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    A Great way to see Mystic

    by gcmm Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    See Mystic the way it should be seen - from the water. Enjoy a scenic 1½ hour tour of the harbor aboard an electric launch which is very quite and enjoyable. Travel around Mystic learning about mystic and it's founding. Mystic is very beatiful, plan a dayat the sea port and also Mystic Aquarium. Also, ask about private charters and sunset cocktail cruises.

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    Visit the Past,Mystic Sea Port

    by gcmm Written May 5, 2004

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    Mystic sea port is a great place for the family or your self to visit..
    There are many tall ships which harbor in the port.Come and learn of it's past.

    Mystic Seaport – The Museum of America and the Sea – is the nation’s leading maritime museum.
    the Museum features a 19th century seafaring village with tall ships, nearly 40 historic buildings, exhibits and America’s first preservation shipyard. Visitors can sail exact replicas of traditional wooden boats, cruise in an antique steamboat, star gaze in the planetarium, help set a sail, walk by beautiful riverfront gardens or watch demonstrations of life and activity in the 19th century seafaring village. there are trained people to demonstrate traditions and share stories. In addition, the Museum Store is well known for its unusual collections and features the nation’s most complete collection of current books on all things maritime.
    Open daily, year-round April thru Oct. 9:00-5:00; Nov. thru March, 10:00-4:00. Closed Christmas Day.

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    Planes from the past

    by gcmm Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you are in the Hartford area i would recommend stopping by the air museum..
    Located in windsor locks it houses more than 75 different aircraft....
    It is the largest air museum in the north east....There are many buildings and also an outdoor yard if the weather is good..
    We have been there twice and love it.....
    You can sit in many of the planes and get thee feel of how it was back in the day....
    There is an extensive research library for looking up past information...and the most amazing thing is that all the people are Volunteers...
    It is not expensive at all...it is fun for everyone...

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    Admission Prices
    Adults (age 12 & up) $8.00
    Children Ages 6 - 11 $4.00
    Children Age 5 & under free
    Seniors (age 60 & up) $7.00
    (prices subject to change)

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    The largest Casino

    by gcmm Written May 5, 2004

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    Well i was not sure where to put this tip, it could be under almost all of them, even the tourist trap....
    Any ways , Foxwoods casino is a wonderful place just to look around if you want or are not into losing money( good Idea)...
    But if you like excitement and want to see shows, and such , this is the place.
    First it is set in beautiful Ledyard Conn...
    It is a remarkable site....
    IT even has a museum which is fantastic and would recommend seeing..
    As for the casino it self, they have everything, the hotel is very expensive and all most all ways booked.. The food is excellent and there are many good places to eat, some very expensive also...
    So if you want to just pop by for a look and see a show or some thing i would recommend it....

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    Murder mystery cruises

    by gcmm Updated Jun 7, 2004

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    Camelot Cruises are a great way to see the Connecitcut river and have fun...

    They are very unique,they offer dinner cruises including, Murder Mystery Dinner Cruises, New Orleans Dinner Cruises, Oldies Rock & Roll Dinner/Dance Cruises and other exciting theme cruises. Luncheon Cruises offer the sounds of live entertainment with great menus and are great for the whole family!

    Our favorite is the murder mystery cruise, here you get a wonderful dinner while the actors play out a murder mystery which you try to solve...it's fun with a group of people...it is not as easy as you would think..we have yet to solve one right..

    It also is a wonderful journey down the river getting to see some great scenery...

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    Essex Steam Train & Riverboat Ride

    by gcmm Updated Jun 7, 2004

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    The Essex Steam Train is operated by the Valley Railroad Company. As a tourist excursion, it 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 steam train operates through december and has different trips for the season..
    You can also take a river boat cruise up the connecticut river viewing some of the states best scenery
    it is great ride and lots of fun for the whole family...if you like they even have a dinner train..

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    Sherlock holmes

    by gcmm Written Apr 20, 2004

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    Gillette castle is located overlooking the Connecticut River. The Castle was the home of director, actor, and playwright, William Gillette, who completed the castle in 1919.

    The castle is one of Connecticut's leading attractions, drawing more than 300,000 people in 1995.

    Gillette Castle is open daily for tours. The rooms open to the public include nine bedrooms, seven baths, a kitchen and pantry, a third-floor suite, a library, and a study.

    Designed and Built in 1919 by William Hooker Gillette, a well known actor (the original Sherlock Holmes).

    If you plan a visit this way, come see Sherlock Holmes and castle...

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    KENT FALLS STATE PARK

    by moiraistyx Written Nov 6, 2006

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    I was so happy that we decided to stop here on our way back from lunch. Not only were we greeted by a picturesque waterfall, but we found a nice place to come back to for a picnic lunch and a quick hike. This is a perfect place to bring the family for some together time. You can either pack your own lunch or use one of the grills at the park. There are plenty of picnic tables or bring a blanket and picnic the old fashioned way. Either way, you'll want to hit the 1/4 mile trail to hike to the upper falls. The falls are beautiful any time of year, but especially so during peak foliage or the spring when the waters are flowing fast. Kent Falls State Park is also a trout park, there is a two fish limit per day. I believe a fishing license is also required. There are bathroom facilities on site just in case you have to go. You may visit the park between 8 AM and sunset, most days parking is free, the exceptions being weekends and holidays. Pets are always welcome at the park as long as they are on a leash.

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    A REALLY COOL OLD TRAIN

    by moiraistyx Written Nov 30, 2006

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    This beautiful old train marks the entrance of the Sloane Stanley Museum. Even though the museum was closed, we stopped to admire this beutiful piece. The train is open to the public and children and parents are encouraged to climb aboard and check it out. There is no fee to check out this train.

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    Vino Trail in Connecticut

    by karenincalifornia Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Yes, Connecticut does have a wine trail. In fact, the state has two. They are the Western Trail and the Eastern Trail (original, huh?). I took the Western Trail. There was only one winery open for tasting along my chosen route. Hopkins Winery. It is set on a beautiful hillside, overlooking a lake. The tasting room is in a building that looks like a red barn. I happened to be the only taster there (what a difference from California). The winery is extremely generous with their tastings. They allow you to taste every wine on their list, which is not what you usually see in California.

    I experimented. I tasted them all. Including the Peach Wine and the Apple Wine. You definitely do NOT see that in California.

    Hopkins Winery also has a very nice gift shop. Two floors of gifts in fact. All in all, this was a pleasant stop on my journey from White Plains, NY to my destination in Connecticut.

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    THE STONE BRIDGE IN MILFORD

    by moiraistyx Written Jun 25, 2006

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    As we were walking looking for our dining spots, we came across this wonderful stone bridge. It's some kind of memorial, although I haven't been able to find much about it on the web. I found one link with lots of information that you may want to refer to. It really is a beautiful site.

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    Mohegan Sun Casino

    by gcmm Written May 6, 2004

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    Well here again i could put this under almost every heading...
    Mohegan Sun is our other Casino.... It is vastley different than foxwoods...
    I think there is more to do at Mohegan...
    They have basketball games, and arena football and many other activities...
    The Casino is set up as the Four Seasons of new england....This is taken from there web site ...


    Check out the web site....
    Since i have not been there i had to get a picture from the web....

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    KENT FALLS

    by moiraistyx Written Nov 6, 2006

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    While driving along route 7 in search of a place to eat, we saw a sign for Kent Falls State Park. Since we were starving we decided to stop on our way home to check it out. We were so pleasantly surprised when we pulled into the parking lot and discovered a beautiful water fall about 100 yards ahead of us. Patrick couldn't get out of his car seat quick enough.

    Kent Falls is the major attraction at Kent Falls State Park. It is a series of cascades and waterfalls that drop a total of 250 feet over about a 1/4 mile. Kent Falls is often considered the highest fall in the state even though is not the largest single drop waterfall in Connecticut. The falls are divided into the upper falls and the lower falls. We only visited the lower falls since none of us were in hiking clothes. There is a hiking trail that takes you to the upper falls, it's about 1/4 mile long.

    There are rest rooms, picnic tables and most days plenty of free parking here (there's a weekend and holiday parking fee).

    The park is open daily from 8 AM until sunset.

    If Fido comes along he must be on a leash.

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    Star Struck

    by karenincalifornia Updated May 26, 2006

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    My drive through the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut took me through the charming town of Litchfield. It has a very small commercial area. I would have enjoyed stopping in at one of the boutique stores or at the 3W & Blue Bar. As it happened, I only had time to stop off at the post office and buy some packing materials to send some conference materials back home.

    Connecticut is sometimes nicknamed "Beverly Hills East" because so many Hollywood types have bought estates in the area. The main difference between here and Southern California is in Litchfield County you don't see college drop outs sitting under big umbrellas on the side of the road selling maps to the stars' homes.

    No, I did not see Meryl Streep at the post office, but I hear she has a home in the area.

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    For you powder hounds

    by karenincalifornia Updated Apr 3, 2008

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    Yes, one could ski in Connecticut, but I don't think you'll be getting a nosebleed. This is Mohawk Mountain, near Cornwall, CT. Top elevation is 3,000 feet. Lest you think there are no difficult runs here, some of these runs you are looking at are rated as black diamond runs. Which just goes to show the rating system is all relative. In the west, this would be a bunny hill (even the so-called "black diamond runs"). But if I lived in Connecticut, I'm sure I'd be here in the winter. Skiing on a bunny hill is a bit better than not skiing at all.

    It costs $49 to ski here all day!!! Oh, you poor Connecticut folks!

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Connecticut Hotels

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  • Colony New Haven

    1157 Chapel Street, (Hotel Currently Under Renovation), New Haven, Connecticut, 06511, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hyatt Place Hotel Mystic

    224 Greenmanville Ave., (formerly AmeriSuites Mystic), Mystic, Connecticut, 06355, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hyatt Place Uncasville

    2049 Norwich New London Turnpike, Uncasville, Connecticut, 06382, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

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