Connecticut is the southernmost of the six New England States and one of the original Thirteen Colonies. The first Europeans to settle in Hartford, Connecticut were the Dutch, which was followed by the English from Massachusetts.
Many of these early influences into Connecticut is what modern-day tourists will enjoy about the tourist attractions throughout the state.
Yale University Museums
The Yale University campus is situated in the center of New Haven in Connecticut and contains many outstanding museums for tourists to visit. The most important Yale University Museums include Yale University Art Gallery and the Peabody Museum of Natural History.
The art museum has a large focus on American, African, Ancient American, and Mediterranean artists. Some of the most sought-after works are of John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and many more.
The Peabody Museum of Natural History features a wide variety of collections. These collections include dinosaurs, Roman artifacts, and Native American Cultures.
The Mystic Seaport recreates a historical seaport village. This is one of the most prominent maritime museums in the USA. The outstanding collection of floating crafts are a major part of the museum. Some of these crafts include the world’s last remaining wooden ship. Many other historical ships are also part of the museum.
The museum is built on 19 acres of ground, for houses as well as stores of a small village. The village also has its sailmakers and shipbuilders.
Gillette Castle State Park
The Gillette Castle State Park is situated on a 184-acre estate in Eat Haddam. The castle was once the home of William Hooker Gillette who was known for being the actor in the original Sherlock Holmes Movies.
The castle has 24 rooms and the appearance of a medieval fortress. The walking trails he designed through the estate are just as unusual as the designs of the interior, with arched bridges and wooden trestles.
In the spring, you can cross the Connecticut River from Chester on the Had Lyme ferry.