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The Culture of Connecticut

Connecticut Museums, Vineyards and More

From charming vineyards to fascinating exhibits, the opportunities for experiencing culture and the arts are generous when you stay at Water's Edge Resort and Spa. You are within easy access of numerous Connecticut museums and other areas of interest. Browse the list below for the top picks among area attractions and museums in Connecticut.


Vineyards

 

Chamard Vineyards

115 Cow Hill Road,
Clinton, CT 06413
(860) 664-0299

The William R. Chaney family established Chamard Vineyards in 1983. The first vines were planted in the spring of 1984, a 5.5-acre vineyard consisting mostly of Chardonnay with a small quantity of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. From 1986 through 1992 the remaining acreage was prepared and planted, for a combined total of 20 acres. In the summer of 1988, the winery was constructed and Chamard became a licensed farm winery.

 

Stonington Vineyards

523 Taugwonk Road
Stonington, CT 06378
(860) 535-1222

Nick and Happy Smith founded Stonington Vineyards in 1987, when purchasing 58 acres in the Stonington Uplands on which grapes had been planted earlier in the decade. The winery was constructed shortly thereafter, incorporating the latest in winemaking technology and the traditional methods of barrel fermentation. Stonington is best known for its barrel fermented Chardonnays and its proprietary blends Seaport White and Seaport Blush.

 

Jonathan Edwards Winery

74 Chester Maine Rd North
Stonington, CT 06359
(860) 535-0202

Located in the charming town of North Stonington, Jonathan Edwards Winery sits on a beautiful hilltop near Mystic Seaport near coastal attractions. Founded in January 2001 by the Edwards family, the winery, overlooking the Long Island Sound and Connecticut shoreline, is an idyllic place to enjoy premium Napa Valley wines. The winery is located inside of a converted 1880 dairy barn, and is adorned with an elegant stone patio.


Historical Society

 

Old Saybrook Historical Society

350 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
(860) 388-6232

Founded on September 11, 1958, the Old Saybrook Historical Society is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to investigating, preserving and maintaining collections in archeology, art, furniture genealogy and historical records of the Town of Old Saybrook. It endeavors to further encourage the study of the preservation of historic sites, as well as an appreciation of the historical heritage of Old Saybrook especially by the young people of the area.

 

Westbrook Historical Society

1196 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT 06498
(860) 399-7473

Explore the history of Westbrook, established in 1978 to serve as a learning facility for locals and visitors alike interested in the story of our fascinating town.


Museums

 

Allegra Farm

69 Town Street
East Haddam, CT 06423
(860) 537-8861

For over a quarter of a Century, Allegra Farm has had the privilege of being one of the largest authentic "livery stables," catering to those who desire a unique experience with a bygone era. From the carriages to the horses, proper attire to proper etiquette, their meticulous eye for historical detail will carry you away to the Victorian Age. Enjoy Country Carriage rides, Hay rides, and Sleigh Rides.

 

Children's Museum

409 Main Street
Niantic, CT 06357

The Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut is designed to advance learning for children through grade five and the adults in their life. The Museum supports a hands-on interactive approach to play that is designed to stimulate curiosity and imagination.

 

Florence Griswold Museum

96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371
(860) 434-5542

The Florence Griswold Museum was once a historic house, an art gallery with changing exhibitions, a garden paradise, a landscape timelessly linked to Impressionism, and a source of discovery for families. The Museum houses a renowned collection of American art and the artifacts of a profoundly American town.

 

Lyman Allyn Art Museum

625 Williams Street
New London, CT 06320
(860) 443-2545

Established in 1926 by Harriet Upson Allyn as a place for local citizens to learn about art and culture, the Connecticut museum houses a permanent collection of over 15,000 objects, which includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, furniture, decorative arts, and American art from the 18th through 20th centuries.

 

Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center

110 Pequot Trail
Mashantucket, CT 06338
(800) 411-9671

The world's largest and most comprehensive Native American museum and research center features a fascinating array of experiences for young and old, from life-size walk-through dioramas that transport visitors into the past, to changing exhibits and live performances of contemporary arts and cultures. Four acres of permanent exhibits depict 18,000 years of Native and natural history in researched detail, while two libraries, including one for children, offer a diverse array of materials on the histories and cultures of all Native peoples of the US and Canada.

 

Mystic Seaport Museum of America and the Sea

75 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 572-5315

Mystic Seaport is the largest and most comprehensive maritime museum in North America. Sail or row exact replicas of traditional wooden boats, cruise in an antique steamboat, participate in formal classes, ride a horse-drawn carriage, star gaze in the planetarium, or spend the day climbing aboard ships or just meandering along beautiful riverfront gardens.

 

Connecticut River Museum

67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426
(860) 767-8269

The River comes to life at the Connecticut River Museum, the perfect place to explore the heritage and experience the wonders of New England's Great River. From the docks, visitors can watch bald eagles, migratory birds, and a wide variety of waterfowl.

 

U.S.S. Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum

Naval Submarine Base New London
Groton, CT 06340
(800) 343-0079

The Submarine Force Museum, located on the Thames River in Groton, Connecticut, maintains the world's finest collection of submarine artifacts. It is the only submarine museum operated by the United States Navy and it traces the development of the "Silent Service" from David Bushnell's Turtle, used in the Revolutionary War, to the modern Los Angeles, Ohio and Seawolf class submarines.

 

Millstone Information and Science Center

278 Main Street
Niantic, CT 06357
(860) 691-4670

A visit to the information and Science Center will teach you and your children about nuclear power, radiation, energy, radioactive waster and medical uses of radiation. Children can view the live marine aquaria, enjoy self-selected multi-media shows, view a stereographic hologram, and use a real Geiger counter. The Science Center also offers a story hour for your younger children every Saturday morning.

 

Dinosaur Park

400 West Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 529-8423

Discover one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America. Beneath this geodesic dome, you will find an exceptional display of early Jurassic fossil tracks that were made 200 million years ago. Surrounding the Exhibit Center are more than two miles of nature trails and the Dinosaur State Park Arboretum, containing more than 250 species and cultivars of conifers, as well as katsuras, ginkgoes, magnolias and other living representatives of ancient plant families.

 

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

149 Elm Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 432-5050

Expore the world's cultures at the Peabody with outstanding exhibits on Ancient Egypt and the peoples of Mesoamerica, the Andes, the Pacific, the Great Plains and the Northwest Coast. The Peabody's eleven dioramas, painted by master artists J. Perry Wilson and Francis Lee Jaques and each an unusual blend of art and science, are windows on the natural world.

 

Water's Edge Resort and Spa

1525 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, Connecticut 06498, United States

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