Hit the Road!

Sydney Sirkin ’17
EE Staff Writer

Whether you are a senior out for a last hurrah or just an underclassman looking for a great summer, there is plenty to do all around Connecticut. From hiking to shopping, there is something for everyone.

#1: Spend the day at the theater:

  • Goodspeed Opera House, where Annie premiered prior to hitting Broadway in 1977, produces quality theatre. Their summer lineup includes Guys and Dolls, The Theory of Relativity, and La Cage Aux Follies. In addition to seeing shows, the theater kid in you can sign up for short intensives, including an eight-day dance program.
  • The Shubert Theatre in New Haven will be the first theater to premiere the National Tour of Matilda the Musical this May. In addition to this, they will be hosting the Mark Morris Dance Group. It’s like going to Broadway without leaving the state!

#2: Luxury Shopping at Westfarms:

  • Westfarms in Central Connecticut is the best place to go for prime shopping and restaurants. Situated between West Hartford and Farmington, this center holds Nordstrom’s, Lord and Taylor, Anthropologie, Tiffany & Co., and California Pizza Kitchen.

#3: Take a hike:

  • The Sleeping Giant in Hamden offers a great view. The lookout Tower gives a particularly fun view of the land below, and is a good spot to sit and relax once you’ve climbed to the top. The park also offers a natural trail and picnic tables for visitors.
  • Mount Frissell is known for being the highest peak in Connecticut at 2,380 feet above sea level. The mountain is spread out within Salisbury, CT and Pittsfield, MA. Like Sleeping Giant, this is a great place to hike and even camp out for a night.

#4: Fun in the Sun:

  • Lake Compounce offers an array of water rides for people of all ages. Whether you are floating down the lazy river or flying down the Riptide Racer, you’re sure to have fun.
  • The Farmington River is a wonderful place to tube. For only $20, you can float down the river: the only requirement is the ability to swim!
  • If you’re short on cash, drive to the beach. Some of the best beaches around are Penfield, Jennings, and Hammonasset. Grab some friends and spend the day!

#5: Live it up in the city:

  • Take advantage of the fact that New York City is practically in our backyard. After a short hour and fifteen minute train ride, you’ll have a great time exploring the city.
  • See a Broadway show! New shows have been opening recently, so take a chance on some Tony nominated newbies, including Gigi (starring Vanessa Hudgens), Fun Home, or An American in Paris.
  • Picnic in Central Park! You’ll barely hear the hustle and bustle of the city as you walk around and enjoy a picnic lunch. The park has several different lawns you can choose from; the only tricky part is finding your way around this enormous area.
  • Go shopping: Times Square holds Forever 21, the Disney Store, Sephora, several tourist shops, and more.

#6: Head on down to Mystic:

  • The Mystic Seaport is a re-creation of a 19th century village, and provides a great deal of history (not the boring kind, I promise). Learn about the ships and facts behind what the 19th century was like.
  • Famous because of a movie, Mystic Pizza is a must. Although they never actually filmed in the building, the Pizza Parlor reconstructed its shop to look like the movie set once the film was released.

If you are still not convinced you can have fun throughout Connecticut,  remember the best kind of fun is just being around your friends. Enjoy your exciting and adventurous summer!


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