Southeast Region


Florence Griswold Museum - Here is a collection of important American paintings on the walls of an house -- an architectural treasure itself -- where the artists lived and worked, in a setting much the same today as it was at the turn of the century. Here, too, is the repository of the area's history, collected in the archives and artifacts of the Lyme Historical Society.

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.

Captain Bob's Thimble Island Tours - Tour this fables archipelage, where Captain Kidd hid from his British pursuers. On the boat ride you will hear many, many stories, legends and history on a lively, 45 minute narrated tour.

The Dudley Farm - The restored and furnished 1840 Farm House is the hub of the farm. Tours of the house introduce visitors to a typical kitchen, dining room, parlor and bedrooms, while sharing lifestyle information and stories from the house's previous inhabitants. The Farm is open to the public and invites visitors to experience life on a turn of the 20th century farm.

The Submarine Force Museum - The Submarine Force Museum is home of Historic Ship NAUTILUS (SSN 571), the first nuclear-powered submarine and is also the United States Navy's official submarine museum.

Amy's Udder Joy Exotic Animal Farm Park & Nature C - Leisurely stroll through 50 or more indoor and outdoor exhibits of permanently injured, abused and unwanted exotic and wild animals and read the informational signs. Feed Llamas and Rare Sheep! Pet/hold animals such as, Baby Chicks, Giant Hissing Cockroaches, Land Hermit Crabs and Large Land Tortoises.

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat Ride - 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.

Connecticut River Museum - Today 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.

Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut - An interactive, hands-on, educational opportunity for the children. Don't miss Nursery Rhyme Land for toddlers and Kidsville, an entire kids-size town where young imaginations soar. The Discovery Room and outdoor Garden will delight scientists ages 6 and up. Would-be builders may create wonders in the CAN-STRUCT building exhibit.

Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center - Multi-sensory dioramas and exhibits of eastern woodland and Mashantucket Pequot life. Films and videos, interactive programs, archival materials, ethnographic and archaeological collections, and commissioned works of art and traditional crafts by Native artisans are featured in the exhibits.

Science Center of Eastern Connecticut - Over 100 activity stations. Science theater, early childhood center, puzzle parlor, science store, hiking trails, and picnic area.

Mystic Seaport - Take part in all three Mystic Seaport adventures - the bustling 19th-century village of tall ships and historic buildings, exhibit galleries brimming with the culture of seafaring lives, and a unique shipyard where the nearly lost art of wooden shipbuilding endures - to find out how the sea has touched you, your family and our nation.

Mystic Aquarium - Explore the new Mystic Aquarium and embark upon an exciting adventure that will take you from shallow sunlit seas to the dark reaches of the deep ocean. A journey that will forever change your view of our ocean planet.




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