10 Places Necessary to Visit in Connecticut

Brianna Skaff, Editor

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  • Harkness Memorial State Park, located in Waterford, is a beautiful place to go to feel like you’ve been transported back to the 1920’s. With the Gatsby-style mansion, gardens, picnic areas, and a sandy beach, grab your picnic basket and get to it! https://www.harkness.org/

  • Although it’s not a specific location, there are so many things to enjoy in the area that just one place wouldn’t suffice. Go and check out the marinas, beaches, Breakwater Light, and the numerous shops. https://www.saybrook.com/

  • At this point, I’m pretty certain that everyone is aware of the Dairy Barn located on Uconn’s campus. With a variety of flavors and a nice area to sit, the Barn is definitely a place to get the latest scoop! https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g33940-d656171-i107282516-UConn_Dairy_Bar-Storrs_Mansfield_Mystic_Country_Connecticut.html

  • With a nice area green area to walk through a view of the capital, Bushnell Park, provides something that the whole family can enjoy, with paths to walk through, a cute carousel, and an ice skating rink in the winter. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g33804-d258378-Reviews-Bushnell_Park-Hartford_Connecticut.html

  • For all of you inner bookworms, the Book Barn, located in Niantic, is a perfect place to go relax and pick from an assortment of books they have stacking the shelves. There’s also a cat named Cheesepuff so do you really need any other reason? https://www.facebook.com/bookbarnniantic/

  • Since CT really isn’t known for its beaches, Rocky Neck Beach is a nice spot to hangout at to walk along the boardwalk and enjoy the sea air. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g33770-d543803-Reviews-Rocky_Neck_State_Park-East_Lyme_Mystic_Country_Connecticut.html

  • Bolton Notch State Park consists of hiking and biking trails, a beach/lake, and the ever famous graffiti covered rocks that have probably littered your Instagram feed for years, so now you know where to go to snap a picture! https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g33722-d12119016-Reviews-Bolton_Notch_State_Park-Bolton_Connecticut.html

  • Wadsworth Falls State Park is a perfect to go hiking or biking, and just nature, but make sure to stop to watch the beautiful falls flow into the lake. https://www.stateparks.com/wadsworth_falls_state_park_in_connecticut.html

  • Johnny Appleseeds located in Tolland screams fall, with a variety of apple and pumpkin products such as apple cider, caramel apples, cider donuts, and a variety of others, who could go wrong! https://www.google.com/maps/place/Johnny+Appleseeds+Farm/@41.8628559,-72.4247597,271m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x89e6f43018b583ff:0x5a0675fd5fa231e4!2sStar+Hill+Family+Athletic+Center!8m2!3d41.8565346!4d-72.4137878!3m4!1s0x89e6f4275c584761:0xbaa484145951def3!8m2!3d41.863168!4d-72.4248751

  • Silk City Coffee is full of a cozy and calm environment which allows for people to have a place to relax and do work or to go have brunch with some friends. Located in Manchester, Silk City is a very aesthetically pleasing atmosphere that offers a variety of coffee, tea, and other pastries to enjoy. https://www.mapquest.com/us/connecticut/silk-city-coffee-370360899

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