Last updated on October 7th, 2020
45. Connecticut and Rhode Island were the only two states that did not ratify the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the manufacture, sale or transportation of alcohol.
46. Lake Candlewood is the largest lake in Connecticut. The lake has an area of 8.4 square miles, and some of the most expensive real estate in Connecticut is located on the shores of the lake, in the towns of Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford, and Sherman.
47. Connecticut can be divided into three geographic regions. The Western Uplands (filled with steep hills), the Central Lowlands (contains ridges and valleys) and Eastern Uplands (has hills, rivers, and dense forest.)
48. Among the 50 states, Connecticut is first on the list of the percentage of urban lands covered by trees. Close to 60% of the state’s land is covered by forest. The most common tree in Connecticut is the red maple.
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Bridgeport- Initially Part of Stratford
Before the official incorporation, Bridgeport was home of P.T. Barnum, a 19th Century showman from Bethel. The area was mainly a settlement with Stratfield and Newfield occupying the local harbor. This harbor played a significant role in the Revolutionary War where ships were docked by the Continental Army.
New England’s Best Pizza
A visit to New Haven is incomplete without biting a slice of Apizza, a modern and famous pizza in the city. It is the kind of delicacy you can order as takeaway and start eating right away in the car before driving back home. You can still find the world’s greatest hamburger without condiments in New Haven.
Nautical City of Stamford
If you want to test the waters in Connecticut, the best place to be is Stamford. Have fun swimming, crabbing, or fishing in one for the public beaches at Cummings Park and Cove Island Park. Boat rides, concerts, lectures, and workshops are offered here.
The oldest Publicly Owned Park in the US
In the state capital is a 50-acre oasis known as Bushnell Park, a historic place that is publicly funded by the government. The beautiful park has been a key feature of Hartford’s heritage for the last 150 years. The biggest turkey oak tree ever seen in New England is also found here. The circumference of the trunk is about 17 feet. People come to Bushnell Park for picnics, fun events, museum visits, eating out, and shopping.
At a 17-acre hilltop in Waterbury, there is a 16-metre high cross that attracts tourist with saint statues representing biblical events. Also known as the Holy Land, some 200 miniature structures in Jesus’ junkyard were created to replicate Bethlehem. Even though it was neglected for 35 years, it finally got revived in the early 50s by John Baptist Greco, a devoted Catholic. It took about 3 decades to complete and today is used as a theme park that seems to be in the midst of resurrection.
Life is Literally a Beach in Norwalk
Both locals and visitors frequent the many beaches of Norfolk. One of the best for summer vacations is Calf Pasture beach. For a serene seaside experience without the crowds, head to Rowayton Beach and soak some sunshine.
The City of Performing Arts
Danbury offers numerous places where local legends perform arts. Artists from over 20 towns in Connecticut draw crowds from all over the world at the Carnegie Hall. Three major concerts happen annually at the Connecticut Master Chorale. Also famous with classical and modern musical performances is the Danbury Music Center that is found inside a restored building of the 19th Century.
Organic Food in a Big City
Year-round restaurants in the city of New Britain offer top-quality local foods made with certified organic produce. The food is sourced from the local community as well as specialty markets of New Britain. Make sure you taste some heirloom tomatoes, salad greens, herbs, cooking greens, etc. The same food crops grown in New England are also produced here including zucchini, hot and sweet peppers, okra, figs, and summer squash. There is a farm that grows organic greens even in winter.
America’s Oldest Operating Amusement Park
Right at the center of Bristol, the Lake Compounce was founded in 1846 by a local entrepreneur Gad Norton. By then, it only had a concert gazebo, swimming pool, and some rides. Today, it offers first-class roller coasters such as Boulder Dash- the first wooden roller coaster created on a mountain side. There are also plenty of rides, a water park, and a crocodile cove.
A Gift from Walter Hubbard
A tower was dedicated to the residents by Walter Hubbard, a philanthropist and President of Hubbard Manufacturing Company. Situated in Meriden’s Hubbard Park, Castle Craig is a stone-built observation tower featuring native trap rock and an interior staircase.
Connecticut – Quick Facts and State Symbols
|State Size||Total (Land + Water): 5,543 sq miles; Land Only: 4,845 sq miles|
(Estimate July 1, 2018 from United States Census Bureau)
|Statehood||Jan 9, 1788|
|State rank by population||29th|
|State rank by date of formation||5th|
|State rank by area||48th|
|Number of Counties||8|
Complete list of 50 states and number of counties in each
|Bordering States||Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island|
|Highest Point||Massachusetts border on south slope of Mount Frissell (2,380 feet)|
|Lowest point||Long Island Sound|
|Mean elevation||500 feet above sea level|
|Length||70 miles (113 km)|
|Width||110 miles (177 km)|
|Governor||Ned Lamont (D)|
|Lieutenant Governor||Susan Bysiewicz (D)|
|State Motto||Qui transtulit sustinet (He who transplanted sustains)|
|State Nickname||Arsenal of the Nation|
Land of Steady Habits
|Noble prize Winners||Barbara McClintock (Physiology or Medicine, 1983)|
Alfred G. Gilman (Physiology or Medicine, 1994)
George A. Akerlof (Economic Sciences, 2001)
Craig C. Mello (Physiology or Medicine, 2006)
Edward C. Kendall (Physiology or Medicine, 1950)
John F. Enders (Physiology or Medicine, 1954)
John H. van Vleck (Physics, 1977)
Roger W. Sperry (Physiology or Medicine, 1981)
|Famous people||Floyd Little (Pro Football player)|
Roger Connor (Baseball player)
Rebecca Lobo (Basketball player)
Seth MacFarlane (Actor)
Tony Scherr (Singer)
|U.S. President Born in Connecticut||George Walker Bush.|
|State Bird||American robin|
|State fish||American Shad|
|State Fossil||Eubrontes giganteus|
|State Flagship||Freedom Schooner Amistad|
|State Flower||Mountain laurel|
|State Insect||European Praying Mantis|
|State shellfish||Eastern oyster|
|State Tree||Charter Oak|
|Longitude||71°47′ W to 73°44′ W|
|Latitude||40°58′ N to 42°03′ N|
|Time Zone||Eastern Time Zone|
|Area Codes||203, 475, 860, 959|
|Table last updated||June 8, 2020|