During six weeks we were in Stamford CT due to the work we had evenings and weekends free and therefore we had also the time to see around in New England. Connecticut is a state in the New England region. In terms of per capita income, it
is the wealthiest state in the United States. Connecticut is bordered by Long Island Sound, New York State, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The state capital is Hartford, other major cities in addition to Stamford include New Haven, New London, Norwich, Waterbury, Danbury and Bridgeport.
At one weekend we made a trip to Hartford. It is located on the Connecticut River, near the center of the state. There was a fair going on near the river and we also found some coffee shops opened. In general I would say the city was quite empty and quiet. We did not find much to do here. Hartford and its environs are also known as "the land of steady habits." By the information in Wikipedia the region has a relatively low population of adults between the ages of 18 and 25.
As I have played basketball during the secondary school and we like basketball it was must to visit The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA. Here, in Springfield, the game was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith. The three-level museum recognizes basketball around the World at every level professional and amateur. The museum was really interesting for me and I believe it should be for every basketball lover to understand and know better the history of ´basketball. Also, there was good gift shop to bring the souvenir home to the children to promote sports.
Bridgeport is a lovely town, worth of visiting for an evening walk in the harbor. Bridgeport was in its early years related to fishing and farming, much like other towns in New England. The city's location on the deep Black Rock Harbor fostered a boom in shipbuilding and whaling in the mid-19th century. But unfortunately it is not a fishing village anymore, it is quite industrialized.
We liked quite much Mystic Seaport. I would say it is a fun family destination, full of tall ships, a re-created 19th-century seafaring village. It is also a living history museum that preserves and celebrates America's seafaring heritage. Mystic Seaport has got many rare and historic boats you can climb aboard. We did not have children with us, but for them it would have been great experience. There are even several boats you can take a ride on - or pilot yourself.
There are several good shopping opportunities in Connecticut (as mostly in USA). Near New Heaven we found Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets. This factory outlet is like a charming New England style village and includes about 70 different shops. Another outlet center we visited was Tanger Outlet Center in Westbrook. We like to shop in factory outlets, because here the prices of known quality brands are about 50% less than in regular shops. Also, here are also rest areas and food corners, so that everybody feels him/herself conveniently, even if already tired from shopping.