Connecticut Bucket List ~ Hartford Region

Today we explore the capitol region of the state!

East Haddam

  • Devil’s Hopyard State Park: Beautiful area to hike with a waterfall.

East Windsor

  • Connecticut Trolley Museum: Explore this history of the trolley in the region.

Hartford

  • Connecticut State Capitol: Visit the state house.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Center: Visit the home of the famous abolitionist.

Manchester

  • Wickham Park: Beautiful park with walking trails and nice views.

Middletown

  • Wadsworth Falls State Park: Park features a gorgeous waterfall.

Wethersfield

  • Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum: Tour three restored 18th century homes.

All attractions found on http://www.ctvisit.com

Connecticut Bucket List ~ Mystic Country Region

Today we begin a new state in our Bucket List series: Connecticut. This state, despite its small size, is split into five distinct regions. We begin with Mystic Country.

Groton

  • Historic Ship Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum: Learn all about the history of submarines and their use in the Navy.

Ledyard

  • Mashantucket Pequot Museum: Learn all about this Native American tribe that settled in the area.

New London

  • Fort Trumball State Park: Tour this coastal fortress.

Oakdale

  • The Dinosaur Place: This fun park features several nature trails that are filled with dinosaur sculptures.

Stonington

  • Old Lighthouse Museum: Beautiful stone lighthouse on the coast.

Waterford

  • Waterford Beach State Park: Great place to visit the ocean in Connecticut.

All attractions found on http://www.ctvisit.com

Rhode Island Bucket List ~ South County Region

Final region to focus on for Rhode Island in our bucket list series! I’ll be taking a week hiatus from the bucket list posts and then returning with Connecticut in early September!

Coventry

  • General Nathanael Green Homestead: Home of the famed Revolutionary War general.

Narragansett

  • Point Judith Lighthouse: Lighthouse protects confluence of two waterways.
  • Towers of Narragansett: Iconic structures in the area.
  • Whale Rock Lighthouse: Located on the smallest island in Narragansett Bay.

North Kingstown

  • Plum Beach Lighthouse: Small sparkplug lighthouse visible from the bridge.

Westerly

  • Watch Hill Lighthouse: A beacon has existed here since the French and Indian War.

All attractions found on visitrhodeisland.com

Rhode Island Bucket List ~ Newport County Region

Today we explore Newport County in Rhode Island, a county filled with lighthouses, so it makes for a bit longer of a list.

Jamestown

  • Conanicut Battery National Historic Park: Small fort built during colonial times.
  • Beavertail Lighthouse and Museum: Located in Beavertail State Park, this is Rhode Island’s premier lighthouse.
  • Dutch Island Lighthouse: Sits on a rocky island.
  • Fort Getty: Campground area that used to house an old military fort.
  • Fort Wetherill State Park: Beautiful cliff area along the bay.

Little Compton

  • Sakonnet Point Lighthouse: View this plug lighthouse from the beach.

Middletown

  • Boyd’s Wind Grist Mill: Historic mill located in a park.

Newport

  • 1739 Colony House: First state house that held the colonial legislature.
  • Castle Hill Lighthouse: Active lighthouse located along the cliffs.
  • Cliff Walk: Walk the cliffs along the shore of the bay.
  • Eisenhower House: Summer White House of President Eisenhower.
  • Fort Adams State Park: Preserves a large coastal fortification.
  • Hogs Island Shoal Lighthouse: Sparkplug lighthouse located just off of Hogs Island.
  • Ida Lewis Rock Lighthouse: Lighthouse located in Newport Harbor.
  • National Museum of American Illustration: Mansion museum featuring American artwork.
  • Newport Harbor Lighthouse: Located at the end of Goat Island.
  • Newport Tower Museum: Explore this round tower located in a park.
  • Rose Island Lighthouse: Gorgeous lighthouse located on Rose Island.
  • U.S. Naval War College Museum: One of a few museums run by the U.S. Navy to provide history of the Navy.

Portsmouth

  • Prudence Island Lighthouse: Oldest lighthouse tower in the state.

Tiverton

  • Fort Barton: Natural area with several hiking trails.

All attractions found on visitrhodeisland.com

Rhode Island Bucket List ~ Bristol County and Block Island Regions

Today I’m combining two Rhode Island regions into one post because both of them were shorter lists! Enjoy this larger list as you read today!

Block Island

  • Cow Cove/North Light Area: This rocky shoreline features a historic lighthouse.
  • Mohegan Bluffs: Beautiful clay cliff area.
  • Settler’s Rock: Commemorates the 16 families that settled on Block Island.
  • Southeast Lighthouse: Sophisticated lighthouse located along the Atlantic shore.

Bristol

  • Colt State Park: Enjoy several paved paths and hiking trails along this bayside park.

All attractions found on visitrhodeisland.com

Rhode Island Bucket List ~ Warwick and West Bay Region

Today’s Rhode Island list mainly focuses on the city of Warwick! Enjoy!

Johnston

  • Snake Den State Park: Offers beautiful hiking trails, especially in fall.\

Warwick

  • Conimicut Lighthouse: Located offshore, this lighthouse can be viewed from Conimicut Point Park.
  • George B. Slater Memorial Grove Park: Enjoy this riverfront park with picturesque views.
  • Goddard Memorial State Park: Rhode Island’s most popular metropolitan park located along the bay.
  • Rocky Point State Park: Once an amusement park location, this park now is open space with beautiful views.
  • Warwick Neck Lighthouse: Historic lighthouse in Warwick.

All attractions found on visitrhodeisland.com

Rhode Island Bucket List ~ Black Stone Valley Region

New state day for our bucket list series! Today we head into Rhode Island. Despite it being the smallest state, it still boasts seven travel regions, in large part due to the various islands off it’s coast. Today we start by exploring the Black Stone Valley.

Burrillville

  • White Mill Park: This park sits on the former site of two old mills.

Cumberland

  • Nine Men’s Misery Monument: Oldest veteran monument in the United States, this honors the loss of life of nine colonists during King Phillip’s War.
  • William Blackstone Monument: Marks the grave of the first white settler to settle in Rhode Island.

Lincoln

  • Blackstone River State Park: Park sits along the river and old historic canal.
  • Captain Wilbur Kelly House: Located along the old canal, this is the place to learn about all things with canal transportation.

Pawtucket

  • Slater Mill: Historic textile mill located along the river.

Smithfield

  • Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge: Hike trails through the woodlands and rock formations.

Woonsocket

  • Blackstone River Valley National Historic Site: Explore the sites where the American Industrial Revolution began.
  • Museum of Work and Culture: Focuses on the history of the textile industry in the area.
  • River Island Park: Local park with walking path.

All attractions found on visitrhodeisland.com

Massachusetts Bucket List ~ Cape Cod and The Islands Region

Finally we are reaching the end of the Massachusetts Bucket List series. Now that we’ve been traveling again, I’ve been mixing in travel journal logs with our bucket list options, so it takes me a bit longer to get these all up and written! Later this week, we will begin to explore our next bucket list state: Rhode Island.

Aquinnah

  • Gay Head Lighthouse: Iconic lighthouse located on Martha’s Vineyard.

Brewster

  • Nickerson State Park: Fun area with wooded trails around ponds.

Chatham

  • Chatham Light: Coast guard lighthouse.
  • Monomoy Lighthouse: Take a ferry to visit this lighthouse.
  • Stage Harbor Light: Cape Cod’s youngest lighthouse.

Dennis

  • Mayflower Beach: Considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches on Cape Cod.

Eastham

  • Cape Cod National Seashore: Encompasses woods, lake, and beachfront along the Atlantic.
  • Coast Guard Beach: Beautiful beach area along the national seashore.
  • Nauset Light: Restored lighthouse along the seashore.
  • Three Sisters Lights: Trio of lighthouses along the National Seashore.

Edgartown

  • Cape Poge Light: Located on the northeast tip of an island that is part of Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Edgartown Lighthouse: Located on the shores of Martha’s Vineyard.
  • South Beach State Park: Dog friendly beach on the cape.

Falmouth

  • Bird Island Light: Historic lighthouse at the entrance of the bay.
  • Buzzard’s Bay Entrance Light: Light located in open water to mark the entrance of the bay.
  • Katherine Lee Bates Birthplace Museum: Homestead of the author of “America the Beautiful.”
  • Wings Neck Lighthouse: Historic lighthouse along the Cape Cod Canal.

Hyannis

  • John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum: Journey through the life of JFK and his family.

Mashpee

  • Mashpee Wampanoag Museum: Historic Museum on the grounds of the Wampanoag Tribe.
  • Old Indian Meeting House: Oldest Native American church on the east coast.

Nantucket

  • Brant Point Lighthouse: Stunning lighthouse on Nantucket Island.
  • Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum: Museum dedicated to the shipwrecks that occurred off Nantucket Sound.
  • Nantucket Whaling Museum: Explore the history of whaling in the area.
  • Sankaty Head Light: Still operational light, was one of the first in the nation to receive a Fresnel lens.

North Truro

  • Highland Lighthouse: Oldest and tallest lighthouse on Cape Cod.

Oak Bluffs

  • East Chop Lighthouse: Overlooks Vineyard Sound.

Provincetown

  • Long Point Lighthouse: Historic lighthouse at the northeast tip of Long Point.
  • Pilgrim Monument: Commemorates the first landfall of the Pilgrims.
  • Race Point Lighthouse: Historic lighthouse on Cape Cod.
  • Wood End Light: Active lighthouse located along the dunes.

South Yarmouth

  • Point Gammon Lighthouse: This old lighthouse was converted into a bird watching tower in the 19th century.

Vineyard Haven

  • West Chop Lighthouse: Full light station located along the harbor of Vineyard Haven.

Wellfeet

  • Marconi Beach: This beach is part of Cape Cod National Seashore.

Woods Hole

  • NOAA Fisheries Science Aquarium: This small science aquarium features several touch tanks to explore animals native to the Atlantic seashore.
  • Nobska Lighthouse: Restored lighthouse on the southwest tip of Cape Cod.

All attractions found on visitma.com

Massachusetts Bucket Lists ~ South of Boston

Heading south in Massachusetts today for our bucket list series!

Cohasset

  • Minots Ledge Light: Offshore lighthouse located near two towns.

East Taunton

  • Massasoit State Park: Features trails through woods and along cranberry bogs.

Fair Haven

  • Fort Phoenix Beach State Reservation: Old Revolutionary era fort located along the water.

Fall River

  • Borden Flats Lighthouse: Historic lighthouse located in the river.
  • Fall River Heritage State Park: Historic area of town that preserves a WWII battleship.

Hingham

  • Boston Harbor Island State Park: Located south of Boston within Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.
  • Wompatuck State Park: Beautiful area to hike and camp away from the busy cities.
  • World’s End: Hike along this peninsula that serves as a conservation area.

Hull

  • Fort Revere: Historic site contains remains of two different fortifications.
  • Hull Lifesaving Museum: This historic museum shows how this service eventually joined with the Coast Guard.

Mattapoisett

  • Ned’s Point Light: Historic lighthouse named after a local farmer.

New Bedford

  • Butler Flats Light: Sparkplug lighthouse located in the outer harbor.
  • Fort Tabor: Old Civil War era fort.
  • Moby Dick Statue: Sculpture dedicated to that famous literary white whale.
  • New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center: Learn the history of commercialized fishing in the area.
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum: Focuses on the history and culture of whaling in the area.
  • New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park: Commemorates the whaling industry of the area in the 19th century.
  • Palmer’s Island Lighthouse: Lighthouse built of stone rubble.

North Dartmouth

  • Demarest Lloyd State Park: Park contains an ocean beach and marshlands.

North Easton

  • Borderland State Park: Park contains the famous Ames Mansion.

Plymouth

  • Brewster Gardens: Park has a path that runs along the brook.
  • Ellisville Harbor State Park: Explore the coastal beauty of the western shore of Cape Cod.
  • Mayflower Society House: Take a tour of this historic house and learn more about those who arrived on the Mayflower.
  • Pilgrim Hall Museum: Learn the history of the Pilgrims in the oldest public museum in the nation.
  • Pilgrim Memorial State Park: Waterfront park that is home to Plymouth Rock.
  • Plymouth Light: Historic light accessible from the town of Duxbury.

Scituate

  • Scituate Light: Gorgeous historic lighthouse located along the shore.

All attractions found on visitma.com