At fewer than 60 miles top to bottom and 100 miles across, you can travel just about anywhere in the state of Connecticut in under two hours. This authentic New England state, depicted by shows like The Gilmore Girls and The Stepford Wives, has a personality closely tied with the water, with several rivers cutting through its hills toward its coastal plain. Those who slow down and linger in New England's front porch will find numerous Colonial villages, a rich maritime heritage and one of the nation's greatest educational institutions.
We asked a panel of Connecticut travel writers to nominate their favorite state attractions, and for the past four weeks, our readers have been voting for their favorites. The results are in!
The top 10 winners in the category Best Connecticut Attraction are as follows:
- Lavender Pond Farm - Killingworth
- Mystic Seaport - Mystic
- Elizabeth Park - West Hartford
- The Maritime Aquarium - Norwalk
- The Book Barn - Niantic
- Goodspeed Opera House - East Haddam
- Mark Twain House & Museum - Hartford
- Essex Steam Train & Riverboat - Essex
- Lyman Orchards - Middlefield
- New Britain Museum of American Art - New Britain
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Kim Knox Beckius (EverythingNewEngland.com), Eric D. Lehman and Cindi D. Pietrzyk were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of travel in Connecticut.
Congratulations to all these winning attractions.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo