Connecticut  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.
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.
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.
Out of state
Amtrak  provides frequent service to Connecticut destinations on trains between Penn Station in New York City and South Station in Boston. MetroNorth  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.
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  and Greyhound .
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Minor League Baseball
Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)
Colleges such as Yale and UConn have many sports games open to the public.
There are hikes for every level on mountains or along the beach, many of them are suitable for kids
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.
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.
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.