Submarine Force Museum and HS Nautilus, Groton Connecticut
When I mention I live in Connecticut, many people will exclaim “Oh you must know a lot of maritime and submarine history having the sub base nearby.” I’ve driven by Groton for the past 38 years and yet, until recently, I had not visited the area, known as the “Submarine Capital of the World.” On a spring break trip to nearby Mystic, Connecticut we stopped for the morning in Groton to finally explore the Submarine Force Museum, and tour the HS Nautilus. While the actual Naval Submarine Base in New London is closed to the public, keep driving past the base until you hit the waterfront: On the left is the library, museum, and gift shop; straight ahead is the HS Nautilus; and to the right is the parking lot and various memorials.
Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut
Frequently awarded a top aquarium in New England by Trip Advisor and visited by over 700,000 people in 2017, Mystic Aquarium is a “must see” if you’re visiting the southeastern part of Connecticut. On a recent spring break trip, my family stopped for the afternoon and got up close and personal with all sorts of creatures!
Conveniently located right next to Interstate 95, it’s easy to get to with ample free parking. The aquarium is open all year, with plenty of exhibits both indoors as well as outdoors so the weather shouldn’t have too much impact on your visit. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the aquarium hosts a variety of special, seasonal events.
Giveaway: Taste of Fairfield
I am SO excited to share my first giveaway with my readers!
For all of my local Connecticut readers, there is a SUPER fun, SUPER tasty event coming to Fairfield on October 8th: The Taste of Fairfield. Sponsored by Fairfield Magazine, the Taste of Fairfield will bring together over two dozen local restaurants and a variety of food trucks at the Delamar Hotel in Southport. Fairfield, Connecticut, and the surrounding towns, has a vibrant restaurant scene, and many local hot spots will offer samples of their signature dishes and drinks. This year, they’ve added “Food Truck Alley” to the event, which kicks off Fairfield Restaurant Week.