20 Fun Things To Do In Connecticut

20 Fun Things To Do In Connecticut

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

Cover Image Credit: Jack McConnell

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10 Things You Know To Be True If You Live in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

"Take the B", they said.
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For anyone that is currently living in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and or has lived there, you know it's an *interesting* experience. From the various food joints, to the movie theater, everyone's love/hate relationship with Crazy George, Emmons Avenue, the B/Q trains, the new apartment complex that some people love and others completely despise, and everything in-between, there's no other neighborhood that's just like Sheepshead. You know you're from Sheepshead when:

1. You've either spotted Crazy George somewhere out on the streets or in a random location (usually in Dunkin' Donuts).


Don't get me wrong — it's not funny that he appears to have problems, but it's also not ideal that he goes into various stores harassing the workers. He's a one of a kind human being and I do wish the best for him and/or that he does get some help.

2. When it comes to Brennan and Carr and Roll n Roaster, you either love one of them much more than the other.

As much as I love Brennan and Carr's Gargiulo burger, I'm more of a Roll n Roaster person. Their personal pizza is nice and their fries are to die for -- and yes, I want cheese on that, please.

3. You either love or hate that new apartment complex that's in the works.

You know, this one at 1501 Voorhies Ave.

4. You've become used to the B and Q trains either being delayed, messed up, crowded, and or nonexistent.

"Take the B they said. It's express they said." If I told you how many times the B has gone local, out of service, and or on fire in Brooklyn, then maybe you'd hate it just as much as I do at times. Don't even get me started about how crowded it is - especially during rush hour.

"What about the Q train?" The Q's not much better. It has its times where it goes express in Brooklyn as opposed to local, which doesn't help if you're getting on/off at Neck Road or Avenue U.

5. You either go to UA Sheepshead, another movie theater or don't even bother with movie theaters.

Although going to UA Sheepshead is convenient, their prices are very special for just an average movie theater.

6. You either stick to shopping and dining along Sheepshead Bay Road and or Emmons Avenue or go elsewhere either in the neighborhood, other neighborhoods, or to the city.

While they're both convenient parts of Sheepshead Bay, there are other parts of the neighborhood to go to, such as Nostrand Ave. Sometimes, it's easier to flock to other parts of Brooklyn, but there are times where going to the city is worth the commute.

7. You either shop at Cherry Hill or avoid it completely.

While there are other supermarkets in the neighborhood, Cherry Hill is the only one on Emmons that is open 24/7. Their prices might be high for the neighborhood, but their prices could be much worse.

8. You remember when Sheepshead Bay High School was one school...

...and not an educational complex.

9. You're still low-key bothered about how the neighborhood recovered after Sandy.

I'm not going to say that it was the same after the hurricane. Although it didn't take the longest time to recover, that doesn't mean that damage wasn't done.

10. But regardless of how you may feel, by the end of the day, you're probably still super in love with the neighborhood.

It's an incredibly unique neighborhood. You can take someone out of Sheepshead but you can't take the Sheepshead out of someone.

Cover Image Credit: Curbed NY

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25 Things You Know All Too Well If You're From The South

Are you really southern if you don't like BBQ?

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You may think that southern people only care about football. That could possibly be true, but you can't say that unless you've experienced living in the south first hand. There are many other things that make up a "southerner" rather than SEC football and sweet tea. If you've never been to one of the southern states, then you need to plan a trip.

1. You get the death stare if you don't say "yes ma'am or no sir"

2. SEC>NFL

3. You pull over on the highway when you see a funeral procession

4. Unsweet tea is for the Northern Folk

5. You can tell when someone "ain't from around here"

6. Shunnarah

7. There are only 2 seasons: Summer and Football

8. Krispy Kreme and BBQ are a delicacy 

9. You respect your elders.... well, you respect everybody or mama will whoop you

10. Pine trees are everywhere

11. Mosquitoes 

12. Snow shuts down the whole state. Even if its one inch

13. You go to church every Sunday

14. Everything is better with a monogram

15. Tornado warnings mean go outside and look for a funnel cloud. (but really. get to shelter)

16. Weddings are scheduled around football

17. Waffle House

18. Shorts and flip flops are the go to summer outfit (sometimes you can wear them in December!)

19. You say "thank you" when someone holds the door for you

20. And if you don't say "thank you", we will holler out "you're welcome"

21. Calling someone during a bowl game (Iron Bowl) is a sin

22. If you don't say "excuse me" we will holler "well excuse you"

23. Cornbread is a part of every meal

24. There is some sort of farm animal in your yard if they figure out how to escape

25. Almost every food is fried

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