River Valley Connecticut

Goodspeed Opera House - Nationally acclaimed musicals performed in a historic Victorian theater overlooking the Connecticut River.

Old State House - Oldest State House in the nation. Completed in 1796, Charles Bulfinch-designed National Historic Landmark. Tourists from around the world, school children, neighborhood and civic groups, corporations and public officials can enjoy the restored rooms, educational programs and special events at the Old State.

Harriet Beecher Stowe House - A tour of the Stowe House provides an intimate glimpse into the life of the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The Day House offers magnificent interiors with changing exhibits and a research library. Visitors will enjoy the Center's tranquil surroundings, accented with historical Victorian gardens.

Science Center of Connecticut - Hands-on museum that explores science, nature, and technology. Planetarium, Turtle Town, Idea Zone, World Weather Window, live animals and more.

New Britain Youth Museum - Farm and exotic animals, wildlife, trail system, pond, weather station, and gardens; changing exhibits on science, natural history, geology, and agriculture.

Hill-Stead Museum - This house museum contains some of the world's finest French Impressionist masterpieces which are still displayed amidst the furnishings of their original collector. The enchanting home is surrounded by extensive grounds and a sunken garden, open to the public daily for recreation and quiet contemplation.

Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine - Abandoned tunnels of one of New England's first copper mines (1707) were used by Colony, later State of Connecticut as a prison between 1773-1827. Remains of prison, exhibits, mine tunnels, spectacular views, picnic area, hiking trails.

The Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury - Offers a wide range of environmental programs and events throughout the year for all ages. The Center is adjacent to the 48 acre Earle Park with its forested trails, Tom's Pond, meadows, Holland Brook, and bluffs along the Connecticut River.

The Mark Twain House & Museum - Step back to the Gilded Age during guided tours of the 19-room, Tiffany decorated mansion where Mark Twain wrote and raised his family from 1874 to 1891. During this productive period, Twain created such classics of American literature as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

The Children's Museum - Visitors enjoy exhibits and demonstrations, education classes and activities, a live animal wildlife sanctuary, state-of-the art digital science dome movies and planetarium shows.

New England Air Museum - The largest aviation museum in the Northeast, with more than 70 aircraft dating from 1909 to modern jets.

Ivoryton Playhouse - The building that is now the Ivoryton Playhouse was built in 1911 as a recreation hall for the employees of the Comstock-Cheney factory. The Ivoryton Playhouse has completed a total renovation of the building.

Gillette Castle - Unique fieldstone castle was home to legendary stage actor, William Gillette. The 184 acre park is situated on a hill overlooking the Connecticut River. Gillette, best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on stage, designed his house with intricately carved locks and elaborate wood doors. The grounds have extensive hiking trails and picnic spots.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art - Considered among the dozen greatest art museums in the United States. Its world-renowned collections include Hudson River School landscapes, Old Master paintings, modernist masterpieces, French and American Impressionist paintings, Meissen and Sevres porcelains, costumes and textiles, American furniture and decorative arts of the Pilgrim Century through the Gilded Age.

Antiquarian & Landmarks Society - Connecticut's statewide heritage organization, promotes interest in historic properties by preserving and interpreting significant personal stories and collections.

Connecticut River Museum - Steamboat Dock is home to the Connecticut River Museum where the Connecticut River Valley story is told through year round changing exhibitions, activities and programs. One of the most popular Museum exhibits is a full scale working reproduction of the first submarine, the American Turtle, invented by David Bushnell in 1776.

New Britain Museum of American Art - Over 5,000 American works of art from 1740 to the present. Works include Benton, Cassatt, Church, Cole, LeWitt, Sargent, Stuart, Whistler, and Wyeth; changing exhibitions. Gift shop.

Vintage Radio & Communications Museum - See displays of radio, television, motion picture and telephone equipment, as well as vintage advertising and memorabilia.

LUTZ Children's Museum - Explore and join in special activities. The museum also features hand-on exhibits, live animals, picnic area and more.

Lyman Allyn Art Museum - This museum is housed in a handsome Neo-Classical building overlooking the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Here, paintings by Willard Metcalf, William Chadwick and other members of the Mystic and Old Lyme art colonies are displayed along with important works from the Tonalist and Hudson River schools that led into impressionism.

International Skating Center of Connecticut - A world-class, twin rink skating facility designed to meet the needs of first time competitors and Olympic Champions alike. Olympic Gold Medalists Ekaterina Gordeeva and Viktor Petrenko headline a growing list of international skating champions who train at ISCC. Visitors welcome to watch Olympic figure skaters' workout sessions.

Roaring Brook Nature Center - Replica of an Eastern Woodland Indian longhouse, dioramas, seasonal exhibits, live animals, and self-guiding nature trails.

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat - The steam train will take you through some of the most beautiful country in the state. You will find forests and streams, beautiful vistas and nostalgic towns, and some gorgeous views of the Connecticut River. The riverboat will take you for a relaxing and informative ride up the beautiful Connecticut River, from Deep River to East Haddam.