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Quick Facts
Capital Hartford
Government U.S. State
Currency US dollar (USD)
Area 14,357 km2
Population 3,596,080 (2013 est.)
Language English(No official language)
Religion Roman Catholic 43%, Protestant 27%, Non-religious 23%, Other 5.5%
Electricity 120V/60Hz (North American plug)
Time Zone UTC -5/-4

Connecticut [1] is the southernmost state in New England state, full of charm, small coastal towns, rural beauty and several major cities. The State's top tourist attractions include Yale University, which maintains numerous world-class museums, Mystic Seaport, the restaurant and nightlife scene in downtown New Haven, The Maritime Aquarium, and two major Native American casinos.


Regions of Connecticut
Fairfield County
Southwest Connecticut, near New York City. This area has many beaches and lighthouses, and many of the state's biggest cities, such as Bridgeport, Stamford, and Norwalk.
Litchfield Hills
Northwest Connecticut. This is the least densely populated area of the state. The region is known for it's colorful fall foliage. Most of the region is rural, but there are a few smaller cities, including Torrington, Danbury, and New Milford.
Greater New Haven
South central Connecticut. Home to Yale University, and numerous museums and theaters. It includes cities such as New Haven and Milford.
Connecticut River Valley
From North central Connecticut to the coast. Home to New England's 2nd most populous region, the Knowledge Corridor, featuring Connecticut's state capital Hartford and many historic sights.
New London, Tolland and Windham Counties in eastern Connecticut. A good place to get a view of the Long Island Sound, with beaches, and the famous Mystic Seaport/Aquarium. Has two of the biggest casinos in the world. Includes cities such as New London, Mystic, Uncasville, and Ledyard.


  • Hartford - state capital.
  • Bridgeport - most populated city in the state.
  • Danbury - also known as Hat City, Danbury is home to Western Connecticut State University, Candlewood Lake, and many good restaurants.
  • Greenwich - ranked the 12th greatest place to live, Greenwich is a quaint town with a great view of Long Island.
  • Mystic - one of the most common places to visit, due to the historic seaport and aquarium.
  • New Haven - state's "creative capital" and home to the greatest amount of pedestrian life, top-rated restaurants and tourist attractions
  • New London - home to the coast guard acadamy, New London has a historic view of Long Island Sound.
  • Norwalk - home to trendy SoNo with an active night life and The Maritime Aquarium
  • Waterbury - small urban community with lots to do. Look for the Union Station Clocktower that overlooks the city.

Other destinations[edit]

Connecticut is rich with history, nature, art and beauty. Truly something for everyone. While many people are drawn each year to Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos, there is much more in this state. There are a number of beaches at the shore, state parks and forests throughout the state, and many smaller parks as well. Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam is an excellent family destination. So is the Essex Steam Train and River Boat Ride in Essex.


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Connecticut is split by the Connecticut River, the largest river in New England. The state has 8 counties, and 167 towns and cities. The largest lake, Candlewood lake, is located near the New York border.


The weather in Connecticut is generally stable compared to many other parts of the country. Dangers that plague many regions of the country (e.g., tornadoes, mudslides, earthquakes, etc.,) are not a danger here. Summers (May through September) are sunny and warm to hot (75 to 95 F). Bring sunglasses and shorts and T-shirts for summer comfort when spending time outdoors (light-weight, light colored). In fall and spring, temperatures are normally cool to mild (50 to 70 F), and early spring (April) can see rain showers, so pack a rain coat for early spring trips. Winter months (December through mid March) are cool to cold (30 to 45 F), so pack jackets and sweaters (and gloves) for a winter trip.


As with the rest of the United States, English is the most commonly spoken language in Connecticut. Road signs and restaurant menus are generally written solely in English, while most restaurant and hotel staff are unilingual in English. Though some tourist attractions offer services in languages other than English, it is generally safe for tourists to assume that only English can be guaranteed in any given location.

As Connecticut has grown more diverse, large Spanish-speaking communities have emerged in many of the state's cities. As such, patrons may be able to find speakers of Spanish in hotels, restaurants, and other public facilities in Connecticut cities.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

In state[edit]

  • Tweed New Haven Regional Airport, 155 Burr Street, New Haven, +1 203 466-8833, [4]. A smaller airport with flights to Philadelphia.
  • Waterbury-Oxford Airport, popular with private aviation. [5] [6]
  • Sikorsky Mem'l Airport [7] in Stratford is a private aircraft charter service based there.
  • Meriden Airport [8] in Meriden, CT provides private air charter.
  • Danbury Municipal Airport in Danbury is mainly used for general aviation.

Out of state[edit]

  • Laguardia, JFK, and Newark in the New York City area are all a common choice for travelers in the western part of the state. These are all larger airports than in-state airports, and have more flight opportunities.
  • Logan International Airport in Boston can be a good choice for travelers going to the northeast corner of the state, but is far away from any of the major cities, such as Hartford and New Haven.

By ferry[edit]

  • The Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Ferry crosses Long Island Sound daily between Port Jefferson, Long Island and Bridgeport, CT. It carries cars and passengers. Cross Sound Ferry connects New London, CT and Orient Point, NY (the easternmost tip of Long Island's North Fork.) It also carries cars and passengers.

By train[edit]

Amtrak [9] provides frequent service to Connecticut destinations on trains between Penn Station in New York City and South Station in Boston. MetroNorth [10] provides frequent weekday commuter service from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan and several cities and towns in southwestern Connecticut's Fairfield and New Haven counties.

By bus[edit]

As with trains, there are frequent intercity buses between South Station Boston and Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan with stops in Connecticut. Major bus lines serving Connecticut include Peter Pan [11] and Greyhound [12].

By car[edit]

Those entering Connecticut by car from the west can choose from three major routes. Interstate 84 enters Danbury, Connecticut from Pennsylvania and the lower Hudson Valley of New York and continues to Waterbury, Hartford and Worcester. The Merrit Parkway, closed to trucks and buses, enters the state from New York's Westchester County, and is considered one of America's most scenic highways because of how its design matches the bucolic leafiness of the suburbs that surround it. An extension of the Parkway tunnels under a hill north of New Haven and continues to Meriden where it merges with Interstate 91 going north towards Hartford and beyond. Interstate 95 traverses the east coast of the United States from Maine to Florida, and runs along Connecticut's coast from east to west. The visitor should be aware I-95 North according to federal road signs is actually going East in Connecticut, and I-95 South is going West in Connecticut. Between New York and New Haven I-95 goes through densely populated suburbs and is heavily congested. East (North according to directional signs on the road) of New Haven I-95 goes through more rural coastal towns and is not so congested.

Entering the state from Boston involves taking the Massachusetts Turnpike also known as Interstate 90 west to I-84, or Route 6, a two-lane road, or Interstate 95 from Rhode Island.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

Car is the easiest way to travel through the state, and the best if you are planning on sightseeing.Several major highways, including I95 and I84, run through the state.

By bus[edit]

  • Connecticut Transit (CTTRANSIT), 100 Leibert Road, Hartford, Phone: +1 860 522-8101, Fax: +1 860 247-1810, [13].
  • Bridgeport is served by its own service.
  • New Haven is also served by a free electric trolley system that runs the downtown area.

By Rail[edit]

Connecticut has a decent Rail system compared to many other US States. This makes it possible to travel around the state if you don't own or want to rent a car. However, be prepared to walk or take a Uber to your final destination in some suburban towns without bus service.


Serves the shoreline towns between Greenwich and New Haven with trains continuing to New York City. Frequently departures during peak periods and half hourly off peak service. Be sure to check the schedule to find trains that stop at both your origin and destination! Also has branch lines that run between Stamford and New Canaan, Norwalk and Danbury , and Bridgeport and Waterbury. New Canaan trains run once an hour, Waterbury and Danbury trains once every few hours

Shore Line East[edit]

Service between New Haven and New London with stops at shoreline towns. Service every few hours plus more frequent rush hour service.

CTrail Hartford Line[edit]

New Service that launched in June 2018. Serves towns along the I-91 corridor including Hartford, New Haven, and Springfield. Tickets can also be used on Amtrak trains within CTrail's service area except for the Vermonter. Service every few hours with a higher frequency during peak periods.


Intercity trains that only stop in the major cities and require advanced reservations and higher ticket prices.

By Thumb[edit]

Hitchhiking is not common in the United States, as most Americans believe hitching a ride is dangerous. The I-95 corridor is not difficult and is serviced by a very nice series of rest stops. Walk on, stick out your thumb, and you should have no trouble getting a ride. In addition, the Fairfield service plaza (exit 21) is a frequent stop for buses between New York and Boston, and if there are any empty seats, it is possible to get on, often for free or reduced price if you're a good negotiator.

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Botanical Gardens[edit]


  • Yale University is the 3rd oldest university in the country, and is one of the country's 8 Ivy League Schools. This school has been home to many famous people, including presidents, authors, judges, and senators. Yale is in the downtown area of New Haven, overlooking the green.
  • University of Connecticut, more commonly known as UConn, is a good college with famous men's and women's basketball teams. It is in Storrs, near Hartford
  • The United States Coast Guard Academy and Coast Guard training tallship USCGC Eagle in New London.
  • Connecticut College was founded in 1911 as a college for women, but went co-ed in 1969. The entire campus is an arboretum and is in New London.




Minor League Baseball


Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)


Colleges such as Yale and UConn have many sports games open to the public.


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  • The Connecticut Historical Society offers exciting exhibits, programs, and events. This is suited for both children and adults, check out the upcoming events. [14]

Amusement Parks[edit]

  • Lake Compounce is the oldest amusement park in the United States. Located in Bristol, this park has dozens of rides for all ages, and good food.
  • Quassy is an old amusement park in Middlebury. This park is more suited for younger children.


  • Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk
  • Mystic Aquarium and Mystic Seaport in Mystic


  • Calf Pasture Beach is a historical beach in Norwalk
  • Cove Island Park is a beach/park in Stamford
  • Cummings Park is a beach/park in Stamford
  • Pleasure Beach is a great family beach/park in Bridgeport
  • Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme
  • Sherwood Island State Park in Westport
  • Silver Sands State Park in Milford


  • Bicycling is popular in Connecticut. There are plenty of country roads, coast line, lighthouses, and hills to keep you going. The state maintains a website called CT Trails[15] with a list and maps of trails. Some are paved and others are packed dirt.
  • Another comprehensive site is CT Bike Routes[16] of 500+ routes, cue sheets, and maps.


  • Mohegan Sun is the largest casino in the country, and the second largest in the world. It is in Uncasville
  • Foxwoods is the second largest casino in the country, and the third largest in the world. It is in Ledyard


There are hikes for every level on mountains or along the beach, many of them are suitable for kids

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Connecticut has an incredible amount of restaurants everywhere you go. There are thousands of restaurants state wide. Downtown New Haven is widely considered the restaurant capital of the state, with more top Zagat-rated restaurants than any other community in Connecticut by a wide margin. Interesting ethnic restaurants, including Eritrean, Malaysian, Turkish, Spanish, French, Mexican, Cuban, Jamaican, Ethiopian, Lebanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Southern and Northern Indian, Nepalese, Cantonese and Italian restaurants can be found throughout the city. Also, the state's large casinos have plenty of dining opportunities.

Southington, Connecticut, between Hartford and Waterbury, is famous for their many apple orchards. This small town of forty thousand people has an incredible variety and supply of apples, celebrating their staple crop with the annual Harvest Festival in October. Anyone traveling through this beautiful state in the Autumn must stop in Southington for a bag of apple fritters and other foods made from the town's famous apples.

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Liquor stores and grocery stores are open 8AM-10PM Monday-Saturday and now on Sunday until 6pm. Bars are generally open 7 days per week and are open until 1am or 2am pending on the day of the week.

Discover Connecticut's Craft Beer culture, boasting great local breweries, quality brewpubs and beer bars, home brew supply shops, and beer festivals. Many breweries offer tours of their facilities, and of course free samples of their products.

The legal drinking and purchasing age of alcoholic beverages is 21. Under age drinking is taken very seriously so if you are in a club or bar and appear to be under 30 you should be ready to present identification showing your age. However, there are exceptions. Under age drinking is allowed on private non-alcohol selling premises and on alcohol selling premises as long as there is parental presence and consent. Under age drinking is also allowed for religious and medical purposes.

Stay safe[edit]

Law Enforcement in Connecticut. The Connecticut State Police have jurisdiction over the whole state. Oddly enough the CSP is different from most other police agencies. All police vehicles owned by the CSP have a light bar but no decals on the cars. The majority of their vehicles are unmarked. To positively identify that the vehicle is owned by CSP on the light bar there is a small LED sign saying state police. CSP officers are permitted to take their vehicles home with them. CSP lightbar colors are red and blue unlike the other New England States which only uses blue lights.


Although Connecticut is well known for its affluence, and is the third wealthiest state in America, there are sections in the state's largest cities (especially Hartford, Bridgeport, and New Haven) that have dangerous potential, especially at night. Common sense will more than likely keep you far from any signs of trouble in Connecticut, as the state is widely considered to be one of the safest in the country.


Connecticut is the infamous birthplace of Lyme Disease. Make sure you know what to do if you are bitten. Tick season is usually from the spring to the fall.

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