How is life in Connecticut

Connecticut - The third smallest state

Connecticut on the Atlantic Ocean is the southernmost of the New England states. It was the first state with a written constitution and is therefore known as the Constitution State. Connecticut is located in the Ice Age formed low mountain range of the New England Uplands and has many lakes, 63% of the area is forested.

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Hartford, CT

Connecticut's agriculture is of secondary importance, with strong industrialization shaping its economic life. The state is a leader in aircraft engine and submarine construction in the United States. The lakes, mountains, forests and sandy beaches determine the recreational value of the state of Connecticut. In addition to quiet villages, there are also expensive commuter cities. The influx of short-term visitors from New York City is particularly high on the weekends.

Most of the culturally significant squares and museums are in Hartford and New Haven. New Haven is also home to Yale, one of the oldest universities in the United States. The largest city is Bridgeport with over 140,000 inhabitants, followed by New Haven with 130,000 inhabitants and the capital Hartford with approx. 125,000 inhabitants.

Climate and Weather

The climate is warm-temperate and maritime. The winters are snowy. However, the weather is quite different within the regions of the state. Temperatures rarely reach extremes, so the summers are not hot, but can be humid and the winters are not bitterly cold. The weather is considered to be very changeable; this is typified by the saying of Mark Twain, who lived in Hartford: "If you don't like the Connecticut weather, just wait the next few minutes.


Main sights

  • Yale University, New Haven

The neo-Gothic university buildings have shaped the cityscape of New Haven for centuries. The former Collegiate School has resided here since 1716, and since 1718 it has been renamed Yale College due to extensive donations from Elihu Yale. Today there are a good dozen colleges spread across the campus. The private university is the third oldest university in the USA and the second richest university in the world after Harvard University. Yale's museums and art collections are also of great tourist interest, in particular the Beincke Rare Book and Manuscript Library with over 450,000 old books, including a Gutenberg Bible; Yale University Art Gallery Vincent with paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet, among others.

A museum village on a seven-hectare site at the mouth of the river with more than 60 buildings with workshops and shops. Exhibitions and films about whaling in the Stillman Building. The museum is particularly proud of the restored three-master Charles W. Morgan, the Yankees' last wooden whaling ship, built in 1841. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., in winter until 5 p.m.

  • Marinelife Aquarium at exit 90 of the I-95.

Thousands of species of sea creatures in 50 exhibitions. In the Marine Theater, bottlenose dolphins and beluga whales give their performances every hour. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., last dolphin show at 5.30 p.m.

The oldest parliament building in the United States, designed by Charles Bulfinch, now a museum with exhibits on Connecticut and Native American history. Free admission.

  • Barnum Museum, Bridgeport

The museum shows objects from the life of the ringmaster P.T. Barnum, including a hand-carved miniature circus, clown costumes, and more.

  • USS Nautilus Memorial & Museum, Groton

The first nuclear powered submarine on earth, built here in 1952/53.

Hotels, apartments and holiday homes

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