Bring your bathing suits and head for one of America’s first amusement parks, Lake Compounce Family Theme Park, Bristol, I-84 Exit 31. It’s been the place to go since Mark Twain’s days, but it’s better than ever with spectacular water rides and slides.
Drive over to the New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks, I-91 Exit 22 and take in the history of flight from hot air ballons to modern jets.
Check in to a Hartford hotel (with a pool, of course) and be right in the middle of all the fun. Cruise the Connecticut River aboard the Lady Katherine Cruises, departing from Hartford’s spectacular Riverfront Plaza, where Mark Twain and his family started many an adventure.
Spend a day with the dinosaurs at Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill, I-91 Exit 23 where you can actually make plaster casts of dinosaur tracks.
DRIVING TIP: Total mileage from 1 to 4 is 55 miles.
Lake Compounce Theme Park
New England?s Family Theme Park has more than 50 thrilling rides and attractions for the entire family to enjoy, including the Splash Harbor Water Park and Boulder Dash, voted the number one wooden roller coaster in the world. Great food and entertainment.
New England Air Museum
Largest aviation museum in the Northeastern U.S. 80 aircraft featured in three display buildings, exhibits, films, gift shop.
Dinosaur State Park
Jurassic-period dinosaur tracks (200 million years old) housed under geodesic dome; an 80-foot long diorama depicting the setting in which the park’s tracks were made, 30-foot diorama of the Connecticut Valley in the late Triassic. Visitors may make plaster casts of tracks (casting materials not supplied at the Park, please call for instructions). Two miles of nature trails, auditorium, museum shop, picnic area. National Historic Landmark.