Day trips are always fun, especially when you don’t have to travel too far to experience a great time.  All types of exciting events and shows are happening either right here in Connecticut or just a couple states over.  This list provides with ideas for day trips from Connecticut.
Martha’s Vineyard
Rhode Island Fast Ferry, Inc. 

1347 Roger Williams Way
North Kingstown, RI 02852
(401) 295-4040

Only a couple hours drive north is the great state of Massachusetts. With tons of museums, beaches, shopping restaurants and history, Massachusetts is one of several choices Connecticut residents can consider when planning a day trip.  A visit to Cape Cod to check out a few of their beaches is great idea for the entire family.  Or for a more relaxing visit, spending the day at the ever so popular Martha’s Vineyard could be ideal.  A quick hop on the ferry will bring you straight to this location.

Times Square
1560 Broadway Suite 800
Manhattan, NY 10036
(212) 768-1560

A train, bus, or car ride heading south and just one state away is “The City That Never Sleeps.”  After one visit to the state known for the bright lights, restaurants, great shopping and tons of shows, another return day trip may be in the plans. Time Square offers so much to see and is a huge attraction for “out of towners” and locals.  Experience shopping at some of the local boutiques and flagship chain stores in addition to some of the best jewelry stores.  And there will never be a problem finding a place to dine.  Times Square is flooded with restaurants, with everything from your local mom and pop spots to your chain restaurants like T.G.I Friday’s and Juniors.  And this day trip can last way into the wee hours of the next morning if you choose.  After all, this is the city that never sleeps.

Six Flags New England 
77 Mill St. #150
Westfield, MA 01085
(413) 786-9300

Looking for something fun and adventurous to do with the entire family that’s not too far from home? A couple hours drive up I-91 North will lead you to tons of thrills and excitement at Six Flags New England and Hurricane Harbor. The park is packed full of water rides, roller coasters, food and live entertainment. And if you’re bringing the little ones along, they will be thrilled to see their favorite cartoon or animated character, like Bugs Bunny or Tweety Bird walking around the park as well.

Foxwoods Resort & Casino
350 Trolley Line Blvd.
Mashantucket, CT 06338
(800) 369-9663

Sometimes the best day trips are the ones that take place right in your own backyard.  The excitement of live music, great food, bright lights and casino fun are all available right here in Connecticut at Foxwoods Resort Casino.  Pending on which part of the state you’d driving in from, Foxwoods is only a couple hours drive and will pack your day with a lot of excitement and things to see and do, such as one of their many concerts or live shows. But, since most of these concerts usually happen at night, you have the whole day to explore before the show.  You could make reservations for a round of golf at the Lake of Isles’ North Course.  Or enjoy the casino itself for comedy shows, restaurants and more.

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Water’s Edge Resort & Spa
525 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT 06498
(860) 399-5901

This beachfront resort is yet another ideal spot for a Connecticut in-state day trip.  A quick drive to the resort offers brunch or lunch options at the resort restaurant, bistros, bar and grills and cafes. The live musical performances and the shows are always a plus.  You can book a massage at the spa or enjoy shopping at the many Water’s Edge shops.

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Wanda Coppage is a resident of New Haven, CT where she works as a Music Director and On-Air personality for anUrban/AC radio station. Her passion for life, music and great entertainment is reflected in all of her endeavors, as a radio personality, thinker and writer, and all things that allow her to creatively express herself. Read more of her work on