Things to do in CT

Connecticut River Valley

The Connecticut River Valley area is a destination for all seasons when looking for things to do in CT. It is a wonderful region with plenty of things to do and places to go to. The Nature Conservancy named it one of the western hemispheres “40 last great places”.
East Haddam is a shining gem in the Connecticut shoreline and home to a spectacular scenery. Here you will find sophistication of a big-city, along with the charm of the rural New England. We are only 2 hours away from New York City and Boston. 
Boardman House Inn is close to several tourist attractions in Connecticut. A short walk from us, you will find Goodspeed Musicals and Restaurants by the river. There are also scenic nature trails for hiking in our State Parks nearby. It is the perfect base to explore New England!
We are close to historic coastal towns like Essex, Mystic and Old Saybrook. You will find antiques, gourmet dining, art galleries, museums, and sightseeing. There is also shopping in several world-class outlet stores.
There are also beaches at Hammonasset to enjoy, hiking in the local state parks and biking. You will also find several golf courses in the area and Gillette Castle is a five-minute drive up the hill.


River Tavern

The best locally grown food cooked from scratch at our neighborhood restaurant or down on the farm with our popular benefit dinner series Dinners at the Farm.
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Grano Arso

Chef Joel Gargano’s scratch kitchen focuses on local products with a modern yet familiar approach to traditional Italian cooking.
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Goodspeed Musicals

Birthplace of the original productions of Man of La Mancha, Shenandoah, and Annie, and the first regional theatre to receive two Special Tony Awards for its outstanding achievements. Visit website

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches through the quintessential New England towns of Essex, Deep River and Chester, and the Becky Thatcher riverboat takes passengers on a 1¼-hour cruise on the Connecticut River past serene coves, marshes and historic sights including Gillette Castle, the East Haddam Swing Bridge, and the Goodspeed Opera House. Visit website


Gillette Castle

Unique fieldstone castle was home to legendary stage actor, William Gillette. The 184 acre park is situated on a hill overlooking the Connecticut River. Gillette best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on stage.

Mystic Seaport & Village

Living history museum consisting of a village, ships and 17 acres of exhibits depicting coastal life in New England in the 19th century.

Chester Village

Historic storybook New England Town located right on the Connecticut River with fine Shops – Artists Galleries – Inns and Restaurants.