The year is winding down and you have probably visited all the popular sites in Connecticut, so why not wrap it up with a bit of culture? Our Connecticut limo service specialists have compiled a list of some of the best arts and culture sites in the Constitution State. Gather your family and friends before the year ends and visit any one of these hidden gems.
In this quest, we recommend contracting our Connecticut car service. Enjoy a hassle-free, luxurious ride on your way to and from any one of these sites. Let our professionally trained and experienced chauffeurs take the wheel as you and your companions focus on enjoying each other’s company, making memories, and reveling in the deluxe amenities of our state-of-the-art vehicles. The following are the best arts and culture sites in the Nutmeg State.
Yale University Art Gallery
Head over to Chapel Street in New Haven and find the Yale University Art Gallery for a one-of-a-kind experience. Here you will get to see ancient Roman coins, a full-size George Washington portrait painted by John Trumbull, Vincent van Gogh’s Night Café, and Rooms by the Sea by Edward Hopper’s. The building itself is also an antique, if you may, seeing as it was designed by prominent architect Louis Kahn as his first public commission. The building is located across the Yale Center for British Art, which, surprisingly, was Kahn’s last public commission. What are the odds?
The Glass House was designed by Philip Johnson back in 1949 and still stands along Ponus Ridge Road in New Canaan. From the images you will find on google, you may wonder if it is worth the trip, but the house is just part of a compound full of unique sculptures, a gallery of rotating exhibitions, and one of his buildings known as ‘Da Monsta’; a building with no right angles. The garden is also filled with wonderful surprises such as a gigantic, 30-foot sculpture and a Monument to Lincoln Kirstein by the pond. Tours to the house must be pre-booked, so if you are interested, we suggest that you make arrangements now.
Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
Make your way to the One Railroad Avenue in Essex and visit this heritage railway; the railway is open to the public every day between 9 am and 5 pm, so keep time. Here you will get to enjoy an adventure on the Connecticut River by train and boat. Tag all of your friends and family along for this experience and hop aboard the only riverboat and steam train connection left in the United States. This will be a two and a half-hour guided journey that explores the natural beauty of the Connecticut River and its valley. The Nature Conservancy has dabbed the valley, ‘The Last Greatest Place on Earth’. On your journey, you will also get to enjoy historic sites such as the Goodspeed Opera House and the Gillette Castle.