Connecticut's Short Trips and Lasting Memories

    The 1849 Waterbury-Torrington line takes guest on a nostalgic trip on historic rail cars between the Waterville station off Rte 8 to Thomaston on weekends and holidays. It is a especially beautiful trip during the fall season. With Connecticut's themed trips you can mix and match your itinerary to suit everyone's interests.

    Children will enjoy exploring exotic creatures in a rain forest environment at Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Rte. 8 Exit 4. Enjoy the circus? Visit the world famous Barnum Museum where you'll discover a miniature circus, clown props and Tom Thumb memorabilia.

    Hop on I-95 and take Exit 47 to New Haven where you'll find some of the best pizza on the planet on Wooster Street. Nearby you can enjoy delicious desserts at several New Haven pastry shops. Step back in time with the dinosaur fossil exhibit at the Peabody Museum of Natural History.

    For a relaxing tour around town grab the kids and hop on an old-fashioned streetcar ride at the Trolley Museum in East Haven, off U.S.1.

    Get off to a good start with a tour of the Mark Twain House, I-84 Exit 46 in Hartford. This National Historic Landmark is the fascinating Victorian mansion where Mark Twain wrote his most famous books. Then it's off to Hartford's Riverfront Plaza and a cruise on the triple-deck Mark Twain. Buy lunch on board or take one with you. Book a room in Hartford and get a great weekend rate. In the evening, catch a show at the Bushnell where the kids will love riding the historic Carousel or head back to the river for a Tequila Sunset Music Cruise.

    There are many beautiful lighthouse along the shores of America. Each of these illuminating structures has its own story to tell. Many are located in small towns and historic villages like Stonington, home to the last of Connecticut's fishing fleets. What is a fishing village without a lighthouse? Stonington is also home to the Old Lighthouse Museum, located at 7 Water St.. The Lighthouse Museum features old portraits, whaling and fishing gear, swords, and a special children’s room with changing exhibits from May-Oct.. For more information on the Old Lighthouse Museum call: (860) 535-1440.

    After touring a historic fishing village cruise on over to Waterbury to ride the rail at the Railroad Museum of New England. The 1849 Waterbury-Torrington line takes guest on a nostalgic trip on historic rail cars between the Waterville station off Rte 8 to Thomaston on weekends and holidays.

    By Melody Schubert

    Getting There:

    To explore, attractions, events, and plan your visit to Connecticut visit the Connecticut Tourism site online at www.ctvisit.com or call 1-888-CTvisit.

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