Rediscover Connecticut’s Tourism Treasures on Connecticut Open House Day, Saturday, June 12

June 8, 2021

Over 140 attractions to offer free or reduced admission or special offers

HARTFORD, Conn., (June 8, 2021) – Connecticut tourism attractions of all types and sizes, including museums, arts and cultural venues, historical sites, nature centers, farms and galleries, are warmly welcoming back state residents with free or reduced admission or special offers on Connecticut Open House Day, Saturday, June 12, 2021.

More than 140 attractions across the state are participating in the Connecticut Office of Tourism’s 17th annual event, which celebrates the state’s diverse array of history, art, culture, nature and adventure experiences.

This year, both in-person and virtual offerings are available. Browse the full list of participants and offers at

State residents can enjoy:

  • Free or reduced admission at 40+ attractions, including some that recently reopened
  • Free tours at 30+ sites, including some rarely open to the public
  • Virtual experiences offered by 40+ businesses, including 3D tours and live-streamed performances
  • Special offers, events or giveaways at 60+ properties

Event highlights include animal encounters, archaeological digs, artist workshops, author meet-and-greets, boat and trolley rides, crafts, farm, garden and house museum tours, flight lessons, kayak and paddleboard rentals, live demonstrations, pick-your-own berries, scavenger hunts, virtual reality games, and wine, beer and spirit tastings.

Pre-registration is required at a number of properties, so state residents are encouraged to plan ahead, as well as to check each businesses’ visitor policies. State residents can also access fare-free bus service statewide all summer through the Weekend Wheels program.

“There has never been a better time to discover and rediscover Connecticut’s many tourism treasures, from popular destinations to lesser-known hidden gems,” said Christine Castonguay, interim director, Connecticut Office of Tourism. “After over a year of closures and restrictions due to the pandemic, people are ready to safely explore—and businesses are ready to show off their unique offerings. Take advantage of this special day and kick off the summer season right.”

Connecticut Open House Day isn’t just a special day for state residents, it’s also critical for participating businesses and Connecticut’s tourism industry. Many businesses attract new visitors on Connecticut Open House Day, sometimes in record numbers, that tend to revisit and share their experiences with friends and family.

For the latest Connecticut Open House Day updates, visit and follow #CTOpenHouse on social media.





Emily Pangakis

Adams & Knight

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Christine Castonguay

Interim Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism

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