ConnecticutLocated in the New England region, Connecticut is a family fun stop waiting to happen. As one of the original thirteen colonies, Connecticut reflects fantastic U.S. history through interactive museums, historical cities and neighborhoods, and even preserved attractions showcasing the age of dinosaurs.

Ancient sites throughout the state present collections of dinosaur tracks and fossils. The Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill holds one of the largest collections of preserved dinosaur tracks dating back to the Jurassic Age. The Yale Peabody Museum on the campus of the Ivy League University in New Haven houses one of the world’s top paleontological collections of fossils, skeletons, footprints, and literature all about dinosaurs.

For kids who are crazy about animals, Connecticut is ranked by Zoo & Aquarium as one of the top 10 animal adventure attraction states. Families can start by viewing animals in nature all over the state by hiking along beaches, through forests, and near lakes and rivers. The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk is a great place to see over 1,000 marine creatures up close in beautiful aquariums and habitats. The Creamery Brook Bison in Brooklyn showcases the flat landscape where buffalo roam. The Action Wildlife Foundation in Goshen showcases wildlife from Africa, New Zealand, North America, India, the Arctic, and Asia. Children are sure to love the petting zoo with smaller animals and the interactive museum.

Attend a minor league baseball game at the Dodd Stadium to cheer on the Connecticut Defenders in Norwich. A playground area welcomes kids during long innings, fireworks dazzle the skies every night, and children 12 and under are welcome to run the bases after the game. The New Britain Rock Cats are also a popular team to see in New Britain. Family Fun Days fill the summer with game day deals for young children including kids eat free nights, fireworks, and laser light shows that are sure to delight the whole family.

Ready to hit the beach? For those interested in building sandcastles, crashing into waves, lounging in the sand, or even fishing off the pier, then the Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven offers a great beach experience for everyone in the family. Ocean Beach Park, which is known for appearing on National Geographic Traveler’s “Best Beaches” list, offers classic fun on the boardwalk and great beach fun in the same place.

On a rainy day, head inside to the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, boasting the “Nautilus” which was the first nuclear powered submarine. Naval history fills this museum, including allowing visitors to experience being a submariner first-hand. For a tropical island oasis, visitors should look no further than the CoCo Key Water Resort in Waterbury. Relax on the island and enjoy the exhilaration of 55,000 square feet of an indoor water park where the weather is nice everyday. Don’t miss the Garbage Museum in Stratford where the whole family can learn to reduce, reuse, recycle by learning all about waste, composting, recycling, and reducing energy output to save the planet.

No matter what mood the family is in, Connecticut is the perfect state to explore.

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