Connecticut, one of the 13 original colonies, is a lace work of preserved Early American and Colonial structures and sites. The state, strategically situated between Boston and New York City, came to prominence during the 19th century, creating a legacy of Victorian architecture, military firearms, Industrial Revolution manufacturing, literature and theater, and American Impressionist art. Today, world-class theater, music and art museums contribute to its well-stocked treasure-trove for seekers of cultural pursuits.
Connecticut's got it all-- fascinating attractions, great entertainment choices, New England beauty and charm. Plus, getting here is easy - the State is served by five major airports, and 20% of the nation's population lives within a three-hour drive.
The State boasts the oldest art museum in the nation in the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. It includes over 50,000 exhibits spanning 5,000 years including ancient bronzes, Renaissance and baroque paintings, impressionist masters, decorative arts and African American and contemporary art.
For lovers of music, Connecticut has the Meadows Music Center in Hartford, the Hartford Civic Center, the Oakdale Music Theater in Wallingford, The Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, and the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville which all have concerts from the world's top musical talents all year round. Theater lovers can go to The Bushnell in Hartford or the Shubert Theater in New Haven, which hosts everything from Broadway plays to symphonies to operas.
Connecticut also has a plethora of professional sports for fans to choose from. The State has minor league baseball teams in Bridgport, New Britain, New Haven and Norwich and minor league hockey franchises in Bridgeport and Hartford. The Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament, New England's biggest women's sports event of the year, and the Buick Open Golf Tournament take place each summer.
Lake Compounce, located in Bristol, and Six Flags New England in nearby Agawam, MA, offer the whole family a full day of fun. For the older generation the State is home to Foxwoods Resorts and Casino in Ledyard, and the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville.
Connecticut also has numerous historical landmarks and museums including Mystic Seaport, the country's leading Maritime Museum; Mystic Aquarium which houses over 3,500 aquatic creatures and is home to world-renown oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard and the Ballard Institute for Exploration; and the Mark Twain House, a National Historical Landmark.