Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, CT

New Haven, Connecticut is practically in my backyard. My husband and I frequently head to New Haven for date night with friends; there are so many great restaurants. I’ve also taken some professional development courses as a teacher at Yale University and have attended performing arts shows and concerts at some of the local theaters. However, we don’t bring the kids to New Haven as often as we should. I keep a running list of places to visit, and on a recent free morning, we decided to explore the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

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Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut

Sometimes, we travel out of state so much, my family forgets to visit all of the great spots right in our own “backyard.” With that in mind, we decided to check out a popular spot in Hartford: The Mark Twain House & Museum. For our tips on visiting the nearby Connecticut Science Center, read our post here.

American author Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, moved around the country, but spent 17 years raising his three daughters in the Nook Farm neighborhood of Hartford. The late 1800s was a time when Hartford was a thriving industrial city and Nook Farm was one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the city. Fellow author Harriet Beecher Stowe lived next door (and penned Uncle Tom’s Cabin 20 years before Twain came to town). During the family’s time in Hartford, Clemens wrote dozens of his most popular novels and stories including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

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Connecticut Science Center

With over 40,000 square feet of exhibit space and dozens of interactive activities for kids of all ages, it’s no wonder the Connecticut Science Center welcomed it’s three millionth visitor in October of 2018, less than ten years after opening! The museum is located in the heart of Hartford, two hours from both New York City and Boston and is easily accessible from major highways.

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