20 Fun Things To Do In Connecticut

20 Fun Things To Do In Connecticut

This summer, explore the Nutmeg State's hidden gems.

Whether you grew up in central Connecticut, or are just passing through, here are a local's secrets to a fun summer, indoors and out.

1. Miller's Pond -- Durham

This hidden gem on the town line between Middletown and Durham offers beautiful hiking trails through the woods, and rocks to fish and dive off of. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is grab a floatie and go out and float in the middle of the lake.

2. Harbor Park -- Middletown

Grab your love and a homemade picnic, and snag a wooden swing at Harbor Park on the Connecticut River. This is a relaxing activity for a beautiful day.

3. Brownstone Park -- Portland

Go cliff diving, swimming, ziplining, sliding, and more at Brownstone Park just over the Arrigoni bridge in Portland, Connecticut.

4. Wadsworth Falls -- Middletown

Check out the waterfall, the beach, and hiking trails at Wadsworth Falls State Park.

5. Wadsworth Mansion -- Middletown

Explore Wadsworth Mansion and its historic hiking trails. Every July, the Mansion holds Music at the Mansion, which are Wednesday night concerts on the grounds.

6. Essex Stream Train and Riverboat -- Essex

Of course the only place in America where you can ride a steam train and a riverboat one right after the other is right here in Connecticut.

7. Gillette Castle -- East Haddam

William Gillette, a famous actor known for playing Sherlock Holmes, built and lived in this stone castle on the Connecticut River. It's an adventure to find the tricks Gillette hid in his home, including mirrors placed at just the right angles to see around corners. The grounds and hiking trails are just as fun as going inside the castle.

8. Ocean Beach Park -- New London

It's a beach, pool, and waterpark all in one!

9. Elizabeth Park -- Hartford

America's oldest public rose garden is located right here in Hartford, Connecticut!

10. Bushnell Park -- Hartford

This park in Downtown Hartford is filled with flowers, fountains, and even a carousel!

11. Lyman Orchards -- Middlefield

Lyman Orchards offers pick your own fruit, seasonal corn mazes, a golf course, and the best apple pies.

12. Rocky Neck State Park -- East Lyme

Rocky Neck on Long Island Sound offers not only the beach but walking trails through the woods, camping, and picnic areas.

13. Florence Griswold Museum -- Old Lyme

I'm not a big fan of museums, but I recommend this one! Florence Griswold's house and grounds are home to beautiful artwork, gardens, and little fairy homes!

14. Mark Twain House -- Hartford

This historical landmark is where Mark Twain lived in his adult life, and has been kept virtually the same.

15. The Board Room -- Middletown

Bored this summer? Grab $5 and a friend and head down to the Board Room on Main Street for a night of board games.

16. Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center -- Middletown

Rest in Peace, Wild Bill.

17. Mystic Seaport -- Mystic

Mystic is home to the largest maritime museum in the country. Browse the old shipyards and the historic shops.

18. Athenian II Diner -- Middletown

Grab a milkshake at this 24 hour Greek diner on Washington Street in Middletown.

19. Vecchitto's Lemon Ice -- Middletown

It's not summer unless you've gone to Vecchitto's at least once.

20. Durham Dairy Serve -- Durham

This barn-style ice cream counter on Main Street, Durham is pretty much the best ice cream place ever.

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7 Fun Activities For Any Broke Minnesotan In The Winter

Winter sucks. Make it better!

Yes, Minnesota is absolutely freezing in the winter, but it is still so beautiful! Are you a Minnesotan who is bored and broke this winter? If so here are seven fun things to do in Minnesota during the winter months.

1. Go sledding

Sledding is a fun activity for any age in the winter. Don't have a sled? Make your own using an old cardboard box and a kitchen garbage bag!

2. Play broomball

Go find your local lake with a few friends and old broomsticks and a tennis ball. You don't even need ice skates for this one!

3. Go ice skating

If you have an old pair of ice skates laying around, go to your local rink or lake!

4. Build a snowman

This may be a little cliche, but it is fun. With living in the snowiest state, there will be plenty of snow to go around.

5. Have a snowball fight


Who doesn't love throwing snow at their friends?

6. Wake up early and watch the sunrise

There is nothing prettier than the bright orange sunrise reflecting off of the snow and the clouds in the winter.

7. Go to your local museum

Take your local transit and become a local tourist.

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10 Types Of People You'll Always See At Disney

If you’ve never encountered any of these types of people, chances are you’re one of them.

It’s incredible that Disney attracts millions of people from all over the world through its gates every year. From first-time visitors, to weekly annual passholders (me), to people who just try to make it as many times as they can, there’s no doubt that you will see some interesting characters while you’re at the parks (and no, I’m not talking about interesting cast members…I’m talking about everyone else!). Here are just a few of the types of people I see on my trips to Disney:


1. The Matching T-Shirts

It’s cute on children. Not on entire families.


2. The First-Time Crazies

You know, the ones who you can just tell are here for the first time ever. I’m just saying, you’re going to regret getting all dolled up for the theme parks. You will sweat, and your feet will hurt.


3. The “Here for The Pins” People

You can spot them from a mile away with their bulging backpacks and heavy-looking lanyards that are just completely overflowing with hundreds of little metal pins.


4. The Disney-Obsessed

The ones who go to the parks in costumes that you know they spent hours (or even days) on to make sure you can tell which character they look like without having to ask.


5. The Crazy Parade-Goers

Why on Earth are you sitting down on Main Street at noon when the parade doesn’t start until 3 p.m???? Please tell me why. Please.


6. The Over-Packers

Please stop backing into me in line. Your backpack is huge, and there’s nowhere else for me to stand. Also, what the heck did you decide to bring to Disney? There’s no way you need all of that.


7. The Scooter Gangs and The Stroller Gangs

This isn’t the Daytona 500. Plus, I’m pretty sure there’s a Disney speed limit. Also, get out of my way, because my fast pass is about to end. Thank you.


8. The Completely Oblivious Parents

Please get off of your phone, your child is climbing rides and I’m not going to tell them to stop.


9. The Instagrammers

Guilty.


10. The Crying Babies

What is there to cry about tiny humans? You’re literally in the happiest place on Earth. Besides, I should be the one who’s crying while I escape my adult responsibilities in line for The Little Mermaid.

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