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5 free things to do in Connecticut, from art to parks

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Hammonasset Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Conn., is the state's largest shoreline park, with a boardwalk and more than two miles of beach.

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The submarine the Nautilus is on exhibit at the Submarine Force Museum and was the first nuclear-powered vessel as well as the first ship to reach the North Pole.

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The Groton Monument at Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park in Groton, Conn., was erected around 1830 to commemorate a 1781 Revolutionary War battle in which British forces, commanded by Benedict Arnold, captured the fort and killed 88 of the 165 defenders.

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A gallery with a painting by J.M.W. Turner at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Conn. The center houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom.

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The exhibit "Human Nature: Looking Closer at the Relationships between People and the Environment" is featured at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History.

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Connecticut is a small state that can be crossed in a matter of hours, depending on traffic, offering relatively easy access for travelers looking to visit various corners of the state. One compact area packed with attractions is the southeastern region, which includes Long Island Sound and a popular shoreline state park, Yale University's hometown of New Haven, sites related to New England's maritime and military industry, and the University of Connecticut in the eastern part of the state. Here are five free things to do and see there.
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    • Hammonasset Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Conn., is the state’s largest shoreline park, with a boardwalk and more than two miles of beach.
    • The submarine the Nautilus is on exhibit at the Submarine Force Museum and was the first nuclear-powered vessel as well as the first ship to reach the North Pole.
    • The Groton Monument at Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park in Groton, Conn., was erected around 1830 to commemorate a 1781 Revolutionary War battle in which British forces, commanded by Benedict Arnold, captured the fort and killed 88 of the 165 defenders.
    • A gallery with a painting by J.M.W. Turner at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Conn. The center houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom.
    • The exhibit “Human Nature: Looking Closer at the Relationships between People and the Environment” is featured at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History.
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