- Although, small in size this state is packed with historic, cultural and natural attractions. The Connecticut River splits the state into eastern and western halves. The state capital, Hartford, lies on the river in the center of the state.
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Weir Farm National Historic Site
Because of Connecticut's small size, 60 miles from north to south and 100 miles from east to west, and large population, over three million, it is considered urban. The most heavily populated region of the state is the southwest. As you travel farther from New York City, you'll find the New England character of Connecticut becoming more obvious.
Despite it's small size, this state contains many natural areas. There are over 250 miles of shoreline on Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Approximately 180,000 acres of land throughout the state have been preserved as state parks and forests. A statewide system of trails, known as the Blue Trails, covers more than 500 miles of terrain.
This region of the country was the first to be settled and contains many historical sites. Mystic Seaport Museum, in southeastern Connecticut, engages visitors in maritime history with interactive and a working exhibits. Weir Farm National Historic Site, in southwestern Connecticut, was the home of American Impressionist painter J. Alden Weir. Industrial sites and historic homes complete the landscape of this small state.
Recreation - With so many miles of shoreline, Connecticut is a haven for water-sport enthusiasts. The states many public beaches and marinas provide access to swimming, sailing, fishing and kayaking. The extensive state park and forest system in Connecticut supports facilities for camping, picnicking and hiking.
Climate - The climate of this state involves a moderate amount of humidity, heat and cold. Summer highs reach 90 degrees F with low temperatures near 65 degrees. Evenings near the water can become cool and light jackets and sweaters are recommended. Winter temperatures average in the mid thirties during the day and in the teens at night. Rarely do temperatures dip to zero, especially in the southern portion of the state, where the water influences the more temperate weather.