State Park in Connecticut River Valley

Hammonasset Beach State Park

Though not off the beaten path by any means, the two full miles of flat, sandy beach at Hammonasset Beach State Park handily accommodate summer crowds. This is the ideal beach at which to set up an umbrella chair, c…
Museum in Old Lyme

Florence Griswold Museum

The 'home of American Impressionism,' the Florence Griswold Museum exhibits 6000 works with solid collections of American Impressionist and Barbizon paintings, as well as sculpture and decorative arts. Her house, wh…
State Park in Connecticut River Valley

Devil's Hopyard State Park

Legend has it that the round holes in the 60ft Chapman Falls within the park were made by the Devil himself, but you can thank the state of Connecticut for the 860 acres of pretty grounds for camping (campsite per n…
State Park in Connecticut River Valley

Dinosaur State Park

Connecticut’s answer to Jurassic Park, Dinosaur State Park lets you view dinosaur footprints left 200 million years ago on mudflats near Rocky Hill, 10 miles due south of Hartford along I-91. The tracks hardened in …
Museum in Essex

Connecticut River Museum

Adjacent to Essex's Steamboat Dock, this museum's meticulously presented exhibits recount regional history and include a reproduction of the world's first submarine, the American Turtle: a hand-propelled, barrel-lik…
Castle in East Haddam

Gillette Castle

Built in 1919 by actor William Hooker Gillette, who made his fortune playing Sherlock Holmes, this gaudy, medieval-style 'castle' is an eccentric turreted mansion made of fieldstone. Looming on one of the Seven Sist…
State Park in Connecticut River Valley

Hurd State Park

This heavily forested state park has walking and biking trails and offers basic camping facilities for the exclusive use of those boating along the Connecticut River (May to October). Campers must obtain a permit (p…
Gallery in Old Lyme

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts

A neighbor of the Florence Griswold Museum, Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, a college of the University of New Haven, features rotating drawing, painting and sculpture exhibits by students.
State Park in Connecticut River Valley

Haddam Meadows State Park

Inaugurated in 1944 with a gift of 154 acres from the Hazen Foundation, this park features a pretty meadow dotted with picnic tables, and offers seasonal swimming and fishing in the Connecticut River.
Historic Building in East Haddam

Nathan Hale Schoolhouse

Nathan Hale (1755–76) is famous for his patriotic statement, 'I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country,' as he was about to be hanged for treason by the British. He taught in this one-room build…