5 Weekend Outings That Are A Must This Spring
Spring is getting closer and closer which means getting outside and enjoying the warmer spring weather. Below are five weekend activities you need to do this spring in Connecticut.
1. Mystic Seaport
Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Mystic Seaport has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience."
Covering 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT the seaport has many attractions including a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, and formal exhibit halls. The seaport is also home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship still in existence.
An added benefit to the seaport is the close proximity to not only the Mystic Aquarium, but also downtown Mystic where you can find great food and shopping.
2. Hartford Yard Goats
With their season starting April 5th at home, Yard Goats home games are filled with fun for the whole family. The new stadium located in Hartford which is sold out most weekends, is home to countless food vendors, kids games, affordable ticket prices, and easy convenient parking options. Even if you're not a Yard Goats fan it's definitely worth the trip Dunkin Donuts Park.
3. Gillette Castle
It looks like a medieval fortress from the outside, but a step inside the stone castle reveals the built-in couches, table trackway, and woodcarvings that all point to the creative genius that was William Gillette. The Castle is open Thursday - Sunday from Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The grounds the castle is located on offer a variety of features for any person looking to be outdoors. Great hiking trails, views of the Connecticut River, and picnic areas are just a few of the many amenities the park has to offer.
4. Connecticut Wine Trail
Connecticut is home to many established as well as up and coming wineries. One of the best ways to find a winery near you or to explore more of what the entire state has to offer is to visit the Connecticut Wine Trail. Many of the state's best wineries fill the trail with countless fantastic wines and great views like Gouveia Vineyards pictured below in Wallingford.
5. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Owned and operated by the Valley Railroad Company, the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is a unique historic attraction in the Connecticut River Valley located in quaint Essex, CT. The Valley Railroad Company has operated today’s well-known steam train and riverboat for over 40 years on a line that was originally laid in 1871. The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat transports people on exciting excursions through the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley, a place designated as “one of the last great places on earth” by the Nature Conservancy. A day trip on this excursion will bring you back in time and help you forget the hustle and bustle of today's society.