Explore the city's rich history at the homes of literary legends Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Other historic attractions include the Hill-Stead Museum, the Stanley-Whitman House and Noah Webster House.

Visual arts lovers will delight in the impressive collections at the nation's oldest public art museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art, Florence Griswold Museum and others.

For science, technology and living history aficionados, it's a must to check out the new Connecticut Science Center & Museum, Old Sturbridge Village, Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, the New England Air Museum, the Pequot Native American Museum, and the Essex Steam Train.

Children's museums and zoos abound, include the Connecticut Science Center, the Children's Museum of West Hartford, Lutz Children's Museum, Beardsley Zoo, and Dinosaur State Park.

Photo credits, left to right: Exterior of Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford; a diorama from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, courtesy of Foxwoods Resort Casino; painting by Edward Hopper, courtesy of Wadsworth Atheneum; interior of the Mark Twain House, courtesy of the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, photo by John Groo.