Connect in Connecticut - Awesome Things to Do in the Constitution State

The Constitution State has many venues which serve to preserve the past and educate visitors, like Lapsley Orchard.

Did you know Go Au Pair is in Connecticut too? I am the Local Area Representative for the RI area, but my area extends into both Connecticut and Massachusetts. Go Au Pair is proud to also have representatives covering the rest of CT, with clusters near the cities of Stamford and Hartford. Last month, I suggested some day trip ideas into Massachusetts. Here is my Connecticut installation. Naturally, you can expect some RI suggestions to follow soon.

Yale University Art Gallery - New Haven, CT

This is FREE and open to the public! Give yourself a few hours to explore the four floors of art from around the world. You will see art from Asia, Africa, Europe and more, well-known artists as well as the obscure.

Mystic Aquarium & Seaport - Mystic, CT

Situated on 19 acres along the Mystic River, the Seaport is our nation’s leading maritime museum, documenting America’s maritime past. A highlight is always the tour under the deck of  America’s oldest commercial whaling ship still afloat, the Charles W. Morgan, fully restored to its 1800s glory! And who doesn’t love the Aquarium? Check out the touch-tank, the beluga whales, penguins, sea lions and seals, and so much more.

Thompson Speedway - Thompson, CT

America’s love affair with racing is within your reach in Connecticut! Thompson Speedway hosts many racing events all year long, including NASCAR on the ⅝ mile oval track and a 1.7 mile Road Course. You can even drive a racecar with their Driver’s Club! They’ve got a world-class, full-service 18-hole Raceway Golf Club and Raceway Restaurant locals just call the Clubhouse.


Ocean Beach Park in New London hosts a half-mile boardwalk along the Atlantic Ocean and an Olympic-size freshwater pool. It’s the perfect place for a Connecticut beach day. Sorry, though, it is closed for the season, so check it out Memorial through Labor Day only!

Esker Point Beach in Groton is a great place for beach volleyball (they have 6 courts!) or to launch your watercraft into the Atlantic! There is no lifeguard on duty, so maybe wading rather than swimming - not the best place for kids. Restrooms, outdoor showers and shaded picnic areas are decent.


Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket,CT is your bingo destination! It also happens to be the largest resort casino in North America! A visit to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum can make your trip more educational than just the casino and its restaurants, shops, hotel and shows.

Located along the Thames River near Norwich is CT’s second casino, the Mohegan Sun is a 34-story hotel tower and three casinos. You can take the kids to shop and eat; mine love the Wombi Rock and the 55-foot indoor waterfall!

If those aren’t enough ideas for you, I’ve got more! This is the perfect time of year to pick some apples and take a horse-drawn wagon ride around Lapsley Orchard on the Pomfret/Brooklyn line! Don’t forget to check out Lake Compounce, over 300 acre amusement park in Bristol. Take a hike to the Wolf’s Den at Mashamoquet Brook State Park in Pomfret. Gillette Castle is closed for tours, but the grounds of the famous home are open and provide beautiful views of the Connecticut River. Or travel back in time at Dinosaur State Park, where you can see 200 million year old Jurassic fossil tracks! Connecticut has many treasures to discover, no matter what the season, so take your Au Pair on a mystery ride somewhere in Connecticut.


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