Coastal fun paired with inland adventure

Visit Mark Twain’s home and learn the history of U.S. submarines

By Eming Piansay

For a planner seeking a destination with a range of activities and a solid selection of venues, Connecticut has tiers at your disposal. Whether your group is seeking out costal activities on the waterfront or an upscale inland experience, the options are opulent.

Connecticut is located conveniently between New York City and Boston and accessible via car, train, or plane. It is also within a 2 ½ hour drive to the state’s capital: Hartford.

Insider’s Quote

“Planners do love to come here because there’s a lot of people in Connecticut. We’re very easy to get to, whether you’re trying to draw attendees, or if you’re a sports person, and you’re trying to draw spectators. Connecticut can deliver the people. Also, we’re halfway between New York and Boston. Connecticut can draw a lot of people from those areas, and we’re a more affordable venue as well as less congested of an area.”

–  Bob Murdock President/Director of National Accounts of Connecticut Convention and Sports

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Mystic Seaport Museum

Mark Twain House and Museum offers guided tours for guests looking to see the home of one of America’s most beloved and respected authors. Groups will also have access to the Webster Bank Museum Center at the Mark Twain House which features a film by Ken Burns and a LEGO-forged Mark Twain.

Head over to the Connecticut Science Center to get a hands-on science experience. Connecticut Science Center has 165 hands-on exhibits, as well as a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs and daily scheduled events.

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Mystic Seaport Museum is the U.S.’s leading maritime museum aimed to preserve the artifacts of America’s sea-bound history. It features a working shipyard, a recreated New England coastal village and the oldest commercial ship in existence.

Want to see a lighthouse in-person? Hop on the Argia Mystic Cruise to get a glimpse of the nearby islands and lighthouses that are only viewable from the water.

Submarine Force Library and Museum Association is a national repository that archives and displays US Submarine history. The museum conducts guided tours and scavenger hunts for groups.

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This article appears in the January 2024 issue. You can subscribe to the magazine here.