 and it has only grown since that time. I enjoyed it because I love horror films and this place is an ode to the classics. Wax and believe it or not, partially papier-mache with wires. Each character has his own setting and background. My favorites are The Gypsy Witch, The Fly, Count Dracula and The Mole People which looked terrifying and so realistic. It only opens during the month of October.

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Black Hawk Fishing Tours

Fishing cruises with food, alcohol and music the entire trip. Let's party!
Fishing cruises with food, alcohol and music the entire trip. Let's party! | Source

Black Hawk Party Boat (Niantic, CT)

The Black Hawk Party Boat has a driver and you get to fish, relax to music and eat during the boat trip. I have been deep sea fishing in Florida but this was much more entertaining because of the atmosphere and music, specifically. The boat really goes fast which is a great addition to this trip. I love fishing but even those who do not will still enjoy partying on the water.

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      Gilbert Arevalo 4 weeks ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Leslie, I loved your hub. It's very interesting. I took a field trip from New York City to Rhode Island, several years ago. On the way, I believe we stopped off at Connecticut, and toured historic buildings. The scenic view was magnificent. I love the charming New England homes, sailing boats, and sea food restaurants. I had no idea some of Connecticut's historic landmarks attracted people interested in paranormal activity. But I also love the Barnum Museum and Mark Twain.

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