The state of Connecticut offers a wide range of things to do, from museums and aquariums to historic homes and steam trains. Hartford houses the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. The museum was founded in 1842 and holds almost 50,000 works of art, spanning 5,000 years. For a more hands-on experience, travelers can visit the Mystic Aquarium. It exhibits more than 300 species, with the opportunity to touch and feed some of them.
Other popular and interesting attractions in Connecticut include the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and the Mark Twain House and Museum. Stowe was the author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," published in 1852, that helped galvanize opposition to slavery in the United States. Twain's home showcases where he lived and worked; he wrote both "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and its sequel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" in the billiard room.
To discover the history of local transportation, travelers visit the Essex Steam Train and take the riverboat trip through the Connecticut River Valley. The journey begins at the historic Essex station, built in 1892, and lasts a total of two and a half hours.
New Haven's Grove Street Cemetery offers guided tours on summer weekends, as well. The cemetery dates back to 1797, with its first burial, Martha Townsend.