New Haven is the 2nd largest city in Connecticut and home of Yale University. The coastal city is located on New Haven Harbor on the northern shore of Long Island Sound. Yale University located in the heart of downtown has many attractions and places to visit. Yale University has variety of museums including Connecticut Children's Museum, the Knights of Columbus museum, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments, Eli Whitney Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery. Known for colleges and universities, New Haven is also home to Southern Connecticut State University.
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Hartford is the capital city of the Connecticut state. Founded in 1635, the city is one of America's oldest and has many historic buildings including oldest art museum Wadsworth Atheneum, the oldest Bushnell Park, and Mark Twain House. Places to visit and family fun things to do include Connecticut Science Center, Bushnell Park Carousel, State Capitol, Elizabeth Park Conservancy, Connecticut Historical Society Museum, and Old State House.
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Milford is a popular coastal city known for its 17 miles of shoreline facing Long Island Sound. With wide array of accommodations and great restaurants, Milford is a popular vacation destination. The city has many things to do and places to see including historic downtown, Walnut Beach, Silver Sands State Park, Woodmont Beach, Gulf Beach, and Eisenhower Park.
Gillette Castle State Park is known for William Gillette's castle built between 1914 and 1919. William Hooker Gillette was an American actor, director, and playwright who built 184-acre estate at the top of the southernmost of a chain of hills known as the Seven Sisters. Park activities include hiking trails, museum, camping, and picnic area.
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#5 Hammonasset Beach State Park
Hammonasset Beach State Park is known for 2 miles of beach front on Long Island Sound. It is one of the popular beach attraction of Connecticut. The state park offers walking trails, bicycling, picnicking, swimming, and camping activities. The Meigs Point Nature Center offers exhibit space with observation deck and activities for park visitors.